Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween 2013: sing for your candy

Live long and prosper

Lorenzo is a natural born vulcan

Lorenzo had to sing for his candy this year. 
Greta as a hipster faun. She also had to sing for her candy.

That's it for Halloween photos this year.
It was a rainy Halloween and only the kids were determined to brave the cold wet night to get some goodies.
I stayed home and made chilli.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Girly # 3 girl in winter coat

Girly # 3 ( girl with winter coat),  acryla-goauche & ink on watercolour paper,  (9" x 12"),  2013

The inevitable winter is on it's way and options are limited. Augusto and I could try for early retirement this year and buy a winnebago and drive down to Florida and join the other Quebekers, but we're still too young for that kinda thing.
I just have to keep repeating these 5 words in my head over the next 5 months: spring will be here soon.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Boy in white shirt

Boy in white shirt,  acryla-goauche & ink on Arches watercolour paper,  (9" x 12"),  2013
A new piece that I recently completed earlier this month. I have it on my website and I also have it for sale on Saatchi which I recently joined.
I'm still in the process of organizing my work. Now that I have an "official" website where I can showcase my portfolio, I need to edit it properly so that it looks professional and cohesive. I'm giving myself till the end of this year to have everything updated.
By January 2014, I'd also like to see my Etsy shop downsized and have only sculptures and small works under a certain price point in there.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Man in Coat

Man in Coat, oil on canvas panel, (4" x 5"), 2012

A portrait that I did last year in oil. It was in an exhibition last December at the Cube gallery, but it never sold. I'm glad to still have it and to enjoy and see it every day hanging on our living room wall.
I've also included it in my portfolio on my website .

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Arbor Gallery exhibition

Next Saturday, November 2nd, I'll be at the Arbor gallery of Contemporary Art in Vankleek Hill, Ontario (it's an hour drive from Montreal). The vernissage is from 1-3pm and the exhibition will run from October 30th - December 15th, 2013.

Vankleek Hill is re-known for their gingerbread style houses most of which are very old turn-of-the- century buildings. It's also the location of the  Beau's All Natural Brewing Co it's all good.

So come on out and take a car ride and enjoy the scenery, the beer and some good art.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Frankenstein's Saturday Post # 13

Frankie's back!

Here's a great quote that Frankenstein found handwritten in an old sketchbook from earlier days that can only inspire and get you off your butt and do something amazing!

Don't count on fame - that's not the point. It's not important. The celebrity and the glamour come naturally. The really important bit is the commitment to life, the commitment to people. And to the work involved. Trust on a very deep level that everything will be O.K.  And don't despair. The great tragedies, the big self-destructive tragedies, happen in a split second, when the human being gives up and thinks, I can't do it. It's too much for me, I'm gonna cop out, I'm gonna check out. That is an illusion. It's actually a hallucination. It's not true; it's gonna be O.K. Just hang on.

                                                             -Marianne Faithfull, Interview magazine, February 1991

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday Art Scene: The Broken Circle Breakdown

I love movie trailers. I can spend an hour on the iTunes Movie trailers website just watching them.
I came across this particular Belgian movie: The Broken Circle Breakdown (directed by Felix Van Groeningen)  and thought it was an American movie about a girl and a boy. But it's actually a Belgian movie and no one speaks English except when they sing. Quite astounding cast of actors.
I haven't seen the movie yet as it seems it only comes out here in Canada in November, but the movie was made in 2012 and has won numerous awards in Europe.
Here is a youtube video of the main actors (Veerle Baetans and Johan Heldenbergh) from the movie singing live on stage the very beautiful sad song: If I Needed You.  It's so sweet and emotional, it just makes you wanna cry.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Everyday life: What is in my heart and mind

Since last week, I've been busy launching a new website to showcase my art:

It still needs work and will be up to date by the end of the month. This will be my official site for galleries and collectors to see my portfolio.
While launching this new site, I've spent lots of time in my studio organizing my artwork and my space. Feels good to clear up things. I can't work with a cluttered space or a cluttered mind. 
Some people thrive on disorder and chaos, but I tend to drown and feel overwhelmed in such situations.
I'm definitely not a minimalist because I like to collect things, especially objects that inspire me to create. I think a lot of artists have an eclectic collection of some sort in there space.
Anyway, I hope to also have this blog in order and to post regularly perhaps only 3 times a week as opposed to trying to post everyday. It's too much for me to have to think about my website, my shop, my blog and to create a consistent body of work and contact galleries. 

In the near future, when I can finally quit my part time job all together and just make art 24/7, I know things will fall into place and I won't feel so impatient and agitated.

I see all the art that I need to create floating around in my head, sometimes I even have dreams of paintings that still don't exist. For this, I know my path in life is to create and to be true to my nature and to share with the world what is in my heart and mind.

View of the trees from the living room window. Fall is here to stay. Look at all the pretty colours.

These are the last 2 surviving cactus plants. For the past month, I've had 1 cactus plant die per week on me. I think I'll stick with regular plants from now on.

A new storage box that fits all my smaller works on paper. Excellent! I love how organized I feel with this box.  Now I just need to find another one in a bigger size for my bigger works on paper. So fun!

A new flower plant that I bought a couple of weeks ago from the grocery store. I've put in the the laundry room on top of the water heater to see if it will bounce back. Maybe St Joseph can say a prayer too.

View from the kitchen window.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

White Flower casein painting

White Flower # 1,  casein paint on gessoed Stonehenge paper,  (11" x 14"),  2013

This is one of two paintings that I did of this particular flower that I forgot to ask the girl at the flower shop for the name.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Opera Rose # 6 illustration

Opera Rose # 6,  acryla-goauche on watercolour paper,  (9" x 12"), 2013
This is # 6 in my new series of figures on paper. She's more imagined than real. She's got a good personality and lovely smile too.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Opera Rose illustration series

OPERA ROSE # 1,  acryla-gouche, ink on watercolour paper,  (9" x 12"),  2013

This is #1 in a series of illustrations on watercolour paper.