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the house finch

19 May

Over the past half decade I have really taken a liking to bird watching. I find it to be a fascinating hobby; one that would definitely take years to master, as there are just so many beautiful birds with ample variations. Not only are they gorgeous creatures to watch, but they are also a great source of inspiration for my artwork. Serious bird-watching started in 100 Mile House where you may remember a few cuties like red-polls and chipping sparrows from post these: frequent winter visitors, the birds are back and chipping sparrow.  When we first moved to Castlegar, there was a short one year hiatus of feathered friends, as we lived in a basement suite… we really missed having the outdoor space, as well as the company of birds and their songs, so moving to our own little house, with a gorgeous front yard, allowed me to hang a feeder again. IMG_8149We have a great variety of fliers come to visit our “restaurant,” but one of my favorites so far is the house finch: bright red highlights, speckled stomach, deep browns on his back, and that fantastic prominent beak! I painted a tiny little portrait of one a few weeks ago, but had yet to share my results here with you here on the blog, so here he is. He was all hand-drawn with graphite, painted with acrylics and then finished with ink on a one inch deep 4×4 wood panel. IMG_8343 IMG_8349 IMG_8354 IMG_8371If anyone is interested in taking this little guy home, send me an e-mail and we’ll discuss details: naturesmyfriend@gmail.com

sprouting new ideas

16 Feb

New ideas have been sprouting out of my brain like crazy… my sketchbook pages especially have been sprouting some new things. I’m super happy to have my creative groove back, and a new body of work that has been on the forefront these days is a series all about mushrooms. I AM IN LOVE! The shapes, the texture, the colors… they are adorable and absolutely fascinating. I’ve been playing with line drawing and relief printmaking so far, and truly have enjoyed just making and experimenting. I might want to try my hand at painting or sculpting a few of these cuties too, but I’ll make sure to keep it simple if I do. Who knows where this new series will take me!? Thought I’d share some photographs of the process, exploration and results thus far. Enjoy! mush1 mush2 mush3 mush4 mush5 mush7 mush8 mush9

wrapping things to unwrap ideas

24 Dec

drawingsnthings1I have been trying to unlock my creative mind’s eye for the past couple months, and as you may remember from my last post, inspiration had been fleeing from me. This is the first year in the past three, that I decided to not participate in Art House’s Sketchbook Project so, I lacked that yearly catalyst which often helps me get to creating and producing after that tiring slump that always follows my holiday shows. I am happy to say that a present came early for me this year as I finally unwrapped some of my ideas last night. Ironically, it was right after I wrapped up a new journal. Perhaps all it took was starting with something “crafty” that didn’t require a fabulous outcome. I mean how hard is it to coat a cover in glue then stick some brown paper onto it? drawingsnthings2 drawingsnthings3That simple action of just making got me going, and all of a sudden I was in a creative mood, turning to blank pages, grabbing from piles of collected ephemera, diving into paints to mix specific hues, etc… the discovery of material was a definite stimulus. I forgot how much fun it is to just “play,” and before I knew it my first two page spread was complete. It is my hope that this new bound book will become a frequent creative vehicle for me in the new year that will foster the documentation of thoughts. Did you wrap or unwrap something today that inspired you? (Christmas pun intended).