Here are some pics of my latest painting! This one is my new personal favorite and honestly the first painting I’ve done in a while that I feel I connect with and love. It was freeing to work on such a large canvas and use larger brushes. It makes me want to go even bigger in the future! And not to mention this piece was painted, framed, and hung in 3 weeks! I’m sure that breaks some kind of record.
Also, this is the first piece that I have framed and I must say I love how it completes it! Because of how outrageously expensive custom framing is I decided to do a little woodworking and build it myself. The Pinterest tutorials make it look easy of course, and my frame is far from perfect, but with some practice there’s the potential to make some really nice frames for an affordable price.
Anyways thanks for reading and enjoy the view of The Clouded Mountain!
PS The last photo I included is of the painting’s early stages just to give you a glimpse into the process 🙂
PPS I love staging art!! ❤
Here’s another 5×7 mini portrait featuring me when we first brought home our German shepherd puppy, Romeo. This one was interesting because I didn’t want to paint over the glazed background so even though I made a few errors in proportions I tried to work with it instead of painting over mistakes. Good learning exercise and I have a couple more small ones planned.
This mini painting (5×7″) is of Dayton with our daughter Mary, a week or so after she was born. Oh the snuggles!! If you would like one of your favourite family moments turned into a painting I’m open to commissions!
Here’s the newest addition to my art family. I’ve been wanting to do a painting with this line ever since I first heard the song a few years ago. Also the background is from a photo I took at Crescent Beach a while ago. I’m loving these smaller paintings because I am able to finish them much faster increasing my sense of accomplishment, motivating me to do more paintings. Since the beginning of a project is always the most exciting part, so the faster you can finish one painting and get back to something new the more you enjoy the overall creating process. I do have a couple large canvases kicking around but I’m going to work on my style and technique in these smaller pieces for a while before I attempt anything large scale again.
Recently, I started doing daily drawings since it is much more feasible when most of my “free” time comes in short, unpredictable amounts. I have long wanted to practice drawing portraits from life so I started drawing my newborn Grant since he sleeps next to me when I draw and stays relatively still. Also, I don’t exactly have models lining up on my doorstep.
I am pleased with the outcome, I have been trying to learn shapes, shadows, and proportions of the human face and painting is a level harder than drawing since you are adding the element of colour.
Anyways, baby is crying so that is all for now!!
Some paintings are more challenging than others and this was one of those paintings for me. However, after changing the direction and adding the verse I am happy with the outcome. Also, I always love the chance to practice my fonts. 🙂
Today is a good day. It’ sunny and I got a free journal from Chapters because I pointed out that the cover was upside down. Hurray for free defective stuff! I’m also sipping a homemade chai tea smoothie. Mmm, delicious… Get the recipe here: http://www.paleonewbie.com/refreshing-chai-tea-smoothie/ 😛
But those aren’t the only good things about this week. On Tuesday Christine Schiedel and I installed our art at the Cloverdale Library! It was great to collaborate with another artist in this new venture. So if you happen to be in the downtown of the Cloverdale sometime check out their newly brightened walls. Christine’s pieces are the one’s behind the front checkout and mine are upstairs plus the one of the Crescent Beach Pier also behind the checkout. They will be on display until the end of June.
PS All of Christine’s and my pieces are for sale, you can ask for prices at the info desk. 🙂
Have you ever unexpectedly met someone you admired? Well today was one of those days for me. I had the car for the afternoon so I could run an errand and while I was in the area I wanted to visit the White Rock Gallery because they always have such beautiful displays and I hadn’t been in a while. I walked in and after a minute I noticed there was a small group of staff and an older gentleman talking at the counter and I heard them mention his name, Nicholas Bott.
Nicholas Bott is an amazing artist who portrays Canadian landscape with vibrant colours and bold, angular brushstrokes. I have looked closely at his work online as well as at the White Rock Gallery when I have visited in the past.
It was one of those moments where you suddenly realize you are in the room with greatness (ahem, I mean a successful person… I felt like a teenybopper in the presence of Justin Bieber or something). I casually meandered my way to the counter and interrupted to say how much I love his work. It turned out he was just there dropping off a new collection. The staff even showed me one of his newest paintings.
PS If you have no idea who I’m talking about please check out his work at http://www.whiterockgallery.com/Nicholas_Bott.htm
Hey so it’s been a little slow lately but I just wanted to send out an update! Last Saturday Dayton and I took a trip out to his cousin’s coffee shop, Apeldoorns, in Chilliwack and hung up two of my Crescent Pier paintings!
It’s a great little place with delicious affogato (ice coffee with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in it), crescent sandwiches and lots of other yummy treats. I’m excited about the opportunity to get some exposure and was just happy to help brighten up the place with some original art!
Here are a couple pics of them hanging on the walls:
So if you happen to be in the area check it out! Apeldoorns is located on Mill Street in the historical part of Chilliwack north of the highway. It’s also on Facebook, just make sure you get the spelling right. 😛