Monday, February 29, 2016

Catching the Abstract Fever

Lately, I have felt like painting abstracts, I keep looking for abstract paintings to admire....I painted one last week and I feel like painting another one right away! This is unusual for me...but I will go with the flow:-)
Here is the one I have just varnished...This is a photo taken with a flash last night, but you get the idea. The close-up shows some of the type of textures I created. The painting will be called "Urban Spirit" unless I can find something more inspiring. Any suggestions?
The painting is 20" x 20" on a deep gallery wrapped canvas. I have painted the sides white.
Let me know what you think...
Urban Spirit

Close-up, "Urban Spirit"

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Small "Happy Giraffe"

The (small) Happy Giraffe - 8" x 8" on 1/8"Ampersand  Aquabord panel. Background in gold leaf and giraffe is in watercolor. The entire painting is sealed and is to be displayed without glass...
Some of you may have seen my large framed "Giraffe" currently at the Kevin Dodds Gallery & Studio. I personally like it so much that I decided to paint a similar one in a small size. Before I get it framed, I am offering this little long-lashed sweetie online..
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It is ready to be inserted into a standard frame without glass. The ampersand panel is a most archival surface and I just love working on it.
The gold leaf makes this artwork so special, but it is almost impossible to photograph. When the sun shines on this piece, the gold leaf produces a simply stunning effect. The giraffe herself has such a happy and gentle look that it brings a smile to my face.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Golden Nest

The Golden Nest 

This original painting is part of my nest series, but this time, with a twist: gold leaf is applied on some of the twigs of the nest and on some branches...thus, the title "Golden Nest".

I love all the symbolism of the nest: family, home,safety, promises, future, hope, anticipation etc....
I consider this painting almost a semi-abstract. It is full of movement!
I used one of my favorite surfaces, an 9" x 12" x 1/8" Ampersand Claybord panel that is ready to be inserted into a standard frame.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Forest Floor Tapestry - A Watercolor painting

Forest Floor Tapestry -Watercolour - SOLD

I have finally finished my 20" x 20" watercolour of millions and millions of leaves:-)
I will put it aside for a day or so before looking at it again to see what needs to be modified.
It is on 300 lb Fabriano Soft Press Paper.

I really enjoyed the hours and hours I spent playing on this piece.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

My New Tapestry Series - Acrylic and gold leaf

My 2016 started with the creation of a new series: original acrylics and gold leaf paintings on Claybord panels. They all have a leaf motif and negative painting technique. Three types of gold leaf add richness to the surface which has a glossy finish. These are mostly intuitive paintings and I find this technique so liberating and so much fun.
So far, these paintings have been fairly small, either 8" x 10 or 11' x 14'. I am looking for the courage to move to a larger size...the claybord is a rather expensive surface, especially in Canada, so I can't afford to ruin any:-)
Here are a few photos. Please let me know what you think.
Floating Tapestry - SOLD

Jewel Tapestry - Sold

Sunshine Tapestry - More info

Fiery Tapestry -More info

Autumn Extravagance - Sold
Golden Oak Tapestry - SOLD