Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Glamourous Life. -Sylvia in Color and how the heck to take pictures of oil paintings?!

Sylvia 16"x8" original oil on stretched canvas

from the grisaille...to color!
Hmmm, I have heard this before...but photographing oil paintings is very different than acrylic. I keep getting this haze... if you have any suggestions, I would lovalovalove to hear them.

All the pieces have to be in tomorrow morning for the vernissage. And here.. you are getting a sneak peak. Exciting, huh?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Glamourous Life. -World Tours someone to look after the house while you

look after theirs... how is this for a great idea....???

Lucy Godwin's


Sign up! it is a great way to live in the world!

detail from

If you just knew how wonderful you are... 36" x24"

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Glamourous Life. - Orange and Rainbow... somewhere over...

Orange... Lisa Bebi Art challenge.. using orange as the focal point in a picture. Original Acrylic on Canvas 8 x 10 inches
The Glamourous Life of An Artist. Charcoal leather chairs and linen dresses.
They just move so good together.

Your rainbow is strongly shaded red.

What is says about you: You are a passionate person. You appreciate energetic people. You get bored easily and want friends who will keep up with you.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

Hmm.... fun little test .... let me know what are your colours...?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Glamourous Life. - Grisaille...

Open grisaille- a method of underpainting to get the values. I love these... they can look DONE!

I got to hear this line last night... 'I paint but I cannot draw.' What a place to leave oneself! Another person said that she had heard that anyone can draw. This provoked a few contradictions about artistic bones and bodies...

Here is the answer... are you ready?... any one can draw. It may not appear anything like what they are looking at, but lines can be made. The skill, and it is that, a skill, is in the ability to really see what is there.

Magical, huh? Mystical, hmm?

Rather than painting what one thinks one sees with the eyes of assumption.

BEWARE- the assumption eyes! They miss out on a lot of information.

A great exercise for this is, let's say we are working with a photo here, to turn the subject upside down and paint the shapes.

Learn all the rules so you know exactly where and how to break them, quickly and painlessly.


Friday, June 4, 2010

The Glamourous Life. -Vernissage and THE WORKS

This image is from the 23 October post of last year... The Stenciled Rug.

I am reposting it because.. it is amazing. I love the rug. It turned out completely different that I expected.. better.

AND it is an Element of the Glamourous Life of an Artist!

AND I have a vernissage on the 25 June. I have in mind to show these oil paintings... some of which are still in my mind. Yikes. Should I say things like that out loud?!
Perhaps there is still time to change the name of the exhibit to -watching the paint dry-...

Come to the opening if you're around town....pretty good wine, very good cheese, and a chance to practice your French, hein?

7:00 pm

9103 95 Ave
Edmonton AB

25 June 2010

For the record...(as a Dear Me note) there is no need to stress myself out here(I cannot stress that enough!) in the least... I have a series of paintings that are complete, framed and that would work wonderfully for this show.

But there is always the next idea, the next experiment, the next line combination of color puzzle... delicious vortex of creation...

The show is in conjunction with THE WORKS festival.


I will... keep you posted.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Glamourous Life (excerpt Chapter 11) Thank you Christine Lafuente!

The Glamourous Life of An Artist...

Study-ala Christine Lafuente 6"x6" oil on hardboard.
What, tell me what is more inspiring than trying to replicate another artist's work, as a practice! that you admire profoundly. Here is my rendition of Christine Lafuente's 'Zinnias and Melon' I love the sliding slither of paint in her work. Liquid fluid Impressionism. And yet, it holds cohesive. The colors she uses are so very...delicious.
So the exercise is this, find a style that you truly admire. Paint like that. You will be surprised at how much information is in a brushstroke.

Lachelle Seated. Oil on Canvas 10"x8"

Because the sketch for this painting(see previous previous posting)was loose and relaxed, flowing, I just had to invite myself to express that in the painting.
This practice of duplication from another person style is Learning. It provides an opportunity to develop the eye hand coordination in yet another direction. Every one is so very unique that we will always be ourselves. This practice gives one a bit a view, the tiniest one, into the Way of someone else.

Today's music

Robins singing outside
The cats singing inside because the robins are sing outside.