Sunday, August 6, 2017

Florence - Going to the Duomo

"Florence - Going to the Duomo" original oil painting 18" x 24" x 1.5" from my own reference photo taken in Florence, Italy.
I was really scared to attempt painting this scene, especially in oil, but I am rather pleased with it. It brings back wonderful memories of my trips to that beautiful city!
I damaged my camera a few meters from that scene and the damaged lens currently blurs the top left of my photos.
I am falling in love with oils. So far, the only thing I don't like about them is that I have to wait a while before I can varnish them.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Catching Up!

Trying to catch up with my posts!
I have been busy in the past month even though I have not posted any news on my blog. Let me quickly provide an update on my art activities.
"Meditation" - 40" x 30" -Acrylic

"Meditation" - detail
"Meditation" is a quiet abstract, as the title suggests. It is meant to calm and to bring quiet feelings of serenity.

I had a "two-artist" show at the Green Door Restaurant in Ottawa. It is a large vegetarian restaurant that serves outstanding food ; it is extremely busy from opening to closing time.

A few of my abstracts at the Green Door Restaurant

A few examples of my "Spirit of Africa" series at the Green Door Restaurant
June will be another busy month with a new show from June 2nd to June 25th.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

"Energy" - 40" x 30" Acrylic Abstract

"Energy" - 40" x 30" Acrylic Abstract

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When he saw my last abstract, my son said: I like it, but you have to go big and bold!". Well, this painting is the largest abstract I have painted and if this is not bold, well...:-) "Energy" is 40" x 30" x 1.5" acrylic painting on canvas. Layers of paint create depth in this painting. From a distance, it creates a strong impact. As you get closer, you discover more and more subtleties to it. A painting to keep on discovering I think.


Friday, April 14, 2017

In My Sunny Spring Garden

Winter has been too long this year and I am craving warm sunlight...even in my artwork it seems.
My latest abstract: In My Sunny Spring Garden.



This is a 30" x 30"x 1.5" acrylic abstract with a a few hints of gold metallic.Imagine walking through a sunny spring garden....red tulips, yellow daffodils, a hint of white, and sunshine everywhere! This is the world of this painting full of joy. Something new to discover every day between the stems...
This painting has received a layer of varnish to protect it from sunlight and dust. It is already wired and ready to hang.
I love painting abstracts. For my next one, I think I will try to go a bit bigger....

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Autumn Magic framed!

Autumn Magic framed!
My latest watercolor, Autumn Magic, is now beautifully, and professionally, framed in a nice black wood frame that measures 27" x 33". You can see it here just propped on my fireplace and then on the floor. I will bring it probably within two or three days to the Kevin Dodds Gallery & Studio at 1101 Bank St.in Ottawa.. 613 -286-8512
I certainly like it in my house right now:-)



Monday, February 27, 2017

Pacific North West Salmon - Pewter and Acrylic

Pacific North West Salmon

Pacific North West Salmon  12" x 12" x 1"





Another artwork in my series of acrylic paintings with hand embossed pewter.


I have been developing a series of artwork to celebrate the North using pewter that I emboss free hand and sometimes acrylic gels and emulsions to translate the ice and snow.

This painting "Pacific Northwest Salmon" is on a specially prepared 1" cradled board with many layers of acrylic in the background. The embossing is hand done on top quality pewter that contains absolutely no lead. The patterns embossed on the fish are inspired by native pacific North West designs but are all my own. Textured accents are in silver leaf.

A beautiful statement piece! It is wired and ready to hang. The edges are painted black, but could be repainted white to go with those in the series that have snow. The artwork has been varnished to protect the pewter and the acrylic for years and years.


I can produce similar pieces with kayaks, inukshuks, polar bears etc...in much larger sizes such as 24"e; x 24"e;. Please contact me if interested.

Keywords: fish, salmon, native, water, pacific, North West, pewter, metal, north 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Autumn Magic - Large original watercolor

"Autumn Magic" - 19" x 25" Watercolour on 300 lb Fabriano Artistico
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This is a large original watercolor on heavy 300 lb Fabriano watercolor paper. I loved creating depth and layers in the forest floor and painting the contrast of colorful leaves against bark and stone.Autumn is my favorite season and nowhere is it more beautiful than in the woods. Enjoy the calm and beauty of the forest.



