Monday, August 25, 2014

Larger than life

The Big Bettina Series # 1,  acrylic & ink on gessoed paper,  (11"x 14"),  2014

I had a request this month from a lady in Italy to make some of my smaller works on paper in a larger format. The results are exactly as I expected; a close rendition of the original, but not quite the same. Sort of like siblings in a family.
Will the client like the results? I'm not quite sure since many people who have their heart set on a particular work of art can never be quite satisfied with a close "copy".
Does this de-value the new larger work because it's not the same as the smaller work?
Should a comparison even be made between the two artworks?
An interesting dilemma, which is why I'm only making one work for now until I hear back from the client. I'm curious to know what her reaction will be.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Black & White show at CUBE gallery

July 29th to August 31st, 2014

Black and white are the earliest, most basic elements of art. Eighteen thousand years ago our cousins, the Palaeolithic artists, used charcoal black on the cave walls of Lascaux in France. White is the mixture of all the colours of light together.

We often associate black & white with good and bad, this or that, right or wrong. Eighteen artists explore and celebrate what Black & White means to them in this mixed media show at Cube Gallery.
Group show featuring:
Adrienne Herron, Carol Grant, Denisa Prochazka, François Cambe, Isabella Di Sclafani, Joejene C. Santos, Josée Prud'homme, Katherine McNenly, Keith Bell, MaryAnn Camps, Mahshid Farhoudi, Michael Kinghorn, Norman Takeuchi, Peter Dolan, Robert Davis, Ruth Dick, Steve Perry, Tim Watts, Whitney Lewis-Smith, Zainab Hussain, and Robin Burgener
360 Degree view of the show:

Cube Gallery
1285 Wellington St. W.  Ottawa K1Y 0G8

Open late the First Thursday of every month
Tues-Fri 10:30 – 6pm  Sat.-Sun 11-5pm

Friday, August 8, 2014

Frida Kahlo Portrait Painting

Frida Kahlo as a Young Woman,  acrylic & ink on panel,  (5" x 5"),  2014

I've always wanted to make a portrait of Frida Kahlo. A daunting task considering that she is the queen of self-portraits. So I found a picture of her as a young woman and I thought that was a good place to start exploring Frida and her intense personality.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Historical Portrait: Elizabeth Wriothesley

Elizabeth Wriothesley (Lady Percy) c. 1665-70 by Richard Gibson
acrylic & ink on claybord,  (5" x 7"),  2014


A very new historical portrait that I made this week. She's not as realistically rendered as some of my previous historical portraits, but it seems to suit her personality.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Everyday life: Summer in Connecticut

White picket fences really do exist. I saw lots of them in Westport, Connecticut.

Family BBQ and cupcakes for Greta's 14th birthday.

This particular guy was sitting quietly in a Japanese restaurant in town.

Greta celebrating her birthday with a new dress , cake and a can of Cool Whip.

Picnic supper at the beach.

Lorenzo chilling out.

Greta all smiles on the beach.

A perfect gentle sunset in Connecticut.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Black and White Show painting # 3

I Only Want You,  acrylic & ink on wood,  (5" x 7"),  2014

The third painting in the series that I created for the Black & White Show at the CUBE gallery in Ottawa.
It's a small painting with simple lines, but very powerful.