Sunday, September 12, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
As promised, here is the silver goblet I recently completed. It was a very quick study and much fun to paint! I love painting reflective surfaces. I have so many pieces I want to paint using silver, copper, gold, glass, anything reflective.
This little painting as well as all of the 5 x 7 pieces are available for purchase for $50.00. Please contact me through my website for any inquiries! Gotta rush, there are a couple of paintings I need to pack up for a show. Thanks for looking.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
This piece was inspired by a couple of matching vases I have, with each sitting in their own cabinet tower. One evening, the sun was coming in just right and creating this glow on the one vase. I was fascinated by the way the light hit, so voila, a new painting was born!
I'm also working on a new website. I'm doing it through FASO, and so far so good! Through this site, I'll even be able to work on this blog and have it posted there as well. I will also have an option for a quarterly newsletter that you'll be able to subscribe to, as well as Facebook "Like" buttons. I've got most of my photos uploaded and need to complete the rest when I have more time. I'd really like to get to Dancer's painting and get it done this weekend, if possible.
So, that's the scoop du jour and I will be back soon with more art! Until then, be safe and take care!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Hello! I was finally able to finish this piece. Of course, it's night shot, so there's a glare and some parts don't show, such as the darker blues in the painting. I suppose I should always wait until I can photograph outdoors under better lighting, but hey, we've had a storm all day! If I waited around for the weather, I'd never get anything posted. So, bad shot, but I posted it anyway.
I'm still working on several pieces, and am starting to see progress. It's great when you can get to that point! I have so many ideas I need to get going on, including the mining hat series. I've also re-worked another painting I'd done a while back. It was a bull and I decided to change the color of the background. I will post that one another day. This girl's gotta work in the morning, and I've got to get to bed!
So, come back in a few days and I'll re-post a whole new "No Bull!". I will also have some anouncements to make in the coming month, so hold on to your britches! Is that how it's said? :-s
Take care everyone, and thank you for dropping in!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
I though I would drop in for a quick announcement, and that is in regards to my first solo show. Yes! I will be having my first solo show this summer from June 15th to July 31st, at Northern Flavours on Beech St. in Sudbury. Northern Flavors is a small local eatery and food store promoting northern products, and excellent ones might I add, as well as promoting local artists. Various artists have had shows there and I can't wait to have mine! Painting will include a selection of still life and equine art. I don't have the evening for the grand opening selected yet, but I will keep you all posted as things get finalized and the time for the show comes nearer.
It would be great to meet some followers of my art and meet any art lover at the show! So, stay tuned for the final details. And thanks for dropping by!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Here's my latest piece, painted from a layout in my kitchen. I've finally been able to complete it now that I've had a few days off from work. Well, almost complete. There's a little tweaking I want to do, but it's pretty much done. Thank God for vacation time! Seems there's just never enough time to paint when you work full time, but I make sure to try and squeeze in at least one hour per day, and more on days off.
This has become a habit now, and by 8:00 pm, that's my painting time. If I don't make it to the studio by then, things don't feel right with me. I've been doing this for about 6 months now, and while I'm still not painting as much as I'd like to, my brain subconsciously knows it needs to be painting at a certain time, and if I'm not, it lets me feel it. Strange, but it's the same feeling you get if you're late for work. So, if you're an artist who can't find time, maybe try this. I sure didn't invent the wheel, but it's something I've heard and read about from many artists throughout the years, and it works. It's also amazing how much you can accomplish in an hour!
Now, back to the painting. The kettle reflections show several details such as the cupboards, hanging chandelier, windows, door, trees, and the obvious, cherries. Some cherries reflected aren't in the foreground either because they were further away from the kettle and not captured in the painting. I just painted their reflection because I found this more interesting, showing hidden perspective.
So, hope you enjoy this painting! Now I'm trying to decide between a cork screw or another glass apple. We'll soon see . . .
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Hi everyone! It's been a while since I've posted, but I've been busy, busy, busy painting away and preparing for a few competitions.
But first, I'd like to start off by wishing everyone a very happy Canada Day!!! Gotta love Canada day. We did partake in some activities earlier today, after I'd finished all my prep work and final details for competitions.
