Tuesday, December 22, 2015

End of the year and getting ready for 2016

Having just spent the most busiest year in my studio, this week has been "catch-up" week for me doing lots of things around the apartment that were left undone or unfinished since we moved into our new apartment. Still have to paint the dining room chairs.
I figured some illuminated gold balls in my studio was kinda festive.

I try to not buy any more new ornaments for the tree. But if I do, I limit it to one new ornament per year.
This year, I found a gold puffy cloud with an arrow through it.
Not the most "Xmassy" ornament (probably why it was on sale), but I like the design of it.



My daughter spent most of the day baking yesterday. She needed help icing the gingerbread cookies. I'm no Martha Stewart, hence the haphazard icing. Cookies taste good though.

The black nodder bunnies arrived yesterday from Toronto. Love these guys. Of course, they sort of have a "creepy" aspect to them, especially when their heads move, but isn't that the fun part?

Another view of my studio space. Spent the last few days cleaning it up. Now I'm ready for 2016.










Friday, November 27, 2015

soukatsat show - good vibes




I love taking photos of my clay sculptures like it's a poster and you can pin it on the wall. Love each of them just like they were all my babies.
Today's Friday and I'm at the souk@sat show. If you're in Montreal or a Montrealer, you've got to come by and see all the amazing products for sale. Quite astounding the talent that's out there. And there's such a great vibe to this venue. Have a drink at the bar and take your time to browse and drool at the many holiday options available for the people on your shopping list or just for yourself.
The show continues until Sunday, November 29th, so don't delay!










Sunday, November 22, 2015

Lee 36


Lee 36
, acrylic on panel, (6" x 8"), 2015


SOLD

Mmm, mmm....doesn't this portrait just make your heart quiver?
Does Rochester from JANE EYRE or moody Heathcliff from WUTHERING HEIGHTS pop into your head?
Aren't some historical men just so sexy? It's probably because they can enunciate all their words clearly.
Here's a poem I came up with while staring at this guy (historical portraits can do that do a girl):

"Drink his liquid eyes
 and eat the rest of him quick
 before his luscious lips squish your heart to bits."


I know, it's a little dramatic, isn't it?










Friday, November 20, 2015

Souk@sat Montreal Show


Look, the poster moves! The souk@sat 12th edition is already almost here. Next week I'll be setting up on Tuesday and the show opens to the public starting Wednesday until Sunday. If you're in Montreal, come by and see all the wonderful design goodies.










Monday, November 16, 2015

Bubblehead 19



BUBBLEHEAD 19
,  acrylic on panel,  (5" x 5"),  2015

So it's official. I finally painted all my 5" x 5" square panels. BUBBLEHEAD 19 is my last painting on that size.
A square canvas is a rather peculiar space to work on. Not everything can be squeezed into such a dimension. Portraits work well. And the faces need to be large. Small people on square surfaces look lost. That's what I've concluded after all this time working on these square panels.
Good-bye 5" x 5" and hello to bigger, larger portraits.










Sunday, November 15, 2015

Bubblehead 18


BUBBLEHEAD 18, acrylic on panel, (5" x 5"),  2015

A new portrait. Not anyone in particular. Very contemplative expression.










Monday, November 2, 2015

BUY SOME DAMN ART portraits



Bubblehead 12
, (acrylic and pencil on panel), 2015

This is the 2nd in the series of modern portraits now on at BUY SOME DAMN ART.

November is officially here and we are now in the dark days of daylight savings time. Nothing says winter is coming better than hibernating indoors and feeling like it's 10 o'clock at night at 4pm in the afternoon.

This month I've got 3 shows happening:

▶︎ BUY SOME DAMN ART

▶︎ Handmade Harvest HOLIDAY show coming up this weekend on Sunday, November 8th, 2015 in Almonte, Ontario.

▶︎ Souk @ sat design show at the end of the month from Wednesday, November 25th - Sunday, November 29th, 2105









Friday, October 30, 2015

New clay wall hanging art portraits



LEROY 1
, (clay wall hanging art), 2015

This is the first of a new series of original clay wall hanging art portraits.
For now all girl faces. All from my imagination.
And all handmade of clay from scratch.
So fun and so cool. I like them.










Wednesday, October 28, 2015

BUY SOME DAMN ART Fall show




Bubblehead 11
, acrylic on panel, (6" x 8"), 2015

Today is the official launch date of my new show on Buy Some Damn Art.
I'm quite excited about this new body of work since it pushes my portraits into another direction far away from historical, yet  they still retain the same quality of rendering as my historical portraits. Which means that my style is still intact even though the faces are more "modern".










