True Colors

Remember the Cyndi Lauper song? Or the cover by Phil Collins? Or even more recently, by Artists Against Bullying [Hedley, Simple Plan, Kardinal Offishall, Lights, Alyssa Reid, Fefe Dobson & Walk Off the Earth]? Here’s the video in case you have no idea what I’m talking about.

I really love this song. The lyrics that especially speak to me are these:

So don’t be afraid to let them show your true colors
Your true colors are beautiful
Like a rainbow


You should never be afraid because your difference is the difference
We live in a time where to be yourself is hard
And the way you really feel can leave you emotionally scarred
But stay strong, stand firm and never back down
Being yourself is the only way to act that

True Colors Progress1

This painting was very much so inspired by this song. I first painted it like you see in the pictures above, but then had three people see it and ask “What’s it going to be?”

Okay… maybe I’ll try again.

So I started reworking it.

I added some details to the face
I added some details to the face
Then reworked the body several times. Had quite a bit of trouble with this part
Then reworked the body several times. Had quite a bit of trouble with that part, as you can see on the left.

 Eventually finished with this painting.

24x30" - Acrylic on Canvas
24×30″ – Acrylic on Canvas

I love the message in this song because it tells us to just be ourselves. That’s something that I find much easier said than done. I’ve definitely come a long way compared to a few years ago, but still have lots of room to grow.

Zoomed in on the face
Zoomed in on the face

I’ve mentioned on here before how I used to be ashamed of my love for painting and arts/crafts because I didn’t think it was ‘cool’ so I hid it from most people. I’m mighty glad to say that 90% of the time, that is no longer the case. Starting this blog was a HUGE step in the right direction.

Zoomed in on the body
Zoomed in on the body

There are still many areas in my life where I find myself having to use a lot of self talk and convince myself to simply ‘be me’. As is. Because I am good enough. In fact, I’m pretty awesome.

This is probably the best lesson I’ve learned from past relationships. There is no point in being the person you think the other person wants you to be. Eventually, your true colors will come through.

I’ve definitely pretended to be someone I’m not in order to feel accepted by someone else. I learned the hard way that this doesn’t result in long term happiness for either party.

Fortunately, there is someone who thinks you are amazing just the way you are. True story. Just be you. I’m trying to do that too. I personally find nothing more attractive than someone who is authentic to themselves, even if it makes them vulnerable.

I hope this song and this painting both remind you that you are perfect just the way you are. Be true to you. Always.

With that, I leave you with a shameless picture of myself with this painting.

True Colors - me
Me and my ‘True Colors’

Like this painting? The original is for sale here.

Strings Attached

I’m really not sure what to write about today, but I have a painting I completed this morning that I wanted to share, so I’ll just leave you with that. Here goes.

Yeah you get the point
One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish

And TA DA!

48x20" - Acrylic on three 16x20" canvases
48×20″ – Acrylic on three 16×20″ canvases

A blog reader commented on the first painting I did in this series (of the acoustic guitar) and suggested I title it “Strings Attached.” I love the title, but I’m actually going to use it for the whole series of paintings instead. So this one would be the third in the series. Here it is displayed with the Electric Guitar.

Sorry about the misaligned shelf for anyone who's OCD...
Sorry about the misaligned shelf for anyone who’s OCD…
No more shelf. You can stop squirming.
No more shelf. You can stop squirming.

As someone with no musical talent, experience, or even much interest, I sure do paint a lot of instruments eh? I’m not gonna lie, I actually had to Google search “Saxophone” to get an idea of what one looks like since I don’t think I’ve ever seen one up close… maybe at a concert but I was probably distracted by the yummy musicians… Just being honest!

In other news, now that my blog is self hosted, I was able to create an online store. If you’re interested in this painting, check it out here.

Leave a comment (because I LOVE comments…online equivalent to getting snail mail!) and let me know what instrument you’d like to see next in the series. I’m thinking either a violin or a piano… 

Have a lovely weekend everyone! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 

Like this painting? The original is available for sale here.




Enough With The Rain Already!

At the Timeraiser a few weeks ago, I had several people ask me if I have any similar paintings to the one being auctioned off, in case they don’t win it. At the time I didn’t have one, however since then I’ve created one. So here it is!

As always, I started with a background using a palette knife.

Background on three 12x16" canvases
Background on three 12×16″ canvases

I sketched the background buildings and the reflections using some chalk then painted those in. Also, I added a couple under an umbrella and 2 lampposts in the middle panel.

Progression of the middle panel
Progression of the middle panel

And finally we have a finished painting.

36x16" Acrylic on Canvas
36×16″ Acrylic on Canvas

I’ll be totally honest… I’m sick of painting people in the rain. I feel like I’ve done so many variations of it so I’m gonna give it a rest for awhile. Let’s recap:

Yeah, that's a lot of rain!
Yeah, that’s a lot of rain!

So if you are interested in that last “couple in the rain” painting, it’s available either on Etsy or in my online store on this website. As always, shipping is free (within North America).


A Happy Ending

Following up to yesterday’s post about my misadventures with my bike, I’d like to fill you in on the happy ending of that story.

So Friday I walked back to Pecco’s in Gatineau, armed with the receipt-less wheel, tire, and inner tube, praying the entire way that the nice folks there will remember me. I may or may not have dressed up a little nicer than normal for the occasion. Hey, don’t judge. I was desperate to return this thing!

Well so much for my efforts, it started raining as I was in the middle of the Alexandra Bridge, which in case you don’t know, is a freakin long bridge and there’s nowhere to seek cover. Obviously I didn’t have an umbrella. I couldn’t stop thinking of the giant one I had just painted the previous day (it’s like it was some kind of sick joke). Oh well, goodbye nice hair.

I felt like these guys
I felt like these guys

Eventually I made it to Pecco’s, slightly resembling a wet dog. Turns out they were into that look. They gladly returned all my stuff with no hassle what-so-ever. Score.

The following day, Alex took me (with his car) to a couple places to find a new bike and lo-and-behold, I found this beauty at Walmart for only $200.


So now back to relating this to painting…

The splothy blue background that I used for the umbrella painting was intended to be 1/3 paintings in a set. The other backgrounds I had done were these two:

Step 1: Paint a Background
Step 1: Paint a Background (and learn to take better photographs…)

 Step 2: Slap on some plants using a palette knife and call it a day!

16x16" - Acrylic on Canvas
16×16″ – Acrylic on Canvas
16x16" - Acrylic on Canvas
16×16″ – Acrylic on Canvas



And finally a side view of the two paintings together
And finally a side view of the two paintings together

And that about wraps up the bike chronicles. Hopefully forever. Have a happy Tuesday friends 🙂

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