Monday, 21 December 2009

Gone Celebrating!

A merry Christmas and a happy New Year to everyone! 
I hope you will get to spend much time with your loved ones during the Holidays and I wish 2010 will be a year of great pleasure, agreable surprises and love. 

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Portraits of a past present

These are some painting-like portraits by Joanna Kustra, found on Behance Network. A successful combination of Anne Rice characters, Marie-Antoinnette-like fashion and classic portraits...


Meteo update: -22C this morning.  I hate winter.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Winter, don't you ever forget us?

Well well, it is quite a cold day here in Québec: -15C.  Bring the warm wool socks, the (faux)fur-trimmed mittens and the unflattering winter coats! And even dressed in an Eskimo-like manner, the very coward little cold-sensitive I am was afraid to leave home this morning. Once outside, I had to admit that it was not really that bad, but my hatred of winter is not so easily tamed. 

Here is a painting of myself, only at a different time and with a different face...

James Tissot, The Fireplace,1869

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Darwin's Nightmare

Many people know I much I like peacocks, with their strange appearence (as if they had invested all their beauty in their plumage, leaving their ugly head almost naked). The duality of beautiful and ugly has been transposed into their symbolic use: the represent beauty and immortality, but also pride. 

Leaving behind the famous Peacock Blue, artist Cynthia Dinan-Mitchell created an installation where peacocks reign. Sadly, I learnt about Se pavaner this morning and it has been over for some weeks, but I will make sure not to miss her next one.  

Doing a little research on her work, I discovered to my great stupefaction that she is also the maker of a beautiful handbad I have been owning for many years. Her unique bags  are decorated with hand-made prints and I can confirm that they are, indeed, long-lasting. 

Here is the presentation of the artist and her exhibition found on artefaks.

"Cynthia Dinan-Mitchell utilise la sérigraphie comme un ornement graphique, afin de construire des mises en scènes ambiguës, qui vacillent entre l’installation, la scénographie et la décoration intérieure. Par cette approche, elle transforme l’espace en scène surréaliste, à la fois pastiche et espace domestique, bousculant ainsi les conventions de l’estampe et de l’art.

Dans le cadre de son exposition, Se Pavaner, Cynthia Dinan-Mitchell désire créer des espaces confortables aux atmosphères intimes, explorant ainsi la dichotomie entre sphère public et sphère privé, à l’intérieur même de la galerie. 

Cynthia Dinan-Mitchell vit et travaille à Québec. Elle est titulaire d’un baccalauréat en Studio-Art, de l’Université Concordia (Montréal) et d’une Maîtrise en Arts Visuels, de l’Université Laval (Québec). Elle a réalisé plusieurs expositions individuelles dans différents centres d’artistes et galeries du Québec et du Canada."

Monday, 14 December 2009

Alice at Christmas time

Inspired by Lewis Carroll's work "Through The Looking Glass", this is a magic window display that can be found at Bergdorf Goodman, on 5th avenue, NY.

I first saw the pictures on Cafe Cartolina, but they originally are from Another Normal, a blog presenting the most interesting windows of New York. If you like those pictures, I invite you to visit the blog and to take a look at Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows of the past.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Gone shopping!

Well, after Tentations Imaginaire's opening yesterday night and an important step in the obtention of my husband's PhD level this morning, the least I can say is that the week has been full of emotions.  

So this afternoon I will indulge myself and go on my traditionnal Christmas shopping spree with my father, a yearly event I particularly enjoy. This year brings a bonus: my little sister is coming along and I anticipate much pleasure. 

Don't look for me, I'm gone shopping!    

The image is from Liz, and it has been seen on decor8.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Sugar Monster

It is now decided, I abandon my career as a painter to dedicate my life to sugar and cookies. I do hope Japanese bakery Rosey Sugar Art Confectionery will accept to employ me...

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Caught on the spot

Elizabeth Soule has taken those cute pictures with a polaroid. It does not always have to be complicated to be inspiring, I tend to forget it.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

The world as we know it



These are incredible pictures taken by Kim Keever
The most unbelievable thing: how they where created. Here is a glimpse of the studio, where the artist very successfully reinvent the world.

Monday, 7 December 2009

A Victorian Kiss

How scandalous!

Le baiser,1886, by Parisian painter Auguste Toulmouche.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Nature morte

In French, a still life is a "nature morte", a "dead nature"...

Picture by Inga Girvica.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Strange strange thursday

Ever since I discovered them some years ago, Cabinets of curiosities have been feeding my love of strangeness.  I love to observe those fragile butterflies, pieces of coral, delicate fossils, parts of skeletons and beautiful feathers safely kept under glass, worshiped like treasures.

Many artists have been working around this concept of cabinet of curiosity, among them is a Parisian artist named Maissa Toulet, who seals her creativity in airtight glass boxes.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

So dark is december!

Well, the last month of the year is allready here, with its very short days, its naked trees and its cold wind.  Luckily, to balance the lack of sunshine affecting my temper, night offers a strong contrast of darkness and Christmas lights.  

But today the short hours of sunlight are spent working without a window in sight, maybe this is why I feel like sharing dark photographs, with hints of light but none of the joy of anticipating the Chrismas holiday celebrations.

These pictures, part of the Woodpecker series, are from Jeff Bark. I especially like the first one, with the swan kissing goodbye its own reflexion...

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Disturbing lightness

Gustav-Adolf Mossa, a French painter associated to the Symbolist movement, is an other great example of the combinaison between beauty and strangeness I like so much. In his painting I find the bright sunlight of Nice, the city where he was born in 1883 and where he died in 1973, a light unusual for subjects so dark as his.

It seems that most of his paintings have been made in his early life, before 1918, even though they have only been discovered after his death. Great reader of classics and lover of Beaudelaire's work, litterature and music are also part of his artistic process.

(1) Gustav-Adolf Mossa, Eva Pandora, 1907 
(2) Gustav-Adolf Mossa, Leda, 1906
(3) Gustav-Adolf Mossa, Valse Macabre, 1906
(4) Gustav-Adolf Mossa, Salomon, 1908
(5) Gustav-Adolf Mossa, Elle, 1906
(6) Gustav-Adolf Mossa, L'aveugle, 1907
(7) Gustav-Adolf Mossa, La sirène repue, 1905
(8) Gustav-Adolf Mossa, Les quatre évangélistes, 1906
(9) Gustav-Adolf Mossa, Christus, 1908 
(10) Gustav-Adolf Mossa, Les parques, 1917
His work makes me think of Gustav Klimt's paintings, but combined with the legacy of French Impressionist painters...  

For more information, I invite you to visit L'oeuvre secrète de Gustav-Adolf Mossa, a very interesting review of a Mossa exhibition presented at the Musée provincial Félicien Rops until May 16th 2010.