Tuesday, October 27, 2015

RUBY 39 clay sculpture



RUBY 39
, (clay figurine), 2015


SOLD

This little bunny rabbit is quite the hybrid with her short halter top and striped short shorts. Tiny boobs as well. Not sure where she came from. But here she is in all her cuteness.










Monday, October 26, 2015

RUBY 38 nude clay figurine


RUBY 38, (clay figurine), 2015
This new nude clay figurine has boobies, arms and blue eyeshadow.
I'm beginning to make figurines with more details such as arms. Sounds a little weird, but I've been meaning to make more elaborate clay figurines since a while. I've got plenty of other ideas stored in my head, but I think it'll only be in the new year that I can expand on my clay work.










Friday, October 23, 2015

New swimmer sculptures on ETSY



Swimmer clay figurines,  (from left to right # 50, 51 and 52),  2015

November is turning out to be one badass month and it's not even here yet. Got lots of projects going on at the same time that will all come to fruition in NOVEMBER. I should have an update of my new shows soon.
In the meantime, enjoy looking at my newest swimmer sculptures. They always seem to appeal to the masses.










Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

My to-do-list


I've got 16 art-related items on my to-do-list for this month...it went up from 12.
I might be able to cross out 3 items from it by the end of the weekend.
We'll see how things go.

Here's a photo that best describes my life at the moment:
  1. Boxes of plastic wall plugs and metal hanging d-rings to put away.
  2. Empty plastic cheese container to be used for final waxing of chairs.
  3. Container of green chalk paint opened once to paint one chair. Still have 3 more chairs to paint.
  4. New basil plant that needs a lot of water. Like everyday or it wilts right away. Very high maintenance.
  5. Empty metal coffee can that I won't throw away until I find a store that stocks this coffee. It's the best. From Rome. Don't know why it's so expensive. But it tastes so good.
  6. Small plant on the bottom that needs to be re-potted. Still alive, so it can wait.
  7. The bigger plant next to it has come back to life since it got moved closer to the window. Might actually survive.
  8. The white curtains were hung up when we moved back in May. They were supposed to get trimmed to fit the window, but still haven't gotten around to doing them. Who really cares at this point?



Another cloud photo. The clouds were a perfect pink.










Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Have you got your sh*t together?

October is speeding by and I can't seem to get my sh*t together.
I've got a list of 12 "things" to do over the next few weeks.
I've managed to get 1 1/2 things done so far.
Should be a promising month.

I woke up extra early yesterday morning because the whole family had check-ups with our new family doctor.
This morning I woke up extra early to hunt for cardboard in my neighbourhood before the recycling truck came by to pick everything up.

On my agenda for the rest of today:
Laundry.
Package up 2 orders and bring to post office.
Check to see if there are more boxes available from a local retail store near the post office.
Do more laundry.
Work on new sculptures.
Gesso panels and get them ready for painting.
Do more laundry.
Work some more on sculptures.
And do lots of other things in between as the day goes on.

Landscape painting (5" x 7"), acrylic on panel, 2012

What's on my work table at the moment

Untitled, acrylic on wood (4" x 4"), 2013

SOLD










Wednesday, September 30, 2015

DAY-GLO clay figurine on ETSY


Clay figurine, DAY-GLO 10, 2012

I always mention every so often that I do keep some of my own work for my personal collection. It's important that I feel ok when I sell an artwork. And that I don't feel like I'm giving a piece of myself away too soon. If I have to hold onto an artwork, it's so that I can learn from it and figure out how the hell I made it. Yes, sometimes I look at my work and can't explain how I made it...it just happens. Especially when it comes to my clay figurines. They're all made from scratch and I never, ever know what the end result is going to be like. They're little people come alive right in my hands...I know, sounds a little creepy.

To make a long story short, the above clay figurine has been in my personal collection since 2012. I just couldn't give her up. But now, I'm ready to move on and find other things to fall in love with.
So if you like her, you can find her in my ETSY shop.



Aren't they cool when they're all lined up like that?










Monday, September 28, 2015

The Jealous Curator Feature



www.thejealouscurator.com

Monday mornings are fantastic when you open up your computer and find out your artwork is being featured on THE jealous curator. So cool. Go check it out.










Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The number 22

In Toronto our hotel room number was 2222 on the 22nd floor. We left today on September 22nd. I must remember to play the lottery tomorrow night.
Here are recent shots of our trip back home. The clouds were out of this world. I took lots of photos from the car window while on the highway.
We also found a fantastic little joint off the country road that served the best cheeseburger ever in some small town called Perth on our way to Almonte near Ottawa.


Those clouds...can't get enough of them. They were spectacular today.


Go here for a great burger. Gourmet taste without the gourmet price if you know what I mean.


