We Three Poms

I died when my old friend Lana sent the photos of these three adorable Pomeranians, in a ball. How ridiculously cute are they? Extremely. She wanted a portrait of all three together for a Christmas present, so I dove right into the painting.  Since I haven’t met them in person I wasn’t sure if I got the character, but she assured me I had. Yay - Love the painting and these three little Poms! Bailey, Brandy, & Whiskey next time I'm in van I hope to meet you!!

1. Who is the painting of ??

 The Pomeranian crew I nanny on a regular basis. Bailey, Brandy, & Whiskey. 

 2. Why did you decide to get a painting made? Who is it for?

 The owners do so much for me. They are so generous and kind, and I wanted to give them something meaningful for Christmas. 

 3. Are you happy with happy with how it turned out?

 I love it. It is better than I had hoped. No detail was missed. Even Brandy's little grey hairs! 

 4. Was the receiver pleased?

 They love it. They have been wanting a painting of the dogs but haven't had time. This made their Christmas. 

 5. Anything else you would like to share about the painting?

 Your so incredibly talented. The painting is identical to the photo. You captured the poms perfectly. Thank YOU! 

 

 

Jour Noir.

Recently I became part of a talented artists collective here in Toronto, called The Guild.

http://www.theguildtoronto.com

It was co-founded by three super cool and talented chicks: Heather Jean Taylor, Holly Russel and Carmen Leah. In their debut event this past June, Meet the Guild ~ the presenting artist were suppose to incorporate gold in their work.

I painted two girls: 

CALIFORNIA

The Glitter – Goddess – City of Angels – Free Spirit – Sunshine – Beach - GOLDEN State.

Watercolor – Gold Acrylic – Prismacolor Pencils

18x24 - Framed 19 ¾x 27 ½"

 

 ZENA

Determination – Heart of GOLD  – Pain – LOVE – Warrior – Tears - Feathers.

Watercolor – Gold Acrylic – Prismacolor Pencils

18x24 - Framed 19 ¾x 27 ½"

I got to see some awesome work including a piece by a graffiti artist I admire named Anser, whose work I have seen all over the streets of Toronto: Read more: Here and Here

Jour Noir Poster

Now I'm back in their second art show Jour Noir, in conjunction with Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche. The show is themed  after the book 1984 by George Orwell, artists are encouraged to mainly use the color white. (I tried, I tried!)

 

REX 84.

Acrylic on Canvas. 48 x 48

I fucking hate rats. They make me sick. O'Brien and I have something in common. 'the worst thing in the world (for both of us) happens to be rats.'  Interestingly enough, the rex rat is white. So I painted some white rats. When researching I was twitching with discomfort. I wanted to combine my hate and fear of the rats with the love and tranquility I feel from painting my girls. I must admit, it helped a little and I do like my little rex rats... But it doesn't mean I want to be in the same room as them, dead or alive. I also found out (randomly) that title of this piece Rex 84, short for Readiness Exercise 1984, was an alleged classified "scenario and drill" developed by the United States federal government to suspend the United States Constitution, declare martial law, place military commanders in charge of state and local governments, and detain large numbers of American citizens who are deemed to be "national security threats", in the event that the President declares a "State of National Emergency".

Nothing really to do with my painting, or the book, but it resonated with me because of the "state of emergency" part. That's me, my panic button going off if I ever come across a rat, god forbid.  

Like the poster says above, the show is this Saturday from 5:00 - 8:30. Be there for more bright white 1984 inspired works. And, don't forget, Big Brother is watching you...

Zoe.

Yay! Another portrait =)

Zoe is a sweet little thing that I haven't yet met, but her mom Vickie is a friend of mine. They are both in Australia at the moment - but when they get back, I get to meet this gorgeous baby girl and give her her painting. Those big brown eyes are so adorable... Have you ever seen anything like them? She is growing so fast, I may have to paint her again in the next few years to see how much her pretty face has grown. I can't wait to meet her!

Mini.

Meaghen is one of my oldest pals, I call her Mini because she is like a miniature version of me. But at the same time, she’s not really at all. Even though she's half Malaysian and half Scottish and I am Croatian, we have been mistaken as sisters. Crazy! I always take it as a compliment, but it’s weird because I’m just about 6 feet tall and she’s bite size, you could put her in your pocket. People must have a good chuckle when we are together walking down the street since I look like her babysitter. I’m also 8 months older than her, so she call’s me old bird, and lately old hag – but that’s okay, her Scottish side comes out quite a bit – I don’t mind. Anyways, I painted her portrait for her birthday last October, but accidentally erased the picture I took of it. She took one in the frame for me so I can finally share it with you. All in all, she’s an awesome friend that I love to bits, super photogenic, great hair and easy to paint! Yeah Mini. Oh and she’s an awesome writer too!!