Tuesday, November 22, 2016

souk@sat PRISE/ TAKE 13


I'll be at the 13th edition of souk@sat next week with a selection of my clay figurines.
The show hours are as follows:
Wednesday, Nov. 30th --- 12 - 21:00
Thursday, Dec. 1st --- 12 - 21:00
Friday, Dec. 2nd --- 12 - 21:00
Saturday, Dec. 3rd --- 12 - 19:00
Sunday, Dec. 4th --- 12 - 19:00

Société des Arts technoligiques / SAT
1201 Boul. St-Laurent
Admission 18+










Sunday, November 20, 2016

City of Craft Toronto show


Come see me in Toronto at the tenth edition of  City of Craft from Dec. 9-11 on Queen Street West. I'll have a selection of new clay figurines, original paintings, prints and art postcard sets, as well as my new project: abreast.










Friday, October 21, 2016

souk@sat 2016 - prise 13


I'm very happy to announce that my figurines have been selected for the upcoming cutting-edge Montreal design show souk@sat 2016 this holiday season from Nov. 29th - Dec. 4th!











Thursday, October 6, 2016

October Update

Postcard sets available in my shop.

Actually, I don't have an update really.
I'm in my studio everyday painting and trying to make a living from it. I've got to hustle everyday to keep things going.
Waiting to see if I've been accepted into some holiday shows here in Montreal and Toronto.
The weather has been perfect so far this fall, which means a walk outside everyday is in order to keep things in perspective and to get some fresh air.
And that's it.
Actually there could be more, but I just don't feel like getting into it right now.
Back to my studio.











Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Etsy MADE IN CANADA





A little over two weeks until Etsy Made in Canada. Come visit me in Toronto on September 24th at the MaRS building on 101 College Street @ University Ave.
There are over 130 vendors in attendance. Lots to see!
One day only from 10:00am - 6:00pm.
See you there!










Friday, September 2, 2016

Etsy Made in Canada TORONTO



Come see my art and me in person at the Etsy MADE IN CANADA Toronto show on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 from 10:00am to 6:00pm.
I'll have a selection of my clay figurines along with original paintings, works on paper, postcard sets and a few prints as well.
I'm super excited about this show and look forward to visiting Toronto once again!
Thank you to the Etsy Toronto Street Team for giving me this opportunity to participate.











Tuesday, July 5, 2016

TOAE 2016



It's almost here! 
I'm very excited to be a part of the 55th edition of the  Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
It's a really big event with over 300 artists at Nathan Philips Square in downtown Toronto.
Come by and visit this week:
Friday, July 8th        11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday, July 9th    11:00 am - 8:00 pm 
Sunday, July 11th     11:00 am - 6:00 pm

My booth #151.















Friday, May 27, 2016

Follow me on Instagram for now



It's almost the end of May and I haven't been keeping up with my blog posts since a little while. For now, it's best if you follow me on INSTAGRAM to see my ongoing creative process and new art in the works.


I've got two art fairs at the beginning of July back-to-back, so I'll be super busy for the entire month of June getting ready for these shows.













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.










Saturday, March 26, 2016

Antique portrait: Jupiter no. 1



Jupiter no. 1
,  acrylic on panel, (8" x 10"),  2016


SOLD

I've got a couple of new historical portraits done this week which are now listed in my Etsy shop. I'm liking very much the new series name: "Jupiter". It's a nice play on the themes of old and new. I think it best describes my historical portraits and the juxtaposition of my modern take of these antique portraits and the creation of something new, contemporary and perhaps a little warped.











Wednesday, March 23, 2016

New clay figures in the shop



Clay figurines in progress in my studio


New clay figurines all finished and varnished and looking good.
You can find all three in my ETSY shop.










Sunday, February 28, 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Historical Portrait : Elizabeth c.1754


Elizabeth c.1754,  acrylic on wood panel (16" x 20"),  2015-16

SOLD

UPDATE:
I re-worked this painting and finally feel ok with it. I was never really quite satisfied with the first version of it and the urge to fix it was always in the back of my mind.


This historical portrait is so different from the original that I almost feel the need to invent a title for it.

The original historical portrait is of Princess Elisabeth of Wales (1741-1759) when she was 13 years old.
She was a member of the British Royal family and was the sister of George III.

Her portrait was done by Liotard in 1754, five years before her death at the young age of 18 due to health problems (she was always a sickly child).

My portrait looks like an older version of Elizabeth if she had lived to adulthood, which was unintentional as I didn't know the background to this portrait when I made it. Kinda weird.










