Monday, July 11, 2016
This is the most over the top pet portrait I have ever done - and I love it! Even the chickens are portraits. Rusty and Lucy are the dogs on the left and Jake and Corbin are the cats on the right. The clients have collected my work for a few years and I finally got to see the amazing backyard farm they have created. It is so full of fabulous plants I could have painted every day for the rest of the summer.
Rich with his amazing lilies. These aren't even the giant ones!
Lucy and Kurt examine the finished painting.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
A new commission for a home outside Seattle. This contemporary house is surrounded by extraordinary rainforest and I chose to portray the two aspects of life there. The wildness of native plants - Douglas fir, maple and dogwood on the left - and the tamest of all hybridized garden plants -petunias and geranium on the right. The painting measures 90x30 inches on three panels.
The client requested copper leaf. In fact I have had a surge of requests for copper this spring. It seems it is trending!
The client also requested hummingbirds.
The darkness of the copper combined with the shiny and unforgiving surface of the wooden panel required a bold painting style. I started with something more textured and gentle but, after much struggle, came to this almost cartoon inspired way of dealing with the drama of the materials.
I left a little texture in the copper leaf - but not as much as I usually do when I work on canvas.
When I delivered this commission to its new home I felt so pleased to see it surrounded by equally bold dark wooden furniture and a picture window to the left of the painting showing the same giant trees featured in the painting. The copper glowed and looked perfect! What a good choice by my clients.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
I just got back from an art licensing show in New York City where buyers look for artwork to use on fabrics, paper products, children's books and any other product they can print on. To get ready I designed these posters using pieces of my paintings and colouring them in Photoshop. It was so much fun!
After they were printed I applied gold, silver and copper leaf to them by hand.
I liked the designs so much I made promotional cards to give away.
And of course I wore gold to match the gold leaf!
Friday, April 15, 2016
I just got back from Halifax, Nova Scotia, where I painted a 35 foot long mural for fabulous new restaurant Eliot and Vine. Full disclosure, it is owned by my wonderful friend Johanna Eliot. The mural tells the story of her life through the symbolism of plants. Each panel represents things like her parents, her children, her pets, her friends and her future dreams.
Lovely friends helped me to celebrate the mural installation. I am on the left and Johanna Eliot, the restaurant owner and my best friend since college, is beside me.