Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Graphic Design Poster

This is a recent project I have been working on at work for the Art Gallery.  A poster for an event called Vino & Van Gogh. I created some modern effects on a classic Van Gogh self portrait image, and added a little texture in as well with a faint dot pattern. I then played around with colour blocking and different opacities of colours.

I always find it hard to keep a poster to the point and clean to look at when there is a bunch of information and more than one logo to fit in as well.  

If you are interested in more info on this event click here.

Friday, 18 July 2014


Lately I have been focusing on accepting whatever is in my life fully. Regardless of if a situation is positive or negative there are only three things you can do:
1. Remove yourself from the situation
2. Change the situation
3. Accept the situation completely

The list above is one of my most loved excerpts from The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle.  I find that the third option can be quite tricky but once you do manage to drop all resistance wonderful things begin to manifest in your life no matter where you once were. Miracles occur when you change your perception.  This does not mean settling for a unfavourable situation. Do whatever is in your power to improve your life situation and then once you have done this drop all other resistance to what is.

Is there something in your life you could approach with less resistance?

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

A New Creative Career!

I thought I might divulge why I have been rather absent on the blog these days.  Since completing my SBA Diploma, I have started a new job as the Marketing and Programming Coordinator at the local public art gallery here in my community.  I look after the marketing, public programming, graphic design and much of the web design and maintenance. It is truly my dream job and I am so happy to at last be able to have a full time creative career...what a relief!

Below is a poster I have made for the annual fundraiser event.  One of my paintings, Trio of Magpie Feathers will be in the art auction to help support the gallery.

Buy tickets for the Midsummer's Eve of the Arts Event

Magpie Feathers

It has been ages since my last post.  At last a new painting!  This Trio of Magpie Feathers is painted in pure watercolour.  I have donated the painting to the Vernon Public Art Gallery to use in the auction at the 28th Annual Midsummer's Eve of the Arts Benefit Event.

I am really excited about painting feathers right now and feel they suit my style well.  I have some other feather paintings in the works right now, so stay tuned for more.

What kind of bird feather would you like to see painted next?

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Poppies & Cornflowers Complete

At last a nicely edited copy of my mixed study for assignment 12 of the SBA Diploma.  Here it is, the most prominent bit of constructive feedback was to make the Poppy petals more papery and delicate.  I will certainly try to achieve the thin papery texture on my next paintings of Poppies.  I think taking advantage of a fine tipped brush and layering thin striations in between many thin layers of red glaze would be a better approach.  A few strong washes of wet in wet to start off with and then focusing more of dry brush technique rather than just wet washes and lifting highlights.  As I progress in my skill these are things that I am keeping more in mind on all my paintings.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year

A new year has come and there is so much to look forward to in the next year.  It is also exactly a year ago today that I started this blog!  I am so glad I have kept up with it, and documented my artistic development along the way.

I have big and exciting plans for this blog and a new YouTube channel that I hope to launch sometime this year.  I am finished my Botanical Illustration Diploma in March and hope to have a little more time to develop my social media pages and website with new paintings.

I had a lovely time exploring Silver Star ski resort this year.

What was your favourite thing about Winter 2013?

Monday, 2 December 2013

Watercolour Owls

I am really inspired by owls and birds right now. I have been wanting to paint some for a while.  I am in the midst of finishing my last SBA assignment and then I have 3 pieces to do for the portfolio which is due in March.  So once I am finished my diploma I am super excited to branch out (excuse the pun) and try painting some birds!

Here are some paintings by artists found on Etsy.com that I really like. All of these are in watercolour.

Watercolour Owls