I might be a little obsessed :)
This is the current favorite of the day.........
Cannot stop listening to this whole album........ non stop!
I might be a little obsessed :)
This is the current favorite of the day.........
Finally I can share what I painted for my Dad's birthday/Fathers Day present (since he received it last weekend).
I have really spent a good part of my painting time this year on animals, mostly birds and flowers. It's nice to switch things up. The more realistic works hold a different type of creative release and satisfaction. They are not as loose as the abstract but I love the building of the layers and how they eventually get to the point of where I want them.
All of these type of pieces I go through the same process. For the first few (or 10) layers I will absolutely hate it. A lot of them are requests or commissions and I am not sure if it's challenge or the added pressure of commissions but I will regret the paintings for the first few sessions I work on them. I swear the only factor that gets me to keep working is that I committed to the client and would hate to let them down.
By around the 3rd or 4th time I sit down with a piece, it will begin the turning point. When I start to feel some progress. That the shape starts to form and the shading starts to reach my preferences. They take much longer and are a fantastic exercise of my patience, that has been know on occasion to be short. The longevity of the more realistic work has shown me to embrace that I even have a process and just let it happen.
Happy Birthday Dad!
This year for Thanksgiving I got something a little different than traditional meal with family…… a visit from my grandmother. A full 2 days of just me and her (and to be selfish ….. no sharing her attention with anyone else)! It was nothing less than awesome.
We did a little shopping for her, ran a few errands but mostly just hung out and spent some time together. She is such a sweet soul. In the midst of our visit we had a little painting lesson. She has wanted to paint for some time and has been making progress but wanted a few pointers from how I approach a project. We set up….. aprons and painting attire on……. we paint.
2 sessions in one day and she did an amazing job. A few months shy of 80 and she is full of life! It was so nice to have her here with me.
Thanks for the visit, Nanny.
I went to Newfoundland for vacation and what an amazing time was had! I have been in Alberta for 14 years as of July 1 but I will never stop missing the ocean and the peacefulness of going back to where I began.
There is something about standing on a rock by the ocean that makes you feel like you are standing on the edge of the world!
It's that time of year in Edmonton that everyone hates. That first real big dump of snow that so inevitably happens that seems to put our city into shock for a few days. It is really no surprise but never welcome all the same.
I fell! Right on my a** while shoveling out my parking spot. I'm not sure what is more bruised...... my behind or my pride. :) Hazard of the season I guess!
The huge dump of snow really gathered on the trees and as much as I dislike the cold season, it sure was pretty. I stepped our for a few moments to take a few shots. Might as well find the silver lining, right?
What a crazy month it's been! I have done a heck of a lot of driving......participated in the Whyte Ave Art Walk.........was part of the follow up gallery show at the Daffodil Gallery............ attended a week long painting workshop in Red Deer...... said goodbye to my Mom and Dad who are moving back to Newfoundland to retire......oh and have I mentioned a lot of driving!
Phew! It's been a slice July. I've learned a ton, met some great people, and had a great time. Thanks!
I brought my camera along last week for a dog walk with a friend. It had rained quite a bit the few days prior which puts a damper on summer outdoor activities but it certainly covers the world with a layer of droplets that are fantastic for photography. This particular trail is enclosed with tall trees that provides this feeling of coverage that is beautiful. Here are a few shots from the walk:
I stumbled upon this today on lovely Pinterest and thought it was certainly blog worthy. Who does not love summer, right? I'm excited for warm weather, summer festivals and flowers. Happy Summer Solstice Everyone! xo
I returned from my British Columbia road trip last Monday but am only now getting the chance to upload my photos, after a busy week. My conclusion is I simply do not go to the mountains enough!
I really enjoy waterfalls and seriously could have stopped every 5 minutes to look at every single little one on the side of the highway. I obviously could not have done that and ever gotten to my destination but did get the chance to visit Bridal Veil Falls. They were awesome. I love any kind of water!
pro·cras·ti·nate [proh-kras-tuh-neyt, pruh-]
verb, pro·cras·ti·nat·ed, pro·cras·ti·nat·ing.
verb (used without object)
1. to defer action; delay: to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost.
