Goldfinch

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Goldfinch, Acrylics, 5″ x 7″

The fourth painting in the small birds series. We used to have so many goldfinches on our feeders when we lived in Quebec.

I love their super vibrant yellow colours. My son and I used to call them “flying lemons”. With the way they sing, I always imagined that they spoke Japanese for some reason, haha.

Thanks to Rodney Campbell on paintmyphoto for the reference picture.

I’m working on a large painting of cougars right now, but will continue to do a few small bird paintings (or other!) here and there.

À bientôt!

Self-Portrait

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Self-Portrait, Acrylics, 8″ x 8″

First self-portrait in paint. That was kind of painful and a bit weird. I realized how complex my eye colour is.. blue-gray with green and even a touch of brown. Not that obvious to paint on an 8″ x 8″!

The skin looks a bit splotchy, I guess I got too used to paint animal fur! To be fair, my reference photo didn’t have much contrast and the light was pretty flat. I still wanted to use that photo, because I liked it and I needed a front view to complete our family portrait. Ross’ individual portrait is facing right and Cole’s is facing left.. so, the front view just made sense!

Animal next 🙂 À bientôt!

Whatcha doing there? (Female cardinal)

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Whatcha doing there? (Female cardinal), Acrylics, 5″ x 7″

Another little painting for my small paintings series of small birds. I like the subtle colours of the female cardinal. It’s not as “in your face” as the male, but I find the variety in the plumage is quite beautiful.

The inquisitive look in this little gal looks like it’s looking at us with the question: “Whatcha doing there?”

I’ll be working on a bigger canvas soon, but will continue to work on these little paintings at the same time.

À bientôt!

Bohemian Waxwing

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Bohemian Waxwing, Acrylics, 5″ x 7″

The second painting in my small bird painting series that I’m planning on doing. I’m trying to get smaller paintings done quickly so that I can eventually get back to my initial project of doing one painting a day, along with bigger canvases on the side.

This guy was part of a band of (gypsies! -that’s a bohemian waxwing after all.. hehe) that emptied the tree of its berries in front of my old studio in Quebec City. They looked like a bunch of thieves with their little black masks on!

Waxwings have a special place in my heart. They are the first birds that I photographed many years ago that got me interested in bird watching. From then on, I was hooked!

Chickadee-dee-dee

27_Chickadee-dee-deeMedChickadee-dee-dee, Acrylics, 5″ x 7″

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!

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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!

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 🙂

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!