Friday, 27 May 2016

Want to See a Picture

I am of a certain age.  The age where a lot of my friends are grandparents.  They love to show you pictures of their offspring knowing that they have the cutest most clever grandchild. There are great advantages of being a friend of these people - you get to play with the child, you never have to baby sit and you never never ever have to change diapers. If the kid starts misbehaving you can have a convenient  forgotten appointment. This is baby one. (I am not mentioning names to protect the innocent).
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Baby One

This is a study and I am pleased.  Sometimes my baby paintings look like old men in which case I just change the title to old man, but this looks like a baby so I consider it successful.  

Baby one looks sad but he was really a happy baby.  He laughed at my jokes and didn't make any comments about my bad singing voice.  That makes him a great baby.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

In a Knot

I was going to call this one Moving Still Life.

The Daily Paint Works  has a weekly challenge and I wanted a break from what I was working on so I thought I would try it. This week's topic is fabric. I quickly put a tie on a pair of shoes and painted it.  I came back later to find that it moved - not the shoes but the tie definately.

Lesson learned let the material settle before working on it. Either that or we have a poltergeist.

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In a Knot

I may have to call the Ghost Busters.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Always Trust Your Cape

Did you ever hear of the singer Guy Clark?  I never did but I know who he is now.

I went to Porchfest today.  This is a small festival which doesn't cause streets to be closed and there was plenty of parking.  It is a really sweet affair- people sing from their porches - it's free and there are plenty of cars to lean against.  I loved it.  If you don't care for  a group just walk on to another porch. 

My favourite was John David Hickey (Hockey with an I -  I wonder how many times he has said that). He told stories in a beautiful deep voice and Jim Collette took turns singing.  What a great combination.  Jim ended with the "Cape Song", written by Guy Clark.  Look it up on youtube.  I was having a great time and a sudden urge came across me to sketch.  This doesn't happen often in public, I ran into a dollar store and bought a notebook and pencil.  I may do this again it was fun sketching.


I liked the lyrics so much I went up to Jim and asked if he had written it.Of course I now know it is by Guy Clark.  Then I couldn't move because my legs had fallen asleep and now I was having the worst case of pins and  needles.  I wish I could say that this was the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to me but it isn't even close. Jim was so sweet that I want to go to one of his shows. 


"He did not know he could not fly and so he did

Well, he's one of those who knows that life is just a leap of faith
Spread your arms and hold your breath and always trust your cape
Yes, he's one of those who knows that life is just a leap of faith
Spread your arms and hold your breath and always trust your cape"

Guy Clark

Excuse me I have to go buy a cape - I hope they have one in my size.




Tuesday, 16 February 2016

What is Mona Lisa Missing?


Imagine the Mona Lisa.
Close your eyes and picture her - what is she missing?
The answer is at the end of this post.

There is a book Mon Lisa Reimagined.
I am not buying this book (though I really want it) I am not buying any more books (I wonder if I am going to listen to me). the cover alone was inspiring.  How do you interpret the Mona Lisa.  I actually didn't want to see the book before painting my own version. I wanted to be original and not influenced by other artists.


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Mona Lisa Reimagined

Did you figure out what Mona LIsa is missing?  Her eyebrows.  If you don't believe me check it out. She really doesn't have any. Definitely overplucked. Isn't wonderful how when you paint or draw something you really notice and look at the subject.  Now I know and you do too.

I just checked - it's in the library. 
And available.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Its Show time

I'm in a show in the Dollard Centre for the Arts, in  Dollard des Ormeaux, with the following artists;
Deena Dlusy-apel
Dorothy Grostern
Rita Briansky
Shirley Katz
Stephen Cooper.

Except for Stephen Cooper, I have taken courses from each of the artists.  I don't know who Stephen Cooper is but if he wants to teach me, I would be game.  I can't believe that I will be showing in the same room as Rita Briansky.  She is a wonderful artist, great teacher and has a wicked sense of humour.  I admire  her very much. Here are the paintings I will be showing.  It was very hard to take a picture with the light fixture in the way.



Here is just one of them up close.  

I have to deliver them tomorrow and if it was up to me I would just keep painting until the last minute but the critic says put the brush down.  I always listen to the critic, well most of the time.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Day 30 Save the best for Last

The last day.  Part of me is happy to see this project over since I don't feel comfortable working from other people's photographs but on the other hand I don't see dead people  and even if they were alive they wouldn't pose for me anyway.  I did get into a groove and did an extra one just to show the progression.
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Spock Day 30

But just like the middle of the Oreo or the cherry on top I saved the best for last.  This is my all time favourite actor.  I say this without prejudice.  Just because she is our daughter has nothing to do with it.  The painting doesn't flatter her.  I like the sketch but she is much prettier - check her out at Elana Dunkelman

The critic and I are blessed to have 2 wonderful children, well now adults.There is nothing better than that.  
Nothing.  

Friday, 29 January 2016

Day 29 Please Help me find this painting

Sometimes when I watch a move I spend equal amount of time watching the artwork.  The proposal was okay but not as good as the artwork in her office.  I have watched "As Good as it Gets" just to see the paintings.  The paintings by the character Simon were really painted by Billy Sullivan, but I would like to know who painted this one;
It is  terribly fuzzy but it is a screen capture from Melvin's apartment.  Here is my painting from the movie as good as it gets.

Jack Nicholson is fun to paint because he has so much character in his face.  Older people in general are easier because you just paint between the lines.  

Here is another view of the painting I am trying to find;
Any help would be appreciated.  You would think that there would be a website for paintings.  I know there are a couple for houses and locations in movies but I don't know of any for artists.  They don't even get acknowledged.  Even the accountants are recognized.  Somebody should start a protest. 
What I mean is somebody else should do it - I'm off to my studio.