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Breathe Deep

Here’s the last painting on wood I created in 2023. I love the drama of black and white pieces, and they’re perfect for capturing the sleek, shiny look of birds. I also love how white paint pops against the warm wood.
Crows are probably my favourite birds, and I have a super strong association of them with the night sky. I used to have a recurring dream of them interacting with auroras that really cemented that connection for me.

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Bunny Hop

This little bunny was my last painting of 2023. It was a gift for my amazing mammal vet! (Anyone who can put up with Scuzzy cat for a year deserves at least a painting…) I’m not sure what breeds of bunnies she raises, but Dutchies are my favourite, so that’s what I decided to paint haha.

I’d like to experiment more with these bright, colourful backgrounds this year.

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Trixie the Tabby Watercolour Portrait

Happy holidays, everyone! I hope you’ve found some time to relax and are looking forward to the New Year. I’d like to make a goals post discussing my plans for next year, but in the meantime, please enjoy this kitty painting!

This lovely little lady is Trixie. She was commissioned as a commemorative piece by one of my close friends. I experimented a bit with pushing the detail in the face and letting the body fade out for a wispy, dream-like feeling, and I really like how it turned out. Most importantly, Trixie’s person likes it, too!

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Blue Rainbow German Shepherd

This piece was a private commission to be a gift for the dog’s person. I’ve been sitting on it jic to conserve the surprise, but I think it’s safe to share it by now! I really struggled with this piece. I had to rework the shape of the muzzle several times, and I had to fight to get the tan markings to stand out against the black fur. I tried to keep the markings a slightly different colour to the black to help them pop, and it felt like they kept wanting to blend in. I like how it turned out in the end; but like any good GSD, it had to fight me a bit getting there haha!

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Rainbow Canadian Seals Sticker Pack

Here’s our final sticker pack for this year: Canadian Seals! This pack contains rainbow stickers of all 6 true seals found in Canada.

I’m really proud of this pack. I think the scope of colours is really nice, and all the seals look great together. I also tried to really push myself to simplify their shapes and make them all feel squishy and friendly. I hope you enjoy them, too!

You can find these seal friends on my webstore or at my Etsy shop.

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Hooded Seal Sticker Design

Here’s the final design for my Canadian seals sticker pack! This little guy is a hooded seal. I think you can see where they get their name. Their little hoods actually contain an air bladder that they inflate like a frog inflates it’s throat. Except with the seal, the bladder inflates out their nose! So cool!

I’ll be releasing this finished sticker pack in the next day or so. Keep an eye out for it!

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Harbour Seal Sticker

Next up in our Canadian seals sticker pack is the harbour seal! Harbour seals are the second smallest seals, just a bit bigger than ringed seals, and are pretty common in southern NB. I feel like these little guys are some of the most charismatic seals, because we see them so often around beaches up here.

I went with a cool colour palette for this little guy to emphasise their silver-grey patterning. I think they’ll pop really well against the warm colours of the ringed, grey, and bearded seal designs in this set.

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Bearded Seal Sticker Design

Finally, another sticker design for this month’s sticker pack: A bearded seal!

Bearded seals are kind of plain looking; brown or grey evenly all over. Except they have the most amazing whiskers! They may be my favourite species of Canadian seal just because their whiskers are so dramatic and fun. The pups are also pretty funny looking; they remind me of old dogs with those dramatic grey eyebrows and muzzles. I’d love to paint one of those little guys some day.

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Gay Seal of Approval Sticker

A fresh take on the seal of approval pun so popular among seal merch makers: The gay seal of approval! Or the seal of gay approval. OR the seal of gay AND approval. Either way, you can’t lose!

My scanner destroyed the oranges and yellows on this, as usual, so I touched them up digitally. The sticker actually looks closer to the original than the scan.

I’m also sending out a special holofoil version of this guy in addition to the monthly stickers over on Ko-fi. Be sure to sign up for the sticker tier any time this month if you want this bonus sticker!

Or you can grab the regular vinyl sticker on Etsy: https://squidtartsart.etsy.com/ca/listing/1590687108/gay-seal-of-approval-vinyl-sticker

Or right here on this website: https://rainbowpetportraits.ca/product/gay-seal-of-approval-vinyl-sticker/

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Monthly Exclusive Sticker! Grey Seal

Here’s our holofoil sticker for this month and the next sticker for the seal sticker pack: a grey seal!
Grey seals have such varied and interesting patterns! Some of them seem to have one solid colour and others are more spotty or blotchy. There also seem to be two colour morphs: grey and brown. I decided to go with the brown colour morph here and use warm colours for this screamy little friend.

If you want the jumbo, holofoil version of this little guy, be sure to check out my Ko-fi any time this month to grab one!
https://ko-fi.com/s/99c98d7376

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