Saturday, June 13, 2015

Montreal is a transitional city

That is what E said, and it is true....Montreal is a transitional city for all except for the, "belongers" and the die-hards.  I guess I am a die-hard because I've been here for so long. Am I a belonger?  It is my home, yet it has never really adopted me.
I belong to my ethnic linguistic groups and that is an accomplishment in itself, but for such a big city and for so long, the homogenous aspect is missing.
So many people have come and gone to and from this city, mainly students, Consuls, company execs, even doctors.  What about artists?  What is our fate in Montreal?  As there are no real criteria, the professionals become amateurs and the amateurs professional. There is some really amazing art, though a lot is based on technical merit or explanatory subtext.

Artists have to constantly hustle, and what about those that don't know how, don't want to be bothered, or don't believe in it?

I think I just made up a new word; "belonger"!:) it sounds like something we used in high-school, or from a song!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Remembering to Blog about My Art

There are so many ways of communicating now, but blogging is the least demanding.  If one is like me and writes rarely, mostly for oneself, and prefers not to be read, then it's perfect.  The blog is not a diary, nor a letter to anyone, nor a specific tirade.  Though I must admit I let out some steam regarding "committees".
It really serves as an outlet for some writing an as a reminder that I am a painter. My only problem is that I still haven't figured out how to post photos from this computer, so words are all I have!
 My last few portraits have been in deeper, more complex colours. The one of S is all in oils and started from life , continuing from photos which I took in the studio. The colours are inspired by the rich tones of saris!  V's is inspired by the dark colours of his paintings, which can be seen in the background. S really loved hers, and V has not seen his yet.  It is remarkable, that, when you first see it from a distance, he looks his age, but as one approaches, he seems to turn younger and younger! Maybe it's the final translucent layers of oil over acrylic on the face! Maybe it's the fact that I caught his youthfulness on canvas! Someone said that he seems to have an Idea!
I am now working on 2 new paintings which are taking forever! The story is forming along with the paintings!