Monday, 3 November 2014

My Online Shop is Open!

It's been a long time in the making, and at last my Society 6 shop is open.  I have only a few products listed so far but many more are to come!  Some of the items available are art prints, framed art prints, iphone cases and skins, laptop skins, t-shirts, mugs, cards, clocks, tote bags and much more.

There is a promotion running right now until November 9th for FREE worldwide shipping.  Just click on this link to access the discount:  Click here for FREE shipping in my shop.

You can visit my shop by going to my website.







Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Pigeon Feathers

At last I have managed to complete another feather painting, this time of Pigeon feathers.  I have just recently moved house, thus my studio has been backed up and then in a state of chaos while unpacking.  I am so glad things are slowly coming back into order.

The Pigeon feather is the most common feather I find lying around on the street. There are many variations of colours and markings on them, which is nice.

While unpacking I finally found the feather collection my Grandma gave me that she had been compiling for years.  There are some exciting speckled feathers, that I think may be from a woodpecker, and a fabulous Hawk feather showing the bars and markings.  I am still trying to keep up with at least one feather painting a month though it is tricky sometimes to get down to painting while juggling working full time.

Has anyone ever found a Stellar's Jay feather?  I would love to find one myself, so far I have never seen one laying around.

Once again I primarily used different mixes of Winsor & Newton Watercolour in Payne's grey, burnt sienna, and light red for all the colours used in this painting.





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

Acceptance




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.