Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Still in Montreal

I have to take back what I said about painting, even lightly....even though I've noticed that for some people it's like cooking, for me it has always been like walking a tightrope.

My portrait of M is me crawling a tightrope....It's taking so long.The new one of Mr. B is black and white and I am getting some really nice expression there...
For the new black and white woman trans painting, I need to find the right models..the stretch of the body and imagination...

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Colors of a Portrait...DNA of color

I have been thinking hard about the best colors to use for a portrait and realised that there are no best for is all in the combination and the application.  When I apply colors with a spatula , it stays exactly the same as when it is mixed on the palette.  Lately, I've been liking that....layering the pure mixtures one over the other. Painting is a bit like cooking...colors are the spices...that is putting it lightly:)

I have noticed that each person has a completely different color combination, and that is why I save all the two are the same. It is like the DNA of this case the colors would be the DNA.  So painting is more like science.  Everything is science, even inspiration!

The one thing I have to find is the perfect final varnish that will protect the oils or the mix-medias and give them the shine some people love.  But I sometimes like to leave them unvarnished, with the matte, natural look.  Why does an artist have to think of everything...I wish someone else would varnish the paintings.

I love working on a deep green really brings out flesh tones like in the new portrait of BGB....Here I am trying to do paperwork and thinking of painting.  Everything is piling up...the day is watercolors are coming soon....but there are chores at hand!

I'm using the American spelling of color in this since it makes the spellcheck happy:)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

After Show Euphoria

When a show goes well, there is a feeling of euphoria that makes us forget the fatigue!
I wasn't the only one tired.  The production team was also tired and everyone has to take some time off!  The Colours of a Woman show in Ottawa definitely went well and now I am getting back to the routine and all the obligations of every day life.

The turnout was great and people loved the paintings!  There is a writeup in Embassy Magazine that I haven't read yet, by the lovely reporter, S.  I saw the photograph with the Cosmic Dance of Fire painting and it looks good. I can't wait to get G's photos to post on the site!

So, BiH in Ottawa, especially with H.E., BGB, has shown that it is a great supporter of
culture and the Arts in the diaspora!

It's really good to do a big show like this and get recognition such as I did...all the hard work pays off and is worth while!

My next painting is already forming...I will need the right models, though.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Colours of a Woman - Couleurs de Femme

Today the final choice of paintings had been made.  The "savant", Z, helped me a lot.  There is a Serbian saying "takav je rodjen".  Some people are just born gifted!  I guess it's the same in every language...."born that way".  I am much calmer now that the choice of paintings for the art opus has been made.  But there is still an enormous amount of work and I still haven't finished M's portrait!

Mr. Z also bought a small painting which suits him well, the man in motion that he is.

I am glad that the new painting if S is finished!  I love to use earth toned crayons with gesso, or any toned charcoal, crayons.  Mixed with gesso, I can get a lot of depth and can work quickly.  Painting is like many recipes!  It helps to have a good memory, which I don't. 

So much of my work is done subconsciously, but I am starting to take more of a practical approach lately.  I use a different pallette for each painting and name it, so that when I get back to the painting, I know exactly which colors I used.  It's interesting,... I noticed that I never use the same group of colors!  Each paintings has it's own set of colors, kind of like a genetic code!