I have painted this moose position three times and it surprises me that each one is so different. It kind of drives home the point that each artwork has its own unique characteristics. Im not a big fan of busy looking art, by that I mean a detailed main subject and a detailed background. My brain goes into shut down mode if there is too much to look at, like being in a large crowd and feeling the need to escape. So it makes perfect sense that this moose painting would be my favorite in my moose painting series. He is a calm and patriotic fellow.
I had a last minute commission from the owners of Olivers Coffee Shop. They are renovating their Gravenhurst location, found three spaces for paintings and asked if I could get them completed in the rather short time line. I was honured to be asked and I was able to complete them. I am so impressed by them. There is no shortage of beautiful mass produced art that is readily available and yet they have chosen in their stores to hang a range of art from local artists. So wonderfully supportive of Muskoka artists.
These pieces are painted on plywood using indoor outdoor paints. Each one is 20x50in
Some paintings are just pure pleasure to paint. This was one of them. It never ceases to amaze me how all phases of life has cycles of emotion and learning, sometimes all is well everything is clicking along and then POW!!!!!! All of a sudden its strugle and pain. Such is the stuff of growth......I want a vacation......
The title for this painting is kind of obvious, the expression on my brown bear is one with an annoyed look. I can see where the production of cute, cuddly teddy bears came from. The real live version looks so sweet and even a little docile so very far from the truth. These big boys and girls must be respected and I know I always plan on keeping my distance.
This little painting was created for a charity sale that will take place at Martins of Muskoka on December 10th for the Childrens Foundation of Muskoka. Local artists create beautiful works of art on 6x6in canvas to be sold for only $35.00 ea. I think its a great idea to make them so affordable and in time for Christmas.
I think Buffalo are in the same group as cows. They are both sweet, big and beautiful. I do not know why I have waited so long to paint a Buffalo but Iam glad I have. I always think of the Bugs Bunny episode where a bull is breathing on Bugs tail and he turns around and slaps the bull across the face. Such huge necks...beautiful...
This is number two and three of the three commissioned indoor/outdoor paintings I have been working on for a couple of weeks. Ive said it before and I will say it again.....I LOVE.......working on larger paintings. The only slight fly in the ointment is when working on the indoor/outdoor paintings my colour palette is limited more so than indoor canvas paintings. I use exterior paint for most of the projects then the top two layers are artists acrylics that are durable for full sun locations (just in case) with the addition of a chemical hardener, topped off with three coats of exterior varathane.
I was quite fortunate to have a request for three indoor/outdoor paintings and to make things even better I'm able to paint anything on the Muskoka wildlife theme. It does not get better than that....... They did start the ideas rolling by suggesting a bever, moose, coyote. So what I did end up painting was an otter a moose and a pair of wolves. Love that they let me decide it just makes it so much more enjoyable for me. The first painting completed is the otter.
I had a paint date with a friend of mine last week. In order to have a fun and productive time I needed to have a canvas ready to paint. Since I spent hours combing through photos and nothing clicked I decided to finish a canvas I began a year ago. The canvas was primed with black paint and the subject drawn out so it was a time saver. When I first started this one a year ago I failed to notice a flaw in the frame and when I did see it, I was anoyed so in the closet it went until I could get over it. Not bad it took a year.....ha..ha.
It has been a beautiful hot dry July. Although we wait for this time of year with such egarness the heat knocks us out. Its been so hot that the garden just gets watered and not much else so this week I painted instead. I found a photo I liked and this painting is the result.