Saturday, April 27, 2013

Mothers Day Art

I've been wanting to do a painting of a mother and child for Mothers Day for a long time.
I started with a simple sketch

Then I tweaked it a little and transferred the idea to canvas
Then the details
This is the first one. I'm going to do the exercise of painting it twice maybe from another angle. Whichever one wins is going up for sale as a painting and discounted prints! So check the store next week!

This is a pencil study of a portrait I will be painting of my mother as a young woman. Step 1 of healing process started.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sketchbook Thursdays-The Profile Study

This is a study I'm doing for a future painting. I've been drawing for half of my life and it still amazes me how light and shadow affect the view of the contours of a face or body. I love drawing the human figure and people's faces. I love all the little curves and twists of a persons face that really makes them unique from everyone else.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sketchbook Thursdays-glasses

I am posting a new challenge.... For myself. I'm posting a new sketch every Thursday until I fill this 80 page sketchbook. I'm doing this to motivate myself and keep the drawing skills razor sharp.
This weeks will be this chick with these glasses. I love that glasses have become stylish. As a person that has worn coke bottle glasses most of her life, I'm fully embracing this era where women are looking intelligent AND sexy.

Saturday, April 13, 2013


Mother's Day is about a month away. I've had some grand plans for making some prints & cards in dedication of moms. For those of you that know me personally mine passed away about a year and a half ago so starting this website and creating some art in her honour are a big step in the healing process for me.
Getting ready to make some mothers day art! That's my mama in the corner, I will be painting her portrait as well in honour of mother's day.
To fully honour my own mother I will paint her portrait from this photo. Which will be a big challenge for me emotionally but there's a saying by Isabelle Allende in one of her books;

“There is no death, daughter. People die only when we forget them,' my mother explained shortly before she left me. 'If you can remember me, I will be with you always.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna

Isabelle Allende is my favourite author, I identify so much with the characters in her books, her stories are so full of the magic that lies in all the little things in life, death, the spirit world wherever that is. Her stories are filled with spirits of the dead guiding the living through life, since my mom passed I really know what that feels like. Hokey or not it's what happens when you lose someone.
Her book Paula about the illness and death of her own daughter helped me through a very difficult time in my life and I even wrote her to thank her. No amount of therapy could have helped me as much as her words did while I watched life slowly slip away from my mother in the hospital.
I will immortalize my mother with this portrait and hopefully make her live forever. 
These are my ancestors on my mothers side going back as far as my  great great-grandparents. I found these after my mother passed and have hung them up in my studio. The little girl on the right is my grandmother whom is still alive and very much kicking. I feel like they guide me on my path through life. I'm hoping to do a series of paintings with these photos as inspiration one of these days soon.
Yikes, I didn't intend on this post being so emotional and personal, it took on a life of it's own! Moral of the story is that family really is more important than anything.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Lady Carmen

I had grand ambitions of sketching on buses and cafes when I was in Cuba. Events panned out where I ended up taking a break from drawing as well. I guess I just wanted to absorb everything around me. It seems like I work best in my little basement studio with all my books and trinkets to give me ideas. I went on a watercolour rampage before the trip and painted this lady. I love the simplicity of black & white it captures all the essentials of an image, don't you think?

Friday, April 5, 2013

Postcard from Cuba

Ahhhh Cuba. I miss you already. 10 great days seeing the small, medium & large of this amazing place. I've always had a fascination with Cuba, the music, the revolution. After spending some time there I love Cuba because it's everything you expect and everything you don't. 
Havana- You are a crazy and amazing city

Every street in Havana is it's own little universe

Che is everywhere

All the school children coming home at 3pm

Cuban breakfast is no joke

One of our many stops for a cerveza or a cafecito on the plaza

The Studio Taller Ayress. This artist & printmaker was so  nice & gracious. He had an incerdible body of work and was nice enough to show me his studio & work area. Of course I bought a print.

El Comandante at the tobacco farm
Pineapples DO NOT grow on trees

Viva Cuba!
              An amazing place that captures your imagination from the minute you get there.