Friday, 26 February 2010

Dreaming about Spring

It has now been two days that Québec city suffers the assaults of the wind and the snow. After the beautiful warm sunny days we had in the past two weeks, it seems winter now tries to claim its rights.  But I now that it is useless, it will be ending soon.

Spring in Quebec is one of my favourite moments of the year: after months of hibernation, people emerge from their homes, leaving behind their heavy clothes to collectively enjoy the first warm sunshines in the streets. Spirits are lifted as flowers and leaves grow and flirting is in the air...

Somewhere in the Old Québec, on a street not so much frequented by tourists, their is an house built around a twisted tree.  With its two entrances overshadowed by the tree, the round stairs and the high brick walls, it seems the perfect setting for a Victorian mystery. 

I have taken these pictures some years ago, when I discovered this tree and house while I was wandering in the city, tasting the kiss of the sun on my skin. 

 
  
 

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Together

Being a very independent, obstinate and perfectionist girl, I am the living nightmare of collaborators. This desperate situation makes me deeply admire those who can make a collaboration successful.

Rene and Radka, two photographers from Czech Republic, have now been working together for 8 years. Their exhibition "Under Water" has been presented in Paris in 2009. Sleeping in the softness of the waves, their body in the lightness, those ladies have some peace I would love to steal. 

 
  
  
  
 

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Wednesday!

It's the middle of the week: keep going, week-end is not far ahead!



This picture is by Rosanna Anson, found on La douleur exquise, an inspiring blog by Marie, a Georgian young woman with great taste. 

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

How Death can Become Lovely

I already told you about my love of cabinets of curiosities. This one surpasses from far I those I have ever seen: it is Bonnier de la Mosson's cabinet of curiosities, a gorgeous oddity that can be found in the library at the Museum of Natural History of Paris. Framed by delicate cream and white embellishments, the harmoniously displayed specimens seem to be caught in the middle of delightful conversations- not in death.

 

  

  

 

Thanks to Morbid Anatomy for this discovery: for more information about this great collection, I invite you to visit them. Just be aware that some entries of this blog can be disturbing (the link above brings you directly to the article about this specific cabinet of curiosities, but you can find the general blog here).

Monday, 22 February 2010

In the Midst of Imagination's Haze

In James Jean's work, oriental elements border tightly knotted accumulations of paint and translucent shapes in a heavy atmosphere. The brightly coloured flowing lines are contrasting with the elements fighting against a strength drawing them downward. Don't be fooled by the sweet colours, you might get lost in a dark haze...

James Jean, Ballad, Acrylic and oil on Rives BFK, 41 x 60", 2008

James Jean, Shattered, Oil and pastel on Rives BFK, 41 x 60", 2008

 James Jean, Chinamasta, Oil on two canvases, 60 x 96", 2009

 James Jean, Willowhorse, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 60 x 72", 2008

 James Jean, Tango, Oil on two canvases, 60 x 96", 2009

Friday, 19 February 2010

Friday morning's lonely drawing

Here is an other busy week coming to an end and, at last, I have had some time to work on my personal projects! They are only starting to take shape in my head, but I am already eager to see how they will be once finished. Just to give you a very small hint about what is happening in my imagination, I leave you for the week-end on this little drawing.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Almost Lost in Weightlessness

Representing the instability that is now our world, Amy Casey's paintings suggest a reflection on the loss of solid ground, of horizon and of invariance. But as the building float in apparent nothingness, the strong bond that link them together becomes their anchoring.


Amy Casey, Big Cities, Small Towns, 41 x 54, 2009

Amy Casey, Drifting, 22 x 30, 2008

 Amy Casey, Electralize, 22 x 30, 2008

Amy Casey, Swing, 2008

  Amy Casey, Wired, acrylic on panel, 12 x 12, 2009

 Amy Casey, Keeping it together, 36 x 50, 2009

 Amy Casey,  An Abundance of Caution, 13 x 24, 2008

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Coloured Vitality

In Québec, during the winter, we usually have either cold sunny days or a warmer temperature with snow. But these days, it seems winter decided to offer us a little break (knock on wood): while the weather is warm, it is not snowing, they even announced a little sunshine for this afternoon. Even though I know spring is still far away, it makes me dream about invigorating colour, fresh perfumes and the song of the wind in the leaves...
  
Lucas Allen's photographies, with their crisp colours and their luminosity, keep me dreaming.

 
 
 

Thanks to Decor8 for this discovery!

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Fragments of Impossibility

Once in a while, I hear people laughing at artists depicting animals, saying that it is irreparably kitschy.  Josh Keyes is a perfect example that their statement is a rude generalization. In his sharp pieces, he seems to be playing the role of a precise but mad scientist, who can extract from reality fragments of nature that can not be. Represented with a surgeon's precision, his animals are caught in the impossible.

 Josh Keyes, Howl, 30 x 40, acrylic on panel, 2009

 
Josh Keyes, Sleeping No.5, 24 x 18, acrylic on panel, 2008

Josh Keyes, Totem II (Raven Steals the Light), 24 x 18, acrylic on panel, 2008

 
Josh Keyes, Last Kiss, 40 x 30, acrylic on panel, 2009


Josh Keyes, Dry Spell, 30 x 40, acrylic on panel, 2009


 
Josh Keyes, Thunder, 30 x 40, acrylic on canvas, 2008

Josh Keyes, Shedding, 30 x 40, acrylic on panel, 2009

Josh Keyes, Rising (Waiting for the Moon to Set)
18 x 24, acrylic on panel, 2008

Josh Keyes, Rise Above, 30 x 40, acrylic on panel, 2009

Josh Keyes, Dawn, 12 x 12, acrylic on panel, 2007

Monday, 15 February 2010