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!

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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!

Otter Hosomaki

25_otterhosomakiOtter Hosomaki, 16″ x 20″, acrylics

Otters are some of my favorite animals! And I love sushi… so, tada!

I love how sea otters just float around on the ocean, almost as if they’re floating on clouds, just munching on any kind of sea creature (in this case, a sea urchin).

This piece was inspired by a picture taken by the photographer DeeOtter on Deviantart . It was so nice of her to let me use her awesome picture of Eddie the Otter (thank you!).

It took a while to paint, as I had to take a two weeks break between the start and finish of the piece. I don’t think I’ll do that again.. it’s very hard to get back into a started painting after a pause like that.

Since the spring is always a pretty busy time of the year for our family, I might just take on smaller pieces in the next little while.

I hope you enjoy! À bientôt 🙂

Fluffius Maximus – The Raccoon

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Fluffius Maximus, 16″ x 20″, Acrylics

Fluffius Maximus was our resident raccoon neighbour this summer. He lived in the tree in front of our condo. Every morning, around 8 o’clock-ish, we would hear the crows chasing him up the tree. Then, he would settle into a squirrel’s nest, and stay there until the sun went down, occasionally checking up on us. After he had thoroughly destroyed the squirrel’s nest, he moved on. The poor squirrel looked quite distraught when he saw its nest after Fluffius vacated the premises. I don’t think he got his security deposit back.. hehe.

 This painting went through a lot of changes since my last post. It went through  a phase where it looked like a dumpling, then it could have been a character in the movie Coraline, with tiny beady eyes. I had to totally repaint the eyes, and rework some parts of the background to un-dumpling Fluffius.

It was my first time using the airbrush to paint. I actually really like the result! It was a bit inconvenient when I had to reshape the body, but it was still doable.

Now that my son is back in school, I might get a chance to paint more!

À bientôt!

 

First APAD! A Painting a Day post. What’s up?

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What’s up? Acrylics, 5″x7″

What’s up is my first painting in over 12 years, it is my first acrylics painting, and it’s my first small painting.. Phew, that’s a lot of newness!

I used to work primarily in oil and in pastels. So..

Why the change in media? Well, with the project of mixing glass and painting that I have in mind for the future, acrylics is the way to go.

Why so small? I’ve been reading a few awesome books about acrylics and I came across a “movement” (? – I guess you could call it that) where artists have decided to do one small piece of art a day as opposed to a big overwhelming piece every once in a while. Instead of agonizing over a project that takes a lot of time and soul and might just not work out in the end, the APAD strategy allows artists to develop their talents and skillz (yup, with a z) in a quicker and more steady way. If a painting sucks, then, no big deal! It was only a day project on a small canvas. Next!

Why not paint in 12 years? Cole, my son. I just love to blame things on him. Actually, my glass art started small and eventually took over and didn’t leave much time for painting. The rest of my time was very well filled up with.. so much! And the more time passed, the more scared I was to take up painting (or even drawing!). So.. tada! First try in 12 years.

About What’s up?

I wanted to try my hand at a fairly simple painting. Wow, that was naive of me! As soon as I started, I had an “uh-oh..” moment, especially when I realized that it was going to be quite the challenge to make the seal’s body appear shallowly underwater while the head remained above. Oh, and yeah, there was water to be painted. In acrylics. Not the same as with oils, but I eventually figured out a few things! Namely: do not sit on my palette. Bad idea.

This seal was painted from a photograph that I took at the Oak Bay Marina. He was the funniest guy. He seems very intense in this painting because a few moments after, he just kind of stood up and started to bang his fins on the water, waving his head for me to throw him some food. Awesome creature.

Sooo… that’s it! First post, first painting!

Two books that got me started again and really helped me with acrylics:

Compendium of Acrylic Painting Techniques

Daily Painting

À demain!