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


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:

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...