ElleSee Paints: Purple Birches

October 27, 2018

Earlier this year I started getting back into painting (after I did some work on this painting that's been bothering me for a while -- update to come). I started small with a 10"x10" piece, but had so much fun that I quickly moved up in size when I purchase this 30"x40" canvas. 

It took me quite a while to figure out what I wanted to do with it. But I was inspired by some artwork I saw in a home decor store, and soon started painting these purple hued birches (birch trees are my favourite tree). Since I completed this painting, I have bought another canvas and have already started another project that I'll share more about next month.

You can see some of the other stages that the painting went through in the photos below. I shared a lot of the progress on Instagram if you're interested in seeing more.

I really enjoyed experimenting with the paint and mixing the different colours for the leaves. It's fascinating how art starts in one direction, but can end up somewhere else that you never intended.


Behind the Art: Hair Raising

October 22, 2018

This little guy is one of the first drawings that I made for the shop before I started adding more details into the animals that I was drawing. 

It came from the idea of a little porcupine finding a balloon and wanting to keep it, but that is something quite difficult given the nature of what is all over a porcupine. It seems to have worked out in the end because there was some static electricity involved and the balloon just sort of attached itself to the porcupine.


Shop Update: The Curled-Up Pup Enamel Pin

October 13, 2018

At the beginning of October, this little guy made the jump from the page to your lapel, tote bag, etc. when we released a soft enamel pin of our little logo, the Curled-Up Pup. You can find it here in the shop. 

Just as with our art print, $1 from your purchase of this little fellow goes to our local SPCA where our real-life curled-up pup was adopted into our family over 12 years ago.

This brooch was made by a company in Toronto named Artik. It is a soft enamel pin, with white and black paint and bright brass metal, that has a brass clutch back clasp to help keep it in place.

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