Prairie Yoga

Prairie Yoga

I have never painted a successful Watercolor Portrait before. I took on a commission from a friend of mine to represent her as well as a symbol from a dream she had over a year ago. She had a drawing from this dream so I had something to work from but I was a bit intimidated when she mentioned a desire for it to be done in watercolor if at all possible. I do so love a challenge.

My friend loves Yoga and spiritual wellness. I felt a need to paint her doing what she loves and took her out into the Saskatchewan Outback to photograph her for her portrait painting. Her photos were spectacular (you may see another painting from the set). There was so much spirit and grace that came through that it made this project so much easier for me. I could see the painting in watercolor and no other medium. I tried to dissect the colors in the picture as much as possible and plot the painting carefully. Then, I just kinda went for it. I am so happy with the results.

Watercolor is a magical medium for me. When I finish a painting…I like it, sorta, but it isn’t until a few days later that I look at it and really enjoy it. Every day the painting grows on me a bit more until it is my favorite painting in my whole collection! Its just such a different medium than Oil Paint. I feel the need to step back and allow the painting to be different, lighter, more fluid, rather than pushing it to look like an oil painting.

Lucca

Lucca

“Lucca”. I had a really hard time naming this painting. I wanted a title that told a story about who these men hidden in the shadow of a door were and what they were doing. In the end, there were too many possible stories to sum up with a creative or clever title so I named it simply “Lucca”.

I LOVED Lucca. Lucca is the birth place of Puccini and right down the street from this wall is a church that has been dedicated to hosting nightly Puccini mini concerts (for more information on this check out their site at http://puccinielasualucca.com/). Lucca was full of amazing shopping, bicycles, and truffles.

Jazz Strada

Jazz Strada

“Jazz Strada”, an ambitious piece. While staring at Michelangelo’s all around Italy in May, I admired paintings that had a number of figures artfully scattered across the canvas. I have only ever painted one, maybe two, figured together in a piece before. This was a challenge I set for myself. This will not be the only piece with a number of characters in the scene. I found this challenge hugely satisfying.

This painting is based on a picture I snapped while walking down a narrow street in the old part of Rome. Rome was alive with music while I was there and these men has so much character and charisma I couldn’t not paint them. This saxophone player may just be the coolest guy in the world.