Thursday, March 28, 2013

3D sculpture

More sculptures in progress from my new INGEBORGA series. I quite like these only because they are so unconventional. I feel the need to push the boundaries beyond what people expect things to look like. And sculpture can deliver this in 3D. Very cool.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

Line quality

Untitled, acrylic, black ink on gessoed Stonehenge paper, 7.5" x 10", 2013

Augusto and the kids really like this portrait. I made it earlier this month. It has many layers of paint and when I applied the black ink lines, it all came together. I find my best work is when I combine my painting and drawing together. The line has to enhance the painting otherwise it will make everything look flat and fake looking. The quality of the line is important and takes practice, but when it works, it works.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Cantaloupe and chicken

I could post more photos of my artwork, but it would only represent a partial view of what my life is about. It is impossible for me to separate my life with my husband and children from my life as an artist. The two are inevitably intertwined. My studio space has always been at home. Even when I was living by myself and had my own apartment, I always made one of the rooms in the apartment into my studio space. It allows me the freedom to work all day or late into the night and not have to worry about what time I need to get home. It has always been that way for me.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Frankenstein's Saturday Post # 4

Frankenstein is feeling better now, but is oh so tired. Just can't seem to get enough sleep and winter is just dragging on and on and on.
Here is a quote that he came across in a fashion magazine. Yes, Frankenstein looks at fashion magazines. He likes the pictures.

I was suddenly transported to my childhood, and a time when I felt the world was filled with limitless possibilities.
                                              -Lucette Lagnado (ELLE, Nov 2011)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

First day of spring

Untitled, acrylic on wood panel, 4" x 4", 2013

Today it's sunny here in Montreal and the snow is turning to mushy grey slush. A true sign that spring is coming...eventually.
Above is perhaps the last of my small sized portraits. My studio space is now set up and I already have some larger canvases prepared and ready to go. Let's see what happens.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Abstracted landscape

Landscape series # 5 Winter 2013, acrylic on gessoed paper, 2013

Another landscape. Another example of how many of my landscapes naturally veer off into abstraction. They say that abstraction is based on reality whether the artist is conscious of it or not during the creative process. I did take an abstract painting class last year in the spring and found that because I was keenly aware that I wanted to create a painting that was supposed to be abstract, it stopped me in my tracks. It became an effort to have to think about the process and inevitably, I rebelled against the whole idea of it and ended up creating many works in the class that were "realistic". Funny how the mind thinks and works in certain situations.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Wall Space

Last night, after many days of feeling under the weather, I started re-arranging my studio space. At this time of year, just before spring arrives, I always have the urge to purge.
It's been some time now that I've been trying to figure out which wall of the studio I could convert into a space for large paintings.
When I was in university and many years afterwards, my paintings were quite large in scale. Many of my nude paintings were 3 feet wide by 7 feet tall. A small painting was anything less than 2 by 3 feet.
These last few years, I've been working on such a smaller scale. I guess after having moved so many times during the last 15 years (7 times to be exact), it had become somewhat of a nightmare to move large canvases from one apartment to another.
This year I knew that one of my main goals for 2013 was to start painting big again. But space being at a premium, I've had to take some time to figure out the best way to clear out my studio space without invading the rest of the apartment. Many of the plants are moving to the living room. I'll keep a few in the studio, but that's it. We are also planning to participate in the yearly street garage sale that our neighbours do every year in June. I'm looking forward to clearing out some furniture pieces that are no longer working for us in the apartment.
So I got Augusto help me with the large mirror and move it from the main wall in the studio to the side wall next to my work table. I didn't think it would work since the mirror is so massive, but it works just fine. There really is no other wall in the apartment where that mirror can go, so it will have to stay in the studio, which is fine since it opens up the space and makes the studio feel bigger.
Now I just have to get 2 large pieces of raw canvas and pin one piece onto the wall and put the second piece on the floor. And presto, I can work as big and as messy as I like without having to worry about messing up any of the furniture or the walls. I can relax and paint at at a scale that is more conducive to my temperament.
Looking forward to it.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Frankenstein's Saturday Post # 3

