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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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!

Purple Finch

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Purple Finch, Acrylics, 5″ x 7″

The fifth painting in my little birds series (of little paintings!). The purple background probably entered my subconscious because it’s Easter weekend, hehe. I love the colours on these little guys. This one was scouting my grandparents’ bird feeder,  probably waiting for me to leave the area.

I used to get really confused between the purple finch and house finch.. until I saw a purple finch. Then I realized that all the previous ones that I saw were house finches!

I just noticed that all my five paintings in this series have birds facing left. I’m wondering if I should continue that trend for the sixth or break the pattern and rebel with a right facing bird. Mmmm, decisions, decisions.

Gotta start working on the cougar painting background tomorrow!

À bientôt!

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

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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!

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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!