Art and Creativity

Creative explorations in paint, pencil and charcoal.

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Daily Painting

Everyday I create a small painting. The intent is to practice loose, intuitive painting that is reflective of an abstracted realism.

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Charcoal Drawings

I enjoy drawing very realistic charcoal drawings as a way of pushing my abilities to represent realistic imagery

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A Bit of Painting

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Sharing a bit of my daily painting from the last week or so. I am still working on these so I still consider them to be works in progress. Still working on what the direction is for them but not worrying about it too much because it’s about the process not the product.

I did add to this one today but haven’t documented it yet.

This one also had some extra added in. I’ll have to post that later.

I really like this one and can’t see that I am going to make many changes.

This one is actually brighter in real life but I am not sure what is next. Perhaps some bigger, darker  shapes.

I added some whites to this one and played with some smaller black areas.

I love this one. I might have to leave it alone for a bit so that I don’t feel like I am going to be tentative when I start on the next layer.

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Fort St. John Art Walk

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After working for several weeks on some new paintings it was great to hang them in a local cafe for the annual Fort St. John Art Walk. Until the middle of July these four pieces are going to be hanging in the Whole Wheat and Honey Cafe.

I have continued to paint over the last several weeks and  bounced back and forth between a couple different ideas.

These six pieces are what I am working on for my class with Nicholas Wilton. They are still evolving and so the next time I show you them they are probably going to be entirely different.

For example this is what these paintings looked like last week.

So next week…who knows!

The representational work that I finished followed the same principles of contrast, value and differences.

I made some pretty significant changes to the overall composition and really tried to balance the values and make sure that each area was emphasizing the differences.

This is how the painting looked previously.

So this coming week I am planning on working on the series of 6 and perhaps playing on a couple of extra panels.

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Daily Painting!

I’ve been painting everyday recently and have really been enjoying the challenge again. This time, however, I am not focusing on finishing a painting every day but simply that I am painting every day.

I signed up for a class with Nicholas Wilton called “Art2Life:Creative Visionary Path” and am 5 weeks into the program and can honestly say that it is one of the best classes that I have ever taken. There are another 7 weeks in the program and I can’t wait to see what direction my work takes over this time.

These two paintings above are 12 inches square and the next couple of paintings are larger at 24 inches square. These next ones are very much a work in progress and I have only started reworking them recently.

I didn’t realize that I had only taken close up shots of the next two paintings.

However this one was reworked this morning. 
And now looks like this…can you see where my cowgirls still live?

These painting are actually some of my favourites right now and I actually didn’t think that I would enjoy creating value studies to such a degree…did you see what I did there…silly!

This week we introduced 2 colours and continued our value studies. 

I enjoy the new direction in this work and it will be interesting to see how and where the work goes from here!

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Flower Paintings Finished!

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I’ve fallen back in with painting flowers again. I think it’s because winter has been so long and the prospect of spring in the North is tentative. Especially since it’s been snowing for three days now. Although next week is suppose to be +12 so here’s hoping!

This painting was on the easel for a couple of weeks like this.

I couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted to do. Then one morning I had a dream about a red striped vase. I got up at 5am (right after I woke up from the dream) and finished this painting. Love it when it comes together like that!

My next painting was actually painted over another that I decided I didn’t like. So I painted it black and started over again. A lot of the texture in this one is the under painting.

What I really like about this one is the realistic elements combined with the simplified graphic elements. Again I was struggling with this one and the background went through a couple of transitions until I settled on this.  I’m quite please with how it turned out.

Tomorrow, Saturday March 26 the Facebook group I belong to is having an auction here on the Gallery Nouveau Page. There are over two hundred artists that offer original and print work throughout the month on Saturdays. I will be showing on the last weekend of the month.

This weekend I am offering prints of the two paintings above and a third print of a mermaid that I drew last year.

In addition I an offering the two original paintings for sale of the flower paintings above. You have to join the Facebook group to bid but there is always an great selection of artwork available! From prints to originals and a wide variety of subjects. 

Every weekend there is a different group of artists selling their work and it’s worth joining up to take a look!

Have a great day!

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Painting Give Away (Closed!)


Closed! Rhea Richmond is the WINNER!

Since spring is right around the corner…for some of the world at least! I thought it would be nice to give away a painting that is very much reminiscent of spring.

So this is the painting I am giving away. It is 7.5 x 11 inches and painted with acrylics on paper.

Spring Painting Give Away

The best thing about this giveaway?


