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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New exhibition at Spritz, Barcelona

After looking for the perfect location and painting almost non-stop, finally found a great spot to exhibit. A super busy cafe with a great wall, where the artist is free to do what he or she wants: put nails in and this makes life easier because most places want to use fishers’ line and that I find is quite difficult to hang pictures with. I am also proud to say that most of the work that has gone up is new, and I have already sold a few pieces! YAY, yay and YAY! ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageSImageImage

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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Step by step progress of my painted cigar box

hi everyone! I’ve been away for too long and I am excited to share some new projects that I have been working on. I wanted to document the process of a cigar box that I just recycled using rice paper that I had from a small notebook and of course a cigar box that I was given from a smoke shop in town. I took a photo of my painting/ drawing progress on a daily basis, it took me exactly a week to finish. So here is what I did:

Day 1: I first primed the rice paper from my old notebook. I took just enough pages to cover the box all around, including the bottom. This was quite tedious as it took several layers of gesso to get rid of the ink on the paper, then I proceeded with the desired colour, which was a mint green. I wanted to give this box a vintage, rustic feel, and I decided that this time around I did not want to aim for perfection but rather its new “character” and its alternative use as jewellery or a trinket box. I wanted to decorate it with roses, this was my first attempt ever to paint roses, and I was really up for the challenge, I first outlined the roses and filled them in with white acrylic paint…

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Day 2: I started to fill in the roses layer by layer to try and achieve as many undertones and colours as possible…
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I also framed the cover and the edges with a dark green, to try and tone down the rough seams of the rice paper…

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Day 3: More layers, adding more colour bit by bit…

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Day 4: Adding more elements…

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Day 5: More layering, more painting…Image

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Day 6: Adding flowers and sparklies on all sides of the box…

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Day 7: Adding final details, cleaning up edges, varnishing ( I used a high gloss varnish) and adding more sparklies and voilaImage!