New Painting – True Love

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I do not know how else to explain this new piece to you without sharing some of my clients letters:

Hi Micheline!
I love love love your work, and would like to commission you to do a piece for my husband based on a poem by David Whyte, called “The True Love.” We are happy to have found each other after years of NOT finding ourselves or love, and this poem really speaks to our relationship.

The True Love by David Whyte

There’s a faith in loving fiercely the one who is rightfully yours

especially if you have waited years and especially if part of you never believed you could deserve this loved and beckoning hand held out to you this way.

I am thinking of faith now and the testaments of loneliness
and what we feel we are worthy of in this world.
Years ago in the Hebrides I remember an old man
who would walk every morning on the gray stones
to the shore of baying seals, who would press his
hat to his chest in the blustering salt wind and say his
prayer to the turbulent Jesus hidden in the waters.

And I think of the story of the storm and the people
waking and seeing the distant, yet familiar figure,
far across the water calling to them.
And how we are all preparing for that abrupt waking
and that calling and that moment when we have to say yes!
Except it will not come so grandly, so biblically,
but more subtly, and intimately in the face
of the one you know you have to love.
So that when we finally step out of the boat
toward them we find, everything holds us,
and everything confirms our courage.

And if you wanted to drown, you could,
But you don’t, because finally, after all
this struggle and all these years,
you don’t want to anymore.
You’ve simply had enough of drowning
and you want to live, and you want to love.
And you’ll walk across any territory,
and any darkness, however fluid,
and however dangerous to take the one
hand and the one life, you know belongs in yours.

CollageI was thrilled by this commission and completely touched by the poem. I had so many images whirring through my mind while I read it through. I loved the image of the old man walking by the shores, the Hebrides, the boat, the hands… it was SO HARD to choose. I ended up creating two sketches (pictured above) and then gave my client the choice.

This was her letter to me after she received the sketches:

Oh Micheline! I looked first at your couple holding hands and thought it was unbelievably lovely, but then the boat one just stole my heart! I love the colors, and the sky and the sea are amazing. And my husband is from South Africa and is a huge ocean guy, and always is gazing lovingly at pictures of the blues of the seas, so you were so right about the Hebrides! Please proceed and change and embellish as you need with the boat one…

I also should comment that I like the boat one too because it almost holds more possibility, no? Like finding a partner isn’t only about the two of us together, but also so much is about having the courage finally to step out of the boat and walk on the water, which actually does hold us, no? My husband and I are late 54/49 years old and have lived a lot of life NOT being as wholehearted and courageous as we might wish, and so the boat and the water will speak to him for the way his life has come together these past few years so beautifully, romantically, professionally, and within his own being.

Thank you so much and I am most excited about this collaboration between us to bring a gift to him!!

OH YEAH and guess what else she said to me —->>>> “I love colour!” A kindred spirit indeed – no restrictions here! ;)
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The sky is always my favourite my part – I feel like I can get away with anything there. I knew I wanted a sunset coloured sky but I never originally planned to paint the sun itself. However, after processing the poem more I wanted to convey not only the life, joy and courage of love but also the passion as well – hence the exploding sunset.

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My husband snuck up behind me one morning while I was painting and snapped this – it’s kinda nice to have because I rarely have shots of myself working. :)

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‘True Love’ – acrylic on canvas – 2′ x 3′

I’m so please with how it turned out (probably because it’s practically a rainbow of colours!!! ;) ) I swear it does look far more exciting in real life – pictures just never fully do the art justice… Thanks for reading and stopping by my friends – I hope you enjoyed this one!

Seasonal Feathers – Painting Birds

SeasonalFeathers_CollageIf you’ve been following along you’ll know that I’ve never actually painted birds until the last few months… I received my first bird commission at Christmas time and directly after posting that finished piece I received the request for this commission you see here.

Shortly after saying yes I felt intimidated – what was I thinking?!?

This commission was for four separate 12″ x 16″ paintings – my client wanted one bird for each season of the year. The first painting (and even a little bit of the second) was a struggle. However, I fought through and by the time I got to the third piece I started to feel more confident. (Coincidentally the third one – the fall chickadee – is my favourite.)

Anyway, I’m sure it’s much more fun to look through the paintings than to listen to me carry on – thanks for popping by – here’s hoping you enjoy these!