Augusto looking good as he always does even in the middle of nowhere. I'm one lucky girl.


More clouds. I feel a landscape painting coming on.








Saturday, September 19, 2015

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2015 : award day




Today was day 2 at the TORONTO OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITION and it was a great day! Not just because it was my birthday, but also because I was awarded the HONOURABLE MENTION in the PAINTING category. Very cool indeed! I'm very honoured for the recognition. Thank you Toronto!










Thursday, September 17, 2015

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2015 preview : Lee 30


Lee 30, acrylic paint on paper, (26cm x 36cm),  2015

SOLD

I love this new drawing. It has a very modern feel to it.
Follow me on my INSTAGRAM account and get the latest news about my work.
Remember, this weekend is the TORONTO OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITION starting tomorrow from Friday, September 18th - Sunday, September 20th in downtown Toronto at Nathan Philips Square.










Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2015 preview : Lee 32



Historical portrait : Lee 32
, acrylic on panel, (5" x  5"),  2015


SOLD

While I'm in Toronto this weekend, follow me on my INSTAGRAM account to see what's happening during the TORONTO OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITION.











Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2015 preview : Lee 28


Historical portrait: Lee 28
,  acrylic on panel, (5" x 5"), 2015


SOLD

This guy will be in Toronto this week on Friday at the TORONTO OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITION.
I quite like his fancy attire and those wicked sideburns.










Monday, September 14, 2015

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2015 preview


Lee 20,  acrylic on wood panel, (18" x 24"),  2015


Let the countdown begin...4 days until the TORONTO OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITION begins on Friday, September 18th.
I finished my last painting this morning and feel pretty confidant about presenting my new body of work to the Toronto public.
I'll post previews of my art over the coming days so that everyone gets a chance to see them.




Historical portraits : Lee series
,  acrylic on panel (5" x 5"),  2015















Sunday, September 13, 2015

Inside the armoire



I have a thing for antique furniture, especially Quebec pine wood armoires. I've owned many different ones over the years since my early twenties. With moving from one apartment to the next, many pieces inevitably got sold or exchanged depending on the space I was living in. This latest armoire is by far my favourite for many reasons: the colour of the wood, the green shelves inside, the amount of storage capacity and the fact that it's not too big and can fit easily anywhere. I hope to keep this armoire for as long as possible. 


The shelves were already painted a wonderful shade of apple green.



The top shelf houses most of my clay figurines. These are ready and waiting to be featured later this week at the TORONTO OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITION starting this Friday, September 18th - Sunday, September 20th, 2015.










Friday, September 11, 2015

Lee 27



Lee 27
, acrylic on panel, (5" x 5"),  2015

I'm not sure if I really want to sell this  painting just yet. I posted it on Instagram and on my blog, but I haven't decided yet if I want to give her up. Sometimes, I just need to hold on to some of my artwork for a little while so that I can absorb what's in front of me. Nothing wrong with that.










Thursday, September 10, 2015

Historical portrait : Lee 26



Lee 26
, acrylic paint on panel,  (5" x 5"),  2015


SOLD

I really like this portrait a lot and even considered not selling her. But she kind of creeps me out a little. She's a little intense, no? I guess I was feeling really intense that day when I painted her.









Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Studio Space Update


A more updated photo of my studio space. Once I get back from the Toronto art fair, I just have a few more things to de-clutter and I think the apartment will finally be finished.



I've got plans to make some large scale paintings to put up in the living room. I thought I'd have time to make them to bring to Toronto, but things don't always quite go as planned. But you never know; there's still 10 days to go until Toronto.

I'm absolutely in love with this armoire. It's the perfect size and holds a lot. Next time, I'll take photos of the inside to show the green shelves and how much stuff I can fill it with. I also switched out the wood handles for some very cute blue ceramic ones instead.


A brand new bike for Lorenzo. And it's a beauty! There was a bike store that was closing near where we live and we got a super deal on it. Lorenzo hasn't had a bike since his old one got stolen a couple of years ago, so it's nice that he finally get's a new one.
  











Monday, September 7, 2015

When Marie-Antoinette was a Punk Rocker 3


Marie-Antoinette was a Punk Rocker 3,  acrylic on panel, (5" x 5"),  2015

SOLD

Marie-Antoinette's a fun girl to paint. Here's my third version of her.
I've listed her in my ETSY shop.
If she isn't bought by next week, she's headed off to the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.










Sunday, September 6, 2015

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Historical portrait : Lee 21


Lee 21,  acrylic on panel,  (5" x 5"), 2015

I was holding off showing this particular portrait until the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, but I thought, what the heck? Let everyone see it and enjoy it cause not everyone's gonna be at the fair to see it.