Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Feature in revue ZINC no. 38

This month, I received the latest copy of the Quebec literary magazine ZINC. It is the special heritage issue no. 38.
And I'm very excited and happy to see my very own work featured not only on the cover of the magazine, but also throughout the pages of the issue. It's very surreal to see my paintings in this context. Many thanks goes to editor and chief, Mélanie Vincelette, for choosing my work to feature in this latest issue of ZINC. Very cool!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Antique portrait: Jupiter no. 11

Jupiter no. 11
, acrylic on panel, (5" x 7"), 2016.

Here's a new historical portrait that is more imagined than actually based on anything in real life. Besides using actual antique paintings as references for my work, I also love movie stills from period pieces and British TV series such as Downton Abbey or Call the Midwife. Lots of times, actors can portray real raw emotion when dressed in period costume. They forget who they are and get swallowed into the emotions of the character from so long ago. It's a treat for me to try and capture that in my paintings.

Friday, April 1, 2016

New modern portrait: Jupiter no. 7

Jupiter no. 7
,  acrylic on panel, (6" x 8"), 2016
This new painting managed to survive my many attempts to give up on it. She turned out all right after all despite all the changes that I did to it in the process of making it.

I got exactly 3 months left to get ready for the two art fairs coming up this summer (one in Montreal one in Toronto). The fairs are one week apart from each other, which means all my work has to be ready on time. And there has to be enough paintings for both shows. A tall order to fill, but I think I'll be able to manage it ok.