Boodah – The Australian Cattle Dog

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Boodah – The Australian Cattle Dog, acrylics on canvas, 11″ x 14″

A new commissioned piece. Boodah is a lovely Australian cattle dog from Calgary. This dog was actually pretty fun to paint, especially the eyes and nose. And I just love that dog’s big ears!

The client wanted a simple background and she chose this light airy blue one. I feel like it really suits Boodah’s colouring. She also wanted me to include the red markings on his chest.

The original pictures were a bit challenging to work with, but I was able to “Frankenstein” a few together from Boodah’s earlier years.

These are the two pictures that I worked from:

This is the quick ” Frankenstein sketch” that I made, using an image editor:

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I’m glad that I was able to fit in one commission before the holidays. I won’t be able to paint for a bit because we are going away for a few weeks.

I can’t wait to be back already to paint some more!

À bientôt!

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Workshop – Animal eyes and Textures

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Last week, I gave my first art workshop. It was for a private art club here in Victoria, The Windsor Park Art Club.

The workshop was titled “Animal eyes and textures”. It was a simple 2 hours workshop. With this being my first workshop, I was, of course, overly prepared and optimistic in the amount of information I wanted to pass onto the attendees! I think I prepared for a full 2 days workshop instead, haha.

It went really well, but I didn’t get to cover as much material as I had hoped at first. I was able to explain and demonstrate two eyes, two fur textures and talk about the remainder.

To prepare for this workshop, I knew that I wouldn’t have much time to paint live, so I did a few run through examples beforehand. I gave myself a time limit of 10 minutes for each examples. That was quite the challenge, as I never painted so fast before! I actually liked doing that exercise as it forced me to be more concise right away and focus a lot less on tiny details.

Here are my ten minutes exercises:

I was only able to demonstrate the first four examples, but I think that it went well.

My next workshop will be at Opus Art Supplies in Victoria on Saturday, February 17, 2018. It will essentially be the same workshop, but tweaked for the right amount of time!

 

Lovebug

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Lovebug, acrylics on canvas board, 6″ x 6″

Another quick little last minute painting before the Moss Street Paint-In this Saturday from 11am-4pm (spot #40, corner of Mackenzie, just south of Fairfield)! A bit out of my comfort level subject-wise, but I thought that this little bug was really cute with its heart shaped spot! Thanks to Eltasia on Deviant Art for the reference photo.

Hello, my name is Sam. I like nuts.

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Hello, my name is Sam. I like nuts. Acrylics, 8″ x 10″

A quick little painting before the Moss Street Paint-In show.

I really liked the expression of this little guy. Squirrels are very expressive and I love their interactions with humans. We used to have a little guy like this (named Bob) who would just sit around on his hind legs and wait for his daily peanuts, right in front of our patio door in Quebec City. It drove the cats bonkers.

Thanks to Eltasia on DeviantArt for the great reference photo!

The Lookout

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The Lookout, Acrylics, 12″ x 24″

I decided to do another crow painting. The Lookout features the beautiful view of the Olympic Mountains that we have on Dallas Road at the end of Cook Street in Victoria.

After my last exhibition, several people contacted me to buy the other crow painting Haters Gonne Hate (that piece that is not for sale because it is going to be part of a bigger project).  Since people in Victoria love crows (and I do too!), I wanted to make a piece that I can put up for sale for my next exhibition at the Moss Street Paint-In next July 15th.

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Danny (The gentle therapy horse)

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Danny (The gentle therapy horse), Acrylics on canvas, 16″ x 20″

Just got back from my trip to Quebec and was able to do the finishing touches to this commission. It is due tomorrow, so got it done on time, yay!

Danny is a very sweet, very gentle horse from the Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association, a great non-profit that uses horseback riding for people with disabilities. I was lucky to meet Danny for a photo shoot and was very impressed by him.

It is for a birthday present and I am really excited for the client to receive it tomorrow!

À bientôt 🙂

Effie Trinket (The Sharpei)

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Effie Trinket (The Sharpei), Acrylics on canvas, 10″ x 10″

This is the second commission that I received from the same couple as Jasper (The Goldendoodle). It is a painting of their daughter’s dog, Effie Trinket.

They wanted a background with cherry blossom petals. I think that it really brings out the sweetness in Effie. It was very interesting to paint two dogs that were so different from one another! Great experience 🙂

This was the reference photo used for this painting:

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Next, I will be working on a horse commission. À bientôt!

Jasper (The Goldendoodle)

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Jasper (The Goldendoodle), Acrylics on canvas, 10″ x 10″

This piece is one of two commissions that I received from the same couple. Jasper is their son’s dog and he seems like such a nice, very distinguished dog. I almost felt like painting a monocle on him!

I got to meet Jasper when I delivered the painting and I was really please to see that it looks like him 🙂 They really liked the painting, so I was very thrilled about that!

For reference, this is the photo that was used to paint this piece:

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I will post the other commission next.

Gotcha! (A big cat is still a cat…)

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Gotcha! (A big cat is still a cat…), Acrylics, 24″ x 36″

I’m finally done! It seems like it took me a long time to work on this piece. My first “big” piece (2 feet by 3 feet).

I love cougars! I love how graphic their faces are and how their physique is sleek and graceful. However… they’re still cats! It’s hard to resist a swinging tail, even if you’re a majestic beast!

Thank you Deirdre (DeeOtter) for the amazing reference photo on DeviantArt and giving me permission to use it for my art.

I’m so thrilled that I finished this painting on time for the Fairfield Artist Studio Tour in which I will take part next weekend. Come see me and two other artists (Linda Skalenda and Valerie Wells) in the parking behind Mother Nature’s in Cook Street Village!

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À bientôt!

I will always love you Girl! (Marsh Wren)

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I will always love you Girl, Acrylics, 5″ x 7″

I realized that I didn’t paint any brown bird yet..  So, here’s a little marsh wren, singing its little heart out for the laaaaadies!

I’m still in the middle of painting my large cougar painting, but I thought I’d take a little break and add another piece to my little birds small paintings collection.

I hope to be able to finish that big painting by the end of the weekend! Then again, I might get side tracked by another small painting.. Ha!

À bientôt!