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This was my preliminary sketch – I think I stayed pretty true to it actually.

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The first of four! I was happy when this was completed – it was my greatest battle.

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‘Seasonal Feathers Spring’ – acrylic on canvas – 12″ x 16″

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‘Seasonal Feathers Summer’ – acrylic on canvas – 12″ x 16″

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‘Seasonal Feathers Fall’ – acrylic on canvas – 12″ x 16″

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‘Seasonal Feathers Winter’ – acrylic on canvas – 12″ x 16″

First Painting of 2015!

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Bringing you some springtime cheer on these chilly mid- winter days!
This commission is very dear to my heart… it is going to live with a family that I am super grateful for. I worked hard to pour my admiration and appreciation for these folks into this piece.

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The painting was inspired by the family’s property on Duck Lake. This picture above shows their view in the fall and below you can see the abundant lupins that grace their property in the spring.

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My client wanted to include the prominent trees, the mountain/lake view and the lupins all into one composition.

To get my bearings and decide how to incorporate the important elements I did the small sketch above and then started in on my canvas.

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This is a big 30″ x 40″ canvas! I love large canvases but they progress slowly… I didn’t take as many progressive shots as I usually do but I hope you enjoy seeing a little of how it came together –>

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‘Untitled’, acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 40″

For now the title is a bit elusive but I’m sure it will surface soon!

 

 

The Lost Cardinal

Okay so this one was the GREATEST challenge out of all my commissions at Christmas! Mainly because of the subject matter and the colour scheme… As an illustrator I can see the potential in this idea but as a painter I seriously struggled... In the end I think my inner illustrator took over. Even though this is a full fledged painting it fits more into the illustration realm for me.

That said, my client loved it – it was exactly what she wanted – PHEW!!! It’s titled ‘Lost Cardinal’ – 16″ x 20″ – acrylic on canvas.IMG_7881_Small

Following The Snow Line IV. Yep, that’s right, #4!

How many times can an artist paint one painting? Well, 4 times for sure! Fourth time’s a charm right?

Folks come across my older paintings and sometimes they are so smitten that they commission me to paint a near replica of the original for them. This kind of commission work is an interesting experience… I don’t know if I love redoing the same painting over and over but what I do love is how excited my clients get about it and how happy they are in the end! (Mind you, since this is my fourth go around with this piece I might just need to stop here.) ;)

I thought it would be fun to show you all four together. It’s like a spot the difference game – ha ha! I’ll start with the first original I did in 2012 and then go in order until the last one which is the most recent commission from this Christmas 2014.

Be sure to let me know which one is your favourite. :D

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Happy New Year

I have been waiting so long to share my Christmas commissions with you and I had hoped to post each of them in detail… However, a couple days before Christmas my health troubles started up again. Below is one of the commission pieces that I had the honour of working on before Christmas – will share more with you when things are better. 2014 was my kick-off year as an artist and I’m so VERY GRATEFUL to all of you for your support and kindness – thank-you! Hopefully I’ll be on my feet and back in action soon in the New Year.

I do hope that 2015 brings immense goodness, joy, peace and health to you and yours. Happy New Year friends!!! xoPeek

Second Time Around – New Painting

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If you’ve been following me for awhile this new painting (above) might look familiar to you. Below is my original piece done in 2011 –>

HomeThis painting was actually inspired from the photograph attached below. It was taken by my dear friend Cheryl Jaggers. It is a view looking down on our farm from the up on the hill to the East of us – see that wee little house on the right? That’s our home! Hence the reason for titling my original 2011 piece above, ‘Home’.

Evansbrae_0013My client loved the original ‘Home’ that I had done and commissioned me to paint a new but very similar version for her. It was actually super fun recreating this painting – I loved having the chance to try my hand at it again. I did change quite a few details and I added a barn instead of my house. In the end though I think I improved upon the original in some ways. (You’ll have to let me know your thoughts on that – I’d love to hear!)

Ok – so here’s the process – check it out –>
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IMG_7575_SmallI really like to paint around the side edges of my canvas – I find it’s nice because then you don’t feel like you need to frame the final piece if you don’t want to.

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Untitled – 2′ x 3′ – acrylic on canvas

Haven’t come up with a title for this new one yet… Any thoughts or ideas??? I’d love some suggestions!

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