Hello! I wanted to write this message to let you all know what I've been up to with my art this year!
A month in 2017 has already passed and I've been lucky enough to create more Spirit Animal paintings. Over the past year, I started painting this series.. These started off as small 8 x 10” Acrylic on canvas paintings. Here are the first four that I made:
In these small paintings, I create animals with qualities that I admire. I am in love with creating a sense of movement, using swirling brushstrokes and layers of translucent glazes. While I admire all animals, I began painting animals that I often see at my home by the river or at the lake in Minaki. Some of my favourites are: owls, foxes, wolves, eagles, hawks, otters, deer and bears.
I can’t get enough of bears and owls!
I soon found out that a lot of people love these animals too! And in these paintings it isn’t just about recreating nature, it is about creating an emotion or feeling. When I am working on these Spirit Animals, I feel both calm and a sense of energy.
When I'm painting them, all feels right in my little corner of the world.
A sense of calm and energy is something I think a lot of people want in their lives. My hope is that someone looking at my paintings can feel a sense of that. Maybe having a painting of mine in their home can give them a feeling of peace, happiness, and beauty, a little bit every day.
Every painting that I create is deeply personal to me. Often when I’m working on a painting, I will have a word, message, or feeling that I think of as I’m working. With each new piece this year, I’ll have a small note, wrapped around a feather, twig, or inside a tiny glass bottle. When you take home a painting of mine, you can read this message and know what I was thinking of while working on your painting!
Also, my paintings have started to grow in size! I’ve worked on paintings that are 24x48” 20x 40" and 40x40”. I know I will continue to go larger with my art because it is amazing to capture the size of an animal on a larger surface. The sense of movement that you can get is incredible!
In all honesty, I’ve become more confident with my painting as a result of every person that has ever commented on my art or purchased one of my paintings. As much as I love painting for myself, I cannot express how much I am encouraged and motivated by the feedback from others about my work. So, Thank you!
I am pretty excited to see where these Spirit Animals will take me.
P.S. I’m going on a trip to Hawaii in the Spring and my hope is that I will see a Sea Turtle., which I will create a large painting of. Wouldn’t that be amazing? I wonder what else I will see.
Thank you for reading!
To see which paintings are available, please visit my Gallery page. I am also more than happy to create custom work, so please feel free to send me a message from my Contact page.