Monday, February 22, 2016

SING movie trailer




Each time I watch the SING movie trailer, I laugh. OMG, its's so funny. It's too much, especially the singing by the different animals. I love it!
Can't wait till it opens in theatres next December 2016. It's a date!










Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Chair drawings

Wood Chair no. 1, acrylic on paper, 2016

Wood Chair no. 2, acrylic on paper, 2016
Above are two very recent chair paintings that I did. I've been meaning to do this type of work for some time, but I don't feel that I achieved the desired effect that I was expecting to happen.

Whenever I think of a chair, I think of these drawings that I did many years ago when I was in my twenties. There were rather large drawings on 22" x 30" BFK Rives paper. The actual drawing wasn't as big as the paper.
For whatever reason, those drawings are stuck in my head because they were simple, but effective.
I did them for fun and not for anything else.
I did them for me and for no one else.

As one gets older, I've noticed that we forget the fun part and only concentrate on the "work" aspect of making art. It's a sad state of affairs when all that counts is technique and nothing more. I fight the urge to be too technical in my work because painting needs to be fun for me, otherwise why do it? It has to come out naturally and not be forced. It takes work to be good, but it also takes courage to let go.











Friday, February 12, 2016

Winter wonderland art


This is the view from our bedroom windows.
Let's just say it's pretty cold out there today.
And it's going to be cold again tomorrow and the day after that. I'm not kidding.


Makes me think of the Antarctic or the North Pole. Either one will work in this situation.


It's kind of pretty and cool at the same time.





I've put the original artwork from that PSYCHO CAT zine that I made a couple of years ago for sale in my ETSY shop. These are tiny mini portraits on paper. Would look nice framed.










Monday, February 8, 2016

Bubblehead 36

Bubblehead 36,  acrylic, ink on hardboard panel,  (5" x 5"),  2016

Here's a special face. I went off on a tangent and just did whatever. Didn't work from any reference image or magazine clipping. It's good to just paint and not think too much about the process. Or maybe there is a lot of thinking involved since I had to figure everything out on my own.
I like her teeth and the fact that they're not perfect. Only movie stars have perfect teeth.










Monday, February 1, 2016

Bubblehead 30

Bubblehead 30, acrylic on hard panel, (11" x 14"), 2016

SOLD

It's already February!
2016 is shaping up to be another busy year. Not that I'm complaining.
I've been keeping a watchful eye on the calendar and have been trying to pace myself so that I'm producing new work in a continuous, natural flow and not staggered and compressed in short bursts as was the case last year because of the move and all that changing apartments entails for a family of four.
So far, so good.
The latest portraits that I've done have surprised me and I'm happy to say that I'm thrilled with the way they're coming out. I'm even reluctant to put some of them up for sale as I don't like to sell work too quickly and than come to regret afterwards. Sometimes, it's important to hold on to new artwork in order to have time to fully absorb them and learn from them. Also, I like to keep some paintings just for myself. An artist's prerogative, I guess.











Tuesday, January 12, 2016

DAILY METAL MAGAZINE interview



✰✰✰✰➤ EXCITING NEWS today: I'm featured on the METAL MAGAZINE blog. You can read the interview here: http://dailymetal.eu/blog/










Monday, January 11, 2016

It's already January 11th

Winter has most definitely settled in here in Montreal. January is hibernation month for many people. And for artists, it's a good time of the year since there are less excuses to go out and instead work in the studio. Considering the projects that I have planned for 2016, which for the most part only begin in the spring and summer, this will be the first time that I can actually work at my pace and finally work steadily on my ideas instead of sporadically jumping from one project to another.

At the beginning of every year, I always wonder if I should continue with this blog. Now that I have an Instagram account, I wonder if it isn't too redundant to do both. How many posts do I write a week? What happens when I stop, do I lose followers? Do I have even have any followers still? I think a couple of posts a week should suffice for now. I'd like to streamline my work schedule and not always have this blog hanging over my head. It's supposed to be fun, not a chore.

Finally got around to finishing odd jobs around the apartment that were leftover from the summer time, such as painting the dining room chairs. We hung up the mirror that got left sitting on our bedroom floor since we moved in. Got the bikes stored in the basement for the winter before the snow fell, etc, etc.

My art studio got organized once again over the holidays. Threw out a bunch of photo references and managed to find that small wooden box that had my new brushes stored in it which I thought got lost or thrown away by accident. I think one of my New Year's resolution is to attack the pile of small-sized wood panels that I have and make a bunch of paintings with them. The next step after that's done is to get going on my larger-scale paintings that I plan to have ready for the upcoming summer art fairs.