You read that right! No shipping costs to anywhere! All you have to do is comment about your favourite thing about this time of year! That’s it!

Good luck and I will draw the winner on March 10 at 9am PST.



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My Art this Week


I decided that if I don’t/can’t paint in the morning that I would draw in the evening. I thought it was a good compromise.


My article in Art Quilting Studio arrived this week!


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New 100 Day Project

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I have started a new “100 Days” project. I was very happy with my progress on the last project and when I was done the 100 days of painting it was easy to keep painting. 

This time I have decided to work on developing my abstract painting skills. So my project is going to be 100 days of abstract painting. I’m going to paint larger than last time and go with 12×18 inch paper.

Again I will post them weekly for you to see and the plan is to get them up on Etsy for sale. Today was Day 4 of 100.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4


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A Brief Hiatus

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I had decided to take a brief break. Since I had painted everyday for 9 months I decided that I had earned a bit of a break from the Internet 😀

While I haven’t been posting regularly I have been working on a few different things that I thought I would share with you.

I took on a commission back in September and spent almost a month creating this painting. Here are some step by step progress shots



Notice that I raised her back a bit so that it is level with her head.

I decided to change the background to put her in a more natural environment. Originally I was going to add extra details like leaves etc. But I felt that it could detract from the detail in the chameleon.

Since I have been back to the daily high school teacher thing it’s been hard to paint everyday and the 5 am thing, while still happening has been tough. I think I just need to redirect my energy a bit and I think I am coming to the end of my time off and am going to jump back in. 
However on the home front I just finished installing a reclaimed wood wall in my kitchen. Please note my fabulous penny counter!

We finished the wall but I still have to seal it so I will post a picture of it finished soon. It used to be two see rate door but we took those out and installed bypass doors. I still have to paint those but that will happen next weekend. I painted the wall brown so that any spots that you could see through didn’t have glaring white peeking through.

So back to daily morning artwork creation. And next week my week of teaching in the “Art of Gratitude” starts. Looking forward to seeing what people create with my lessons!

Have a great week!

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Inspiration Time!

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I took a full week off from painting everyday but it doesn’t mean that  I wasn’t working on something creative! With the new school year starting my original plan (haha…plans!) was to not make any major changes to what I teach this semester since it is basically the same schedule that I ended with in June.

And then I had a brainstorm…darn it! I then spent two straight days creating a brand new activity for my classes. So two days and three different 100 page documents later (not finished though) I think I have enough to get started. 

I decided that I wanted to start every class with a different artist. I wanted the artists to be contemporary and interesting. So the week will start with an artist, the next day an artist working in a similar theme but different medium. Next a female artist and then a Canadian artist and lastly a funny take on the theme or a parody.
The problem creating this was that I needed three completely different lists. On sculpture based, one for a grade 11 classes and one for a grade 12 class. Finding the artists was fairly easy. I found this fabulous website called MyModernMet and I just used those artists as my inspiration artists. Then I had to find the other four artists for that week based on the theme of my inspiration artist.

These were a couple of my favourites. 

Edoardo Tresoldi (link in the pictures) 

Matt Molloy (Canadian Artist!)

Marisa Redondo

Ed Fairburn

And those are just four of the 50+ I found as inspiration artists

Then I decided to find videos…oy.

So I did manage to get three weeks done per class but I will have to devote time each week staying on top of it but it should be really interesting. Now if I was really ambitious I would tie each weeks artists to the work that the students are creating…probably a good idea if I give up on the idea of sleep and quit doing anything for myself!

Tomorrow is back to work and back to teaching which also means back to my daily ritual of being up at 5am to paint before getting ready for the day. I’m actually really excited about getting back to it…should I clarify? The teaching or the painting? Both actually but, being honest I didn’t paint for a week and I’m itchy to get back to it. I haven’t taught for two months and I wouldn’t mind some more time off! Don’t get me wrong I really do enjoy my job but it is exhausting.

So I went on my favourite website ( for looking for reference imagery and found a bunch that I loved and will print off this evening for using tomorrow. Here are a couple.


I ran a couple of them through an editing program to reduce the details a bit. Plus it’s just fun to experiment.


Exciting new things for this week! Don’t forget to enter the contest for a free piece of artwork. The link is on the side of the page! The draw will be on the 14th so don’t miss out!

Lastly make sure to comment on this post to win one of two free places in the online Art group I am part of called “Art of Gratitude” there are 9 different artists, each with a different project focused on gratitude and will run for 9 weeks. It’s going to be amazing!

The picture below is a link to the course outline and sign up. Join us!



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