And speaking of competitions, I have been juried into the La Cloche Art Show for the second year in a row. I don't know if I won anything, or which of my paintings were accepted, but I am part of the show and am very proud and excited to have been juried in! If you're in the area, please make sure you drop by the show which is in Whitefish Falls, just before you get to Manitoulin Island. It'll be an amazing show with a great assembly of art from various artists. I believe that about 200 works from 104 artists will be displayed. Check out the show's website at http://www.geocities.com/laclocheartshow/
And now for these 2 new works. Both were just completed and entered into another competition today, this one for a magazine. Many artists might know which one I'm speaking of . . . Hope I do well!
I completed Tea for One yesterday and battled for a while if was going to make it a lighter, brighter piece with a light background, but I opted for the black. I had started with the lighter background and it just didn't speak to me. Once I changed it to black, the piece became alive with drama, full of shadows and light. Bingo! That's what I wanted.
The other piece, Glass Apple was painted yesterday, as a last minute entry for the competition. I was going to enter another piece, but my gut screamed, NO!!! I knew I wanted to paint this piece over a week ago. Gilles received this as part of his 25th celebration at work and as soon as he opened the gift box, I sat mesmerized by the apple. Picture this, a classy affair at a fancy, shmancy place, and here I am holding this thing in my hand, moving it around, looking at how the different light played on it. People must've been wondering what I was doing. Artists, eh! You can dress 'em up but ya can't take the creativity outta them. We see stuff everywhere we go and always notice things such as the way light bounces off something, the way shadows and light play, colours, sunsets and hazy skylines, misty mornings . . . Everything we see we look at in a unique way, always painting when not painting. But I digress . . .
Back to the apple.For this piece, I sat the apple on a glass table on a dreary day and loved how the reflection almost appeared like a double exposure photo, with the trees showing. Anyway, I absolutely loved painting this apple and plan on using it in more pieces. I have several ideas for it, and the next one will be with more dramatic lighting in the same size as this one. Both are for sale and will be posted on my site soon with prices listed. In the meantime, please inquire through my site if interested.
So my friends, after a very busy few weeks, I'm taking the night off. But there's never really any such thing as a night of with artists is there; we're always thinking of and planning the next one, or two, or three. Oh, and there's blogging and posting new work! Right now, I'm feeling the need to paint a horse. I have two ideas in mind, so I guess I'll see which I'm really inspired to paint once I start. Many of my paintings are last minute decisions, and these always seem to be the best.
I'll write back this weekend after my visit to the show and let you know what's what. Until then, take care and again, hope you have a wonderful Canada Day!!!
P.S. The mural is being shown at the Calgary Stampede! From July 2-12 you can see the Cadeau du Cheval mural at the Western Oasis in Hall E at the BMO Centre. Let me know if you have the opportunity to visit it. I'd love to hear comments! Wish I could be there . . . For info visit http://www.muralmosaic.com/Cadeau.html
Monday, June 15, 2009
Hello to all! It's been a month, but a busy one. I had to put another much larger piece on the backburner while I painted this one. Pardon the glare, especially on the book.
In this piece, I used the same clock I used in Night Light. I wanted the book to be the center piece, hence the smaller clock. The painting is also called "Middle Age" as sort of a tribute to anyone who's reached middle age. The book is a French history book my dad used while in a private Catholic/Jesuit school in his early years. I was lucky enough to have snagged it years ago and held on to it. Now that I'm painting still life a lot, these old objects are becoming fun to come across. By the way, the title of the book is French for middle age.
Anyway, back to middle age. While we all wish we could regain our youth, there's something to be appreciated about middle age. Aside from the bits of wisdom most of us acquire by this time, there's also a special beauty that can only be attributed to middle age. Like the book, a little aged, a little frayed around the edges, with pleats and folds across the pages, there's still a beauty that remains. I chose to paint this piece in bright sunlight. While most of us (ahem, the artist especially), hate to be seen in the bright light that threatens to reveal our age, I found this same bright light emphasized the book's beauty, along with beauty of the light reflecting off the clock, sheet, and glass.
