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Monday, November 14, 2011

How did it get to be November so fast?

I saw a exhibition of Chagall's work at the Ontario Art Gallery yesterday and fell in love all over again with Chagall!
So BEAUTIFUL...words fail. 
Have been busy painting and creating knit wear for my little shop. These are some of my recent paintings.
I am still fascinated with using the face as an image. It is i think a vehicle for describing something much more than a face. The emotions are so complex on a face that the slight curve of a line can change everything. So interesting.I still paint by intuition and hope that i will become more aware of what i am doing as i go along. developing a vocabulary of color and line or "learning to speak this illusive art language"fluently..

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Describing The Mystery ( my last series of paintings)

I have seen certain pieces of abstract art that are utterly beautiful and my words to describe them at a complete loss. What I often feel when viewing beautiful art is that I am in the presence of  something sacred. It is a spiritual beauty. I am in awe. It is the same beauty i sometimes try to express in my own  paintings. It is something beyond words. Perhaps abstract art  with its marks and color speaks to us from a different place. A place where words fail and art begins.
It is also  very illusive . Some days  if i am overtired and weary from the noise and hustle bustle of the city I feel very remote from the beauty around and within me. I think we need to protect and nurture that sensitive part of ourselves that allows line and color to flow. It is easily trampled but also very resilient. And with these words i bid you a good night and sweet dreams!I am very tired as I write this and hope I haven't rambled on to much!  The next post will be about silly things!

Monday, August 15, 2011

My Staycation

I seem to be having technical difficulty with my "follow" gadget. It doesn't show up no matter what I do. Any suggestions?

Spent yesterday (Sunday) with my family at the Art Gallery Of Ontario. Went to see an exhibit of  abstract expressionist art from MOMA in New York. The work included paintings by Rothco, Pollock,and Willem De Kooning. I love the work of Marc Rothco. These paintings were done in the early 50's and changed the way we view art today. His work still appears modern. His color seems to float on the surface......really beautiful. This cannot be seen in a photograph.
This is a snippet from my day!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Texture Urban and mystical

I often notice the texture around me. The marked concrete in the city with it's scratches and layers of color made by wear. The other texture that interests me is more ethereal. The texture of fog and mist suggesting hidden images! I am fascinated by the mysterious beauty of life that seems to be so obvious  yet so hidden. I seek out that beauty in my art weather it is in a scraped piece of concrete or a certain expression i see in a face. Beauty is beauty no matter where you find it. It is everywhere! Perhaps art is a place that we can celebrate it! When words fail then art speaks its language of line and color!

Lately i have tried to incorporate this texture in my faces. A sample of some of the results:

Sunday, July 24, 2011

"A Turn In The Road"

I have always been attracted to abstract art! One day while laying down some color to get started on one of my regular paintings i decided to free myself of image and let the color and line be the story! There is a lot to learn in abstraction. It is like learning a new language. These are a few of my first words!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Getting My Groove Back!

The room I am typing in is as hot and steamy as a sauna so I will be brief. Pant pant sweat sweat!So sorry my brain is cooked! Had a good week exploring with paint! I find using the face as a starting point  is a good way to begin. There is so much to learn in the painting of a face and so much to explore I feel as though I have just scratched the surface. A few scratches I made this week!

Monday, July 4, 2011

What Ever Happenned To Free And Easy? July4/11

July is here and so is the heat and humidity! Our Garden looks promising and there are a few very small tomatoes starting! My daughter and i planted a small garden and are always on the look out for each new development.
I painted up a storm this weekend.
Here is a sample of some of the finished pieces.
These pieces are mostly narrative. I have 3 cats and am very fond of them. They always provide some sort of inspiration. I seem to have lost my earlier free and easy way of painting . Perhaps if I stop looking so hard it will find me again. I love it when everything just seems to happen and one thing leads to another. These recent paintings are more hesitant and less free. But it is all part of a process and there is always something to discover.


Monday, June 20, 2011

Expressing your authentic self through art

When I am painting I never know what is going to show up on my canvas that day. I sometimes feel like those Inuit carvers who search for the image in the stone. Maybe we are really searching for our authentic selves.Or maybe we are  searching for glimpses of our creator.  Or  maybe our authentic self is itself a reflection of  the creator.

I often lay down clues in the form of random colors on my canvas as starting points. Then I try to still my mind to become aware of the images that are waiting to be born.. I find this to be very healing. I am always in search of the hidden worlds of the spirit.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

art thoughts

Wanting to explore a more abstract style in my painting. Painting is open to so many possibilities that I don't want to confine myself to one style. Although working in one style is a great way to learn and grow.
As a new painter (2years old) I felt a bit overwhelmed at first as to where to begin. I now feel more familiar with using a brush and paint.

It's funny but painting is something that I have always wanted to do but for some reason felt it was "beyond me" and took some gift that required great intellegence and talent. I chose to study fibre art at "The Nova Scotia College Of Art and Design"  instead. During the 70's Nascad was a very experimental school and I loved exploring texture and design. At this time very little painting was being done at this school and there was an emphasis placed on "conceptual art"  I found alot of it very obscure but it was a great place to push boundaries and explore materials.
If art becomes too much talk and requires the reading of a thesis in order to understand it; then who is it for? I don't like this elitist attitude. Art is for everyone and will speak to different people in many diff ways. Art is as diverse as the people who love it.
These are some of my favorite paintings exploring a more expressive style.


Sunday, June 5, 2011

My little Garden

Living close to downtown Toronto it is a real treat to have a little patch of soil to plant a garden. My daughter Julie has worked very hard creating our little piece of heaven. My bad back has prevented me from doing a lot of this type of work but I do what I can. So far we have peas, tomatoes, corn, zucchini, eggplant, strawberries, sage, oregano, and today we added stevia and dill.We also have a very old pear tree that is abundant with fruit in late summer.

As far as painting goes I have thoroughly enjoyed painting on stretched canvas instead of hardboard. I bought a huge piece of hardboard last year at Home Depot and had them cut it up into a ton of 8"x8" pieces which I have come to the end of. I have also indulged in good paint (Golden brand) was on sale.  It has more pigment than a lot of other brands and you don't need as much.  I bought red, blue, green, yellow, black and white and have started mixing more of my colors. LOVE this.these are my week of paintings

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Another day at the market

I have a little shop at the historic St. Lawrence Market here in downtown Toronto. I have been there for 7 years and would like to work from home in the near future. I find that I don't have the energy that is required to shlep down there on the subway everyday. I would love to work from home and spend some time outside sitting in my garden. I really never see much of summer because I am usually at my shop.
This is something that I painted today.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A sample of some of the paintings I did in May2011

I am having some trouble with my blogging in that I seem to have 3 blogs all about the same thing. Oh well I hope it all comes clear to me as to how this stuff works.
I started painting about 2 years ago and have redoubled my efforts to produce a painting a day. I feel that the only way to get good at something is to just do a lot of work and hopefully evolve over time. I also love painting and find it very  meditative and healing. Here we can create a world of our choosing with color and line as our tools.
I love art that celebrates life. After hearing the news or reading a paper i want to create a positive experience through paint.
Here is a wee sample of some of my May2011 paintings. 


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