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Yesterday, I got into the process of updating and tweaking the photos of my art work so that they would be more true to the pieces. I also needed to do this in order to get some art cards printed!

It has been quite a challenge to get back into painting about a year and a half ago. I’ve decided to have a look back at what I’ve done and it’s really interesting to see the progress.

I came to the conclusion that I definitely want and need to be more productive..

At first, this blog was supposed to be about daily painting. It worked for the first few paintings, but I quickly realised that it wasn’t going to be possible to keep that up with my schedule and the level of detail that I was trying to achieve. But, I am thinking about giving it another try! It would be a great challenge and learning experience. I would really like for my pieces to be more painterly. So, maybe doing a few daily small paintings and doing a big one once in a while. We’ll see!

Lèche-Vitrines (Window Shopping)

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Lèche-Vitrines (Window Shopping),  Acrylics, 11″ x 14″

In French, “lèche-vitrines” (window shopping) can be translated literally by window licking.. which I think is pretty appropriate in this case (hence the French title!).

This is my cat Slinky. I really liked the way the light was contouring his silhouette, enhancing his fluffiness. It’s weird to paint an animal without painting the eyes! Hopefully the personality still came through.

We have a lot of hummingbirds hanging around our balcony. It’s really nice to hear them chirping around. Luckily, most of the time the cats are inside! But once in a while, the just like to taunt them..

It was challenging to paint man made structures like the balcony, the door and the inside. I tried to get away from the safety of the airbrush for the background. It’s a learning curve!

À bientôt!

Otter Hosomaki

25_otterhosomakiOtter Hosomaki, 16″ x 20″, acrylics

Otters are some of my favorite animals! And I love sushi… so, tada!

I love how sea otters just float around on the ocean, almost as if they’re floating on clouds, just munching on any kind of sea creature (in this case, a sea urchin).

This piece was inspired by a picture taken by the photographer DeeOtter on Deviantart . It was so nice of her to let me use her awesome picture of Eddie the Otter (thank you!).

It took a while to paint, as I had to take a two weeks break between the start and finish of the piece. I don’t think I’ll do that again.. it’s very hard to get back into a started painting after a pause like that.

Since the spring is always a pretty busy time of the year for our family, I might just take on smaller pieces in the next little while.

I hope you enjoy! À bientôt 🙂

The Strawberry Challenge

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“The Strawberry Challenge”, 8″ x 10″, Acrylics

This piece was inspired by an awesome photo taken by StacyD on Deviant Art. She graciously gave me permission to us her image as a painting reference (thank you!). I thought this was such a funny image.

You can imagine that, if hamsters gave each other a challenge, one would be “The Strawberry Challenge”, hehehe.  The little guy on the right can’t quite seem to believe that the one on the left is really going for it. It’s almost like he’s thinking “Really??! The WHOLE thing?!”, then shakes his head. The one on the left is thinking “I can do it! Om nom nom..! Mine, all mine!”

On a deeper level, you can draw a parallel to what’s happening in society…

I went back to a smaller canvas with this painting. And, with the subject being small, on a smaller canvas, it was quite a challenge! I think I’m going back to a bigger canvas next time. I thought about painting it bigger, but it just didn’t work with those little guys. I didn’t want to end up with Godzilla hamsters (note to self for future painting…).

Still a lot to learn, but that’s the fun part!

À bientôt!

Why the long face?

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“Why the long face?”  Acrylics, 14″ x 18″

Why the long face?” is the painting of a horse that I rode a few years ago, when I took my employees horseback riding. It was such a great day, lots of fun! I love the color of that horse’s coat and I was very happy that it was my ride.

Horses are more difficult to paint than I thought. The bone structure is so different than the other animals I have painted so far, I had to really study the anatomy to make sure that it was right. The nostrils, particularly, were really challenging. And the eyes. And the harness. haha, pretty much all of it!

I ended up doing a red oxide wash to try to convey the richness of that coat. I also used my airbrush to do the background. I’m slowly getting the hang of it and I really like the effect of depth that it brings to the background, without taking away from the main subject.

I think that my next painting will be on a smaller canvas. I need to be more productive! So, a few small ones before another big one should do the trick.

À bientôt!

