Inspired by..Creative Everyday (a community..)

Gotta love having an extra day to get things done. However, here I am still posting February’s challenge for Creative Everyday last minute…..

This months topic….Night.

A progression for you because it seems everyone likes to see the different stages a painting goes through…me included! (No intuitive painting here!)

Creative Everyday, birch, acrylic painting, trees,aspen,snow
reative Everyday, birch, acrylic painting, trees,aspen,snow
reative Everyday, birch, acrylic painting, trees,aspen,snow
reative Everyday, birch, acrylic painting, trees,aspen,snow
reative Everyday, birch, acrylic painting, trees,aspen,snow

Fascinated with snow…the painted kind.I especially love the contrast between the lights and darks. Hoping to work further with this in the future.

Short and sweet, but I have few other challenges to finish before the witching hour.

To check out other artists interpretation of “night” ¬†~ have a look here!

Adios my friends


Inspired by…my camera settings

I have been working very hard at finishing some of the unfinished canvas hanging about my studio. It has been hard.

I am a starter. I love the process of coming up with an idea and executing. Unlike others, I love a blank canvas.

My downfall is when to call it quits. If a canvas is leaning against a wall or laying on the floor it is still fair game and should not be surprised if it is gessoed over. The closest art store is 2 hours away so when I get the urge to paint it is quite often over some unfinished work that I may not be loving.

Not a good habit… because not only has many, many hours probably gone into that piece, but as we all know, every painting has an ugly stage. A stage that needs to be worked through in order to learn and grow.

I know I am heading somewhere with all of this….

Ah yes…my new technique. Photographing my art work and playing with the balances in my photo editing program.

winter birch, acrylic, painting, mountains

This is where my painting stands now. A bit too blue for my liking. I may have just bought a new tube of cobalt teal…

winter birch, acrylic, painting, mountains

Playing with my white balance. Adding more contrast. Taking out some of the color.

winter birch, acrylic, painting, mountains

Once again playing with the white balance. Adding a bit of warmth,  fading the blues and cooler colors.

winter birch, acrylic, painting, mountains

This looks like a very cold winter day. I am thinking I may add snowflakes to this one.

So, one unfinished painting, with many different directions to go in. I love the flexibility of acrylic paint. Always remember…no fear. You dont like something ~ change it!

I am thinking this painting may become a field of beautiful red poppies…..

I jest. Actually, if I recall correctly, this painting use to be of bumble bees….

No, I will finish it. I have to finish it because that is the goal.I just wish I didnt feel so done with it. I wish I had the same enthusiasm I had for it in its first couple of hours…the honeymoon stage.

I am thinking more branches, less blue, more white and a little something to make the trees pop out….and maybe a few more months leaning against the wall. I know something will eventually come to me!

Next week….playing with darks and lights using photo editing techniques!

Inspired by….lovely layers, texture and color

Day 3~ Blogtoberfest

For Illustration Friday~ Hibernate

Illustration Friday is a weekly creative outlet/participatory art exhibit for illustrators and artists of all skill levels. It was designed to challenge participants creatively. We believe that every person has a little creative bone in their body. Illustration Friday just gives a no-pressure, fun excuse to use it.

Growing up in Ontario, Birch trees were everywhere. I was always quite fascinated by their peeling layers of bark and beautiful color. To this day they still remind me of winter in Ontario.The unbelievable colors , beautiful texture and detail..Unfortunately, I dont get to see them as much as I would like living here in B.C. So now I paint them…..
I am fortunate enough to have two little gems in my front yard. My husband had them planted when we landscaped our garden. They have been the site of many photo op. Below are some pictures during different seasons and time of the day. They are constantly changing…LOVE!
spring birch

Look at the layers…

Birch paper

Interesting patterns, texture and color


I cant get enough of that little raindrop resting…