Boodah – The Australian Cattle Dog

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Boodah – The Australian Cattle Dog, acrylics on canvas, 11″ x 14″

A new commissioned piece. Boodah is a lovely Australian cattle dog from Calgary. This dog was actually pretty fun to paint, especially the eyes and nose. And I just love that dog’s big ears!

The client wanted a simple background and she chose this light airy blue one. I feel like it really suits Boodah’s colouring. She also wanted me to include the red markings on his chest.

The original pictures were a bit challenging to work with, but I was able to “Frankenstein” a few together from Boodah’s earlier years.

These are the two pictures that I worked from:

This is the quick ” Frankenstein sketch” that I made, using an image editor:

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I’m glad that I was able to fit in one commission before the holidays. I won’t be able to paint for a bit because we are going away for a few weeks.

I can’t wait to be back already to paint some more!

À bientôt!

Lovebug

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Lovebug, acrylics on canvas board, 6″ x 6″

Another quick little last minute painting before the Moss Street Paint-In this Saturday from 11am-4pm (spot #40, corner of Mackenzie, just south of Fairfield)! A bit out of my comfort level subject-wise, but I thought that this little bug was really cute with its heart shaped spot! Thanks to Eltasia on Deviant Art for the reference photo.

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 🙂

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!

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!

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!

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!