Monday, December 31, 2012

December 2012 re-cap

December came and went in a flash which is great because 2013 is just about here!
2012 was for me a year of trial and error. I tried lots of new things and learned a lot along the way, which means that 2013 can only be better since I won't be wasting my time with doing things that don't work for me or my art.

I figured a re-cap of this past month would be in order since I haven't posted anything these past weeks.
  • 15th wedding anniversary on December 28th. As corny as it sounds, I love my husband even more as time goes by. He's just such a cool guy and still so funny. And he dresses so well too.

  • The exhibition at the CUBE gallery is over and it was another great learning experience for 2012. It gave me the insight that I was looking for in terms of where my art is and where it should be going. I'm excited to approach other galleries for 2013 now that I've had a small taste again of the gallery art scene.



  • New projects already begun for 2013: a new take on portraits, new still life paintings, new sculptures on a grander scale.


  • Another road trip to Ottawa this past weekend. Photos below of the current winter Canadian scenery.





HAPPY NEW YEAR ! HAPPY NEW YEAR! HAPPY NEW YEAR! HAPPY NEW YEAR! HAPPY NEW YEAR! HAPPY NEW YEAR! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
















Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Xmas ornaments

Dayna Lapkovsky who is a journalist with UrbanExpressons.ca, the Gazette's digital magazine here in Montreal wrote a great article about Xmas ornaments and featured my doll figure ornaments in her selections.
Here is the link if you want to check it out:
www.urbanexpressions.ca/decor/story/deck-the-halls-with-handmade-ornaments


Don't you just love winter? 




















Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cube Gallery exhibition


Dec 4th is here....first day of my art being featured in a group show at the Cube Gallery in Ottawa for the month of December. I'm very excited...I've worked really hard all year and it's just wonderful to have the opportunity to see my work in a professional setting. Finally! 

Me with glasses # 3, acrylic on wood panel 5" x 5", 2012

Great BIG smalls VIII 
December 4th to December 30th, 2012   
Cube Gallery's eighth annual show of small works with BIG heart.   The show features over 80 artists, from the established to the emerging.   There will be cultural gifts for everyone and at all price levels.  Start your collection - or round out your existing one with some great small pieces.  All works are original, small and suitable for Christmas, Chanukah or any other holiday tradition you celebrate.

Featuring these superb artists;
Russell Yuristy, Joe Fafard, Gerald Trottier, Greg Ludlow, Sue Ukkola, Tony Clark, Patti Normand, Doug Cosbie, Mary Wong, Karina Kraenzle, Sanjeev Sivarulrasa, Barbara Gamble, Norman Takeuchi, Kristy Gordon, Eric Walker, Mahshid Farhoudi, Katherine McNenly, John Jarrett, MaryAnn Camps, Kathy Haycock, Reid McLachlan, Becky Mason, Danny Hussey, Julie St-Amand, Adrienne Herron, Glen Foster, Jennifer Gibbs, Peggy Hughes, The Latest Artists (Andrew & Deborah O'Malley), Marc Brzustowski, Mark Seabrook, Marc Adornato, Alex Jack, Alison Smith-Welsh, Chris Johnson, Betty Connelly, Claire Scherzinger, Cristina Del Sol, Dan Austin, Denis Larouche, Diana Kline, Egor Evseev, Georgia Mathewson, Wellington Lambert, Harry Nowell, Holly Friesen, Isabella Di Sclafani, Janet Moore, Janet Slavin, Jay Anderson, Joejene Santos, Juliana McDonald, Julie Withrow, Karen Goetzinger, Lindsay Watson, Lori Victor, Lynne Morin, Marianne Weeks, Moira Law, Monique Martin, Nan Griffiths, Olaf Krassnitzky, Pina Manoni-Rennick, Preston Zaborowski, Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton, Rosy Somerville, Sharon Lafferty, Stephen Seguin,  Paula Zoubek, Heidi Conrod, Jessica Levman, Peter Dolan, Katrin Smith, Sylvia Klein, Evelyn Rapin, Anne Barkley,  John Gillies, Monika Seidenbusch and a few more to boot!
 

Cube Gallery, OTTAWA
1285 Wellington St. W.  Ottawa, K1Y 3A8   
613 728 1750   Cubegallery.ca
Tues-Fri 10:30 - 6pm  Sat.-Sun 11-5pm
We are open late on Fridays the month of December
& on Monday X-mas eve, Dec. 24 – til 5pm!


















