Monday, December 29, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
|Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (1861), acrylic goauche & ink on panel, (5" x 7"), 2014|
The original of this historical portrait was a black and white engraving by William Holl, so I had to improvise on the colours.
My kids love his beard.
He kinda looks like a cool bad-ass bearded man with a "don't f*** with me" attitude.
I love how his eye turned out.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
It's been exactly a week with no sunshine here in Montreal. Now it looks like we have to wait until this Friday for the sun to come back.
Our apartment windows are surrounded by a fortress of icicles. Very pretty indeed. At least it's not cold out. I've been a rebel and have been wearing my running shoes outside instead of my winter boots. It's nice to be able to walk at a normal pace.
I think I'm going to find a lightbulb or something and stand under it to simulate sunshine.
Monday, December 15, 2014
|Moses Gill c. 1759, acrylic on 12" round canvas, 2013|
I painted this historical portrait in the spring of 2013. My son Lorenzo was quite impressed with it and asked me to not put it up for sale. And so I obliged and have kept this painting in my studio ever since.
Yesterday afternoon, I decided that it was time to sell this painting (with Lorenzo's blessing).
You can find it listed in my ETSY shop.
There are some paintings that an artist makes and decides to keep forever no matter what.
And there are other works that are kept for a little while until the artist fully absorbs what he/she needs to still learn from a particular painting.
In this special case, my family and I have enjoyed this work and I've spent many times standing in front of it and staring at it.
For me, I believe this painting represents a point in time when my historical portraits took a leap forward. It is not super-realistic, but realistic enough that it feels like a real person. You can feel the weight of the flesh.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
This is what I woke up to this morning. This is technically our "real" first snowfall for Montreal, because this time the snow will stay and not melt away. The forecast calls for snow pretty much non-stop till Friday.
The first snow fall is always the prettiest because it is still fresh and new for me even though I've lived through many winters since I was born.
The snow looks light and white and clean and oh so pretty.
Makes you want to make hot cocoa.
Makes you want to sit by a fire and read a good book.
Makes you want to go out and buy a pair of skis and do some cross-country skiing up North.
My nostalgia for winter will last about 3 seconds, after which I mark my calendar like a prisoner and wait for spring to come back.
Will I become one of those retired folks that will move away and live the rest of their days out in some tropical climate?
I only hope so.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
|Isaure Chasseriau c.1838, acrylic gouache & ink on panel, (5" x 7"), 2014|
This historical portrait painting was originally made by French painter
Eugene-Emmanuel-Amaury Pineux-Duval…aka Amaury-Duval (1808-1885).
And I thought I had a long name.
Isaure Chasseriau was the sister of Amaury-Duval's wife, so like his sister-in-law for short.
Monday, December 1, 2014
|Ceramic Dog 2014|
Lorenzo sold his first piece of artwork this weekend to a collector in New York! I'm very proud and happy for him. Congratulations!
If you want to see more of my son's work, check out his new ETSY shop: Spockstar
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
|The Parker Series # 6, acrylic on panel (6" x 8"), 2014|
Monday, November 3, 2014
|Jane Eyre, acrylic, gouache & ink on panel, (5" x 7"), 2014|
Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
|SUPERMAN, acrylic gouache & ink on panel, (5" x 5"), 2014|
So, I finally got around to finding a version of Superman that I like (there are so many out there these days). I must say that the late actor, Christopher Reeves made for a very sexy Superman. He had some great facial features. Now, that's my kinda of superhero. If you're going to wear a cape and tights, better have your mojo on.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
The fall season is in full swing and the days are passing very quickly. The word "holiday" is already part of many people's everyday vocabulary. I saw folks buying twinkle lights and wrapping paper at IKEA yesterday morning.
I've been busy getting my ETSY shop ready for the holidays. A selection of clay brooches are almost ready and should be in my shop by the weekend.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
|She Wanted to Continue Looking, acrylic & ink on wood panel, (4" x 5"), 2014|
A nude painting that I did recently. Lately, my nudes come about out of the blue. I usually start with a portrait painting which ends up becoming a nude painting for different reasons. Nude painting is very familiar territory for me. I made so many of them since the age of 17 until well into my early thirties. After I had kids, my focus turned to smaller figurative works and now I think the tide is turning back to larger scale works and perhaps back to nudes. But I don't think I'm quite done yet with portraiture. I still have a lot of portrait painting that I need to make.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
|A new art zine that I just completed with 10 full colour illustrations.|
|The cat that started it all.|
|There's an array of special characters in this art zine.|
10 pages with 10 new full-colour illustrations.
Psycho Cat art zine is now available in my ETSY shop.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Yesterday was a fun day at the Market Cooperative Arts fair at McGill University. The students were sweet and the organizers of the fair were really helpful and very nice folks. Gives me hope for the future when I see that the young folks of today appreciate handmade goods in all its various forms.
So today I'm back in my studio and I have the urge to purge. We only have a barbecue grill on the balcony in the back, otherwise I would make a bonfire and burn some of my old work that's been hanging around for too long and taking up space for no good reason.
My approach from now on with my artwork is that if I think it's ok, it's just not good enough. I want all my art that I make and show to the world to be top quality, not just so-so quality. With this in mind, I need to be a better editor of my own work and be ruthless and objective. Sounds harsh, doesn't it, but it has to be so.
I did a big clean-up last night in my Etsy shop and created a $20.00 SALE section which will last for the whole month of October. I'm curious to see what the reaction will be if there is one at all.
I'm excited to start some new projects for the upcoming Holiday season. I'd like to do a couple of more art fairs and I want to get my portfolio updated and ready for 2015.
I have a feeling it' going to be a BIG year!
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
This past summer, the whole family got into the new 2014 season of the Last Comic Standing. Here's one of our favourite comics from the competition: Nikki Carr.
We all thought she was pretty funny. Got some good laughs watching her perform.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
|The KYOJIN series|
acrylic & clay
I love these new clay figures. I think they're awesome! I think some time away from making clay figures was good for me and I came back with a better and stronger approach. (I love the orange guy).
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
|Diana Armstrong (1872) by John Everett Millais, acrylic & ink on panel, (5" x 7"), 2014|
As promised, I've been working diligently on my repertoire of historical portraits. I'm hoping to have a least a dozen new works by the end of this month. Above is a portrait of Diana Armstrong. I plan on making the portrait of her sister soon.