Wednesday, 27 May 2015

I See Patterns - Not

If you want to get good at something you should paint it - a lot.  That seems pretty obvious.  I want to get more at ease at painting patterns. And yet I always seem to leave the pattern out. This is a cup with dots on it and the tie has diamonds.  See the pattern - neither do I.
Tie without a Pattern
Then I once I uploaded to the blog, I noticed  it looks like it split into two at the knot.

It looks like a pattern but nothing I ever saw before and yet I like it.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Life is a Challenge

Daily painters created by Carol Marine has a daily paint works challenge.  I had a spare hour Saturday night (because I lead a very exciting life) and painted it. Scroll down to see my entry.
I do think the picture was adorable but personally I have issues with critters especially skunks and racoons, but mostly skunks, especially skunks.

If you have a dog, you understand.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

So cool

This is way beyond cool.  My husband found this while googling me. He does this every once in awhile for his immediate family.  It is a good habit to check up what has been posted about yourself. Of course it helps that there aren't too many Chartos in the world.  I am the only Suzy Charto - I guess it would be different if my name was Smith or Jones.
Here is what he found

 May 1, 2015  Community Art Space
art library 3Suzy Charto presents her lovely exhibit titled “Art of the dog”.
Suzy is a member of the Women’s Art Society of Montreal, was educated at Dawson and McGill and continues to expand her skills and knowledge through courses.
This exhibit is an ode to dogs. All 32 pieces depict our furry friends in different states of emotion and well being. All animal lovers who view these pieces will immediately feel comfortable and at ease. Suzy has perfectly captured the “essence” of our companions, and the limitless love that they give. They are great teachers and exude compassion, patience and gentleness.
Until  May 10

Cool eh? (I am Canadian).  My show is over but really that is when you need a boost because there is a natural letdown, so I am glad he found it. Thanks Justin,

Thursday, 21 May 2015

What a difference a Day Makes

I am working on a dress in my evil teachers class -  Mimi's dress.  I thought it was one of the ugliest dresses ever until I saw her wedding picture.  She looked fantastic in the photo but the mannequin doesn't do it justice.  
Everyone in the class is working on the same dress. Evil Suzy plans to have a show with all of our paintings and the dress - a very cool idea. This is my painting in the morning.....

and here it is 4 hours later.  The colours are off in both pictures.  The background really made a difference. I have been working on this painting for a very very long time.  I don't think I ever have worked longer.  I am tired of it and yet there is always something to adjust.  I'll  keep you posted.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

A Commission or how to Stress out

I recently got a commission to paint,  what else,  a dog.  I just fell in love with the dog's ear.  The problem with a commission is not only does it have to look like a dog it has to look like a specific dog.  In this case it had to be done quickly because it was a birthday gift.  I feel honoured to be entrusted,
Pegu on my easel

What do you think - did I succeed?

Friday, 8 May 2015

The Travelling Chicken

The Travelling Chicken came to visit us in Montreal  this week and brought the most glorious weather imaginable.  It has been a tough winter, we had no spring and went directly to hot summer.  So it was great that she came while the sun was shining.
We had a lovely day, we had coffee on the balcony, worked in the garden, and she even came to see my show which is in it's final days.

She seemed to appreciate the show and she wrote a lovely comment in the book.

Posing with my golden seemed to make her uncomfortable but she was a very good sport
Mully and the Chicken

She is now off to Nova Scotia which is always a great thing to do.  A bientot.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Be still my heart

I am in two shows at the same time.  This doesn't happen to me often.  Okay it never has happened before and may never again but for today you can see me in two places.  Here is the invite - that is my doggie in the poster.

I have two pieces in the show.  Can a pictures be any worse? The glass is just reflecting everything but I think you can see it is a dress, just ignore the people in the bottom enjoying themselves and not looking at my painting.

Here is the other painting and see the ribbon beside it I won first prize.  YEAH!!!!!!  The judge also took the time to tell me such nice things that I am still blushing.  

YEAH!!!!! again.  Oh what the heck here is a third YEAH!!!!!