Frankenstein's been under the weather these last few days. Tissue feels like sandpaper on his nose right now, it's so raw and tender. Poor baby.
Here's a medicinal quote that he found:

When diet is wrong medicine is of no use
When diet is correct medicine is of no need.
                                 -Ayurvedic Proverb

Monday, March 11, 2013

Ingeborga series

INGEBORGA series, acrylic on clay, 2013

New series that I started last weekend. Took me a week to come up with a name for these guys. There are more, but the kids want to keep them.
I kind of enjoy the fact that they aren't so realistic, which allows me to make them in any which way and in any which colour. I need an outlet to do whatever I want and maybe for now, making these clay figures is what I need to do.
Not so sure if a gallery would deem them as fine art material, but if I came up with an artistic concept of some sort, it could work.
I figure if I created them, there must be a reason as to why they exist.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Frankenstein's Saturday Post # 2

Here is a new quote found by Frankenstein. I like it very much.

"When it comes to your family, spend your money freely and trust your capacity to earn more."
                                                                                 -Virginia Woolf

Friday, March 8, 2013

1 suntan please

I began a new work schedule at my day job this past week.
I squeezed in as much as I could last Sunday and Monday working in my studio.
Tuesday, I spent all day doing income tax returns (that time of year again).
I went to work on Wednesday exhausted.
On Thursday, I walked to work in the morning and walked back home instead of taking the bus. About an hour each way.
Thank God it's Friday today.
I could always try and catch up on my sleep this weekend, but it's daylight savings time and we lose an hour of sleep to gain an extra hour of daylight (well worth the loss of sleep).
I need:
1 vacation on a beach. A pool would be ok too.
And 1 suntan please.
Thank you.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Landscape Winter series # 6

Landscape winter series # 6, acrylic on canvas,  8" x 8" , 2013

This painting has a long history attached to it. I don't like to waste and many times, I'll gesso over an existing painting if I don't think it's up to par anymore. The canvas pictured above began as a figure painting and was made a few years back. I gessoed it over last year and made something that I don't even remember what it was. That didn't work out, so I gessoed it over again back in December and the canvas has sat around in my studio since that time.
This past weekend, I finally decided to make a portrait painting with it and spent quite a few hours working on it on Sunday. Wasn't quite satisfied with the results and ended up re-working it again on Monday. By late afternoon, I was totally frustrated with my progress and finally decided to just gesso it over again and paint a landscape. The result was worth all the hours and turmoil in the end. I quite enjoy the freedom and texture of this landscape and how successful it turned out.
Don't underestimate the process of an artwork.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Landscape winter series # 1

Landscape # 1(winter 2013), 11 x 14 on gessoed paper, 2013

Landscapes seem to be a recurring theme in my work. I usually work on paper and never seem to gravitate to canvas when contemplating the next one. They certainly always veer towards the abstract. I've never been one to sit patiently and paint every leaf on a tree.
I enjoy looking at other artists' renditions of landscapes and have found that again I am more attracted to an abstracted landscape rather than a classical painting of one.
If a lanscape is too technically rendered, it kind of loses its power and becomes lifeless and dead. A landscape has to breath.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Perfect light

Today the light is perfect. The sun is brighter and the light is whiter. You can sense that spring is definitely on its way. Perfect for taking photos of my artwork, especially my landscape paintings, which can be a little tricky since they have so many dark tones of brown and green. The light has to be just right to capture the colours exactly as they appear without the pictures coming out too dark.
One of these days, I'm going to splurge and get a proper light stand. A better camera would also help. My list of supplies for 2013 is not too long, but very specific.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Frankenstein's Saturday post # 1

I've asked my friend, Frankenstein, to be a guest blogger and he's agreed to post something new every Saturday from now on.
Tune in every weekend to hear his favourite quote.
Here's his very first one:

"The only way to live life is the way you think you should. You need to not be shitty just because life is shitty."
                                                              -Chan Marshall, musician