Inktober 2018 part 2

Inktober 2018 part 2

The Ocean Edition: It’s a wrap! 

Inktober Group 5
Inktober Group 5

I made it to the end & managed to keep top my goals, allowing for both some growth & some refinement along the way. 

Je suis parvenu à la fin et j’ai réussi à ne pas dépasser mes objectifs, ce qui a permis à la fois de la croissance et du raffinement.

Inktober Group 6
Inktober Group 6

One area I felt the need to stretch out a bit was more colour when the subject required it.

Un domaine dans lequel j’ai ressenti le besoin de s’étendre un peu était la couleur lorsque le sujet le demandait.

Inktober Group 7
Inktober Group 7

Once again, feel free to check out my Instagram @paintgirl21 for the individual images.

Encore une fois, n’hésitez pas à consulter mon compte Instagram @ paintgirl21 pour les images individuelles.

Inktober Group 8
Inktober Group 8

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.

My creative tribes, I feel welcomed!

Tribes, communities, gangs or birds of a feather?

Why do I have this blog? Who might be reading it? 

… Or belong to an Urban Sketchers Group?

Where I many times sit on a tiny stool in all kinds of weather. 

Pourquoi ai-je ce blog? Qui pourrait le lire?

… ou appartenez-vous à un groupe de dessinateurs urbains?

Où je suis souvent assis sur un petit tabouret par tous les temps.

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Urban Sketches
Urban sketches

… sign up for online sketchbook klasses? (The k is intentional 😉

Absorbing hours of video and pdf content. 

… vous inscrire aux carnets de croquis en ligne? (Le k est intentionnel;)

Absorber des heures de contenu vidéo et pdf.

Sketchbook Skool assignments
Sketchbook Skool assignments
Sketchbook Skool assignments
Sketchbook Skool assignments

… participate in local art classes?

In a foreign studio space, always managing to forget at least one vital supply ( how could I not have realized I was nearly out of cadmium red dark?!).

… participer à des cours d’art local?

Dans un studio étranger, j’oublie toujours au moins un stock vital (comment ne pas avoir réalisé que j’étais presque à court de rouge de cadmium?!).

Acrylic paintings on canvas
Acrylic paintings on canvas
Portrait of Ryan, acrylic on canvas.
Portrait of Ryan, acrylic on canvas.

… and join MeetUp communities filled with artists and kindred spirits who are open to learning and growing, outside of a traditional classroom environment? 

Well, primarily because I like to share and I enjoy learning from other artists like myself, as well as open hearted individuals.

There are many times when pursuing art can be a necessarily solitary endeavor, yet we still crave connection to our tribe, the people who may seem faceless, but we feel ‘know’ us in a way our family & friends can’t. 

To be able to compare experiences of materials and techniques. Tips on where to find supplies and also drool over coveted items. 

I’m lucky to live in good sized city with a thriving arts community but I still enjoy hearing those voices of comrades and seeing their work from far corners of the world.

So if you live near or far, have a simple question or just wanted to drop a simple :), I’d love to hear from you! 

#untrending by Vicki McLeod
#untrending by Vicki McLeod

P.S. I’d like to acknowledge the great encouragement contained in the bite sized book #UNTRENDING by Vicki McLeod.

I had the pleasure of meeting this lovely author, speaker and entrepreneur recently and I was delighted to hear that we shouldn’t feel that the Internet shouldn’t be viewed as a huge time-sucking, cotton-candy filled wasteland (although it could of you let it!)

It’s a guide to using social media to make connections that enrich or lives.

 

Sunday Sketches http://alexandramacvean.blogspot.ca

 

http://paintpartyfriday.blogspot.ca/
Paint Party Friday

 

http://creativeeveryday.com/creativeeveryday/2016/10/art-every-day-month-sign-up.html
Blog sharing hub

Profile Picture Challenge

I had a discussion with my friend Adam recently about the Inktober challenge I had done & also a challenge that he had posted on Facebook referring to the game of Being Seen. Part of what he was wanting to make people aware of with this challenge was that many people have the same (smiling/happy) profile picture for years or some people may be hesitant to post an unflattering/unedited picture. This essentially is an incomplete representation of the multifaceted & complex people we truly are. (For that matter, how many of your friends are paying attention? Or take the time to comment? What do they have to say about your expression that day?)

THE PROBLEM: Adam is a Life Coach

Now this is of a very positive pickle to find myself in. A constructive conundrum! I know when speaking with him that he is always encouraging people to go for it & aim higher! I want to be able to say “I did it!” when I see him next. 

