I joined in @razertip ‘s #letsburnonleather challenge. Leather burning was a #trysomethingnew item in my 2020 list. Here’s what I learned: .
Wood vs Leather: My pens glided over the material similar to the feel of paintbrushes on canvas. Sometimes with burn projects I am fighting wood grain, with leather the slate was truly blank from the start. .
Carbon build-up: The carbon build up of burning leather is quite different from wood. I found it essential to keep a scrap piece nearby to rub excess carbon off pens tips. Especially with stippling! .
Temperature: By keeping medium to moderately high heats while making faster motions gave me the desired effect for shading and line work. While stippling I found lower heats with attention to even pressure worked best. .
Safety is key. Don’t burn treated leather and use a mask with a fan. .
Thanks for hosting @razertip ! .
ID: A burning on a scrap piece of tan leather of the 3 sister mountains located in Alberta, Canada. Above the mountains is the triple moon symbol and below are pine trees. #leatherburning#3sisters#mountainart
that person who is always keen to be outside. the one who goes along with a crazy idea. the one who is along side you went things go sideways. the one who shares their heart with you on the trail. the one who has seen you in your weakest moment. the one who shares their last snack with you. the one who stands watch while you pee behind a tree. the one who pushes forward. the one who swims with you in glacier lakes. the one who get it. the one you stand on the mountain tops with.
those are your people. surround yourself with them.
I am feeling pretty blessed right now. The sun is shining and I have a creative day ahead of me, working on the new issue for @eatlocalmagazine this morning and starting a commission this afternoon.
There have been many days in the past two months where I’ve felt overwhelmed with projects and commitments, so this slow start to the morning while looking forward to a day that will be filled with things that I love has me feeling thankful - thankful for the opportunities to do what I love and thankful for you for following along on my art journey.
My goal for February is to complete a painting each week. This is my third painting, so I'm happy to be on track so far!
This sky is done entirely with palette knife so far. I’ve had a few questions about how I blend with knives, so I shared a video in my stories. I find it kind of boring to watch, but who knows - someone may find it fascinating 😉 (edit: I saved it to my highlights)
The temperature is warming up today and the sun is shining so I’m going to leave this moody sky and go out and enjoy the sunshine for a bit. .
Waterton - 12x24 oil on canvas. Part of a new collection of works that will be available in the spring.
The beautiful Cline River. This river flows into Abraham Lake in Clearwater County, a gorgeous part of David Thompson Country.
The Cline River trail head is about 50 kms west of Nordegg on The David Thompson Highway. It is fairly close to the David Thompson Resort, McKenzie’s Trails West, and Rockies Heli Canada. If you are looking for services, in the winter Nordegg has 2 gas stations, a restaurant, a hotel, and many cabins or lodges to keep you warm and reduce waste along the trail. In the summer there are even more services.
The last of my photos & edits from my own photo shoot I did of Simba & Tippy & me for Winter 2019, hope you enjoy (these are my favorite looking over the Alberta mountains) ☺️😺 Let me know what you think, what are your favorites? This was my first photo shoot I did & edited, I am pretty happy with it 😊 Ps: some of the backgrounds I edited/made and some are my own photography of the scenery and I added or did my own photo shoot of the cats with it
I love working with oil paint. I love the textures that you can achieve and I love the rich colours. And I like how much time I have to work with the paint before it dries. Most of the time. Once a painting is complete though, I would love for it to dry instantly. I have been not-so-patiently waiting since Wednesday for this painting to dry since so I could photograph it.
This new collection of paintings has moodier skies, which is a bit of a change of direction for me. What are you drawn to - stormy skies or blue skies?
Ptarmigan Cirque, Kananaskis - 12x12 oil on canvas
I try to spend some time outside every day. Even if it’s just shovelling the driveway for 10 minutes. In the summer it’s easy. I want to be out for a run or working in my garden (my happy places). But I’m really struggling with getting out lately. The weather has been so grey. And it’s either really cold or really icy, and I am just not motivated to get out. So my goal today is to get out there and ski for a bit.
Ram Falls in its winter splendor! These stairs lead down to a viewing platform above the Ram River in the Ram Falls Provincial Park. This somewhat isolated park has a campground with 54 unserviced sites. It is surrounded by many hiking trails, the Ram Falls Airstrip maintained by the Red Deer Flying Club, and there are many OHV trails and fishing spots nearby.
I had a few hours to paint yesterday afternoon. I really need to come up with a better system for recording time lapses, because it took half an hour of my painting time to get it all set up. And then half way through the recording, my phone ran out of space. 😬
Anyways, here’s a half time-lapse for you. I did manage to record a little more after this, and I did get the painting done. I’ll photograph the finished piece once it’s dry enough to move.
This is the painting that got me back into creating art and is what got #annedejongart going. I had organized an art club at my daughter’s high school, and the students wanted to try oil painting. They worked so well independently that I had time to work on my own piece. It was the first painting I had done in years, and I realized again how much I loved painting.
The scene is from a hike we did with friends in Kananaskis - our family has a lot of good memories from this trip.
Abraham Lake as the reservoir drains during the winter. Abraham Lake is Alberta’s largest manmade lake at about 33 kms long and about 53 square kms. It starts to fill in July but by November the water starts to drain out faster than water comes in. As the lake starts to freeze in late December this means water levels can drop underneath the ice. In many spots ice slabs rest on the lakebed but it can also mean there might be air pockets under the ice. Local companies who know the lake or regularly provide ice tours are familiar with the best and safest spots for bubbles while often providing appropriate equipment and expertise for the weather conditions. You can find listings of companies on the David Thompson Country website. .
Abraham Lake is about 24 kms west of Nordegg along the David Thompson highway in clearwater County, a beautiful part of the David Thompson Country Tourism Region.
Repost @truebeachin • • • The #siffleurfallstrail has one of the coolest #bridges leading to one of the best hikes! Walking the bridge across the North Saskatchewan River up to Siffleur Falls on the David Thompson Highway. .