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.
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