Hi! My name is Jennifer and sometimes.....I procrastinate! There I said it.
We all do it from time to time in one form or another.
Life is busy. Something else took precedent. My fish died. I'm tired. I got company. I'm afraid I won't do it right so I avoid. I don't particularly love this task so I wait till last minute. A zillion reasons to not do something. Sometimes I even, somehow manage, to avoid the things I love to do because I lose focus or get caught up in the day.
Time management is difficulty and tricky but we all need it. I reach a point where I just need to stop, re-evaluate and divide and conquer!
Today I got my organizing hat on and got to business. I cannot function in clutter so tidied, cleaned, gutted and found a home for lost items. Fresh spring start and it feels good :)
The thought of how many animals are living (or soon not to be) in shelters never fails to break my heart into a million pieces. I am not a pet owner (aside from my few fish & snail) but I am, most certainly, an animal lover! There is nothing better then the relentless loyalty and love of a pet.
I was sent this link this morning showcasing the work of Traer Scott, Rhode Island based photographer and his work on Dogs in American Shelters. INCREDIBLE to say the least! I love a strong portrait and I love a cute fur baby face.
Hug your pets today.....just because!
Painting is essentially always for me (being my creative outlet) but these items are specifically for my own home. They are not varnished yet because I am not quite committed that they are done. This was the first time I have tackled a series with a common theme. I'm super happy with the results! This makes me want to work more series work.
Last week was an exciting week for me. I signed up for my first commission for a home. It will be a series of 3 large canvas. I received the referral from my dear friend, Kim, certified Interior Decor/Green Consultant , who thought of me when she was helping beautifully decorate the home of a client. We pulled some colors and firmed up the rough idea with the client and off to the art store I went. I'm pumped!
I've been mixed colors and applying texture with great care. I'm excited and scared all at once. It is a completely different ball game then just painting at will but so awesome because what more could I ask for..... creating a custom series for someones home. Art that was specifically cultivated for a person's most cherished space. I'm honored! I will post the end result when I'm done (and of course the client has seen them first).
Are you interested in custom pieces? Please do not hesitate to contact me. I'd be more then happy to discuss details.
My bag is packed and the brushes are put away. I'm off to spend the holiday season with my friends and family up north (and squeeze in a maternity shoot while I'm there). I started 4 new pieces last night that I hope to post shortly after my return :)
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season. Warm wishes from my heart to yours.
They are finally in and I love them! My new business cards arrived today and I could not be happier with them. Thanks moo.com :) Just in time for the new year.
I've been baking and getting my holiday check list done. One of my items this year was to try custom painting clear glass tree ornaments for my fellow staff members at work. I saw the idea online and thought what better present from me? They are like abstract painting in a Christmas ornament! Here is the finished product. I'm pretty happy with them.
I found this little number tonight on Pinterest:
It's directed at photography but I think it is applicable to any creative soul who needs a little reminder as to their purpose.
Happy Sunday, folks.
Stay tuned this week for the upload of some new pics on the portfolio.
_ Winter hit us hard today in Edmonton. The first few real inches of snow, horrible road conditions and forgetful drivers. It was one of those days where you head home and feel like staying there with an ample supply of hot chocolate until spring thaw. It’s not realistic but you feel it all the same.
Such a gloomy day needed a little reminder of something a little prettier. I finished this abstract sunset on the day of our first snow of this season. In preparation for the long Alberta winter a head. Keep warm and drive safe everyone!
_ Happy Thanksgiving!
I spent the weekend with my family in Fort McMurray. This is one of our newest members of our family….. Chase. Baby Chase is at that age that he’s little personality is developing and oh did he win me over with his charm today. What a sweetheart!
Dimples and drooling and sincere smiles.
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