Wednesday, November 28, 2012

For your consideration






A selection of drawings from my FALL 2011 series. There are 5 other drawings from the same series in my Etsy shop.





















Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Nude inspiration

Pink nude, acrylic on gessoed wood, 9" x 12", 11/ 2012
Over the weekend, I was itching to paint some nudes. I looked through my sketchbook at my more recent nude drawings from this past fall and ended up rummaging through my old sketchbooks from the 1990s. I have many sketchbooks filled with nude drawings and so I spent a little time going through them and realized that there was plenty of material to draw inspiration from.
The above painting looks like I used blank ink for the contour outlines, but it's actually acrylic paint applied with a really thin brush.










Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Signature

Untitled, acrylic on gessoed canvas panel, 4" x 6", 2012
So, after so many years of painting, I've finally come up with a signature that doesn't stress me out. I have a long first and last name. Do you know how difficult it is to sign a painting with a brush with a name that long? By the time I got towards the end of my name, the signature was either crooked or messed up.  In my twenties and thirties, I would use these special oil-based markers that I could sign with like a regular signature on paper. That worked for some time until I decided to use acrylic paint and a thin brush and print my name. That looked ok, but I still wasn't satisfied. Finally, this year, I took my dad's old trick and used my initials to sign my work. It works like a charm and the stress is gone. I can sign my work as soon as it is finished instead of procrastinating about it.
It's the little details in life that count so much.
























Monday, November 19, 2012

The swimmers are back

Swimmer Series, acrylic on clay, 11/ 2012

How each swimmer comes out is always a surprise to me. I never know how each one will look until the final brush stroke.
I took some time this past weekend to re-consider my pricing and to come up with a selling price that I feel best represents the time and skills it takes to create each sculpture. They are to me original fine art pieces. Hand-built from scratch and hand painted.
These beauties can be found in my Etsy shop.




























Sunday, November 18, 2012

Moustache man with suit and tie

Day-Glo series # 7, acrylic on clay, 11/2012

It is quite exciting that in a couple of weeks, my art will be on display in an official gallery. It's been some time since this has happened and I am looking forward to the vernissage and meeting other artists.
I have a new batch of sculptures waiting to be seen by the public, but they are sitting patiently on my shelf in my studio until they reach the gallery.
Above is a new sculpture that I am quite happy with. Love his suit and tie! My newest sculptures are becoming much more refined and detailed. I am realizing just now how much time and effort each one takes from scratch to finish. To know that each finished piece began with just a piece of clay blows my mind.















Saturday, November 17, 2012

December group exhibition

I've been selected to participate in a group show by the CUBE gallery in Ottawa. My small portraits and sculptures will be featured. The vernissage is on Thursday, Dec 6th from 6-9pm.





Great BIG smalls VIIITuesday, December 4th to Sunday, December 30th, 2012
Vernissage: Thursday Dec 6th, 2012 — 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cube Gallery’s eighth annual show of small works with BIG heart.  The show features over 70 artists, from the established to the emerging.  There will be cultural gifts for everyone and at all price levels.  Start your collection – or round out your existing one with some great small pieces.  All works are original, small and suitable for Christmas, Chanukah or any other holiday tradition you celebrate.

For a few images from the show please go to: http://www.cubegallery.ca/exhibitions/2012_12_04_great_big_smalls_viii

Marc Adornato, Alex Jack, Alison Smith-Welsh, Chris Johnson, Betty Connelly, Claire Scherzinger, Christina Del Sol, Dan Austin, Denis Larouche, Diana Kline, Egor Evseev, Georgia Mathewson, Wellington Lambert, Harry Nowell, Holly Friesen, Isabella Di Sclafani, Janet Moore, Janet Slavin, Jay Anderson, Joejene Santos, Juliana McDonald, Julie Withrow, Karen Goetzinger, Lindsay Watson, Lori Victor, Lynne Morin, Marianne Weeks, Moira Law, Monique Martin, Nan Griffiths, Olaf Krassnitzky, Pina Manoni-Rennick, Preston Zaborowski, Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton, Rosy Somerville, Sharon Lafferty, Stephen Seguin, Sue Ukkola, Tony Clark, Paula Zoubek, Marc Brzustowski, Mark Seabrook, Patti Normand, Doug Cosbie, Mary Wong, Karina Kraenzle, Russell Yuristy, Sanjeev Sivarulrasa, Barbara Gamble, Norman Takeuchi, Kristy Gordon, Eric Walker, Mahshid Farhoudi, Katherine McNenly, John Jarrett, MaryAnn Camps, Heidi Conrod, Kathy Haycock, Reid McLachlan, Becky Mason, Danny Hussey, Julie St-Amand, Glen Foster, Jennifer Gibbs, Peggy Hughes, The Latest Artists (Andrew & Deborah O’Malley), Jessica Levman, Peter Dolan, Katrin Smith, Sylvia Klein, Evelyn Rapin, Anne Barkley and Greg Ludlow.















Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Slowly slowing down

Smiling girl, acrylic on gessoboard, 5" x 7", 2012
Very thick paint applied over and over until it looked right. A very light and airy painting which is not how my paintings usually turn out. Took my time and took it slow. Even took a break and had supper before going back to finish it. I'm starting to slow down and it's not even the holidays yet. I think my body and mind have had enough of rushing and stressing. Not my style anymore. Being so focused on my art this past year has helped me to regain my identity back. I'm an artist and I love it!









Tuesday, November 13, 2012

November nap time



View outside my studio window this morning. I went to sleep too late last night and got up too early. I already need a nap.










Wednesday, November 7, 2012

City bus

Salt & pepper , acrylic on canvas panel, 4" x 5", 2012

It was cold biking today. I have a count down in my head till the last day of biking for the season. I'm pretty sure I can last till the end of November (if there is no snow).
I'm not one to bike during the winter. It's not fun and too dangerous. I'd rather spend the money on a monthly bus pass and risk catching a cold or some other type of virus from a stranger on the city bus. Yay.









Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Blue swim cap with red speedo

SWIMMER # 9, acrylic on clay, 2012

Yes, this swimmer has chest hair. I had a great time making him. I'm pretty sure he's wearing a red speedo. Don't you just love the epic facial hair?
This guy's available in my Etsy shop.










Sunday, November 4, 2012

Good thing for daylight savings time


I've been really busy, busy, busy working on new sculptures. I'll have more ready very soon. I've been asked for more bunnies, so those will be coming soon.
Pictured above are sculptures available in my Etsy shop .
Thank goodness for that extra hour today!




















Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween revisited



I dug up these photos from a couple of years ago. I found this mask that was hidden inside a bag in the hall closet. Had a fun time with Lorenzo. A "classic" halloweenish moment...










Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Synopsis

Here is a short resume of my Halloween 2012 in picture form.
Lorenzo with his FLASH mask (handmade by him).

My 1 year-old niece, Jenna, looking adorable.

Greta is "Fionna" from Adventure Time and Lorenzo is Flash (not Flash Gordon).

Things that go bump in the night.

ROCK ON!











Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Why do they always have to renovate the kitchen?

Detail of my latest work on kitchen paraphernalia. Full view of this work in my Etsy shop

So I, like many people, get a kick out of watching House Hunters. I especially love the International edition. You spend thirty minutes of your life watching strangers pick and choose property and you start talking to the screen saying how dumb they are not to have picked the house you liked best.
I just never understand why so many people think it ESSENTIAL to tear down and gut the kitchen. Whatever happened to cute vintage kitchens? How much counter space does one really need and how much food does one really plan on cooking? I don't need to look into the living room and stare at the couch while I cook. I think it's more important to make sure you're not cutting any fingertips with the kitchen knife and that the oil in the pan doesn't catch on fire.


















Monday, October 15, 2012

Halloween Ambiguity

MASK Series # 1, acrylic on clay, 10/2012

So, it being Halloween this month and all, I thought it would be a good idea to try my hand at a disguised sculpture for a change. I've always liked black "batman" style masks. As to whether this is a boy or a girl, it's up for debate. I haven't figured it out myself. Let's just leave it alone. Sometimes some ambiguity in life can make things "so sexy" (as my teenage son likes to say about any of my art work that he thinks is good).











Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Frozen charlottes


This picture makes me think of frozen charlotte dolls in porcelain. Except these aren't porcelain and they certainly aren't dolls. I like to think of my sculptures as mini people with specific characteristics all there own. When I create them and they emerge from the clay under my fingers, its' quite amazing and a little scary. I'm not sure who is in control; the clay, the new character emerging from the clay or me.










Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Meeting of the minds



Looks like a convoluted chess game or Sunday in the park, but it's actually my latest batch of sculptures that I made this past weekend ( I worked really hard and many hours). Can't wait to see how they turn out in colour.











Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Faces with oil sticks



New faces using oil sticks and charcoal pencil. I haven't used oil sticks since my days when I was doing my nude paintings back in the 90s. It's a little different on a smaller scale like a 4" x 6" canvas, but it certainly has a vibrancy that acrylic paint just can't duplicate.









Monday, October 1, 2012

New sculptures fall 2012

SOLD ( all three)

More new sculptures that I made recently. My kids still think the pink doll is creepy. Tomorrow is a toss-up between oil painting or making more sculptures. Perhaps a bit of both.











Monday, September 24, 2012

Flavour Unsurpassed

Swimmer sculpture on the left (SOLD)


New batch of recently made sculptures minus the little pink demon baby in the far right. He's only there because he just wants to have fun.









Thursday, September 20, 2012

Female nude drawing

Nude drawing charcoal on gessoed bristol board  2012

This is my favourite drawing from my last open studio life model class. The poses are long in this particular studio and I have to circulate around the room to get different vantage points during the same pose. I need to find a different place to go to that does shorter, more gestural poses. The long poses can be tedious and not as interesting since the model has to find a comfortable position to hold for a long time.










Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My little sculpture factory

All I think about lately is how many sculptures could I make in a year? There are so many steps involved to make each one. I would have to modify my lifestyle ( quit my job, win the lottery, etc). But for now, I will have to be satisfied with the production levels that are possible for me at this point in time. This time last year, I was not producing art except late at night after work.
(Today's my birthday, by the way. Happy B-day to me. Yay!)













Thursday, September 6, 2012

Life drawing

This fall, I'm focusing on the nude more intently. The years spent at university and into my twenties were dedicated to nude drawing and painting. People sought me out looking for my work. So, I think it might not be such a bad idea to start again.

Male Nude # 3  acrylic paint, graphite, gesso on clayboard,  5" x 7"  2012









Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What's in a name?

I'm no the best person to remember your name. Faces are good for me. I can usually remember what a person looks like.
Here's a new work. Made from a real still life in my studio. I went to the flower shop yesterday looking for a metal flower stand and came home with these beauties instead. Good thing I wrote their name down in my notebook, otherwise I would have never remembered.

Arabicum flowers in a glass bottle  acrylic on masonite board,   8" x 10"   2012











Monday, August 6, 2012

Me with glasses # 2

Fontana # 8 (me with glasses # 2) , acrylic on canvas board, 4" x 4"  2012
I worked on another self-portrait this past weekend.  It was too hot to work in the studio on anything very large.









Saturday, August 4, 2012

Road trip # 1

FONTANA # 6 (Road trip # 1), acrylic on canvas board, 4" x 6",  2012
Road trips are great. Especially day ones. Spur of the moment are the best. It gets you all excited and gets your  blood flowing. A change of scenery can do wonders physically and mentally.










Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday's new work

Fontana # 5 ( girl with long lashes), acrylic on canvas board 4" x 4"   2012
Just finished another portrait painting today. I really like the feel if this one.
We went to Ottawa this past Saturday for the day and I came across 2 art galleries. I plan on approaching both of them with my portraits and landscapes.















Monday, July 16, 2012

Fontana # 1

Using some new materials. Actually, going back to using graphite instead of just paint. In the old days, I used to mix up graphite, charcoal, oil sticks and acrylic all on the same painting. Worked wonders. Should go back to what worked the best.
Here is a fresh new painting. Just made it last night.

Fontana # 1, acrylic & graphite on Russian birch wood, 5" x 7",  2012










Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Blue eyes again

My favourite colour is blue, but it has to be that greyish sort of blue that you find in the sky. No artificial dark blues or bright neon blues for me, thank-you very much.

Blue eyes again portrait, 4" x 4" acrylic on canvas board , 2012











Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Quick as they come and quick as they go

Made this little portrait of an unnamed young woman not too long ago.
Wistful, but happy. I like how her hands turned out.

Untitled,  acrylic on canvas board,  4" x 6"  2012     SOLD