Last summer while on vacation in Wisconsin, my dear friend took me to a local artist shop. It was there that I found a rolling pin with the cutest design of chick-a-dee birds burned into the wood. I took it home as a souvenir and a source of inspiration! Until then, wood burning had never occurred to me as a thing to do, but the rolling pin look so cool I had to give it a try myself. Funny enough, I ended up with two pyrography kits! One was gifted to me by my mother who didn't know I had...Read More
This weekend I FINALLY started the follow up piece to Hannah the Cow. It’s another watercolour on wood painting – this time featuring a rooster. Unlike the previous painting, this guy is a real-life animal named Ethan Hawk! He is a resident of a local animal sanctuary that a friend of mine volunteers at. I just love his feather colouring, and as soon as I saw his photo, I knew he would be the perfect model for my painting! To get the ball rolling on this piece, I started with several rough drafts. My main concern was drawing him big...Read More
Disclaimer: I am not vegan, nor am I against the agricultural/livestock community. Did you know that June 3rd is National Animal Rights day? I only found out about a week or so ago, however, the timing works out well with my most recent piece, a watercolour portrait of a cow decorated with a crown and collar of bold flowers. It’s only been recently that I have learned about how cows (and all other farm animals for that matter) are raised for consumption, both here in America and the rest of the world. What I’ve come to know as a sad...Read More
After a year in the works Stanley the Clown Dog is finally complete! I couldn't be more happy with this piece! :) Stanley was created using oil paints on a flat board canvas. I made two versions of this painting, the final product being the 2nd and complete version. During the course of this painting I used both the alla prima technique and the indirect painting method to achieve the various effects and tones.