Transitions in Life

Transitions can be exciting. They can also be terrifying. I’m coming up to a huge transition phase in my life in a couple short months. Although I typically love change… finding it new and exciting, this particular transition that’s coming up is actually terrifying me. On December 10th, I’ll officially be done my Mechanical Biomedical Engineering degree. Time for the real world. Oh dear.

I put off being a member of the real world by a few extra years when I returned to school for a second undergraduate degree, and now that that’s coming to an end, it’s even more frightening than it was the first time around. The first time around I thought I wanted to go to medical school so graduating didn’t really mark a clear cut end of student life, just a small break before I return to school. But this time, I don’t plan on returning to school. This time, I’m diving head first into real life. This time, I actually need to find a job and I want to actually love this job.

Progression shots of ‘In Transit’


My paintings are often a reflection of what’s going on in my life, especially since I tend to paint as a way of stress relief. A few weeks ago, I painted a couple of boats, and then again this past week I was drawn towards painting a boat. Boats help us cross an obstacle. They help make transitions possible.

I guess it’s clear what inspired this painting, called “In Transit“.

In Transit - 18x24" - Acrylic on Canvas
In Transit – 18×24″ – Acrylic on Canvas


As terrified as I am, I’m trying to stay optimistic. That’s why this boat is on a bright, sunny beach.


Zoomed in view of boat
Zoomed in view of boat


However, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. What if I don’t find a job? Am I going to have to move back in with my parents (who I love dearly, but they’re 700km away… and I’m 26)…? ?


Another zoomed in section
Another zoomed in section


Should I apply to Starbucks? But would Starbucks even hire me with 2 degrees? Maybe I’ll make a separate resume for Starbucks…

Side View
Side view

Just a fraction of the thoughts going through my head everyday. So for now, I leave you with this bright, sunny painting of a boat, that I’ve affectionately named “In Transit“.

I need a job.
I need a job.


How do you feel about transitions in life? Exciting? Scary? Both or neither? 

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Morning Stillness

I do the majority of my painting either early in the morning or late at night. It’s almost a form of meditation for me. I tried to capture the calmness that I feel at that time with this current piece, which I’ve appropriately named “Morning Stillness“.

Morning Stillness

I almost never have to wake up to an alarm (since I work around my own schedule) so I like to start my day off very slowly. Usually with a big breakfast, some coffee, some blog reading, and finally some painting. This whole morning routine usually takes about 2 hours. THEN I start actually getting ready for the day. I know, getting a “real” job come January is going to shake me up a bit!!! I’m trying to enjoy this while I still can.

This painting started off with a rough background with some colors I find very soothing. Then I started to slowly build up the scenery and I added the shape of the two small boats. There is something just so soothing about calm water and wooden boats.

The beginning stages of this painting
The beginning stages of this painting.


After talking about my frustrations with acrylic paint drying way too fast, a number of you suggested I try a medium to retard its drying time. I bought the stuff in the picture below, and oh-my-gawd, it is amazing! $8 very well spent. It allowed me to actually blend the paint for the water and the sky the way I wanted to, instead of it just drying and clumping up mid paint stroke. And you need very very little to get the effect. The picture of the bottle below was taken after I was done this whole painting. I basically put a small amount into a shot glass and would dip my paintbrush in it as I needed it.

Buy this. It's awesome. Seriously.
Buy this. It’s awesome. Seriously.

Oh yeah, so back to the painting. Next I started adding in all the details. Water, boats, mountains…



And ta-da! Done!


How about some close ups?

A boat…
Another boat…
Some mountains...
Some mountains…
A rocky shoreline...
A rocky shoreline…


And here's a side view.
And here’s a side view.
Morning Stillness - 16x20" - Acrylic on Canvas
Morning Stillness – 16×20″ – Acrylic on Canvas


How do you like to start your day? Do you get to ease into it slowly like me, or do you run out the door 5 minutes after waking up?

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Sunset in Santorini

The last of the three commissioned pieces I did for Merna and Senan is of a sunset in Santorini, Greece.

[In case you missed it, see the first one here and the second one here]

Fun fact, both Merna and I actually lived in Greece for several years before moving to Canada, but neither one of us in Santorini. I have yet to go there actually, and according to Facebook, Merna and Senan are there right now enjoying their honeymoon.

Since I painted this before they had actually gone on their honeymoon, I had to use a bit of my imagination. We agreed to loosely use this photo of Santorini but to make it during a sunset, remove the tables, and insert the lovely couple watching the sunset.

Photograph of Santorini
Photograph of Santorini

I started by painting a sunset on an 18×24″ canvas.

I started by painting a sunset

Next I added the Greek church and then slowly kept adding more details.

Then added the building, and slowly added more details

Finally, I added the lovely couple watching the sunset, leaving us with the finished painting.

Sunset in Santorini - 18x24" - Acrylic on Canvas
Sunset in Santorini – 18×24″ – Acrylic on Canvas

Here is a side view of the painting, where you can see that it is extended along the edges.


Finally, all three paintings together!


I probably should have actually hung these up to take photos... that is some UGLY carpet!
I probably should have actually hung these up to take photos… that is some UGLY carpet!


Hopefully Merna and Senan will send me some pictures of the paintings once they hang them up once they’re back from their honeymoon, and then I can update that awful picture of my carpet above…

Ever been to Santorini? Or anywhere in Greece? My brother and his girlfriend just got back from Santorini and looking at their pictures has made me slightly jealous!  

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Also, if you’re thinking of getting a commissioned painting for someone special for Christmas, now is the time to contact me. More information about commissioning a painting is available here. I’ve got a couple on the go already, and a very busy three months ahead, so I will likely only take on one or two more. Hope to hear from you! Cheers 🙂 


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