Commission paintings

I have completed a number of commission paintings recently. 

J’ai récemment réalisé un certain nombre de peintures de commission.

All works of art are commissioned in the sense that no artist can create one by a simple act of will but must wait until what he believes to be a good idea for a work comes to him.

W. H. Auden

Ink and watercolour dog portrait of Jamal the pug.
Ink and watercolour dog portrait of Jamal the pug.

Vintage Triumph motorcycle, acrylic on canvas.
Vintage Triumph motorcycle, acrylic on canvas.

Watercolour and coloured pencil portrait.
Watercolour and coloured pencil portrait.

Family portrait, ink and watercolour
Family portrait, ink and watercolour

And here’s a couple photos mid process. 

Pet portrait in ink alone.
Pet portrait in ink alone.
Vintage Triumph motorcycle, ink on paper.
Vintage Triumph motorcycle, ink on paper.
Beginnings of the watercolour portrait
Beginnings of the watercolour portrait

If you have any questions in regards to having a painting commissioned, please feel free to email me: info@terriheal.com for an estimate. 

Si vous avez des questions concernant la mise en service d’une peinture, n’hésitez pas à m’envoyer un email à info@terriheal.com pour un devis.

Women and words mixed media experiments

Words, hand lettering and script. 

On my Pinterest page I have pinned a number of pieces of art that I find inspiring or have elements that I would love to experiment with. (Come on… admit it! We all have scads of pins that we’ve never tried to make). There are many with words, hand lettering, script, fonts and typography. I love the visual impact of large scale hand lettering and the mystery of incomplete words or faces.

Such as the works of Florian Nicolle aka Neo.

A few weeks ago I decided to make a couple of Secret Santa gifts, rather than purchase them. What better than to knock off some pinterest inspiration! 

Kayleigh. Mixed media portrait, charcoal, chalk, ink and paper. 8″ x 10″.

The text on Kayleigh’s face is an ink jet print of some vintage handwriting I found online. 

Daniela. Mixed media portrait, charcoal, chalk, ink and paper. 8″ x 10″.

For Daniela, I used a letter written by Shakespeare. 

After gaining confidence and hearing positive feedback on the first 2 smaller pieces, I drove into a larger canvas with some acrylics. 

Hannah. Mixed media portrait, acrylic and tissue on canvas. 25″ x 54″.

With this canvas being so much larger than my first 2 pieces, I wrote freehand, with watery black paint the lyrics of Blackbird by the Beatles.

The lovely faces for these portraits are from Julia Kay’s Portrait Party on flickr.

Self Portraits aka Selfies

This coming week in participating in a group art show at the Martin Bachelor Gallery which is themed Selfie.  Or  what they used to refer to back in the days of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Kahlo  etc as self portraits.

Selfie painting, acrylic, 12" square
Selfie painting, acrylic, 12″ square

No, I’m not a Millenial narcissist as Psychology Today and this selfie article help explain the point of view.

Selfie painting, chalk and charcoal, coloured pencil, toned tan, 9" x 12"
Selfie painting, chalk and charcoal, coloured pencil, toned tan, 9″ x 12″

It should be a fun show with dozens of faces of different styles and interpretations staring down at the viewers.

UPDATE: One of the curators Efren Quiroz made this video interviewing many of the artists. Sadly is unable to attend the opening and meet some of  these talented people.

Here is a review of the show has recently been published in the Times-Colonist, written by a well known local arts writer/critic Robert Amos.

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Little Critter Dog Portrait

Drawing animals isn’t hard, right?

Like a dog portrait. Unless you’ve been commissioned by a sentimental owner or a zoologist that can spot the variances in its anatomy!  😡
A year ago my boss at my regular day job asked me to do a painting of his dog who had passed away some time earlier. I agreed because I’m up for a challenge generally. He supplied me with a dozen snap shot photos from the 1970’s, which is to say that they aren’t of the best condition or composition.

I’m now beginning my third attempt 😬

Work in progress, sketch on wood panel
Work in progress, sketch on wood panel
Snap shot from the 1970's as a reference for the dog portrait
Snap shot from the 1970’s as a reference for the dog portrait

I rather liked my second attempt in watercolours but he thought the dog looked silly. I thought it showed his personality! Like many of the dogs in this how-to guide

Dog portrait, watercolour on paper
Dog portrait, watercolour on paper

My first attempt in acrylics from last summer s going okay until a bit a roadblock on the background. I stared at it for weeks before turning it towards the wall. I just couldn’t make the gravel of the background interesting.

Dog portrait in acrylic on canvas
Dog portrait in acrylic on canvas

If he doesn’t like number #3 I might throw in the towel 😢

 

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Sketches of women in pink and orange.

