Surfacing

Drawing bats never crossed my mind until I drew a tiny one for  Preshrunk this year. The response made me realize that people have quite an affection for these adorable creatures

I started with the one below and got completely carried away in the process because they are so delightful

These four will be featured at a collaborative show I’m excited to be a part of at Argyle this June with my dear artist buddy Melissa.

‘Spring Surge’ being the title.

We both work in different mediums (oil and charcoal) but will be interpreting similar themes of animals leaping and emerging.

My own pieces come under the name ‘Surfacing’. I feel this best sums up the curiosity, quiet joy and emerging attitude of my subjects.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress of this work

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Canadian Wildlife

Last month I started work on a collection for Made in the Maritimes (a fantastic local store that features art and items exclusively made in Nova Scotia).

Together we decided that I create a theme around the subject of Canadian Wildlife.

It didn’t take much for the inspiration to follow.

You can find these pieces at their Hydrostone and Bedford locations as well as Here online.

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Horned sheep

Another profile! Another challenge to get the personality across with only one eye to work with and when it comes to sheep there is also a somewhat stern nose to contend with too.

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This was him after the first session. I was happy with the eye but not the horn or nose.

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Then it all got too heavy and contrasting (too much white charcoal). Time to strip back and simplify. 

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Subsequent sessions later…… 

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I spent a lot of time on the fine details of horns and curls to bring character and texture to him. In the end I was really pleased but I learnt that

a sheep nose is niether straight forward….nor straight!