Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Virginia June Series # 1

Virginia June Series # 11,  acrylic & ink on paper,  2014
I really like how this portrait turned out. Looks like gouache, but it's acrylic. I like how the paint is nice and loose. I was relaxed and listening to some good music while making this.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Historical Portrait: Robert Gascoyne-Cecil (1861)

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

Everyday life: look at all the pretty icicles

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

Historical Portrait: Moses Gill

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

Historical Portrait: Effie Ruskin

Effie Ruskin,  acrylic & ink on panel,  8" x 10",  2014

A new historical portrait that I finished yesterday. It was originally painted in 1853 by John Everett Millais.
She has dreamy eyes.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Everyday life: look at the pretty snow

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

Everyday life: clay sculptures

I took this photo this week to show a client in New York the scale of my sculptures. By chance, it turned out to be a nice photo as well. I'll try to find a way to incorporate it into my website and ETSY shop.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Historical Portrait: Isaure Chasseriau

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

Everyday life: Ceramic Dog Sculpture

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