18 October 2014

Adjusting


Adjusting to life with Chewie has been interesting to say the least :) He is super cute and is definitely keeping up on our toes! 2 am baths because puppy ate the cat food, and it didn't settle right? Yup! That happened...there is a reason puppies are so adorable ;)


He's already made friends with Maverick, our neighbours pooch, and loves visiting him. Maverick is such a well behaved dog, that he's the perfect role model for him. 


Oreo, on the other hand, is going to take a bit longer to adjust I think. Some days I think they are coming around, and other days they take a couple steps back. But it's still early days, so hopefully in the future they can at least have some sort of truce. 

09 October 2014

Say Hello To Chewie


I want everyone to say 'Hello' to Chewie.  I know you got a sneak peak yesterday, but he got all zonked out from our walk yesterday and I was able to get super close with my camera and not have him move or try to lick it.


As mentioned yesterday, he's a Bernese Mountain dog. He's going to be massive - one source said males can get up to 120lb. We wanted a larger dog, and when we talked about it - it was always about the larger breeds. I never thought James would surprise me with a puppy though! He picked a good breed, I'm so very happy!


You can see how massive his paws are - a sure sign that he's got a lot of growing up to do. 



He is a pretty chill puppy. We take him out for a short walk - which he just tries to sit and lie down for half of it, and then he sleeps for a couple hours. Below you see him leaning against a tree after walking half a block. He's just a puppy, so we will build up these walks more with time.


He's a super smart puppy. He can already recognize when we get back on 'his' street. He just starts running (after resisting the walk the whole way lol) - first to our neighbours who have a Retriever dog that he has already played with. And then to our front door. He is also already going to the back door to be let out when he's ready to go 'potty'. 

08 October 2014

Big News!! Big!!


So I had all intentions of posting some more paintings this weekend - but something big happened. See that cutie pie up there - yup, he happened. James surprised me with a new puppy - Chewie, short for Chewbacca. (Look at those huge paws!!!) But then more and even more exciting happened...


THIS HAPPENED!!! It couldn't have been more perfect, and of course I said yes!


So this weekend was an eventful one, and now we are chasing a little (going to be huge) Bernese Mountain Dog around our house. So two big, big changes. Happy, happy times ahead!!! :D

05 October 2014

Painting Progress III: White Cloud Island

 
Another update on my, very large, commission. It doesn't look like too much was done, but more transparent layers were added to the islands, as well as the water and lower foliage started. You can see my 'mock' watercolour painting on the floor to the left - so, so tiny in comparison! 
 

An up close picture of all the layers in the islands. So beautifully colourful. I can't wait to be done and apply the final clear finishing product to it - it will make those colours so lusciously rich!


For those wondering the brand of paints I am working with - it's a mishmash of everything :) I've purchased acrylic paint tubes based on certain attributes that I am go after at that moment: transparent vs. solid, ect. So you end up with a couple brands after awhile. I figure since they are all artist's quality with wonderful light fastness ratings, it's not a huge deal :)

02 October 2014

Green Jade Succulent Watercolour Painting

https://www.etsy.com/listing/204214723/green-jade-original-watercolor-succulent
 
Today I'm sharing with you a smaller painting that I've painted up! 'Green Jade' is based on my Jade plant, which I've had for probably 3 years and this year took a turn for the worst and is slowly dying off. I'm having hope that it might come around, but it is not looking likely.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/204214723/green-jade-original-watercolor-succulent
I used the new watercolour paints that have been created by Golden for the green succulent foilage - Hello vibrant colour! I think as I need to replace used up tubes, I might opt for replacing them with the Golden ones. They are slightly more expensive, but the vibrancy is amazing.
 
"Green Jade" is available for purchase online, here. :)

30 September 2014

Painting Progress: White Cloud Island II


Today I'm sharing the progress of the largest painting I have ever attempted to tackle (and I am willing myself to make it a beautiful, shining success). It's loosely based on some photographs I took of White Cloud Island. This painting doesn't have to be a perfect representation based on where it's going after - but I do want it to look wonderful. And I know that it was originally based on local landscape. Mostly, I just want it really colourful to light up an area.

I began working on the landscape of this painting in greens - but it just wasn't cutting it. It wasn't as dramatic, and it wasn't as colourful as I was hoping. I was getting disappointed and discouraged. In my mind - it was typical and dull. I felt I hit a wall. There wasn't even much spark in the colour. So I started creating some dramatic contrast, and layering on bolder colours - I thought: if I don't like it to begin with, I can't really mess it up now, can I? It was the best decision. Below is how it was....I think the painting above it an excellent step away from that.
 
 
 Oreo, of course, is always hanging around while I'm working in my art studio. I've been fortunate that he never has the desire to rub his head - and long fur - into wet paint....yet.
 

 
He often sleeps on his back with his paws pulled up all cute like that. Oh, what a sweetie pie! A fluffy, soft sweetie pie :)

27 September 2014

Shine Through New Watercolour Painting

https://www.etsy.com/listing/204218687/shine-through-original-watercolor

I've added a new painting to my online store, "Shine Through." I know it's been a long while since I've added artwork, but things in the art studio having been brewing and I have lots to share in the upcoming days :)

https://www.etsy.com/listing/204218687/shine-through-original-watercolor

I've always wanted to incorporate when the sun peaks through all the leaves of a tree - a beautiful summer moment - into a painting, but wasn't quite sure how to achieve the desire effect and look that I was after. Finally, after some pondering, I got the effect I wanted. The yellow to green ombre really translates my thoughts into a colourful composition.

This original painting is available for sale, here.

Even more exciting - this painting is the 'cover' for my - wait for it....... my 2015 calendar!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/163952076/2015-12-month-watercolour-trees-desk-or

As well, 'Shine Through' is the month May.

 It took some quality time with Photoshop, but I've put together another colourful year for everyone :)

https://www.etsy.com/listing/163952076/2015-12-month-watercolour-trees-desk-or

It features a lot of new and fresh paintings - most of them never seen before and I will be sharing them with you throughout the week - so check back often if you see something on there you like but don't see in the shop. As previous years, this calendar will have a beautiful little mini art easel included with it - so you can display your months on the art easel, or you can tack/tape/magnet them to a board for a wall calendar :)

This calendar is currently in Pre-Sale. I have limited quantities, and it will begin to ship in mid-October. You can get yours, here.