I painted this acrylic piece early in my career as an homage to my imagination. It began as a sketch on a piece of paper, then evolved to a drawing with thick black India Ink. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with that ink drawing once it was completed, and so, the bananas were born.
I have had a few observers of this piece comment on the fun and eye catching use of colour, as well as the fact that the bananas look very frightened by the phantom eyes that seem to be pursuing them. I really think that it is something that needs to be observed in person, as I also used a lot of relief and texture to add to the depth of the red background.
This design was so unexpected. I started off with basic experimentation with my serger (which I love, and cherish as it makes the finishing process seamless- pun intended heh heh).
I used my Janome serger to join the black lace to the bodice, as well as discovering a new approach to creating the waist ties/ belt. I was super nervous about using my Singer Iron to press the seams flat; so I tested on a scrap piece of fabric and was reassured by the fact that my concerns were correct! Too much heat on this material (which is a velvet-imitation poly and cotton blend) causes slight melting and the ever dreaded iron stain from melty fabric.
The red frills really add a pop of colour for the eyes to go to-(red accents are something I am intrigued by this month for whatever reason. Perhaps a nod to February being the month of love?)
I snapped this shot on a beautiful November afternoon in Hamilton.
I absolutely am an admirer of the architecture seen here at the tops of this row building. I would assume that this was one large building at some time in the past due to the consistent style of windows, and the continuous use of the same decorative brackets and cornices.
There are a few locations in Hamilton where this style is experiencing a revival- either that or they are borrowing from the existing style of older buildings (like the one you see above) to create uniformity and identity.
This uniformity is something that many other places use to give specific neighbourhoods a unique look and feel. One town that comes to mind is Unionville, north of Toronto. Here are some shots of Unionville buildings:
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**Updates** Images of buildings in downtown Hamilton that illustrate the continuity of the architectural style described earlier. I love that you can find the classic heritage buildings with the style; as well as many new constructions.
I love street art. There is something special about turning my head to peek down a lane way and discovering a beautiful spread. Today I found a beautiful installation of what looks like acrylic painted trees coated with a thick glossy resin. They have been mounted to the exterior of a brick wall about two floors up on the side of a building.
The artist has taken a simple concept, and taken it off the beaten path by adding depth of field. I like the way that the trees are reflected in what seems to be a bog or very still pond.
For me: street art often outshines curated pieces in a gallery. Not to knock galleries; but there is always an underlying statement or suggestion being made by the curator of a gallery or show that can taint the enjoyment of the work for me.
“Street art can serve as a hidden gem that you were able to find only by chance.”- AnieKSteph
Sometimes it’s a snapshot of privilege, race, sex, or nationality. Those things are perfectly fine to explore, but as a consumer of art; sometimes I like to draw my own inferences, and to make up my own mind.
“The name really caught on to me once I finished this piece. So experimental. Sharp contrasting blue sky against eclipsing doom: a massive jellyfish. I worked with ink here for the strong black lines across the horizon. I wanted the image to evoke a sense that this large object was going to overcome all structures and life in its way. The buildings are made to be like melting objects, similar to a nuclear attack.” – -Anieksteph 2015
Here we have a simple two panel divider that was designed as a gift for a child. The concept I had when creating this was to have two frames stretched with canvas joined together with a thin hinge. The result is to have an open and closable apparatus that features a fun and imaginative design. When the piece is half closed it can be used as a play/dressing screen for a small child as it will stand on its own, yet is still lightweight enough to not be dangerous if knocked over.
The bright pink piece is entitled “Weeping Ocean”- however I am still deciding what to entitle the darker one. The contrast of their colour compositions didn’t exactly go as planned. I wanted the blues in the untitled piece to be a bit deeper- like a midnight blue.
The most interesting and unusual aspect of this piece is that attached the frames to each other with a hinge. The two can be opened to stand on its own, or laid flat to be hung together.