April 27, 2012
I recently pulled out my old watercolours to try something a little different. I did have a plan in mind, along with a personal obligation to create something uplifting. These economic times have been rough for a lot of us, and with the days starting to warm up but still quite chilly, the plan called for some colourful, motivational posters! Including my favourite (and shortest) quote, "Keep Going" has been my mantra for the past few weeks.
Watercolour is unique from other paints, creating beautiful and vibrant textures. There are many techniques with different results but the secret is not to use too many in order to keep the colours fresh and let the paint flow naturally. Using bright, painted shapes against fine, black and white pencil lines, an upwards pattern emerged, through the use of colour, contrast, and form. They definitely cheered me up while I made them, I hope they make you smile too :)
Sold as posters on Etsy and modified to a cuter scale on Society6 products.
April 17, 2012
I ventured over to High Park on Sunday, half expecting the cherry blossoms to be finished. To my surprise, they were still out at their peak, in full bloom! The heavy fog created a white backdrop and made the pink flowers look more vibrant. I decided to do something different from my usual close-up shots, to stepping back and getting more of the landscape. As well, instead of using a shallow depth of field, I lengthened my focused area, as the fog was naturally making the trees get lighter and disappear into the distance.
Every year I visit the same Japanese cherry trees and every time they show me something new. They are exceptionally beautiful, magically delicate, and delightfully cheery (cherry!).
April 10, 2012
Please take a look, I am available for freelance graphic design work, illustration (or drawing), and art commissions. Thanks!