Friday, October 31, 2014

Historical Portrait: George Washington

GEORGE WASHINGTON,  acrylic, gouache & ink on panel,  (5" x 5"),  2014


Another new historical painting that I recently made. I've always wanted to do George Washington's portrait. It's a face everyone knows.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Historical Portrait Painting - L'Amant

L'Amant,  acrylic & ink on panel,  (5" X 5"),  2014


I've finally found my groove and it feels good. My new portrait paintings are finally headed in the right direction.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SUPERMAN painting

SUPERMAN,  acrylic gouache & ink on panel,  (5" x 5"),  2014
My son has been asking me for some time now to make a portrait of Superman. He's big on comic books and science fiction and all that Dr Who stuff. And he likes to paint and draw superhero characters.
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

Aquarium # 1

Aquarium # 1 , acrylic on gessoed paper,  (11" x 14"),  2014
I haven't done much abstract painting in a while. This weekend, I spent time in my studio working from photos that I took of the aquariums at the zoo in September.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Everyday life: art studio space

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

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

The Parker Series # 4

The Parker Series # 4,  acrylic on panel,  (6" x 8"),  2014

The latest in the Parker Series paintings. Took a while to paint all those flowers on her dress.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Parker Series # 3

The Parker Series # 3,  acrylic & ink on panel,  (5" x 5"),  2014

A new painting that is part of my new The Parker Series. I'm quite liking this new direction in my work.

Psycho Cat art zine

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.
I've always loved the idea of art zines and I have a small personal collection of my own of different artists from around the world. So, I figured it was high time that I made my own art zine. I did it the old-fashioned way by hand with no computer. I hand cut each page and stapled each book myself. I think I need to invest in a saddle stapler if I want better, more precise results. But, I guess a crooked staple just adds to the charm of the book.
10 pages with 10 new full-colour illustrations.
Psycho Cat art zine is now available in my ETSY shop.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

FALL Clean up Time in the Studio

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

The Market Cooperative Arts Fair today

I'll be at the Market Cooperative Arts Fair today located on the McGill University campus in downtown Montreal. Open from 11am to 5pm.