Monday, 30 March 2015

My real artist statement

This is what I really feel

I have had three dogs as an adult.  There have been times I wanted to murder them.  Times I resented having to walk them in bad weather or clean up some accidents.  Did the puppy really need to chew my shoe?  Does the dog really have to go through the garbage and make a mess everywhere?   But never did I regret getting them.

I have learnt from all of them.  I have learnt to be a better parent through teaching them tricks.  They have taught my children compassion, patience and gentleness. Do they really love us – I have no idea.  I see my dog running through the woods but always checking to see if we are following.  She could run away but she chooses to come back.  I see her greeting us with joy when we come home and looking at us with sadness when we are leaving.  Is that love? I don’t know. 

I have cuddled them when they were puppies and I stroked them when they took their last breath.  There will come a time when I will be too old to take care of a dog. I have met some older people who stop me in the street, pet my Golden and they always smile and say “I had a dog once. It was the best dog in the world”.  

I am lucky to have had three of the best dogs in the world. 


I hope you enjoy my paintings.  I welcome you into my dog world.  It is my wish they make you smile and think of dogs that you might have encountered. 


(Mully, Bogey and Rex)

Artist Statement

I don't know why but I am told I should have an artist statement.  I have gone to school for 3 years for a bachelor, 2 years for a master and  I only wrote one paper.  Unbelievable but true, and now I have to write an artist statement.

Version 1 generated from 500 letters.

S. Charto(1956, Montreal, Canada) makes paintings, photos and drawings.  By taking daily like as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, Charto often creates work using creative game tactics, but these are never permissive.  Play is a serious matter during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.  Her paintings are characterised by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middle class mentality in which recognition plays an important role.  S. Charto currently lives and works in Cote Saint Luc

Not bad - they didn't have a topic of dogs but take out everyday and substitute dogs and it might do.

Version 2
S. Charto isn't writing no artist statement - just look at the damn paintings - its just dogs.
A little childish maybe and definitely bad English

Version 3
People say it's nice to have a hobby that you enjoy.  Painting is not enjoyable.  It takes work and it is frustrating and it is always on your mind.  You fall in love with your work and the next day you hate it.  You can't understand why you can't make it work.  The blank canvas taunts you.  Painting is not for sissies.

Version 4
I work in my dark basement and I feel like I am a very lucky person.  I have my own place to go to every day.  I am surrounded by blank canvasesses, brushes and an easel.  Every once in awhile my muse comes down and insists on a walk.  I take her out for a run and we sometimes meet other dogs.  I ask the owners if I can take a picture of their dog and I have never been refused - everyone is thrilled that a stranger recognizes the joy and beauty they see in these marvellous creatures. 

I paint dogs and I am a very lucky person.

I think I will go with version 4 - what do you think?

Sunday, 29 March 2015

It takes a a village

I can't believe how long it takes to put on a show.  I think the paintings themselves are the easiest part.  I am not framing them but yet each one has to have hooks and wires (2 trips to the hardware store).  I can't do the twisting because I am an artist and have delicate hands (hey he bought it)

There has to be a final decision and of course Mully was involved.  I actually had 2 friends come over and help but they didn't want to be in the picture.  

The space is divided into 4 panels.  My friends split up the paintings in about 2 minutes  - it would have taken me hours. They also helped with the names.  Its funny how you agonize about the first 5 and then you slowly don't care. Just do it.

Labels have to be printed - one visit to a business center.

Each painting has to be glazed (1 trip to art store) and each label matched to the painting to make sure each one has a label. (here are 15 there are about 36 paintings in all - a lot of paint.) 

Still have to take them to the site hang them and then I seriously deserve some ice cream.  

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

I am having a show

I am having a show.  I knew a year ago and it sort of sneaked up on me but it is now official because I have a poster with my name on it.

My name is spelled wrong but I know it is me.  

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Back to work

I don't like to post pictures from my trips because first I don't want anyone to be jealous, there are better pictures out there and how boring to look at other people's vacation pictures and yet there is a but, I have  never seen coffee like this. I think this is a work of art.

Doesn't this look delicious - very one of us who ordered got a different design.  My heart broke when the tour guide said we had to leave and the waitress poured my cup into a paper cup to go.  I have no idea where this coffee shop is - I only know it is in Thailand

Here is a little aside - I just heard a loud bang in my house and I am home alone with a useless guard dog who only barks when the neighbor across the street comes home.  I have watched too many episodes of Criminal Minds.  I think I would be the one to  be chosen to be the first victim - can you see me in the middle of my paintings. I am just not going to go upstairs and I am going to ignore it - back to my blog.

I have been working on my other blog today art by the books, but I started this little piece

I think I have to lay off the coffee and give up Netflix

Friday, 6 March 2015

I might become a Luddite (against technology)

So I went to Thailand and Cambodia.  The trip has taken a lot out of me and I am finding it hard to stay awake never mind function or paint.  Of course we came back to a lot of mail and every letter I opened needed a phone call.  My 2nd to last payment to my cell phone didn't go through because the date was wrong even though 10 previous payments went through and the last payment went through. The person on the phone was as befuddled as I was.  My credit card had a wonderful trip to NY and had 3 cash withdrawals.  The operator kept asking me if I was sure it wasn't my husband.  I am pretty sure I would remember if he didn't show up for dinner because he took a trip to NY. I am afraid of opening any more mail.

In Cambodia we took a tour down a river so dirty that  a drop of it splashing on my arm made me want to take a disinfecting shower. One million people live off this water with out plumbing but they do have tv dishes.

I don't even want to think of eating the fish from this water and I am pretty sure I wouldn't want to go in it.  Be glad that pictures don't have any smell. 

I did make a painting.  It has only 2 colours - Burnt Sienna and white. I am not sure if I will do anything more but at least it got me in the studio

I am extremely grateful for our life now.  I am glad I don't have to live with my whole family in one room and while it is extremely cold, inside we are warm.  Maybe I'll rethink the Luddite idea I would hate to give up my microwave, Ipad, dishwasher, etc.  

Monday, 9 February 2015

I could have painted all night

I was in evil Suzy's class this week.  In honour of the new oriental exhibit at the museum she brought in a Russian teapot and Russian slippers.  None of us said a word  except the Russian student who was pretty sure it wasn't of Chinese origin.  Doesn't matter - I had such a blast -  the paint just flew from my brush onto the canvas and the floor.

And I felt real joy.  What a moment not to worry about the final outcome and just enjoy the process.  It must be the oriental influence - it was zen.

 It is too bad because I can't paint in my studio for 2 weeks.  I would have liked to continue this mood