Posts Tagged ‘paintings’

Portrait of Lennox.

June 15, 2015

Portrait of Lennox

Portrait of Lennox

I typically don’t do portraits as commissions.     If I don’t get it right I am essentially giving them a painting of a different person.  However I find that painting children is easier than painting adults.   Someone told me once, I think it was my mother actually (she is no artist but she reads)  that children require less detail and this is why I am able to do portraits of children better than adults.  Lennox is my cousin’s grandson so I thought I would give it a try because they asked me.   I have to say I am rather happy about the outcome.

I was supposed to be better with the blogs but the last few months didn’t end up going according to plan.  In fact this was the first week where I took a few days off from painting since last September.    The Riverdale Art Walk was last weekend and so I decided to stop for a few days.   It was my first outdoor Art show  (well second, but the other one hardly counts) and I felt like my paintings were sub par in comparison to the work I had at my show in March.

I am  now preparing for the Queen West Art Crawl.   I have a bit more time and my goal is to work on some larger pieces.   Also I am interested in painting some more Toronto scenes that don’t necessarily feature streetcars.  We’ll see.


Beginning Again.

March 18, 2015

My show is coming up in 10 days!   It’s hard to believe.   It’s been 4 years since my last Solo Exhibition.  I took time off painting when I found out I was pregnant.   I work with oils and I am not sure what effects/toxicity the paint could have so I stopped entirely.    I’ve spent the last few years raising my son and persuing creative projects other than painting.   It was very exciting to begin again.   Up until this point I wasn’t ready to advertise, I didn’t think I was a good enough artist.  After years of painting and making the decision that painting is to be my career I finally believe my work to be the best it’s been to date.

I am inspired by what I see around me everyday in Toronto.  Although my focus recently has been on streetcars I am looking forward to painting the bridges, alleyways, the bustling restaurants, little communites that make up this diverse city.   I have had the opportunity to live all over this city the last 20 years and each neighbourhood has it’s own feel and sense of community to it.

I am really excited to see how the show goes.  It’s at Wychwood Barns on Saturday March 28th 2015.  It’s a perfect venue since it is right around the corner from us and I am able to run the show myself.   We moved into this community a few years ago and I am always impressed and inspired by all of the creative events that are held at the Barns.

I am really looking forward to this show as the beginning of a new chapter in my life.