Friday, July 31, 2015

Apartment update - the living room

As promised, here are the latest photos of our apartment. I'll start with the living room today. I'll pick another room to feature in another post.
The apartment's still a work in progress. And I'm always changing things around cause that's what I do.

This is the first thing you see when you walk up the stairs to our 2nd floor apartment. The french doors lead to our bedroom. My studio is off the the left in the front of the apartment.

My intention is to keep the space as open as possible. This means that the old country-style blue dining room table has to go and be replaced with something a little more streamlined, but still cool of course. We don't like chrome metal legs or the cheap white table tops from IKEA. More importantly, we are dealing with a very limited small space that has to fit 4 people next to the living room in the same room. In theory, this would just be the dining room, but we took the living room in the front as our bedroom. We basically converted a 2-bedroom apartment into a 3-bedroom apartment.

We never knew that side tables were so ugly and expensive. So until we find ones that make our heart skip a beat, we're going to live with my oak wood filer as a side table to hold the lamp. The other lamp in the room is sitting on an old metal bench. Still works in a bohemian kind of way.

We've got a combination of just about everything on the yellow bookcase. There are my clay bunnies, Lorenzo's ceramic bust, wood figurines from our Nicaragua trip back in 2007, books, boxes of photos, etc...
The trick is to balance everything out and not make it look cluttered...which is what's going on here as I still haven't finished sorting out everything. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Summer road trips are the best

I recently went into deliberate hibernation from my regular schedule that has been my life since last September 2014 when I finally quit my last part-time job.

2015 so far has been non-stop work year for me. Not that I'm complaining or anything like that.
But I think my mind and my body finally quit on me soon after the Mtl en Arts art fair at the beginning of July.
Perhaps "quit" is too strong a word. I think perhaps "tired" and "really tired" are more accurate descriptions.
I think the clincher was the special rush order for a client that finally pushed me over into "psycho"mode. Ask my family. They can vouch for me. I'm a perfectionist when it comes to custom orders and I was really pushing the "perfection" button. Every little detail became a "big thing". And in the end, everything turned out fine and the custom order turned out just right.

Not to say that I've been laying around the house eating cherries and ice cream. No of course not.
No, in fact, my attentions have been turned over to our precious new apartment that has remained in an unfinished state since the day we moved in this past May.

To say that the apartment has become my no.1 focus since the last 2 weeks is quite the understatement.
I thought one week would suffice to finally get the new apartment in order, but reality hit me hard. Really hard. How much stuff can one family of four have? A lot apparently. How much stuff can an artist like myself have? A whole lot more apparently.

We did a garage sale. It was pretty successful. We got rid of large pieces. But now we need a second garage sale because I didn't have the time to go through every single thing that we own.

I sold our dining room chairs on Kijiji because they just DID NOT WORK. And when the young couple that came to buy the chairs took them away, I felt so much BETTER.
I have other furniture pieces to sell. Do you need a table? It's pretty and blue.

Yes, I admit that I've become obsessed with the "zen" approach to life.
I look at all those perfect decoration magazines and wonder how the heck can anyone can  live in such sparse and clean surroundings. These people must have house cleaners that come to help them (every day). It's not possible to have such clean perfect floors. No hair? No breadcrumbs? Where's all the dirt? Under the fancy designer carpet?

So what's a girl to do when her floors are never ever clean?
Buy a hand vacuum? No, of course not.
GO on a road trip instead. Nothing like getting away from your life to come back to it with a fresh eye.

Here are photos of our road trip that we took last weekend.
These photos are just to keep you busy until I can finish decorating the apartment and post new photos of our new digs in all their glory.

The clouds were perfect.

More perfect clouds.

More perfect clouds.

More perfect clouds.

We spent Sunday morning at IKEA. The most comfortable chairs were of course the ugliest. Too bad.

We found a farmer in St-Eustache selling all kinds of food goodies direct from her family farm.

Corn is already out. But still too small. Needs another week of growing.


Monday, July 6, 2015

Mtl en Arts : day 5

The MTL en ARTS art fair came and went by so fast.
I'm so grateful to the organizers of this event for creating such a wonderful opportunity for artists like myself to get exposure and to meet the public and other artists directly face-to-face.
I'm ready to head back to my studio and get back to work.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Mtl en Arts 2015 : day 4

Elisabeth is moving to Paris! A very nice gentleman from Paris purchased the above painting this morning at the  MTL en ARTS art fair. Elisabeth looks kind of french, so I think Paris will be the perfect home for her.

The following is a true story (I kid you not): a young couple stopped in front of my booth late in the afternoon today and the girl kept pointing towards my work and discussing something with her boyfriend. They continued on their way and about 5 minutes later, they returned to my booth and the girl explained to me that she was awe-struck to see the painting on display in my booth at the fair because she had wanted to purchase this very exact painting earlier in the year online, and was regretful that she hadn't done so.
The young couple drove up for the July 4th weekend from Boston and came across the MTL en ARTS art fair by accident. About 1 block before arriving at my booth, she had casually mentioned to her boyfriend about the painting not knowing I was at the fair. A few minutes later, they came across my booth to find the painting in question.
Isn't that the craziest coincidence?
Now that's serendipity in full force.
All the stars in the universe were aligned just perfectly for this to happen.
Art is so magical!
Very cool.

Mtl en Arts : day 3

Perfect weather and lots and lots of people and tourists by the bus load today on this third day of the MTL en ARTS art fair.
This year, I managed to connect with some of the other artists at the show and I hope to stay in touch with some of them. It's nice to be able to exchange ideas and talk about art with like-minded individuals. Very refreshing.

My booth is the first tent on the corner of Amherst and Ste-Catherine. I think I saw every single tourist in Montreal today take a photo of the floating pink balls.

Greta enjoying the fair.

Me fooling around with the shadows and sunshine with my iPhone camera while waiting for the light to turn green at the intersection.

A cute dog that let me take his photo. Even dogs close their eyes at the wrong time when being photographed (just like people).

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mtl en Arts : day 1

Some photos from the first day at the MTL en ARTS art fair.

I love my VIP booth! It has lights and everything. Very cool.

Augusto is my eye-candy and adds some glamour to my booth.

The sun managed to come out at exactly 3pm as predicted by the weather channel. But exactly at 6pm, the rain came back again (as predicted by the weather channel).
No worries, there were lots of Canada day tourists in town and some clients of mine from last year came by my booth to visit.
The next 4 days of the art fair is sun, sun, sun....yay!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Mtl en Arts : Lancelin 1818

Lancelin 1818
, acrylic on wood panel,  (14" x 18"),  2015


Today is the first day of the MTL en ARTS art fair. Opens at noon today and runs until Sunday, July 5th, 2015.
All my new stuff will be on display. Booth #22.