I have two really exciting things to share with you today.
First off, Somehow I missed sharing the link to my ArtsQuest Interview this summer! Click here to see it. Corinne and Gary have been on quite an adventure, and I look forward to catching up with them again one day.
Other exciting news, RDI Art Initiative purchased 2 of my paintings. The RDI art initiative purchased 23 paintings in total this year from Northern BC artists. RDI is Ridley Terminals, a transportation company located in Prince Rupert, BC. The paintings chosen will be on display for the month of December at the beautiful Museum of Northern British Columbia, located in Prince Rupert, BC. The artwork will be donated to selected charities. I feel honored to have my work chosen and I wish so much I could be there right now to see my paintings in such a beautiful location. But for now, I will have to be happy just knowing. Here are the two pictures that were selected.
I have a new painting to share with you, but you will have to wait, I have not photographed it yet. So hold on to your boots and keep your eyes open for a new post very soon.
Lots of new art to share with you and several new original paintings are available for sale!
Triumphant – 16 x 20 inches – available for sale.
I have been busy creating lots of new artwork. The painting above “Triumphant” is extra bright and colorful. Light blue, teal, purple and of course the explosive yellow and green background make this one pop!
Daisy- 18 x 24 inches. Available for sale.
“Daisy” is a tribute to two of my favorite things. Bears and my big fluffy mutt Daisy Duke. Look closely to see all of the detail work in this one. I almost thought I might never get this one complete. I smile every time I see this one, ah Daisy Duke.
Enchanted – 16 x 16 inches on cradled birch panel. Available for sale.
It has been a little while since I made a deer painting. I love the rich brown tones in the deer punctuated by the very deep colored moon. Photos do not do this one justice. I can never get the rich teal tones to come alive in my photos. One day I may figure it out.
Frozen – 18 x 24 on cradled birch panel. SOLD
Frozen. Again, the teal tones in the sky do not come out in my photos. Argh. The patterning on the foreground reminds me of a warm cozy sweater. Look closely to see all of the detail in this beauty. And of course there is a bear!
The Fire Within – 12 x 12 inches on cradled birch panel.SOLD.
The Fire Within speaks volumes with its color and symbolism. I love getting lost in creating something new and later stepping back and finding the story in the created painting. What story does this speak to you?
Fairy Breath – a mini. Only 6 x 6inches. SOLD
I have also created a page for commissions. Please make sure to check them out!I had taken a break from commissions for a few months to give me some time to create art for myself, but I am open to take a couple of new ones at this time. Please note that any commissions will not be ready in time for the holidays. But if you are interested in commissioning a painting from me, it takes about a month for most commissions, allowing enough time to complete the painting and sufficient time for the painting to “cure” so that it is safe for shipping.
Something a little different. Natasha and Boris are a couple of my latest pieces. Each piece is 20 x 20 inches and has been created on cradled canvas and is ready to hang. And hanging they are, at Whimsy Flowers here in Fort Nelson. These two paintings were such a joy to create, and gave me a much needed creative kick in the pants. I started out gluing down dress pattern tissue with some thick gel medium, then painted over it with many layers of paint. Next I used pouring medium and drizzled it around the canvases and let it dry. Once it was dry, I began filling in the spaces in-between until I “found” Boris and Natasha in the shapes. I used the acrylic pens to “doodle” in spots in the paintings. To me Natasha is some kind of “crazy, fun, energetic duck /bulldog hybrid”, and with Boris I see a “wacky, delightful and awestruck bear”. So much fun! Step back and have a look. What do you see?
This summer I was lucky enough to be chosen to create a piece of art for the Students of Chalo School. These amazing kids won the BC Green Games two years in a row and I was chosen to create a piece of art with the winning students to celebrate their success. And it is a good thing I had all summer to create this piece! The drying time required weeks between layers. The finished piece is 36 x 36 inches and probably weighed about 50 lbs. The students who participated in this project were given three sketches to choose from and brought in items from their own junk drawers to include in the artwork. I happily imagine busy young minds occupying themselves for hours playing “I Spy” looking for the objects they supplied, or maybe even imagining what other “useless” non-recyclable items they may have at home that can be turned in to something amazing.Well done Chalo kids! and thank you for including my art in the celebration.
