April Exhibition at Cervantes restaurant and bar in Barcelona

Bar Cervantes is a typical Catalan bar located in the “Gothic” part of Barcelona. The bar is easy to spot especially because its named after the street “Cervantes. Bar Cervantes has a very authentic Spanish design with beer barrels stored up on its high ceilings complete with antique fans, the only renovation that’s obvious is where the one wall that has been painted a deep purple containing long shelves which makes it a cinch to exhibit paintings or photos without having to hang them. 

The bar has been owned by the same family for at least three generations. Owner Christina is not only an extremely nice person but also very helpful and supportive of the arts. It’s been an absolute delight to exhibit here not to mention the delicious food they serve for breakfast and lunch. Here are some photos just to give you an idea 🙂 

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Bar Cervantes, Calle (street) Cervantes 7, Barcelona

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what’s so nice about the design is the fact that they have been able to perserve it’s original tiles which look great against the deep purple wall, and the paintings just “pop”!

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Sea cap beauties finally finished

After going back and painting and perfecting and trying to make the water look like water I think I can safely say that I am done painting this piece. It was very challenging but one that I knew I would throughly enjoy and I kept going back and adding more but I needed to know when to stop, I find sometimes that I am enjoying painting so much that I find it hard to let go of it – to stop. This was also the case with the “Sea cap beauties” but I am satisfied with the results!

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Sitges Carnaval mini exhibit at Albert & John’s

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This year’s theme for Sitges carnaval was music. The carnaval was highlighting artists like “The Beatles”, Madonna, Abba (just to name a few) for their floats and their shows, so I was asked to do a mini exhibition at Albert & John’s men’s clothing shop. 

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Audrey, Doris and “Gidget” smiling at the passers by from the shop’s window…

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same with the fab four…

 

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Albert & John’s clothing shop on calle Jesus in Sitges

New painting new year…

This painting is a huge challenge for me and I am more than willing to take it on. I am reproducing a painting from a photo that I absolutely love. The girls are stunning and I do not have any problems with the features as such – skin tones are a bit diffucult but the most challenging part that I am struggling with is the water. Trying to loosen up  my strokes but I keep finding myself zeroing in and trying to “perfect” it. I need to learn to let the brush guide me, rather than me guiding the brush…still learning 🙂

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Small paintings with big results

I have been painting almost non-stop for the last two months thus not blogging as often as I would have liked. I wanted to start a series of “iconic” women as the likes of Sandra Lee who played “Gidget”, Audrey Hepburn, Doris Day, and my personal favourite Elizabeth Taylor. I finished three so far and took photos during the various stages of the painting process which was by layering dark tones, mid tones and highlights. So here they are…Image

first the drawings and the undertones…Image

the colors varied from one painting to the next…

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it also depended on how I felt at the time 🙂

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taking photos during the different stages of the paintings helped me to see where I was at and where I was going…

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with this painting of Gidget, it just seemed to “flow” better, I struggled more so with Doris Day…

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and now for the finish…

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All of these were painted with acrylics and on recycled wood…real wood (!) so hard to come by in Barcelona when I lived in Toronto there were so many to choose from at Home Depot!

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I decided to add more yellows to give the painting a more of a vintage feel…
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and for the finales!..

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New Art exhibition in Sitges, Barcelona

Days are passing by a little too quickly for my liking but as they say time flies when you’re having fun. I have been ill for the past two weeks, and quite busy and yes having a lot of fun too. My latest mini exhibit is now in a new bar (just opened up in my town) called KVA Sitges -which stands for Catalunya’s famous champagne like drink”cava”. The bar is quite small but has a fantastic chilled out ambiance which is what attracted me in the first place, plus the owners support the arts which is just an added bonus. If you’re ever in Sitges be sure to visit this place which also features live music on the weekends.

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