Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

Everyday life: Boardwalk Empire catch-up

I absolutely love watching period shows.
The details of the sets and clothes are eye candy for me. Quite inspiring.
I watched season 1 of Boardwalk Empire when it first came out.
But when season 2 came out, I didn't continue to follow the show and this only lead me not being able to watch season 3 because I hadn't watched season 2.
What to do in this situation?
Do a personal Boardwalk Empire marathon.
I spent Thursday afternoon and evening of last week watching the first 6 episodes of season 2.
Took Friday and Saturday off.
Sunday afternoon and evening was spent watching the last 6 episodes.
Season 2 done.
Next goal is to watch season 3 when it comes out on DVD in August.
This way, I'm ready to go for season 4 in September.
Who says summer can't be a productive time of year?

Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Everyday life: Ottawa flash trip

It's Wednesday already and I can't seem to keep up with this summer season. July's almost finished and August is just around the corner and the kids are already talking about new backpacks and lunch bags for back to school. Not funny.
We did a quick last minute day trip to Ottawa this past Saturday only because we had to get away from our over-heated apartment and a trip away from home always helps to clear the mind and get back on track with things.
We found a couple of new antique places in Ottawa. Lorenzo found a vintage plastic piggy bank of the KFC Colonel Sanders. I met a lady antique dealer that has the best selection of wooden Quebec antiques that I've ever come across.Will need to make another trip back to see her shop again.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Girl in Orange Top

Girl in Orange Top,  ink & gouache on gessoed terraskin paper,  ( 8 3/4" x 12 1/4"),  2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

Vintage lawn chair gouache illustration

Blue Lawn Chair,  gouache paint and ink on gessoed terraskin paper,  2013
I love the chalky, milky feel of gouache paint, the matte finish when it dries and it's so easy to mix colours. It's like magic!
Can you believe I found this folding lawn chair lying in someone's garbage and it wasn't even broken or dirty. In fact, it was almost brand new. I guess the previous owner wanted new chairs for their deck and thought this little blue one form the seventies was too outdated.
It's really too bad they don't make these chairs anymore. The copies they make today are so cheap and flimsy and no where near as stylish. So sad.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Everyday life: Down by the River

Great thing about living in Montreal is that there is so much nature just outside the city. A short drive north of the city brings you to the Laurentians where you can find dozens of small towns, rivers, chalets and lots of trees.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday Art Scene: Jiro Ono

Jiro Ono

This is a new Friday post that I hope to have each week that will feature different artists' works that I think rock the contemporary art world of today.
Considering the vastness of the internet, there are no longer geographical boundaries to impede one's ability to discover what artists are doing in other parts of the world.
That said, I have to admit that I'm quite overwhelmed by the seemingly bottomless pit of incredible art out there today.
I've resorted to compiling a list of artist's names in a special red book that I keep in my studio. It is the only way that I can keep track of names and learn who is who.
This in a way will be my own personal art class where I hope to somehow make sense of today's art world and find out where I stand among my contemporaries.
I think great art is good for everyone. There is so much to learn from it.

Here is my first Friday Art Scene artist. Not a painter, but a master sushi chef at the top of his game; Jiro Ono still thinks that he has more to learn at the ripe old age of 85!
I think anyone and everyone can learn a lot from watching this documentary about Jiro no matter what you do in life.
Devotion to your art is priceless and rare in this modern age of quick and fast results.
Below is the official trailer to the documentary film: JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Everyday life: summer in the city

Frankenstein's Saturday post will be back next week. He's on vacation and has gone to the beach to work on his suntan.
In the mean time, here are some pics of summer time in the city from our apartment.
Coolers ready to go for a weekend getaway.

There's been so much rain this past spring and summer that the trees have grown out of control. This is supposed to be our view of the street from our laundry room.

I wish we could have a clothes line like our neighbour, but there are so many tree branches in our back yard that it would take 10 lumberjacks just to clear a path for us to hang a cloths line. So sad.

Empty plate waiting for BBQ food and an almost empty beer bottle. Sure signs of summer.

Augusto, the Master Chef at work on the BBQ. He would make Chef Ramsey so proud. Mmm mmm.