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.
I had to try one on- they are too cute to resist! I wore one to work the other day, and it was a hit with my colleagues. Paired with a pale blue dress shirt, gold cuff links, and ultra skinny black pants, my outfit was feminine and chic.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
Blue and gold abstract photo in my backyard
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
My latest work is an experimental use of gold against red on wood board. Similar to my last two posts (See below) the use of wood enables a level of texture and complexity that is not easily achieved with canvas. The size is also comparably smaller.
The orientation is more flexible, as seen above. When viewing this piece it is really up to the observer to decide whether they prefer the gold on the bottom, top, or sides. But to be decisive, I created the piece to be hung as it looks in the first photo.
The dimensions are 14 inches x 10 inches. I finished this (and the other wood board pieces) by adding a strip of decorative trim along its edges; however, I would like to try my hand at encasing these pieces in decorative wood frames. The millwork wood that is used for this purpose is usually available at Home Depot in 8 ft lengths. The cost is usually between $5 and $15 CDN so it would be very inexpensive to make my own.
The big question for me is: can I cut the angles right to make a perfectly fitting frame?