Stella (12x16, available). Missing cabin life on Gambier and all the deer that we see. I think our record was 11 during a short, less then five minute, drive home from the beach.They are awesome neighbours (although I might say differently once I start my flower garden this spring).
Willow (12x16) available. This is probably the very first bear reference photo that I ever painted (guessing 2013?). I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to try again. This time I used a black gesso’d canvas for the base and boy - it makes the colours pop. The dark fur gives it such impact too. I think this is one of my new favourites and I’m already planing a larger version.
I can’t seem to get this cow out of my mind. Or should I say cows.... I have two different looking white cow photos that I love. Both cows look very different yet somehow they come out the same when I paint them. And I’m still working on “that perfect white”. But I’m really enjoying the process of “tweaking” each one a bit different. I tried to bringing some life and playfulness into this one using lots of yellowy golds against pinkie purples in the fur.
Faking it (20x20). Seems fitting to share a floral with you on such a warm, sunny day (even if the flowers were fake).I’m always so eager to share completely work - that I almost always realize as I’m posting that I forgot to sign the painting.I will have to sign this one as soon as I’m back at the studio,
Sophia (24x24) sold. I finally got this sweet girl finished on Friday. She is one of my favourite reference photos to paint -I’ve always really liked the white animal on a turquoise background combination. I think it really helps bring some life to the subtle neutral tones.
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.