Fluffius Maximus – The Raccoon

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Fluffius Maximus, 16″ x 20″, Acrylics

Fluffius Maximus was our resident raccoon neighbour this summer. He lived in the tree in front of our condo. Every morning, around 8 o’clock-ish, we would hear the crows chasing him up the tree. Then, he would settle into a squirrel’s nest, and stay there until the sun went down, occasionally checking up on us. After he had thoroughly destroyed the squirrel’s nest, he moved on. The poor squirrel looked quite distraught when he saw its nest after Fluffius vacated the premises. I don’t think he got his security deposit back.. hehe.

 This painting went through a lot of changes since my last post. It went through  a phase where it looked like a dumpling, then it could have been a character in the movie Coraline, with tiny beady eyes. I had to totally repaint the eyes, and rework some parts of the background to un-dumpling Fluffius.

It was my first time using the airbrush to paint. I actually really like the result! It was a bit inconvenient when I had to reshape the body, but it was still doable.

Now that my son is back in school, I might get a chance to paint more!

À bientôt!

 

Work in Progress – Hairy Neighbour – Part 1

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At last, I was finally able to start painting again!

Here is the evolution, so far, of my new piece “Hairy Neighbour” (title subject to change, haha).

For now, I’ve worked two days on it. I started by transferring my sketch with pastel pencil on my toned canvas.

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The first day was to work on the background. This is the first time that I use an airbrush to do a background (or to paint anything, really). So, there is a learning curve to it, but it seems to have worked for this piece. I had to do several layers and pretty much started over a few times before I got to an acceptable background. I will most likely be painting a bit on it to give it more texture.. I’ll see once the raccoon is completed.

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The next step, were the eyes. I like to start with the eyes first. This way, I know if I’m on the right track or not.

2016-09-12 14.27.35.jpgThen I did some minor correction to the eyes and start restating the lines of the drawings.

2016-09-12-14-38-542016-09-12-15-26-46My next step was to start blocking the different tones on the head, very roughly. Everything will be refined, but I needed to start with a base. A lot will change. I started to detail the ears and also blocked in the tree.

I will put the raccoon’s body in front of the bottom right branch, to give it more presence (it looks too small like that). I will probably rework the tree branches with a palette knife and, after the raccoon and tree are done, I will retouch the background if needed.

Hope to put the finished piece soon! I’ve also got to work on the title…

À bientôt!

New season

It has been a nice, long summer!

My studio has been reorganized and I’m all ready for a new season of painting… as soon as my son goes back to school later this week.

I did not produce any paintings this summer, but I’ve been busy working on photography for reference pictures and I’ve been reading about techniques. Also, I’ve been a personal chauffeur (kids..!).

I’m very excited to start painting again, I’m full of ideas! I’m starting a piece this week (Raccoon!) and will post some progress as it evolves.

À bientôt!

 

Yellow Callas

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Yellow Callas, 12″ x 24″, acrylics

Well, after almost two months hiatus (due to general business with family stuff, visitors and a lumbar sprain), I am back to painting!

I decided to go with something different and painted flowers that I had added to my terrace. It made me realize that, even though I love flowers, I prefer to paint eyes! (Hmmm… an eye flower painting, that’s an idea..! hehe). But, here it is.

I have to say, even though flowers are not my favorite subject, I learned a lot from this painting. I learned particularly a lot about the subtlety of shading one color (in this case, the yellow) and the play of light with forms. Plus, flowers are so colorful!

Hopefully I’ll have time soon for another painting! With eyes..!

Haters gonna hate

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Haters gonna hate, Acrylics, 12″ x 24″

Aaah, at last! It seems like this piece took me forever to finish. I think the reason it felt like it took me so long was because I didn’t have lots of long stretch of time to work on it. Also it’s my biggest acrylic painting to date. But it’s done.

The background has gone through several stages, but I’m actually pleased with how it looks like blurry cherry blossoms in the distance. The tree trunk was done with my palette knife and a few glazes. I really wanted a nice contrast with the black of the crows and always liked the mixture of pink and black. I also tried to give the impression of the sun dappling through the tree onto the crows.

There are a lot of crows in Victoria and a lot of cherry trees! I love how the crows prance around. They also seem to have quite a complex social system going on. This was a painting that I created from several different pictures and observation. I thought that this scene could easily be transposed to humans..

What can I say, Haters gonna hate! hehe