I seem to be in the mood for smaller canvases these days - and I especially like these little rectangular ones. I've been trying to get back into the practice of daily painting and the little canvases are way less intimidating (and not as much wasted paint if I mess up). They are also great as a "warm up" piece to start my day in the studio.
I just finished this little sweet one. I admit I was nervous coming back to the studio this week. Sometimes I get "painters block" after a hiatus or holiday, but thankfully so far so good. I'm actually feeling the opposite where everything is really coming together. Now the real challenge is tackling my long overdue commissions....
This is my most favorite floral I've done to date. Partly it's because Holly Hocks always remind me of my grandfather, and family back in Manitoba. But also this painting was one of those rare times where everything just flowed, and came together. I think I stopped at just the right moment, and I didn't over work anything. It's these rare studio sessions that keep me motivated and pushing for more,
The more time I spent at the cabin, the more I want to paint birds. My husband tells me I'm turning into a bird geek - and I'd have to agree. But they just make me so happy. And please excuse the glare - his high gloss finish is always tricky to photograph (especially in my home studio with its big windows).
Meaning: god's peace. I missed you last weekend. I wish you could have stayed longer, but I understand you had to get a head start on your long journey south. Safe travels my friend and I hope you and your family come back to visit #kandice'skitchen next year.
I finished this guy up right before we left for the Canada Day long weekend but I hadn't had a chance to photograph him yet. He is one of my favourite birds that comes to visit. His chirp is so sweet - I also couldn't be happier with how his portrait turned out. He was one of those pieces that just came together - gotta love when that happens.
A sweet little brown bear that I did in oil a few weeks back. I haven't played much with oil paints since this piece (my patience was wearing thin I learning a new medium). I hope to get back at them again soon - they have such a rich, deep colour.
Finished this big one from last weekend. It's the largest floral I've painted and I'm already mapping out In my mind how I can go bigger (and bolder?). I feel like I'm getting more and more into my "groove" with every floral I paint. Plus it's been a nice change to be using such bright and vibrant colours
've been working on this one for ages. It's one of my favourite landscape reference photos by @rorytucker . I tried really hard to keeps things simple (and use minimal brushstrokes). The light in the original photo was so amazing and I wanted the painting to have similar feel. This one might be a keeper.
Tony could be my lucky charm. He's the first painting I finished in my new studio and I think he turned out awesome. When I've moved studios in the past, it's always taken me a few weeks to get "back in the groove" (including a wee bit of some artist blocks too). It can be so frustrating and I had some major worries that this might happen again. But then along came Tony.
Here's to the folks in Churchill, Manitoba and their record breaking blizzard this past week. I can't fathom living in such harsh winter conditions - although it would be pretty incredible to see these big, beautiful creatures. I've attempted to paint this reference photo many, many times but only two have worked out (the other one is hanging in my dining room). I love the composition of this one.
I'm all about owls these days. There even was one in the forest on my walk yesterday. I couldn't see him but it sounded like he was in the trees right beside us. I wish I could have spotted him (I've only seen two in the wild). I may just have to paint a few more.
I watched a video recently of the local owls of BC, and now I seem to be on this big owl kick (my little studio is filled with owls and florals). They always put a smile on my face and they always seem to take on their own personalities.
This girl probably has one of my most favourite expressions. Or maybe I just relate to it after a week and a half of spring break (and full kitchen renovation). She also has a really interesting background of layered colours that shine through when you see her in person.
Finished! This one makes me want to paint more florals. I have so many ideas in my mind - I just need the flowers. I was big into still life's about 5 years ago, right before I started to paint animals. Now I remember why I liked to paint them so much. Plus, I got to pull out my rarely used reds, pinks - and even my personal favourite bright orange.
Remember that eye demo from a while back... I finally finished the rest of this adorable little fox. I absolutely love her rusty fur against the lighter background - and it all brings out her sparkly eyes. I'm not surprised she sold so quickly.
I'm finally calling this one finished. I think I've been slowly working on this one bit, by bit, for months but I love how it turned out. The turquoise background has such a glow against the trees - it looks way better in person (and awesome above my piano in my family room for now).
I felt the need to get this big guy all finished up now that my bear workshop is all done. He had been waiting patiently in my studio for the past little while for some final touches. Apparently the name Devon means Defender or Poet. It seemed pretty fitting for this gentle giant.
I'm just packing up for tonight's beautiful bears workshop @bungalow968 . And workshop day is a perfect day to post my new bear. I feel like I "tweaked" at this girls highlights forever - but I think I finally got them just right. She has this fabulous glow to her and her fur looks so velvety