In the shade

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In the shade, acrylics, 8″ x 8″

I finally found some time today to finish this portrait of my husband Ross.

He is sitting in the shade, speckled with light. I liked the content, contemplative state that he was in when the reference picture was taken. We had recently moved to Victoria and this was one of the moments when we realized that we really made a great move.

Ross has a degenerative neurological disorder called Friedreich’s Ataxia. It affects balance and coordination. The energy reserve of each cell (the mitochondria), is not producing enough of a certain protein. So, it leaves him very tired, very quickly. Especially since he has to overcompensate for his lack of coordination and balance for every move he makes. He has been in a wheelchair for about 15 years now. Moving to Victoria (no snow), from Quebec City (lots of snow!), has been like a new found freedom for him. He is not restricted to only move around in the summer and he is loving it here. We all are.

He’s my heart and my soul. He’s such a positive, quiet force in our family. Despite his disorder, he never complains, he just does what he does. He’s also an awesome father. We’ve been together for almost 20 years now. What a journey!

Work in progress – Ross

Work in Progress – Ross (title in progress too!), Acrylics, 8″ x 8″

So much for trying to paint at least once a week! It’s been a busy time. Well, at least I got a new portrait started. It’s my husband Ross’ portrait. I really enjoyed the content, happy look that he had on that picture. I added his favorite hat (with very basic photoshop) and will put him under trees that will leave him speckled with light.

Hopefully I will get a chance to finish it tomorrow. I have some adjustments to the proportions of the face to make and, as usual, work on the dreaded background..!

À bientôt!

Lua – The Brindle French Bulldog

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Lua – The Brindle French Bulldog, 10″ x 10″, Acrylics

I’m finally finished! As usual, the paintings are always more challenging that I expect when I first get started. This was no exceptions.

The hardest parts of this painting were the wrinkly cheeks/muzzle/jowls area and the very bright highlight on top of the head. I like the purple with the colouring of the dog, I think it gives her a bit of feminity and it plays off well against the yellow-orange parts of the fur

Lua is an energetic, very sweet little bulldog that lives in my building. She seems very curious and I just fell in love with those big dark brown eyes.

I hope to be able to do another painting this week, probably a portrait of my husband Ross 🙂

À bientôt!