I sketched these lovely ladies for the Summer of Color blog party, week 2. The color prompts for this week are Pink + Pink + Orange.

In my search for a subject that would reasonably translate to these colors I saw many works of girls and women with pink and orange peach skin, pink clothing and auburn hair. Bingo!
I have always admired the classic sketches of women by artists such as Leonardo DaVinci (indisputably a genius!) but I have yet to master his subtlety. I have made attempts to learn from copying his work before but decided to look a little farther afield when I came across a red chalk sketch by Edward Burne-Jones. Red, pink, orange. They’re all the same family, right?

Most of the models used by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood had a very distinctly stylized look to their lips, nose and jaw line. I got close with the lips but I still have more practice ahead of me.

Sketch of a woman based of work of Edward Burne-Jones. Pink & orange pencil on orange paper.
Sketch of a woman based of work of Edward Burne-Jones. Pink & orange pencil on orange paper.

While I still had the inspiration and not ready for bed yet I did another quick sketch but switched the colours around. In the hundreds of ladies I flipped past in the search results I found an older artist previously unknown to me: Phillppe Mercier. He was most well known for his portrait work.

Sketch of a woman reading a book. Based on the work of Phillppe Mercier.
Sketch of a woman reading a book. Based on the work of Phillppe Mercier.
Sketch of a women in contemplation
Sketch of a women in contemplation, work in progress. Based on DaVinci.
Venus sketch
Venus sketch, inspired by Botticelli.
The Red Head was illustrated with the Magic pencil in Fire (yellow, orange & magenta) by Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth
The Red Head was illustrated with the Magic pencil in Fire (yellow, orange & magenta) by Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth

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50 Shades of Green Art Show

Bull kelp painting, art show
The Whisper, 16″ x 20″, oil on canvas painting. Bull kelp is very plentiful on the West Coast.

I’m organizing a group art show called “50 Shades of Green” starting March 18/15 at The Dock Victoria, 300-3 Fan Tan Alley, Victoria BC V8W 1W3

The theme for the art show isn’t about the colour, it’s about nature and the environment.

There will be works from a dozen local artists on display until April 15th. Some of those are:

Robin Drader

Melodie Hutmacher

John Comuzzi

Aura Arindam  

John Janzen

Alan Klughammer

Katarina Hardisty

Heather Barr

Elaine Lauzon

Elizabeth Dailey 

Terri Heal 

 

Hopefully you can join us for the opening reception March 18 6-8pm for a meet-n-greet with refreshments.

See you there!

 

Fast, Slow and a Series

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An assortment of crows. All are acrylics except centre right which is watercolor on birch panel.

 

What can be learned by doing things really fast?  Or really slow? Or in a series?

Reiteration

Many artists painted have the same subject over and over, from different angles (Monet’s Waterlilies) and others have painted the subject repeatedly looking the same (Warhol’s Marilyn silkscreens) in an effort to show that even with endless amounts of reproduction where on the surface they appear the same, the small smears and clogs give an individuality to each piece. Even in my attempts to manually reproduce the same familiar image from memory, each time there would be variations to the theme. Some I liked and of course others not so much.

What I found is that each time I repeat a subject (such as a  bird) I become more aware of :

*the textures & highlights

*the shape & proportion

*the body language & movement

*seemingly subtle things such as the highlights of an eye can draw your attention

*the addition of a tiny prop like a cigarette can change the attitude

 

Speed

I hadn’t tried to give myself a time limit until I applied to compete in Art Battle, along with a few friends (Buddy System!).

My first reaction to the challenge was trepidation but the more I thought about it the old saying of “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” was lingering in the back of my mind.  That’s when I made the dive and sent in an application, only then to panic with my acceptance!

I needed a plan of action so our group, which we soon dubbed “the A-Team” (an attempt to take on the strength & ingenuity of these iconic characters) put into motion several practice sessions, complete with timers, distractions and loud music (we had to learn to block these things out).  We tried new images and old familiar ones to the point where it began to feel that our hands began to form a memory of their own for the twists and turns required, endeavoring to become more efficient in the movements each time. The results did surprise me at times and really made me consider whether some of the long drawn out hours necessarily paid off?

The day of the competition was loaded with adrenalin, unfamiliar materials and faces but I’m certainly glad I did it. Will I compete again? Only the future will tell but in the meantime I have a collection of birds in various sizes and shapes to contemplate and learn from 🙂

 

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New photos of various creations added

I have added a number of photos of new creations including: Paintings, Sketches, & Abstract Paint images. I’ll have them sorted into galleries shortly 🙂

You will have to experiment and try things out for yourself and you will not be sure of what you are doing. That’s all right, you are feeling your way into the thing. (Emily Carr)