So, perhaps next time we want to shy away from revealing light, we might want to stop and remember that there's beauty in our lines, changed faces, and bodies. It's a graceful beauty, full of wisdom, unique to each of us.
Oh boy, I'm getting too philosophical. 'Nuff of that.
Okay, so the next piece is also a still life. I'm on a roll with this stuff baby! Now my dilemna is, do I paint the next one in bright light, or muted tones? Decisions, decisions . . .
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Well, here is my latest piece. I called it Timeless because of the subject matter. There's the obvious, a clock, which depicts time. Then there's the Venus de Milo statue, Aphrodite, and a reproduction of an ancient classic Greek vase. The original is said to be dated over 500 B.C. . So, when I started painting this, the title just practically yelled from the canvas.
Painting this piece was a pleasure and a challenge. I used a thick cotton sheet for the background which I've now claimed as an art prop and plan on using it a lot. The statue we have at home and was purchased in Greece by my boyfriend, as well as the vase. Our copy of Aphrodite had a greenish gown and I wanted to try to keep the painting mostly true to the original, so I decided to paint her the same colour throughout. The vase was the easiest part and the clock the most challenging. I really wanted to get a realistic feel even though looking at it closely, it's very painterly, which is my style. Painterly realism. I still don't know who coined that term, but it suits my style. Thanks, whomever you are . . . And of course, I can't leave out the background. It's the second time I paint such a theme, using white cloth. The first time was in Café Regular, which won 2nd place at the La Cloche show in the acrylic category. I absolutely love painting fabric, with all it's curves, ripples, folds, shadows, and lighted areas. Like I said before, I plan on painting more white pieces and experimenting with various shades and tones, and subject matter.
I have more exciting news to share but I'll hold off for a bit. I do want to let you all know, however, that my next piece is a horsey one. It's been a long time coming! I've been recently given permission to paint a wonderful scene of a mare with her newborn filly. When I first saw it, I immediately knew I just had to paint it. It was sent to my mate by one of his colleagues, and if I'm correct, her sister or brother's mare recently gave birth to a foal and they managed to capture such a perfect, beautiful moment that begs to be painted. Capturing that perfect moment with horses is such a rare treat, so if I have to beg for permission to paint something, I will! I can't wait to have it completed so I can share with all of you. I'll be starting it this weekend.
My website has also been a little neglected these past several months, I'm afraid, so I'll also be doing some work to bring it up to date. Not to make excuses, but since the move, we still haven't connected the Internet to my computer so I've been using Gilles'. So, I can't postpone it anymore and have to do the USB thing and update my site.
So, on that note, stay tuned and come back to see the horse piece soon! Take care everyone!
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Well, it's done, varnished, and framed! Too bad it's so hard to take a decent photo of anything black though. I do want to have prints made of this one later on so I think I'll have to get someone else to do it.
So, what was the inspiration for this piece? Drama and wanting to play with contrasting lights. As previously said, I absolutely love tenebrism and it's one of my favourite things to do. Also, since we moved to the new house, I needed something for my living room. Selfish I know, but I needed something, and something huge and dramatic!
The most challenging parts of this piece were the gold cup and the clock. Painting various circular shapes can often cause many an artist to groan. The horse statue is one of the few horsie pieces I have around our house, and the old, bent, and rusty horse shoe is one I brought with me from our lake house when we sold it. See, my cousin and her husband had built that place when I was a kid and the adults used to play horseshoes. Over the years, the house had been sold several times and when we'd bought it, I found the horse shoe hanging from a hidden tree. I immediately was certain it must've been a shoe back from the day when we used to visit. Whether or not the shoe is from those days, who knows, but I kept it and will always keep it. Neat eh! Well, I think so . . .
What's next? I'm thinking something with white. I've had a yankering to play around with various whites for over a year and I think it's high time I do something about it. So, stay tuned!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Yes, my bad. I haven't been here in over a month, so slap me silly. But it wasn't all my fault, I swear! The Internet has really been awful in these parts lately and uploading pages was nearly impossible, never mind taking care of my email or trying to blog. So, spending time online was nothing but frustrating, so one tends to give up after a while. Better that than throwing the darned puter out the window, eh!
