Moving Forward

Brina Schenk Illustrations - white frames - black and white drawings

I have all these drawings in my house. Tons of them. I’ve been drawing and painting almost every day for along time and my walls, storage and drawers are starting to fill up. Maybe, it’s time I start thinking about what I’m going to do with them all. I certainly can’t part with a few of them yet, we’re still in a relationship, but some of the other ones, I think I should try and say goodbye…or “until we meet again.”

A few white frames were purchased, just to see what some of my illustrations look inside them…and I got even more excited. They look fabulous!

Shy Girl’s Debut At Wapiti Music Festival 2016

Shy Girl - Tacki's Cure - Debut at Wapiti Music Festival

How time flies! Just last year I was developing this little character who was shy and curious and full of wonder. Now this character is in her own story and I’m showing a part of it to the people at Wapiti Music Festival in my home town of Fernie. I’ve been busy! Here’s the link to Wapiti Music Festival for more information :

Thanks to Sandra Boer for pushing me (a gentle push) to show my story in her first WonderWalk. It’s a work in progress so I’d love to hear what you thought of the story and the WonderWalk. We had such a good time making it, we would love to show you more. You can take this easy survey to let us know if you’d like to see more.

A HUGE shout out to Bob (sorry, Bob, I don’t know your last name) for making the beautiful displays and putting so much time and care in to making the WonderWalk the success that I know it will be.

If you’re curious as to what other projects I’ve been working on, check out my instagram – savingknots

Since this is my website, I can brag a little. At Wapiti Music Festival you’ll be able to see my work beyond the WonderWalk. I have submitted a painting to the ArtExpo and I also did some illustrative work for the RDEK’s compost pilot program, which will be displayed at their tent. I’m everywhere! Plus, I’ll be dancing in the crowd…so come say hi!

Shy Girl Character & Story Development

Shy Girl character development - New Friend

After playing around in black and white I decided to give Shy Girl some life (colour) AND a friend. I figure I’ll probably make a few characters to keep Shy Girl busy.

Shy Girl - Hiding In The City shy girl climbing clouds shy girl with mask

In Progress : Underground

brina schenk painting - underground

The colours are so bright and vibrant in this photo! The real painting is a little less so but still quite bright and interesting…strange…weird…and I can’t take my eyes off of it.

Acrylic on canvas
approx 30″ x 30″

In Progress : Freeing My Mind And Hands

brina schenk painting - bird like - feathers - motion

There’s a lot of pressure when you do realistic paintings. Your style, the content and choices to use a reference or not, it’s all overwhelming sometimes. So when I did a few paintings recently where there was no objective – you’re in the moment – I felt so free. Here are some of the latest abstract pieces I’ve begun. They’re certainly not done – let’s see where my brain takes them next.

Brina Schenk painting in progress - abstract - calligraphic brina schenk painting - abstract tree stump

In Progress : Hold On – 8 Hands So Far

brina schenk - painting in progress - hold on - caterpillar on leaf

It’s coming! A few more important details and I’m going to call this painting done.

brina schenk painting - hold on - in progress - acrylic on canvas Brina Schenk - painting in progress - hold on - tall and narrow canvas

In Progress : New Painting “Hold On”

hold on - background and strange size

Tall and thin is not my preferred canvas style but it’s the leftovers from our roll of canvas so sometimes you have to work with something you’re not comfortable with and, I guess, that’s okay. After a few playful experiments with the background, I figured out what I wanted to do. I’m back with hands again! It’s going to be great, though. I’m looking forward to this piece. For me it’s about the things you Hold On to both good and bad – memories, objects, desires etc.

hold on - acrylic on canvas - tall and thin with colourful background hold on - painting in progress - sketches hold on by brina schenk - first hand and finger puppet

Keep an eye on my progress via Instagram @savingknots

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