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The Traveller Is Getting Ready For Wapiti Music Festival

Last year I deputed Shy Girl at Wapiti Music Festival and this year I’m introducing a whole new story titled The Traveller. It’s a simple 20 page illustrated story with few words. I’m hoping the imagery will be enough to grab people’s attention. I’m know I’m in love with the story and I can’t wait to show it in Annex Park on August 11 and 12th.

The Traveller, an illustrated story by Brina Schenk at Wapiti Music Festival

Instagram : Attraction

I started working on this painting around¬†October 23rd, 2014. Today I called it done. Just over 2 years! Not bad. It’s been a journey, to say the least. It’s a painting I have enjoyed making from the second it started. I didn’t always know where I was going with it but once that island was in place, I knew exactly what had to happen next. Today it’s called “Attraction” because something is drawing all these people, animals, insects and plants to this island in the middle of nowhere.

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

Painting Finished : Occupied

occupied - painting by brina schenk - getting started on mrs octopus occupied - painting by brina schenk - almost finished occupied - painting by brina schenk - fixing the octopus

This painting has gone through many stages and yesterday I finally finished it by adding Mrs. Octopus. It’s funny how you think you’ve finished a painting, you take pictures and even find a spot for it on your wall and then you notice something about it. Something you don’t like. You can’t forget about it! I had thought this painting was finished and then there was an Octopus tentacle looking at me every time I walked by it. It just didn’t look right. So I made it right!

In Progress : Underground – 2 1/2′ x 2 1/2′ Painting

brina schenk - painting in progress - undergroundThis is the first time I’ve got out a sketch book and tried to come up with a painting idea before I start painting. I did, however, paint this background first and came up with an idea after staring at it a while. We’ll see if I actually paint what I sketched. I just like the idea of coming up with an idea and trying to execute that instead of my usual fly by the seat of my pants. Keep an eye on my Instagram to see more frequent updates.

A Family Portrait Of Birds

brina schenk acrylic painting - family portrait of birds

I’ve been running out of canvases so I took a painting out of Phoenix’s room and asked her what I could paint for her (I didn’t like the old painting) and she asked for birds. So I painted a family portrait using local birds. Roman is a mallard because he is mad for water, Rod is a chickadee because he’s fast and likes all seasons, I am a red wing blackbird because I love it’s song and Phoenix is a blue jay because she squawks and makes lots of noise, she’s bold and beautiful.

There’s a painting in Roman’s room too but I’m not sure I’m ready to paint over it just yet.

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