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

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 exhibition @ La Bascula

Another exhibit in el Borne, BCN! La Bascula is one of the coolest restaurants I have ever been to, although I am a carnivore this vegetarian rest. really knows how to do it up. Awesome food, deserts and my fave the decor -mostly recycled stuff such as doors being used as tables. Whole bunch of antiques- books, other peoples art and just random cool stuff. Exhausted but getting there! A “Woo-hoo” is definitely in order!

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pin up girls have more fun!

I love the pin ups of the 50’s – and I love creating beautiful images of women. I decided to do a series of modern pin ups, using simple lines and curves to give them a feel of elegance and classy sex appeal, also I was inspired by some of the gorgeous ladies in the 007 Bond movies, so here’s a tribute to the sexy elegant pin up girls! Image

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Beatlemania in Spain!

These were some of the first paintings I painted when I first arrived in Spain. Culture shocked, in awe , trying to adjust to the Spanish way of life. Every Saturday I would paint outside in the backyard to avoid feeling over-whelmed. I was absolutely in heaven!

ringo©starsmll paul©mccartneysmljpg john©lennonsmll George©Harrison.smll