I’ve recently joined a daily painting challenge with Facebook Friends, and fantastic artists, Corey Matthews and Jan Little. 365 days of painting! I haven’t been entirely successful in painting every day, but I did decide that when I was able to fit in a little one, that I would like at least half of them to be practise from life. Here is a Raven Skull, generously gifted to me by a friend who knows of my love for ravens.
It was very interesting and satisfying to paint from life, to see the different colors in the white of the bone, caused by the light bouncing around the room and off of various surfaces. I hope to do a lot more of painting from direct observation in the future.
Who else out there, working as an artists, feels like they don’t have time to practise?! I feel like I have so little time to paint that I have to make every painting count, but I know the folly in that. If I’m ever going to improve, I know I need to slow down, observe life around me. Paint the color in the shadows!
I’ve had a lot of fun with these cute little critters. I plan on developing a line of greeting cards with them to sell in my online and Brick and Mortar shops. They also look great in a little frame and would suit a nursery or child’s room very well. The prints turned out very well, and you can hardly distinguish them from the originals! Drop me a line if you’re interested!
I’ve been having a lot of fun switching media this week. I felt like I needed to freshen up and breathe after a long week oil painting in the studio. With the sun finally back in my yard after a brutally long winter, it’s much nicer to paint at the kitchen table, so instead of hauling all of my oil painting stuff upstairs, I decided to dabble in watercolor. These little guys are the result.
I’ll soon have them available at Dragonfly Studios in Hagensborg as framed Nursery (or anywhere) prints, and I’m hoping to do a series of Birthday Cards with funny sayings with them in the very near future. If anyone has any idea which printing company to go through for the cards that ships in Canada, I would appreciate your input. I have a feeling, with the return of the sun, that you’ll be seeing quite a few more of these little guys!
I love this guy’s fluffy face and his kind eyes…and so continues my love affair with painting horses. He’s available over at DailyPaintworks for as low as $75 right now. Get your bid in before he’s gone! Update! He’s SOLD to a lovely buyer in North Carolina!! https://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/940013
When I was twelve, I wanted a horse so so bad. But my parents were poor. We lived on a bit of land, but it was treed with young willows, and wasn’t landscaped at all. They told me that if I built a corral, then I could get a horse. Never underestimate the determination of a 12 year old horse-crazy girl!! I did it, enlisting my siblings to help saw poles and posts. I dug the holes with a two handled post hole digger, and even helped my dad build her shelter. They took me to visit this gorgeous quarter horse, Miss Peeti Poco. She was from a famous bloodline, but wasn’t able to conceive, so she was no use as a brood-mare. Our 13th birthdays were 8 days apart. I was in love. She lived a long happy life with us and we had many adventures together. This photo, used with permission from the fabulous equine photographer, Karen Broemmelsick Photography & Art , reminded so much of her. I just had to paint it. It’s SOLD to a lovely buyer from Duncan, B.C.
I grew up on a farm in the sunny interior of British Columbia. My parents still run this very farm with sweet baby goats, boisterous chickens and a multitude of yapping Pomeranians. Since they were small, it has been a place of magic for my children. They use the broken down cars for forts and the parked camper as a jungle gym. They chase chickens and collect eggs, and have spent endless hours snuggling baby goats. I love to watch the interaction between them. The baby goats seem to love it as much as my children. My boy, Jacob, is now fifteen, and a lot less likely to be seen cuddling, but this photo was from a time when he still allowed us to see his fascination.
Here’s the next in my mini-portrait series. I was inspired by her unconventional beauty and the muted palette. It seems to add a sense of mystery to the scene. I want to know what she’s thinking, where she’s looking. Did someone call her name? She looks a little upset but why? Is she trying to leave?
I was attracted to this scene by the strong backlight through her gorgeous red hair. She looks out of our time, ancient yet young. Wise but youthful. She looks like what I imagine Claire’s daughter, Brianna, from Outlander to look like! Is it anyone else’s favorite book series and TV show?! She’s up for sale at my Dailypaintworks site starting tomorrow. Starting bid is US $75. BID HERE
I love to paint artists of all kinds at work. When we are absorbed in our passion, so much is transmitted to the viewer that is hard to explain in words. We are connected to another realm, and completely internal and when I see someone engaged in theirs it makes me want to capture that. Flamenco dancers transmit so much emotion through their dance, and I find their costumes and movements the epitome of passion.
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