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 🙂

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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.

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Yesterday, I got into the process of updating and tweaking the photos of my art work so that they would be more true to the pieces. I also needed to do this in order to get some art cards printed!

It has been quite a challenge to get back into painting about a year and a half ago. I’ve decided to have a look back at what I’ve done and it’s really interesting to see the progress.

I came to the conclusion that I definitely want and need to be more productive..

At first, this blog was supposed to be about daily painting. It worked for the first few paintings, but I quickly realised that it wasn’t going to be possible to keep that up with my schedule and the level of detail that I was trying to achieve. But, I am thinking about giving it another try! It would be a great challenge and learning experience. I would really like for my pieces to be more painterly. So, maybe doing a few daily small paintings and doing a big one once in a while. We’ll see!

Lèche-Vitrines (Window Shopping)

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Lèche-Vitrines (Window Shopping),  Acrylics, 11″ x 14″

In French, “lèche-vitrines” (window shopping) can be translated literally by window licking.. which I think is pretty appropriate in this case (hence the French title!).

This is my cat Slinky. I really liked the way the light was contouring his silhouette, enhancing his fluffiness. It’s weird to paint an animal without painting the eyes! Hopefully the personality still came through.

We have a lot of hummingbirds hanging around our balcony. It’s really nice to hear them chirping around. Luckily, most of the time the cats are inside! But once in a while, the just like to taunt them..

It was challenging to paint man made structures like the balcony, the door and the inside. I tried to get away from the safety of the airbrush for the background. It’s a learning curve!

À bientôt!

The Strawberry Challenge

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“The Strawberry Challenge”, 8″ x 10″, Acrylics

This piece was inspired by an awesome photo taken by StacyD on Deviant Art. She graciously gave me permission to us her image as a painting reference (thank you!). I thought this was such a funny image.

You can imagine that, if hamsters gave each other a challenge, one would be “The Strawberry Challenge”, hehehe.  The little guy on the right can’t quite seem to believe that the one on the left is really going for it. It’s almost like he’s thinking “Really??! The WHOLE thing?!”, then shakes his head. The one on the left is thinking “I can do it! Om nom nom..! Mine, all mine!”

On a deeper level, you can draw a parallel to what’s happening in society…

I went back to a smaller canvas with this painting. And, with the subject being small, on a smaller canvas, it was quite a challenge! I think I’m going back to a bigger canvas next time. I thought about painting it bigger, but it just didn’t work with those little guys. I didn’t want to end up with Godzilla hamsters (note to self for future painting…).

Still a lot to learn, but that’s the fun part!

À bientôt!

Why the long face?

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“Why the long face?”  Acrylics, 14″ x 18″

Why the long face?” is the painting of a horse that I rode a few years ago, when I took my employees horseback riding. It was such a great day, lots of fun! I love the color of that horse’s coat and I was very happy that it was my ride.

Horses are more difficult to paint than I thought. The bone structure is so different than the other animals I have painted so far, I had to really study the anatomy to make sure that it was right. The nostrils, particularly, were really challenging. And the eyes. And the harness. haha, pretty much all of it!

I ended up doing a red oxide wash to try to convey the richness of that coat. I also used my airbrush to do the background. I’m slowly getting the hang of it and I really like the effect of depth that it brings to the background, without taking away from the main subject.

I think that my next painting will be on a smaller canvas. I need to be more productive! So, a few small ones before another big one should do the trick.

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!

Mondays…

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“Mondays…”, Acrylics, 8″ x 10″

Don’t we all feel like that?

This is a painting of my cat, Slinky. He’s a beautiful, very fluffy cat, but he is not really photogenic.. haha. Most pictures that I have of him, he looks stunned or is in a typically weird cat position, just like this one. The hang tooth was just the touch that made me want to immortalize that moment!

He was resting on our red couch and I debated about changing the color of the background several times.. However, I thought it provided a nice contrast. If I went with turquoise blue (like I wanted to do very badly), I think that the tones would be too similar and wash him out.

With the holidays, of course, I have to take a break from painting so that I can spend time with my family. See you in the new year!

Otis

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Otis, Acrylics, 8″ x 10″

My first commission!

This is my friends Pippa and Penny’s beautiful hound, Otis, a very gentle and kind dog. He is a rescue dog from Alabama, a Treeing Walker Coonhound.

This is a surprise gift for Penny, so if you know her, don’t tell her! Pippa and I chose the beach background because, not only do they all love the ocean, but the colors complement his fur and brings out the gentleness and calm that he emanates.

I have not had the chance to paint in the last couple of weeks, unfortunately. Hopefully I can get more done sooner than later!