I’m going to be telling my story over the next week or so on Small Town Social if anyone is interested in reading it. The Traveller was displayed at Wapiti Music Festival and it will be out again during the Chautauqua festival in Fernie, BC. There are the others who are not in Fernie and/or are not attending the festivals and I want there to be an opportunity for everyone to read it. The layout was done fairly quickly, and professional photos are in my possible future, but the story is still there and I hope you enjoy.
There is also a wonderful article about The Traveller in The Free Press. Read the article here. I should probably grab a copy to send to my mum.
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.
Finally, today, at 11:15 am, the outside was painted and my signature was applied. Ahhhhhh. It's a historic day for me. "Attraction" is done! SOLD #painting #forsale #acrylicpainting #attraction #pull #brinaschenkart #artwork #largecanvas #finishedwork #art #island #magical #creativeart #artist #paint #fernieartist #fernie
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.
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.
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!
This 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.