This is my submission to "The Saints," an exhibition at The Hermit's Lamp in Oakwood Village, Toronto.
My love of medieval art greatly influenced the approach I took with Joan of Arc. I chose her because she was French and fearless, plus I love a mystery and there is much debate as to the origin of her visions. One theory proposes that she suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy but I prefer to think that she was highly intuitive, hence the fire at her third eye point.
I thoroughly enjoyed the process of making this portrait and felt a definite breakthrough in my control of the medium of oils. The show runs until May 15, 2014.
Toronto art lovers, come to The Hermit's Lamp in Oakwood Village for a show about Saints opening Saturday, April 26th. I'm almost finished my interpretation of Jean d'Arc.
...to Leslie Jones Restaurant for the opening of Canadian Icons. Delicious food by awesome chef, George Wensley and lots of fabulous art!
I have submitted an oil painting of William Shatner and a few linoleum prints. He was a tough subject, having no real distinctive features. At one point in the process he resembled Chekhov more than Captain Kirk but I forged ahead to the best of my abilities at present. My husband had the brilliant idea of replacing the Starship Enterprise with the Canadarm. Here's a quick snapshot of the painting - he doesn't look quite so yellow in real life.
This is a quick little oil study of Josephine on cheap canvas board. I painted it while talking on the phone one night, hence the roughness. I wanted to get a feel for her features as I choose to discern them from the many varied portraits she posed for during her reign as Empress of France. This one is based on a painting by Antoine Jean Gros, a neoclassical painter and student of Jacques-Louis David. I haven't investigated his life in great depth but it appears to have the trajectory of a meteoric rise and fall culminating in suicide, a sadly common end for misunderstood artists.
I have no idea why I reversed the image in my copy - perhaps it's the effect of all that backward thinking I engage in while carving linoleum. This image was pulled from a wonderful blog, "Madame Guillotine," by author of historical fiction, Melanie Clegg. I stumbled upon her work in my search for Josephine and have added her books to my reading list. I am especially keen to read "The Secret Diary of a Princess," a novel about Marie Antoinette, the next subject on my own hit list. I love the tag line on Melanie's blog: "Kill them all if they won't eat cake." 'Nuff said.
My submission to the art exhibit, "Still Rockin", now showing at Leslie Jones Restaurant, Toronto until November 15. The theme is about rock musicians from back in the day who are still going strong. I am inspired by the focus and tenacity of Geddy Lee and his band, "Rush", who remained true to their vision in spite of difficulties and obstacles. My journey with portraiture in oils continues. During the making of this one I wanted to cry and give up, but I pushed through and this is the result, for what it's worth.
I painted Sid Vicious for the show, "27 and Too Young", about musicians who died before age 30. After spending many hours on the painting, it took all my courage to slash the canvas! The show was at Leslie Jones Restaurant, 1182 Queen St. E. in Toronto. George is an awesome chef! I will be entering a painting in the next show, "Still Rockin", coming in September.
After a lifetime of avoiding likenesses, I suddenly became obsessed with the desire to paint portraits in oil. These are my best student works and I have several ugly paintings awaiting a fresh coat of gesso:-) That's one thing I like about oil; it is forgiving and easy to paint over mistakes. I had help from a great teacher, Stefan Galvanek. If you are in Toronto and want to learn to paint, check out stefangalvanek.com. He teaches at George Brown College and a few downtown studios, and is very patient and supportive. I am still finding my way with paint and need a lot more practice. It is difficult to relinquish control after years of working with a very tight, somewhat predictable technique. I used to be quite loose and experimental in my approach and want to learn to play again. How did I ever become such a control freak? It's supposed to be fun, right?
Now that I have my first wacom tablet, I am excited about painting digitally too. There is a huge learning curve with Corel Painter 12 but will post new works when they are ready for prime time. So many fun things to do; sometimes I wish I could go without sleep!
I am an illustrator with many years of experience in publishing, editorial, advertising and corporate. My illustration technique is linocut, printed and scanned with color applied in Photoshop. I love mixing old school and digital technologies and now am learning to paint in oils and with a wacom tablet. I'll post my learning curve here. Variety, the spice of life!