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!

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!

Chickadee-dee-dee

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Small, quick painting done to try to “loosen up”. I’ve decided to try to do more of these very small paintings, so that I can do quick ones and try to not get too caught up in details. Hopefully after doing several ones, my painting will be a bit more painterly.

Thanks to DeeOtter on DeviantArt for providing the reference photo for this black-capped chickadee.

I might just do a series off little birds.. Tempting.

À bientôt!

Paintings to date

 

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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!

New season

It has been a nice, long summer!

My studio has been reorganized and I’m all ready for a new season of painting… as soon as my son goes back to school later this week.

I did not produce any paintings this summer, but I’ve been busy working on photography for reference pictures and I’ve been reading about techniques. Also, I’ve been a personal chauffeur (kids..!).

I’m very excited to start painting again, I’m full of ideas! I’m starting a piece this week (Raccoon!) and will post some progress as it evolves.

À bientôt!

 

Hiatus – why?

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Boat wreck on Gyro Beach

I feel a bit like this boat right now!

Wow, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted – or done art for that matter..!

When my son went back to school, it was a hectic week of paperwork and getting back in the swing of things for the new year (and preparing my son’s birthday party). So, that half week went by in a flash.

I stupidly thought that I would be back doing art this week. I was really looking forward to it but.. I got sick. And Cole got sick. Sigh. Thankfully, Ross (my husband) is not sick yet!

So, I took advantage of my time on the couch to go through thousands and thousands of pictures that I will be able to use as references for future paintings. I have a lot of pictures to go through. Although several super talented photographers have allowed me to use their photos, I much prefer to work from my own. I will most likely end up doing a mix of both!

Soooo… will I be back next week? Well, possibly. I only have three days (two really) because I’m leaving for a little trip to Calgary. Cole has a diving competition over there. That kid is really keeping us busy!

On the plus side, I will use all the time that I will have by myself in Calgary to have a mini-retreat in order to come up with my plan of attack for the year!

À bientôt!

 

Otis received

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Penny receiving “Otis” as a Christmas gift

My first commission, “Otis”, was given to Penny for Christmas. She was very surprised and very moved.

I have to say that it feels great to contribute to someone’s happiness!

Happy New Year everyone 🙂

My son is going back to school on Wednesday, so I should start painting within the week. À bientôt!

Rooftop Studio Jewelry Holiday Sale!

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Come and bring your friends! I have awesome discounts on my glass jewelry. Plus, you get to see my studio and my paintings 🙂