This painting is unframed and unmatted andt it will be shipped flat since it is on heavy watercolor paper. It has been painted with professional quality watercolor paints.

Please note that colors usually vary from monitor to monitor.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Latest Abstract: Exuberance





Exuberance 24" x 24" x 1.5"


 
Painting: Acrylic on Canvas
 The title of this vibrant abstract says it all! Exuberance! Exuberance expressed with colour, with movement, with energy and life. I love painting abstracts: painting them gives me a feeling of freedom, of joy and of surprise. I don't get tired of looking at this finished artwork...there is always something new to discover and to respond to. 

I hope you will enjoy this painting as much as I do. This painting is on canvas on an extra sturdy double wood stretchers that will prevent any warping. I have painted the edges black; the surface has received a light coat of varnish to protect it from dust; I have wired the back. The painting is ready to hang and enjoy.

I hope 2017 has started very well for you.
Let me know what you think of this painting.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Warm thoughts in this freezing Ottawa weather: a Valentine

Warm thoughts in this freezing Ottawa weather: a Valentine


Close to You 


Little Gems Collection-For Valentine's Day or any other day:-)

I had fun creating this 6" x 6" x.1.6" whimsical, highly textured and affordable acrylic painting. It is full of reflecting light and colors and has metallic gold highlights. It is painted on a cradled birch panel. The intertwined hearts were basically carved into acrylic gel layers. It has layers and layers of color, of acrylic medium and is finished to a hard, shiny, resin-like surface.
It has white painted sides and has a wire for hanging. It can be displayed either on the wall or on a shelf.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

My Show at Il Primo Ristorante in Ottawa

My Show at IL PRIMO restaurant in Ottawa

I am very pleased to have a show running from January. 10th to the end of February at the great Italian restaurant Il Primo, at 371 Preston Street
Ottawa, Ontario, 613.234.6858

I took a few photos with my cell phone to give you a glimpse of the show that includes more than a dozen of my paintings. I will try to remember to bring my good camera next time I go there.
I hope that you will drop in. You will love the Il Primo food. It is so delicious! As an extra bonus, there is free customer parking at the back of the restaurant.


Thank you to Malcolm Cowell who is the gallery curator at the restaurant.



Sunday, January 8, 2017

Polar Sentinel 12" x 12" x 1"

Latest ...and last for a while...Pewter and Acrylic Painting in Polar Series: Polar Sentinel





   
Another artwork in my "Polar Series" with hand embossed pewter. My last one for a while.
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic and fell in love with Inuit culture and art.

I have been developing a series of artwork to celebrate the North using pewter that I emboss free hand and acrylic gels and emulsions to translate the ice and snow.

This painting "Polar Sentinel" is of an Inukshuk on a specially prepared cradled panel; the pewter is top quality and contains no lead. The word "Inukshuk" means "in the likeness of a human" in the Inuit language. They are monuments made of unworked stones that are used by the Inuit for communication and survival.

A beautiful statement piece! It is wired and ready to hang. The edges are painted white to continue the idea of ice and snow landscape on the sides of the painting.The artwork has been varnished to protect the pewter and the acrylic for years and years.
Please note the flash reflection on the main photo...the pewter is hard to photograph.

I can produce similar pieces with kayaks, inukshuks, polar bears etc...in much larger sizes such as 24" x 24" or larger.  Please contact me if interested.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

First 2017 Post - Arctic Commute

                    
12"x12"X1" - Arctic Commute


Painting: Acrylic and Metal on Wood.
Another artwork in my "Polar Series" with hand embossed pewter.
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic and fell in love with Inuit culture and art.

I have been developing a series of artwork to celebrate the North using pewter that I emboss free hand and acrylic gels and emulsions to translate the ice and snow.

This painting of an "Arctic Commute" in a kayak is on a specially prepared cradled panel; the pewter is top quality and contains no lead.
A beautiful statement piece! It is wired and ready to hang. The edges are painted white to continue the idea of ice and snow landscape on the sides of the painting.The artwork has been varnished to protect the pewter and the acrylic for years and years.
Please note the flash reflection on the main photo...the pewter is hard to photograph.

Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best for 2017!