I must also confess that painting has been a rare occurence this summer. And I can't blame summer weather because we're still waiting for summer to get here. I did however complete the above piece recently (Window Light), and have a few on the go. The photo showing the work in progress is but a small part of a larger piece which I'm still working on and hoping to complete this week. If all goes well that is. So, I won't show the rest because I do so hate to show a work in progress. I'll share a pic once competed.
I've also been working on the sketches for a new piece I've been itching to do for a few weeks of a little girl and her father, which I'd photographed at a rodeo. The painting is such a beautiful father/daughter scene, and I'm hoping to eventually have limited edition signed prints made with a portion of profits going to a popular charity which benefits children. I'll have more details once everything's finalized, so let's all hope this piece turns out like what I'm envisioning! In the mean time, I'll be working on not only the painting, but making contacts and working on details for the fund raiser. Stay tuned for this one.
Also, have you been staying up to date on the development of the Cadeau du Cheval mural? If not, be sure to check out http://www.muralmosaic.com/Cadeau.html to see just how beautifully this mural's coming along. There are so many wonderful panels which have been added and yours truly's is on there also. The final unveiling will be at the Masters at Spruce Meadows (AB) in just a few short weeks! Now that's really, really exciting since we artists don't even know what the final mural will look like and have to wait along with the rest of you to see the final masterpiece! Neat eh! So I'm really looking forward to seeing it completed. Keep watching its progress!
Gotta go, but I WILL be back soon! Have a great week everyone!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Yup, this scene is from my bathroom. Well, I don't keep a candle there, or everything arranged like in the painting, but it is a scene I set up in my bathroom. I'd been wanting to paint glass blocks and various shades of white for the longest time. The candle and facecloth are pretty yellow, but they're still so pale that they might be considered fancy whites.
Painting the glass blocks was a challenge. Each block is really abstract, filled with lines, shapes, and colors, none making sense, but the whole creating the blocks. I might experiment again later with glass blocks. They're so different to paint from other glass subjects. I also plan on doing more studies in various shades of white. There's just something about the differences in white that compells me to paint them. I might also make some adjustments to this painting, minor details.
Also regarding art, please check out the Gift Horse mural project at www.muralmosaic.com/Cadeau.html . This project is sure to be a truly great collaborative work of art, and I'm so proud to be participating in this project. There are some truly amazing artists participating, several whom I've admired for a long time. I'll give more details as things develop.
On a personal note, I've quit smoking!!! Please congratulate me. This has been such a challenge. I've been on Zyban for the last couple of weeks and quit March 31. Today marks my 3rd full day without smoking. The Zyban has really helped also and I know I couldn't have done it without it. I'd tried soooo many times throughout the years. I'd been hearing from a lot of people about side effects and all that, but in all honesty, I have none. I also have no cravings for any cigarettes. None. Even if I would've had side effects, I would've stuck it out. Better to put up with a few little side effects and give up smoking rather than the possible alternatives later on, right? I mean, the excuses we smokers come up with are truly ridiculous. And all of the gross commercials and pictures on cigarette packs did nothing to help me quit. Nothing. What did convince me this time was a new commercial that took away all my excuses. Taking away excuses is an old trick in sales and I'm surprised it took so long for the cigarette police to finally think of this. After seeing this commercial several times, I'd made my decision. I also used to say that I enjoyed smoking, and that was another convenient excuse to keep smoking. Then it finally dawned on me a while back that a heroin addict like his drug too. An alcoholic loves his booze. That's nothing but addiction speaking. So, I'm proud of myself, but I'll never, EVER give up coffee! I wish the best of luck to anyone else out there trying. G'luck!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Yes, on occasion, this gal does enjoy doing still life. This vase is one of several that were given to me by my dear aunt who lived in New Mexico for, I think, over 30 years. I've collected so much pottery and jewellery over the years, thanks to my aunt, and I cherish each and every special piece. I did alter some of the pattern on the vase, however, and added more light than what the original clay vase had. It just looked better with more light rather than leaving it flat. And pardon the glare; the photo was taken tonight using a flash, which of course, always creates a glare.
Hope you enjoy this piece! It is for sale, along with more great art which can be found on my website. You can always contact me through my website also. I really need to add a contact on here . . .