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 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

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


I love this new drawing. It has a very modern feel to it.
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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


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


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


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


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.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Historical portrait : Lee 24

Lee 24,  acrylic on panel, (5" x 5"), 2015

I decided to ditch the "Bourgeoise" titles for my latest portraits. These new paintings are based on historical images from my archives, but most of them are random faces that I've come across magazines and photos and I don't always have the name of the person to go along with the face.
I don't think this is a bad thing and I find it liberating because it allows me more freedom to interpret, invent and use my own imagination.
I'm not big on trying to find titles for my work and find it difficult  to come up with them.
Titles can lead the viewer to look at a painting in a very specific way which can narrow one's vision and not see the painting as an entity on its own merit.
On the other hand, there are certain paintings that I've made that actually do have very specific titles and are integral to the piece. For example, "When Marie-Antoinette was a Punk Rocker" is an important element and creates a cohesive whole with the actual painting that the title goes with.
I'm not against titles. In fact I do enjoy them quite a bit.
But sometimes, less is more. Sometimes it's better to leave things up to interpretation, if possible.

At the beginning of 2015, I searched and searched for a title name that I liked and that was easy.
And "LEE" struck a chord with me.
I plan on using this title for many of my works going forward.
It'll also help me to chronologically place my work in the order that they're created. I love to see the progression and the evolution from one painting to the next.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

When Marie-Antoinette was a Punk Rocker 2

When Marie-Antoinette was a Punk Rocker 2,  acrylic on panel (5" x 5"), 2015


I think you have to view this painting with a sense of humour and some imagination. We are, after all,  talking about Marie-Antoinette.