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Adam, always aiming higher!

This caused me to realize

“I’m going to have to try this challenge too, aren’t I?”

He then one-upped me by specifying that I would need to DRAW myself every day for a week! 😲… 

“Okay”, I thought, “I can do this, challenge accepted!”

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The last couple was a bit of a squeeze to fit into my vacation, but it gave me the opportunity for different scenery too 😉

So which profile picture is my favorite? I think it might be the first. Which is yours?

I am posting this to the following blog hubs:

bluechairdiary
Sunday Sketches @bluechairdiary
http://paintpartyfriday.blogspot.ca/
Paint Party Friday
http://creativeeveryday.com/creativeeveryday/2016/10/art-every-day-month-sign-up.html
Blog sharing hub

The Orange Light of Dawn

I’m This week’s blog post is brought to you by the color, Orange.

This morning everyone in our little part of the world woke up to strange orange light glowing from the sky. It felt like I was wearing aviators sunglasses or was somehow trapped in a sepia photograph.

Here is a beautiful example captured by my friend and local photographer Alan Klughammer.

The unfiltered orange colour of sunlight through wildfire smoke. Photo credit: Alan Klughammer
The unfiltered orange colour of sunlight through wildfire smoke. Photo credit: Alan Klughammer

 

“In my head, the sky is blue, the grass is green and cats are orange.”
Jim Davis, In Dog Years I’d be Dead: Garfield at 25

 

I live on Vancouver Island in Beautiful BC just off the coast of the mainland & a little north of Seattle. Smog is (thankfully) something which we never need to contend with here. Unfortunately, there have been numerous wildfires on the West Coast of North America and the smoke blown our direction has changed the colour of the sunlight.

Satellite photo of smoke covering lower Vancouver Island from a forest fire.
Satellite photo of smoke covering lower Vancouver Island from a forest fire.

After a few hours of this phenomena I decided I had to try to capture some of it.

Making beauty of of tragedy! I applied a watercolor wash of pinky yellow aka orange 🙂 and let it dry. I then pulled out one of my new toys: a dip pen with a flexible nib and sepia India ink.

The orange light coming from behind the trees in our backyard. Watercolour and india ink done with a dip pen.
The orange light coming from behind the trees in our backyard. Watercolour and india ink done with a dip pen.

Then I grabbed my bag with art supplies and went for a walk up a nearby hill hoping to get a view. But everything just looked dirty viewing it from that altitude. 😥 So I sat down on a rocky knoll next to a small Garry oak tree amongst the dry grass for sketch.

Garry oak in dry grass. Ink and watercolour.
Garry oak in dry grass. Ink and watercolour.

Speaking of sepia:

These sepia colors remind me of a painting I did a while back. I had a favorite colorized photograph of my grandpa Jim, he was a real cowboy during the Depression. One night he got all gussied up in his best chaps and gear to go to a local dance. Our family had a farm in Fort St. John not far from where many of the current forest fires are.

Cowboy Jim, acrylic on canvas
Cowboy Jim, acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 20 “.

I’m linking this post to Sunday Sketches , Paint Party Friday,  Try It On Tuesday

Feeling A Bit Blue Green Aqua

Do you ever feel a bit blue green aqua?

I enjoy a little creative challenge every now and then to help think outside my comfort zone. So this week I incorporated several different bits of online homework and blog challenges altogether that had a few things in common. Namely the colours blue, green & aqua. 

Cool Windmills in Estonia
Cool Windmills in Estonia
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  • Virtual Paintout, Estonia here
  • Sketchbook Skool, Bootkamp : Juicy Colors here
  • Summer of Color 5,  Blue/Blue/Green here
  • Creative Tuesdays,  Aqua here
  • Sunday Sketches  here
Cool Volkswagen Van
Cool Volkswagen Van

This funky little van was based on an image I found on Pinterest here

  • Sketchbook Skool, Bootkamp : Stealing Influences
  • Stop Pinning and Make Something here
  • Summer of Color 5, Blue/Blue/Green
  • Creative Tuesdays, Aqua

I thought I’d include a few other pieces I’ve done previously that follow the colour theme.

The Whisper, oil painting of Bull Kelp
The Whisper, oil painting of Bull Kelp, 16 x 20

 

Quadra Island boat, watercolour paint on wood
“Quadra Island boat” is ink & watercolour on wood cradel board, 10″ × 10″.

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