Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chill By The Creek

Acrylic 20 x 30,
This one still needs some work, but I like to see what it look like when I load it on the computer. Somehow , many of the mistakes seem to jump right out this way...and I see a few I need to fix. Again this one is turning out quite different from what I had imagined. This was referenced from Policeman's Creek in Canmore.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Leighton From The Side

acrylic 16 x 20,
Another version of Leighton Art Centre. Not sure I'm quite done with this one. It didn't turn out exactly as I had envisioned or planned to paint it. Funny how that works just have to go with the flow and see where it leads you. Many happy accidents and pleasant surprises happen this way. It didn't photograph very well, though, it does look much better in real life.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Behind Leighton Centre

acrylic, 36 x 24
This is one of my entries into the Leighton Centre Juried Members Show. Before the deep freeze hit us , I took advantage of some mild weather to take some photos out at the Centre. I wasn't quite sure how to approach this painting so I decided to paint over an old canvas drawing was going to off a little,as the trees were all in different positions. I'm pleasantly surprised with the outcome and may not need to do another one. Below is my original photo, adjusted photo and the old canvas.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

On The Prowl

acrylic, 36 x 24
The last of my bears for while ...I think. More landscapes and paintings for the Leighton Center Members show. ( I'm working on some different concepts and techniques...should be fun ). It's a relief I don't have to worry about Stampede this year, as I didn't apply...much to busy to worry about that show.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Companion

acrylic 20 x 16

I haven't painted a street/urban scene in well over two years! It was extremely difficult for me to start this painting. A friend of mine bought one of my paintings a long time ago and asked for a 'companion' piece to go with it. At the time, I was doing landscapes and was just starting my relationship with Mountain Galleries, so I kept putting it off. Months went by, and he gently reminded me about his 'companion'. I still put it off, as I was so busy and not painting like that anymore. I promised him I would do it in the summer, then the fall, before Christmas and then the new year. Poor guy, lol.

 It got to the point I was afraid to paint it as I wasn't sure how much my style had changed. I have worked hard trying to loosen up and didn't want to go back and be so tight. But I actually had fun painting's a lot warmer than the first painting and I like that.  I really hope he likes it...'cause it may be a long time before I do another.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Just Chill'n

acrylic, 24 x 36

I'm really enjoying the challenge of these polar bears and the colors in the white of the fur. I'm not a big fan of animals in captivity, but if it wasn't for zoo's I'd probably never get to experience of these majestic animals. Two more polar bears to come, and on to more landscapes.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Stalker

A couple of more black bears. The top one 'The Salker' is 36 x 36 and the as of yet unnamed bottom one id 11 x14 inches. Polar Bears next!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Pretty Boy

acrylic, 36 x 36 inches
"Pretty boy"
Look how nicely he posed for me.I had a request for larger bears and I'm happy to oblige ..more to come.

'Catching Up' acrylic 12 x 24
I started this one awhile ago but was never happy with it. I like the concept but I'm just not sure it works. Maybe because it's a little different from my other bears. I also think I have too much background...I would have liked a narrower canvas. So....I may do this one over.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tangled Inspiration

Acrylic, 36 x 18 inches ,

Originally this painting was referenced by Tangled Falls in Jasper National Park...I kinda got carried away; hence the title. Inspired by the Falls and a little tangled at the bottom.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

First paintings of 2012

My first two paintings of 2012! Both are acrylic 18 x 36 inches.
 I really like this size and vertical format. I have a few more canvases this size and I can't wait to finish them. 
It's nice to get back in my studio , although it was nice to visit with family and friends over the holidays. I wish everyone a wonderful New Year  with lots of inspiration and creativity! Cheers!