Lots Of New Paintings Despite The Crazy New Puppy


So I’ve managed to get quite a few new paintings done in the past couple of weeks. It hasn’t been easy though since our new puppy Bosco the Boxer seems to follow me everywhere. I’ve been doing a lot of my painting outside lately, I’m trying to keep the mess down in the house as well as get some fresh air. But it’s been a struggle carting the supplies out and holding a puppies leash tight in my fist while he jumps up and down (literally) with excitement. It must look comical to anyone watching as I dodge his jumps and trip over his leash, paint tubes falling, my expression grim as I try my best not to yell at the dog. The dog that wants nothing more then my love and attention, and possibly my hand to lick relentlessly.

So despite the puppy and all his activity here are my newest paintings.

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The House On Top Of The Hill 16″x20″ for $310.00 USD, shipping included to Canada and the continental US, everywhere else please message below for a quote.

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Tiles II 16″x20″ for $310.00 USD, shipping included to Canada and the continental US, everywhere else please message below for a quote.

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Tiles 16″x20″ for $310.00 USD, shipping included to Canada and the continental US, everywhere else please message below for a quote.

 

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Chaos 16″x20″ for $310.00 USD, shipping included to Canada and the continental US, everywhere else please message below for a quote.

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Underground City 30″x30″ for $650.00 USD, shipping included to Canada and the continental US, everywhere else please message below for a quote.

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Secrets 27″x60″ for $680.00 USD, shipping included to Canada and the continental US, everywhere else please message below for a quote. This painting is oversized and comes rolled in a tube.

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Featured Artist Interview: Haydee Torres From UGallery


I have not done a featured artist interview in awhile and have been really wanting to get back at it. What better way to start then with one of my favourite figurative artists Haydee Torres. This is an artist that I have admired for quite a few years now, we have been on a few of the same selling sites together and after having watched her art progress over the years I have just recently gotten to know her a little more personally and I am so thrilled to share her work through my blog. You will find her art to be brilliantly colourful, mysterious and emotionally packed. You are left wanting to learn the story behind each piece, the story behind the eyes of her subjects. It’s art you can really feel.

Here is her interview.

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How long have you been an artist?

For about 9 years.

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How did you come to choose art as your life path?

When studying Fashion Design I realized how much I enjoyed the art part of my curriculum.

I received a lot of positive critic and encouragement from my instructor and for the first time I was called an artist! Off course at that moment I was not planning to be a painter, so I just ignored it. I took some fine art classes, but I was not really convinced that art was from me until I took a live drawing class, then I just knew I had found my niche.

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Was your family supportive of your choice to pursue art as a career?

My family is very supportive and very patient with me:)

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What motivates or inspires you or your artwork?

My motivation is the love of the process and the satisfaction of the act of painting. Then come the subject, color, mediums and techniques, which allow for the creation of the painting to take place.

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What obstacles have you faced in your career as an artist and how did you overcome them?

My biggest obstacle has been time. I cannot ignore my obligations as a wife and a mother so everyday is a balancing act. Sometimes it can get pretty disorganized but my husband is a great cook, so nobody is going hungry.

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Do you have a favorite artist and if so who?

I do admire many artist mostly in the Expressionists movement like: Egon Schiele, the Bay Area Figurative artist, and the figurative expressionists from the San Francisco area Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, and David Park.

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What other interests or hobbies do you have?

I don’t really have time for hobbies, but I love to watch movies and TV series in the horror science fiction genre.

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What are you working on right now?

Right now I am learning the Braque Drawing Method.

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Where do you see yourself in five years?

I want to get into sculpting so I can mix painting and sculpting.

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If you could give an aspiring artist three pieces of advice what would they be?

Learn everything that you can, eventually it will find its way into your work.

Be yourself. Work everyday, if you cannot draw or paint just use your imagination! Handle your self and your work in a professional manner.

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Please take the time to visit Haydee’s online gallery to view more of her amazing paintings and share the ones you love on all your social media outlets to help spread her art and talent!

Painting Sadness and Finding Beauty


I’m most inspired by people, especially faces. I find beauty in sadness so a lot of my art can be emotionally packed. There is something so beautiful and strong about a sad or lonely expression, I always feel very moved by it.

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I also love texture and find beauty in aging brick, stonewalls with rust drips, rusted old iron and copper. A dilapidated building will bring me more inspiration then a flower garden or sun filled day. I find beauty and inspiration where others might see aging, sadness and loneliness, neglect or decay.

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Happy Mother’s Day To The Mom I Strive To Be


Today is Mother’s Day. Today I am celebrated by my children and today I celebrate the woman that made me the person, the mother, the artist I am today; my mom. I’ve always felt very lucky, as far back as I can remember I felt so very lucky to be raised by the woman I call Mom. 

All day today as I celebrated Mother’s Day with my kids I thought about my own mom, she was never far from my mind and I realized this is how I spend everyday. She is always close in my thoughts, when I’m feeling down I don’t even need to talk to her in person, I just need to think about her and I feel loved and supported. I think even when I was very little I understood that my mom was and always will be my very best friend in the whole world. I have laughed the hardest with her, she has held me when I’ve cried, held me through the toughest times in my life and in doing so has given me the strength to carry on. When I accomplish something that makes me feel proud it is my mom I first want to tell, she has always nourished my creativity and supported my dreams. I know if it hadn’t been for my mom, my wonderful, beautiful, supportive mom, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. My greatest wish is that I can be at least half the mother she is then I will have raised kids that know what it’s like to be truly and completely loved.

Thank you mom, for raising me, for supporting me, for allowing me to thrive in a creative and artistic world, you have set the bar high and everyday I strive to be just like you. Happy Mother’s Day!!Image

Work In Progress, The Too Large Painting and My Lack Of Space


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This painting is huge, it’s been a struggle to work with because my work table isn’t big enough to support the whole canvas. I want to start doing quite a few oversize paintings so I decided to figure out an alternative. I took my canvas outside and nailed it to the shed in the side yard. The downside to this is the effort involved in lugging everything out, plus it rained while I was out there. Luckily the painting was protected by the roof of the shed but I got soaked. I know I need to find an alternative to this procedure because it won’t work in the winter. I need a large wall and floor surface that can withstand paint splatters, drips and stains. My dream you ask, well that would be to open up the attic and refinish it to accommodate only a studio. Here’s a few pictures of attic art studios that have me drooling. 

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As for the painting itself, well I’m not quite finished with it, there are still some areas I want to work on. When it’s finished it will be for sale exclusively here.