Sunday, November 27, 2011

The In Crowd

More miniature bird portraits.

I always seem to paint a bunch of these during the holidays.

"Max Wing"
"Jack Junco"
"Bluebell Jay"

5 x 5 inches each.
Acrylic on massonite board.

These are also available at the Bluerock Gallery.

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Bird Nests

Here I thought I was giving myself an easy chore in these two paintings. Not so much. They were much harder to paint that I first thought.

Lots of layering. Lots of shading. Lots of colour mixing to make them three dimensional. Also, a surprising amount of pre-planning had to take place in what went where. It was a bit frustrating, but the second nest was a tad easier, since I had worked out many of the bugs on the first.

Robin's Eggs / Cedar Waxwing Eggs
10 x 10 inches each.
Acrylic on canvas.

Available for purchase through the Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Symphony Series / Cardinal

I am now calling my bird paintings "Symphony", because I have used classical music lables in all the titles. :)

This is the newest edition to the series. A sunny day cardinal.

"Cardinal Choral"
20 x 20 inches.
Acrylic on canvas.

It is for sale through the Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond, Alberta.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011


I often have moments (and I think all artists do), when I look at another artist and wonder how they can have such great ideas. Then, I wonder why my ideas are so boreing.

The grass is always greener right?

The artists that I really admire always seem to have lots of creativity and imagination. Tackling subjects that seem so much bigger than the real world, and giving them a style that is a little left of center. I love fantasy for this reason. Its totally made up. Who can make that stuff up?! Where do those ideas come from? From the outside it seems like a really magical process. Just as magical as the finished artwork.

I have to battle my own sense of the mundane. Thinking that my own work is to reality based, and to simple.

Im being too hard on myself of course, aren't we all like that.

Im pretty sure William Morris felt the same way when he compared himself to some his contemporaries like Dante Gabrielle Rossetti. Morris is one of my absolute favorite graphic designers. He did things with simple flowers and plants that made them so much greater than what they were in real life, and yet showed how amazingly inspirational they were. Its such an interesting juxtaposition. A wild rose is so fascinating, so simple, so run of the mill when you see it everyday. Yet, so complex, so whimsical, so beautiful it could stop your heart. Who wouldnt want to reflect that in their art.

Is this the cross we all have to bare as artists? Constantly trying to be as good as nature? That wierd and wonderous realm where everything is possible, even when its impossible.

Always striving to be better, to be grander, and more original?

Am I just thinking too much?

Maybe its okay to be boreing.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Halloween ATC Weekend

This Halloween weekend I participated in a big trading session on Illustrated Atc's (dot) com. It was an organized event where everyone had the chance to make atc's (during the weekend) in the theme of Halloween or Fall.

These are the cards I made, and traded with other members. :)

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-Pumkins and Gourds.