Friday, November 26, 2010

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

"Begbie At Dusk" - Three Piece Painting

 "Begbie at Dusk"
Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 5 x 2.5, 7 x 4, 5 x 2.5 ft.
Completed: September 2009

This is one of my most favorite memories from 2009. This commission I spent probably the most time I have ever spent on a painting. I normally work quite quickly, as I get very infatuated with each painting that I am just itching to get back to it. (this also consists of me working on about 5 paintings at once, but I jump from painting to painting's the itch, the ideas just keep flowing!)
However, this painting was so massive and quite detailed which kept me very occupied for the better part of the summer in 2009. Thank goodness I had 4 room mates at the time which just loved to see my painting supplies scattered all over the living room and a massive 7 x 8 foot canvas on the wall all summer...All in all it was a wonderful learning curve working with such a large scale and I can't wait for the next XLarge Commission!
If you like large work I completed "Enlightenment" - a 7x4 ft landscape painting in March 2010, which I now have on display at Energy Matters in Revelstoke, BC. If you'd like to preview this painting it is on page 10 of my website gallery.

Now, here are some progress pictures of this massive painting! (As I look back now, I really enjoy the state that the mountain is in these progress pictures, it is very bold with the right amount of layers that give the mountain depth without the finishing details. Which is difficult because I love both styles very much!)
 As you can see I could not back up far enough in my living room to get a full picture of this painting in progress.

Now looking back just 6 months ago I was working just fine by setting up my painting supplies in my living room. As much as I love having my own painting space where I can leave my supplies out and can work a lot faster, I really did love working in a space where anyone in the house could watch and to socialize with. I really do paint best when I am in a happy environment. I often paint while talking on the speaker phone to friends and family. :) I especially love to paint landscapes while on the phone which have so much flow and movement to them.
I hope this could give you an idea of the size of the painting, every picture that was taken during the hanging process was always angled up as the living room's ceiling was probably close to 25ft up from the ground. Can you imagine the impact of a bright triptych painting of Begbie would be in a clean cut modern home? It was quite the day, and quite the turn out!

Even though this picture makes the painting look small and I look large when comparing a 5'4 woman to a 7 ft painting....
Just remember...this living space is massive!

I think this commission was amazing... I just love to work this way!!
Bigger! Brighter!.. Begbie!

Thanks for reading... Lets hear your comments! :)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


 Autumn is probably my favorite time of year. A lot of people complain about how it's getting colder, how the days are getting shorter, and everything seems to be dying, but that is no way to look at this beautiful season! I live in Kamloops, BC and it is more dead and more cold here than I have ever been, and I love it! I love the weather here especially for my painting. The sunsets and sun rises are so stunning, I don't think I would have enough room on this entire blog to show you all of my photo's! So here are a few of my most favourites.
 This image I took while driving on the highway towards Vernon, BC (the image has been played with in photoshop, and I unfortunately don't have the original anymore) However, below is my painting which I created with this photo in mind. I do a lot of traveling, and the road brings a lot of great memories to me.
 "On the Road Again"
Med: Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
5 x 4 ft.
 Another great sunset in Kamloops
 These next few pictures are taken of a mountain called Mt. Begbie from my home town in Revelstoke, BC, which is luckily just a few hours from Kamloops

This image was taken at such an interesting time period as the leaves in town were all falling off and turning color and then the next day you look up at the mountain to find a first snow fall on the top of the mountain. No words nor photo can describe. Just amazing.
Below this image there is a painting I created of this particular image. It is a 4 x 4 ft painting, and belongs to my mother :) The painting is called "First Snow"
If you like this painting you can find folding cards with my signature on the back in my Etsy Shop under the section "Art Cards"


Just some more Autumn Colors, with some inspiration from the trees in BC.

 Now lets hear your thoughts, please leave a comment.
Thanks for reading!