Saturday, November 30, 2013

Friday art scene: Man on Fire song

I know it's Saturday and this is a Friday Art Scene post, but I figured why not?
So, I'm a big fan of movie trailers and I watched the one for the movie August: Osage County that's coming out in December with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts and a song popped up during the trailer and I couldn't get it out of my head, so I went looking for the source. The song is Man on Fire by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. I love it and it's great to listen to it while I'm working in the studio. Always fun to find something that makes you feel good. 

This is the official video by the band.

This is a live rendition of the song, just as fun to watch.

And here's the movie trailer that started it all:

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Swimmer # 21 clay sculpture

Swimmer # 21, acrylic on clay, 2013
I decided not to put goggles on this particular swimmer only because I think she has such a lovely expression. It would be a shame to change it in any way.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Swimmer # 20 clay sculpture

Swimmer # 20,  acrylic on clay,  2013
A new swimmer that I finished just yesterday. I thought I was finished with making clay sculptures, but I guess not. I'm compelled to make them even though they have no connection to my painting or drawing. Perhaps they are simply meant to be and need to be made.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Winter snowsuit sculptures

SNOWSUIT series clay sculptures
I've been making more sculptures again.
This time, I was compelled to explore what winter means to me…it's all about the clothing and the amount you have to wear just to get out the door.
Wintertime to me is not just about the cold, but also about having to add on an extra fifteen minutes to your morning ritual in order to get on your sweater, coat, hat, scarf, boots and gloves.
I already miss summer and my flip flops.

If you like my sculptures, you can find them in my ETSY shop.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Everyday life: sunshine in November

 I was compelled to take a photo of the sun the other day only because I hadn't seen it for some time. Daylight savings time is now in effect, so the sun goes down starting at 4pm and by 5pm it is totally dark.
But I did manage to photograph a spectacular sunset. Here it is. I love the grey blues mixed with the oranges.

Friday, November 15, 2013

DOG painting

DOG,  acrylic & ink on watercolour paper,  (9" x 12"),  2013

If I ever decided to have a dog, he would look like this. Same spots and same attitude. For now, he is an imaginary dog on paper available in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Studio life: Time to take the photos

I've spent the last few weeks in a continuous stream of productive and cohesive painting.
I'v been in a zone and it feels good!
The last week in October was a vacation week for me and with no distractions I was able to concentrate and focus on just my art.
I was calm and happy. I looked younger. I felt confidant about the fact that "Yes, I am an artist!" and to hell with what everyone else thinks or says.
I don't think I've felt like that in a while. I tend to let the other people's issues in my different worlds get to me and it kinda sucks the energy out of me a lot of the time. So my vacation week was a retreat from everyone and everything. I hardly went out and most of my days were spent in the studio painting all day. I guess this would be similar to being in an artist residency.
That being said, this week my studio space is looking really messy and new paintings have been piling up on my work table.
Time to take photos and catalog everything before I lose my mind. I cannot work or think straight in a messy environment. It just drives me crazy.
This cleanup time is an essential component in my work process. It gives me a chance to evaluate my recent paintings and to take a step back and look at my body of work as a whole unit rather than in bits and pieces.
Is there cohesiveness?
Is there a common theme?
Is there a concept?
These are all important questions that an artist must ask themselves about their work in an objective manner. Who else is going to do it?
And if you approach a gallery, you better be sure that your work is solid and can stand on its own two feet.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Everyday life: Saturday day trip

Saturday was the vernissage at the Arbor Gallery in Vankleek Hill.
The kids didn't want to go, so it was just me and Augusto which turned our day into a fun date/road trip/getaway all rolled into one.
We took the scenic drive along the Oka river towards Vankleek Hill and the art gallery where I met and schmoozed with the other artists at the show. 
Of course our trip wouldn't have been complete without a stop at Beau's Brewery for beer and t-shirts. 
All in all a great little day.
A rainy ride along the autoroute to Vankleek Hill

We took the scenic route along the Oka river and came across lots of historical houses like this one.

A blurry shot of furniture in a barn packed to the brim with antiques. We particularly liked this little table with the pink top, green legs and black accents. We did find a book stand for Augusto which was the reason for our trip.

Another blurry photo of me and Augusto…so cute and fuzzy,  just like a warm kitten .