Thursday, March 26, 2015

Historical portrait: Major Stewart

Major Stewart
,  acrylic on panel,  (5" x 5"),  2015


I have 19 more  5x5 panels left in my studio and I intend to paint historical portraits on all of them as soon as possible. Once this project is completed, I don't ever want to paint on this particular size again. Not that it's a difficult size to paint on, just that it's a difficult size to sell. People don't seem to know what to do with it. I guess bigger is better for some things. And easier for some people.

Monday, March 23, 2015

ArtBomb Preview


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Here's a preview of what's on ArtBomb this week. My painting The Skating Minister will be featured on Thursday, March 26th.
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Upcoming ArtBomb show

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Everyday life: first day of spring

I have this bionic plant that lives in my studio. I've nicknamed it the "monster plant".
I think it's the happiest plant in the world.
It's so happy to be in front of that window soaking up all the sun rays.
It was so teeny tiny when I first bought it.
If it gets any bigger, I'll have to find an extra bedroom in the apartment just for it to sit in.

If we didn't rent and instead owned the place we live in right now, my first renovation project would be to knock down the wall that separates the laundry room from the kitchen.
It would substantially improve the amount of light in the kitchen.
As well, the kitchen in our apartment would be considered a "gut job" if it was ever featured in any of those home renovation shows. 

I'm afraid to do anything to this plant.
It just might decide to eat me in my sleep one night.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Everyday life: Friday the 13th

This morning, everyone woke up late. No one's alarm went off….it must be Friday the 13th or maybe everyone was just tired and needed to sleep. The kids had exactly 20 minutes to get ready and catch the bus to get to school on time. Augusto faired a little better and had 50 minutes to get ready.
I personally have no qualms about Fridays or the number 13. In fact, 13 is considered to be a lucky number in Italy, just like the number 7 is considered lucky in North America. So there. The sun is shining outside and I just have to remember to buy a lottery ticket today.

It's been wonderfully sunny for many days now. Perfect for taking photos of my artwork.

My production has been non-stop this past winter. I'm gearing up for a busy spring and summer season. It also looks like the fall is equally going to be very busy.  I'm kind of excited to see what this year has in store for me and my art.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lee Series 3

Lee 3
,  acrylic & ink on paper,  2015

Now that the weather is finally warming up, I feel the need to go out and walk and walk and walk. Probably just a case of cabin fever that has finally caught up with me. Winter was cold as per usual here in Montreal, but this year, I just stayed indoors in the warm sanctuary that is my studio. And I worked and worked and worked on many art pieces, but still I don't find that I have enough works ready for the upcoming spring and summer season. I have at least 50 more clay sculptures to complete before the end of May and following that, I have many more paintings to make in order to have enough ready to showcase at this years edition of FIMA (now under the new name: Montreal en Arts).
I'm not complaining, just trying to figure out how to strike a balance without going crazy.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Historical Portrait: The Skating Minister

Historical Portrait: The Skating Minister by Sir Henry Raeburn c.  1795,
acrylic on panel,  (5" x 7"),  2015


Considering that spring is around the corner, I find it funny that I made a winter-themed historical portrait. It's a famous painting by Raeburn and one that I've always admired. My version isn't an exact copy for obvious reasons…the face isn't the same and I didn't paint the whole image with the skates. But I still think my version is a sweet little historical portrait and captures the moment of gliding on ice.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Circus Girls clay figurines

RUBY series…Circus Girls,  clay figurines,  2015
Just in time for spring…my newest clay figurines in bright fresh colours. These are the Circus Girls. I'll be keeping a couple for my own private collection and the others will be available in my ETSY shop.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

KYOJIN Circus Girl # 1

KYOJIN 16 (Circus Girl 1),  clay figurine,  2015

The beginning of a new series of clay figurines centred around the circus. You can find this one in my ETSY shop.