Throw back art (TBA)

Spring is here!

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I started rummaging through the closets and found these two pieces from early 2015.

 

They were made at a time when I was just starting out. Self expression on canvas (that I had made from scratch).

The primary goal was not to create art per se.  The primary goal of making art was to see how many variations of colour experimentation I could do; the trick was that by making the canvas from scratch I would save oodles of cash!

“The average cost of buying canvas from retailers like Curry’s, DeSerres, or Michael’s Craft Store is anywhere from $20-$70 per canvas depending on the size. I was able to make sizes as large as 96 inches x 48 inches for less than $30.”

In earlier posts I have sung the praises of making art canvas.

I have even done tutorial videos on Youtube that you can find {here} and {here}.

 

The Bananas 2015 (c)- (Photo taken 14 April 2018)

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Gold Leaf Untitled 2015 (c)

 

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The Black Widow

This Christian Louboutin inspired apron is both sexy and traditional at once.

 

“Plush black material is lined by smooth crimson to create a peekaboo styled apron. On one side it is a black apron; on the other it you a glimpse of a daring red lining. Very innocuous, and very sexy.”

White cotton frills line the top and bottom to finish this apron off with a traditional French Maid style.

Visit the listing at etsy.com by clicking [here].

 

Hollywood Charm

Embrace old Hollywood style in this apron inspired by 1940 style.
This apron features a body made from 100% Japanese silk with an original pink bamboo pattern.

 

“This is the most original apron of this style that you will find anywhere. The heart shaped body is simply sweet, and is given a daring sexy accent with black French lace. Silky bottoms? Yes please! This apron/costume finishes to smooth and is lovely to wear.

Visit etsy.com to see the listing [here].

Phantom Faces in colour

My latest work is a colourful study of phantom faces.

I wondered what it might be like to draw faces on canvas with India ink, and have them obscured by blended acrylic, like clouds of colourful milk in coffee.

My favourite of the three is this one:

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I wanted to capture the feeling of a first kiss. Eyes closed, and embracing the warmth of the moment, with a splash of orange excitement. I hung this 10 x 10 inch piece on the wall near my side of the bed.

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The eyes have it all in this piece. The concept is similar except orange represents desire in addition to excitement. The face is nondescript and slightly obscured by green smoke. The varied shades of green in this piece represent  renewed interest, ambition, and a slight sense of greed. Though desire exists in the subject’s eyes, there is an element of greed suggested here because the desire is directed somewhere it should not be. This is further supported by the overall obstruction of the phantom face…hidden feelings.

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Finally, the last but not the least of my three piece study of phantom faces. In this piece the phantom face has been completely taken over by the hot emotion of attraction. The subject’s face has been totally obscured and only the bridge of a nose and an ear can be seen.  I took my time with the application of orange in this piece. I did not want it to bleed and mix into the blue and yellow layers beneath; so I allowed the entire thing to dry completely before adding the final orange layer.

Passion, and excitement: I think my work is moving in a positive direction!

Thanks for reading,

-S

Gold and Cerulean Blue

Bonjour!

I have been absent from posting new things for a few weeks- not because I haven’t been creating, but because of a mental block relating to how to write about it.

Sometimes I forget the lesson I learned when I was sick with cancer all of those years ago; which is to take it (life) one day at a time (or as I like to say “One day per time” lol.) Any life can be cut short, so try to enjoy the life you have right now.

Although I was enduring a mental block of sorts; I also was feeling bored with the appearance of my blog, so I updated it to reflect the project-heavy content. Over the years I have been diligent in including photos with every blog post, so I can take advantage of wordpress themes that showcase this.

I have also been broadening my horizons academically…but more on that in a later post.

 

My latest work is a two piece examination of cerulean blue and gold on canvas.

 

The gold represents the sun against a brilliant Caribbean sky. There is turbulence in the gold fields, and so perhaps there is turbulence in the artist’s life.

The first canvas is rectangular, and only about 6 x 12 inches. Meanwhile the square canvas is 10 x 10 inches.

I am working on 2 more canvas frames right now, and I hope to have them stretched and primed by the end of the May long weekend. I am excited to see what I will come up with!

Thanks for reading,

-S

Experimental work for Spring 2017: Eden Grove

Acrylic on wood panel yellow, green, brown
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Spring is on its way!

I have been back to my experimental roots, and came up with this latest work while working on wood panels. This is a 14″ x 14″ wood panel. I still use canvas, but the wood can be so much more compact and full of texture than stretched art canvas.

Working with wood has been a nice change. Right now, I am working on a very exuberant acrylic on canvas piece that incorporates bright red and yellow. It’s different, and I can’t wait to post it as soon as I feel that it is complete.

Thanks for reading, and visit again soon!

-S

Behind the scenes: Eden Grove hanging
Behind the scenes: Eden Grove hanging

Jaune Tide: Acrylic on canvas 

Spring is nearly here: however in Southern Ontario, that does not always mean it will be warm outside or without snow.

The weather has been trite with gloomy over cast and threats of blizzards this week; so I decided to create a piece that would be an antithesis to current moods.

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I call my latest piece: Jaune (yellow) Tide.

I integrated bright yellows, cerulean blues, aqua, and green hues in vibrant splashes on a gallery wrapped canvas. My favourite parts of this piece are the bright expanses of Yellow that bring warmth and happiness to the eye. The aqua is a nice offset against the blue as well.

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As with many of my paintings, it can be hanged in any orientation; although it is difficult for me to decide where to sign each piece. I may adopt a symbol for signing my work in the future, so as to reduce the impact of a signature.

Thanks for reading,

-S