Moraine Lake Painting

A few years ago, when many of my friends started to get married, I decided that instead of just getting them something off their registry, I would also offer to do a painting for the newly-weds. So I gave out customized certificates that I designed in Illustrator, which entitled the recipients to one painting, any size and any subject – as long as it was something I felt I could do good enough to be worthy of hanging on the wall.

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Greenbelt Photo Exhibition at the Malton Airport Gallery

Last weekend I took a trip over to Pearson Airport to check out one of their galleries because the Greenbelt Photo Exhibition, which includes my barn owl photo, is on display there until the end of this month as part of the Changing Exhibits series in the Malton Airport Gallery, located in Terminal 1. Pearson Airport actually has more than one space dedicated to different exhibitions of local art, as well as a permanent collection of large-scale sculptures and other installations. That permanent collection is a mixture of international artists and Canadian artists including some exceptional examples of First Nations art and artists.

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I have been very fond of bees, especially bumblebees, ever since I was a child and I used to pick clover blossoms and follow around bumblebees in grassy fields, moving slowly in their path so I could offer them my clover flower to sip from. Even being stung a few times (one time in my shoe by bizarre mischance) hasn’t dimmed the warm glow that comes from watching a bee bumble from flower to flower, and as I grew older, I learned to appreciate bees as well, for the important role they play in pollination.

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All the Best for 2016

Every year I design a card to send out to loved ones and normally I do a handdrawn illustration but this year I decided to go for a different look. This sparkly design features vector feathers arranged into snowflakes, which I felt fit nicely into my bird-friendly persona. I used Photoshop to create separate layers for each snowflake, using the blending option Bevel to give the appearance oif each snowflake being cut out of glitter paper. The glitter stock image was actually silver and I applied various layers to give it a nice touch of colour.

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Screech Owl in the Ash Tree

One of my favourite ways to do an illustration is to mix inked lines of varying weights with watercolour washes, I like the contrast between the stark lines and more delicate colours.

I did a birthday present for a friend of mine a few weeks back; a screech owl among the ash tree foliage, as she loves owls and was born under the Ash Tree Moon, from the Celtic calender of trees.  

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