Beautiful Things - Deep Inside the Artist's Heart

pretty pink barn owl with roses painting
pretty barn owl with roses

I asked my audience what this piece meant to them . And I was not surprised at the answers.

Pastel tones, roses, an adorable sleeping creature...

Its no wonder that the responses were largely positive in nature.

But this piece means something completely different to me.


Its about death.

pretty pastel rose art

In the summer of 2018, my family has our world torn in two, toppled on its head and we were left to pick up the pieces of what used to be a very secure and joyous life. A bright radiant light had been extinguished, and we were left in darkness, trying to navigate through an obstacle-filled field.

And naturally through all of this, I tried my best to pour my energy into my paint. Infuse those brush strokes with the intense pain.

Now, my mind, even before all of this, had the tendency to linger on the dark side of things, in fact its a bit of a guilty pleasure. But try as I might, I wasn't able to produce outwardly "dark" art. I would have visions of dark creatures that would embody the pain, sometimes filled with fire, other times filled with ice. Or emptiness. But that is as far as they went.

Instead, born was the pastel-toned sleeping feather baby that you see here. And it just felt right.

The core message that I have learned through all of this pain, is that life is beautiful.

That grief is the price of love.

Sure, grief can be avoided if you isolate yourself, never forming bonds that can be broken due to our failing physical vessels.

But what kind of life is that?

Pain is a natural part of life, and is used to truly offset joy. As light can not exist without darkness, happiness cannot exist without grief. So in that effort, why not make your life as beautiful as possible?

Surround yourself with beautiful things, beautiful people, beautiful sites, and memories. Make that life as enriched and magnificent as possible, make the pain worth it.

So for a piece that is about death, it sure ends with a positive message.


Stay magical loves,


Did you fall in love with this piece and its story?

Its looking for its forever home!

pretty pastel barn owl art painting

Want to know the materials I use to create my paintings?

Winsor & Newton Winton Oil Colour Paint -
Gamblin Artist's Oil Colors -

Mediums and other liquids
Winsor & Newton Liquin Original -
Mona Lisa Linseed Oil -
Mona Lisa Odorless Paint Thinner -
Gamblin Gamvar -
Mona Lisa Gold Leaf Size Adhesive -
Gold Leaf (Imitation) -
Gold Leaf (Genuine) -
Liquitex White Gesso -

Filming Equipment for Videos
Canon Rebel T5i -
Tripod -
Lavalier Microphone (for voiceovers) -
Adobe Premiere Pro CC

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Danielle Trudeau creates paintings that walk the line between dreams and reality, infusing magic into every day life.

Wildlife often graces her canvases, brought to life with a spark of magic and oil paint.