The Purposeful Mayonnaise (what a great title, btw!) selected my “Messy Bun” self-portrait as the opening image for their “Messdeck”. My bio can be found later on on page 74. A big thank you to the Purposeful Mayonnaise team for including my painting in their publication!
As for my work ending up in the pages of The Huts Magazine, that is courtesy of the tireless team behind “Art Mums United”, Mona Lerch and Valentine Svihalek. Through their collaboration with The Huts Magazine, all of the pieces that were a part of the Art Mums United exhibit “Artist, Mother, Proud, & Serious” (in which my “Self-Portrait With Kerchief” made the cut) were guaranteed a spot in the magazine. I’ve never seen my work in print before, and I have to say: it is a real thrill! Many thanks to Mona and Valentine for making this dream a reality!
Remember when I said I wanted to try my hand at painting architecture more often (which is entirely reasonable because I’m surrounded by it all the time)? Well, I came to regret that impulse while painting this piece. It absolutely kicked my butt! Who knew there were so many vents and pipes and satellite dishes on a typical Montreal rooftop? Anyways, in case you were wondering, I see this view every day as I leave my office – the North side of Mile End, with Mount Royal in the distance.
And it’s a view from my livingroom window (minus a high-rise or two off in the distance)! Work with what’s available, right? I found I really enjoy painting snow on rooftops – it’s almost like icing a cake. Ask me how I feel about that after another 3 months of winter… 😉
I’ll be honest: 2019 was not the easiest year BUT I did get back into art-making, and that’s got to count for something, right? I hope everyone has a lovely holiday season with family and friends, and may 2020 bring joy to all of you in large ways and small!
Now THIS was some stunning scenery! We went camping there in the summer of 2018, and everywhere we looked was another beautiful vista. I think I read somewhere that these are the highest peaks in Canada East of the Rockies. Well worth a visit, but keep in mind that it’s a little cut off from civilization. In fact, you’ll lose internet access 20 min. before you’ve even reached the entrance to the park!
With this piece, I began to wonder if I might want to reconsider limiting my Photoshop brushes because there just HAS to be a better way to paint masses of trees. Also, the driver was in need of updating. See how the brush marks on the clouds are all one thickness? That’s because the “pen pressure” option wasn’t working, and that was a sure sign that my Photoshop driver was out-of-date.
That blue-green mountain in the background may be too saturated to make sense, but it just makes me happy!