Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Historical Portrait: Elisabeth Linley c.1775

Elisabeth Linley c. 1775, acrylic on wood panel, (12" x 12"),  2015


A very new historical painting that is going in anew direction for me. Inspired from historical portraiture, I've gone off on a new tangent into something very contemporary.

You can see this painting in person at the MTL en ARTS art fair beginning tomorrow. The art fair runs until Sunday, July 5th, 2015.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mtl en Arts: Lee 12

Lee 12
, acrylic on wood panel, (12" x 16"),  2015

2 more days till the  MTL en ARTS art fair here in Montreal. So exciting!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Historical portrait: Harriot Walter 1769

Harriot Walter 1769
, acrylic on wood panel, (5" x 7"),  2015


A new historical painting that'll be available this week at the MTL en ARTS art fair here in Montreal from July 1st - July 5th, 2015. My booth #22.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Mtl en Arts line-up

Here's a preview of my artwork that I'll have next week at the MTL en ARTS art fair that begins Wednesday, July 1st and runs until Sunday, July 5th, 2015. 

Ann (Nancy) Johnson, acrylic on cradled wood panel, (11 x 14"),  2015
Minor Relative of Johann Sebastian Bach,
acrylic gouache on wood panel,  (12" x 16"),  2015

Elisabeth Campbell Marchesa di Spineto c.1812,
acrylic on panel,  (8" x 10"),  2015

Man in Striped Shirt, acrylic on panel,  (8" x 10"),  2015

Friday, June 19, 2015

Vincent re-invented

Vincent,  acrylic on wood panel, (24" x 36"),  2015

I've re-invented Vincent and turned him into a regular guy. He was originally a priest, not something that I painted because I wanted to. I created this work for an exhibition-contest that I entered last fall in 2014 that had a specific theme and it so happened that a priest was part of my "concept".

Now a full year later, I finally found the time to change him not because the painting was bad. In fact, I love this painting and I think it's a very successful portrait.
But with time, I've realized that I'm not comfortable with the idea behind this painting and how it came about.
In my opinion, a priest today is not perceived in the same way as they once were in the past.
And to be honest, I'm not super religious and I don't want people thinking that I am because I painted the portrait of a priest.

So, I made Vincent into something that is closer to what I like to paint and is a better representation of me as an artist.

I think that's why I've recently thrown away many of my older works from my old studio space, because I want to have control and be the editor of my own work.
I want to send out a clearer message to my audience.

That's why I'm never, ever going to create another artwork that has a specific theme dictated by a gallery.
I've done this a few times over the last couple of years and in the end most of the work that I've created for these shows feels alien to me.
It's as if these works of art were just for show and not indicative at all of who I am as an artist.

Vincent will be part of my selection of works at the Mtl en Arts art fair from July 1st - July 5th here in Montreal. Come check him out in person.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Lee 9

Lee 9
,  acrylic & ink on paper, 2015

Another new work on paper. I seem to be avoiding my list-of-things-to-do. I have a box full of 2" cradled wood panels that I can't display on the ledge in our living room because they are too thick. My "zen" trend still continues and part of my mission is to paint all these blank thick wood panels and sell them all...yes all of them. That's the plan.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Historical paintings re-imagined

Below are two paintings that I recently re-vamped. They were both originally painted onto round canvases, but they weren't selling. I think people have a problem getting their head around the "round canvas" idea. I don't think people know what to do with them. So, I cut out the faces and marouflaged them onto regular rectangular wood panels. Not sure if this will do the trick. But I like the idea of taking something awkward and making it normal and simple.

Myrtle c.1920,
acrylic on canvas marouflaged onto 5" x 7" cradled wood panel,  2013
(original was done on a 10" round canvas).

The circus came to town and Helen was excited because she would be the star attraction,
acrylic on canvas marouflaged onto 7" x 9" cradled wood panel,  2013
(original was done on a 12" round canvas)

I sound like a broken record, but moving into a new apartment has been the main focus of my time and energy since the end of March when we made the impromptu decision to look for a new place.

Life in our old apartment was no longer fun. It was a challenge to enjoy the space and not be stressed about the ramifications of downstair neighbours that smoked from morning to night non-stop. Our entire apartment smelled like cigarettes everywhere (closets, bedrooms, even the laundry room).
To make things worse, these people were semi-retired and never left their house...well maybe to go out and buy more cigarettes.
Our kids were worried about their health. I was worried about the safety of my family. Especially with chain-smokers and the possibility of a fire.

Anyway, this post is not about the crummy and trying times at our old space, but rather I want to focus on the ramifications and the so-called ripple effects that have occurred because of our moving into a new and smaller space.
The best way to describe it is that it's been a "process".
Having to make so many decisions about all our "stuff".
What's important?
What's not essential?
What can one live without?
What does one cherish?
What's really sentimental?
What's just things taking up space for no reason other than that you paid for it and you own it?

All this to say that my art studio was not immune to the move. For lack of time and trying to prepare for upcoming art fairs, I still have many decisions to make about what I should keep and what needs to go.
Already, many older paintings have gone into the trash bin and it felt good to do so in an odd sort of way.
Other paintings were cut off their frames and stored into a portfolio, only because they weren't bad, just taking up room and I just didn't want to look at them all the time anymore.

Now I'm at that stage where I've got to decide which paintings get hung up in the new apartment and which ones go to the upcoming MTL EN ARTS art fair at the beginning of July here in Montreal.

Again with the decisions. My head hurts.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Lee 8

LEE 8,  acrylic & ink on papaer,  2015

Another new recent work on paper. I like the side angle of this portrait. Not something that I do too often. Presents somewhat of a challenge in that you have to get the angles just right for the eyes.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Got my mojo back

Finally getting my mojo back and settling into my new studio space. It's about time. I realized last night that we did the right thing by moving to a new apartment. Augusto, the kids and myself are so much happier. Still have lots of things to adjust around the apartment, but that will take some time and I prefer to live in a place for a bit before hanging up things on the wall.

A new historical portrait in progress. A rather large size for me at 12" x 12". Should have it finished by the end of today.

A new plant and some friends on my work table.

New flowers to add some colour to our big-ass balcony.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Mr & Mrs Turturici in MerryMag

Mr & Mrs Turturici
gouache on paper, 2013

Today you can view the new MerryMag Summer e-zine in which Emily Arbour of  Cheerfullymade has a feature of her dining room make-over that includes large prints of my original works Mr and Mrs Turturici. Coolest.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Life goes on

At the present moment, I don't have any new photos of any new art to post. So, I figured why not post photos of what's been going on in my life this past week. Starting tomorrow, I'm in my studio and back at work. I promise.

Augusto near the quaint little falls of Almonte, Ontario. We didn't have much time to stay in this town, but plan on going back this summer with the kids and making a weekend of it.

Who ever invented cello bags is a genius. Makes everything look good.

My work on display at the Handmade Harvest Spring Show

My own private collection of my own clay sculptures. Why not.

A rainy and coldish Monday and Tuesday this week. I had to take out an extra blanket for the bed. Seriously.

A majestic view of the night sky last night while walking and doing an errand at Staples. A glamourous photo is not indicative of a glamourous life.

Who would have thought the Decarie Expressway could look so good.
I love love having a cellphone. The best part is the camera.