Sky Dancer – 16 x 20 inches. Cradled Birch Panel. SOLD
I have recently completed this new painting of a livley spirited owl. I took photos along the way of the progress of this painting and I thought everyone would like a glimpse in to the process of creating a new painting.
Draw in, then block in with some watery paint the initial image on to a toned cradled birch panel.
I begin to work on adding a background. Sometimes I do this before blocking in the layout for a painting, but this time I did this after.
I am happy with the beginning of the background. I will tweak it a little more along the way
Time to redraw the image that I have covered while painting the background
This is where I begin to sort out which areas of the painting will be seperated. I continually step back and see if I like the areas I will tone differently.
I was feeling like the background needed some more texture. After the glazeing is dry, I will go back in and repaint the tonal sections.
Refining tone in areas, simplifying shapes, ideas are continually swirling and I will begin to work out what kind of details I will add in to the owl.
Adding more glazing to the background for more depth, still blocking out areas for the detail of the owl
Adding in a few more areas for detail
Beginning to add in detail, still working out how I want to progress with the piece. Do I need areas of contrast? Do I have too much going on? Should I add color?
Adding in color, refining detail areas, does the upper half of the background need to be a bit darker?
Detail work, does it need another color in the owl? He is really developing a personality and the name for the painting comes to me. Sky Dancer!
Sky Dancer is finished! Now I let the painting cure for a couple of weeks before I apply varnish and photograph the piece for future prints. I am so happy with the painting. I always love to see how each piece comes to life and develops its own personality.
In total, I spent about 20 hours in total from start to finish.
It is always a little bitter sweet to finish a piece. But before this one is done, I have already begun the next painting in my head. Cant wait to share it with you
Its been a busy couple of weeks; the new printer arrived and after a bit of a learning curve I am up and running with the print making! All of the backer rewards for my Kickstarter campaign have been sent out with the exception of the last two of the custom painting rewards, and they are just getting some curing time and will be going out next week.
Just a few other custom pieces to complete and I will be able to catch my breath for a bit. I will not be taking on any more commissions for a few months so that I can have more time to focus on peices that are rattleing around in my head waiting to come to life.
I have finally reopened my etsy shop to make it easier for buyers and collectors who are not local to purchase a print of original artwork. If you click on my “Shop” tab and click on a image and you will be sent directly to my shop. I am just waiting for some new shipping materials and soon you will also be able to order prints up to 13 x 9 inches from the shop. I will be updating it regularly with new work as it happens, so check back often.
2014 started off with a bang and the best is yet to come. I have made the decision to go part-time at my day job in the near future and before the fall I will have more time to spend on making art. I can’t wait!
Look below for my latest painting, “Family Time”. Prints of this are available in the shop and the original is for sale at Whimsy Flowers in Fort Nelson. I love the feeling of play in this painting.
This week the Kickstarter funds arrived and I have ordered my new printer and all the goodies I need to start creating and selling prints! I have been busy learning and studying all I can about this new printer and can not wait to put the new knowledge to good use.
I have several comissions on the go but I did take some time to make a painting just for me. Mr. Big Bear is my first finished painting for 2014. I have not named this fellow yet, and I think I will be keeping for myself. I have yet to keep an origional from the Northern Nights series for my own personal collection, but this scruffy bear has won my heart. But hey, I will be able to create prints so don’t feel like you are missing out! I also have some printable canvas coming in and can’t wait to begin experimenting!
I will be sending out surveys this week for the remaing kickstarter backers and I am anxious to get all of the rewards in the mail to their new homes. I can not tell you how grateful I am to all of my supporters who helped me to make this dream come true.
My word for the year is “Balance” and it is my goal for 2014 to create more art and work at the 9-5 less. 2013 brought me so many blessings and my artwork has been well received to the point where I can no longer keep up. This is a wonderful thing, but it has left me with very little personal time. Cutting down my “day job” hours is a big scary leap for me as I am the sole provider for my family, but it is a challenge I am working hard to prepare for and in September it will become reality. I can not wait!
Anyhooo, Thank you again to everyone who supported the Kickstarter campaign. 2014 is going to be a BIG Beautiful year!
Have a look at Mr. Unnamed Big Bear in progress below.