Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Update about a Painting

So, for Mother's Day this year I decided to paint my mum something. When I asked her what she wanted done, her reply was "paint Kelly" - the family cat. Animals are not my forte, but I thought I'd give it a shot. I did take a pretty fabulous photo at couple of years back of her and decided to do it from that. Anywho, here is the final painting:

And the reason why I'm posting this, is because my sister recently took a picture of Kelly seated in front of her own portrait. I thought it was worth sharing:

Take a breath

I went home over the weekend, and one day happened to be really windy, and I was pretty enthralled by the movement of the curtain's for a good twenty minutes. Hence the photos. Enjoy!

Friday, June 25, 2010

une autre artiste qui m'inspire

André Monet 

I first saw his work in the Gallerie Lydia Monaro in Old Montreal, but I believe he is also showing in a couple of others as well. He is another mixed media artist who really caught my eye, and what I love about is work is not so much his medium, but his fabulous technique and skill. His portraits look so realistic, and are much larger than life, but have a pop-arty/Warhol-esque feel with the flattening of the surface, and stylizing of the image. Take a look for your self...


Thursday, June 24, 2010

morceau par morceau

Furnishing my new apartment piece by piece, with the help of craigslist and a mother who is addicted to the site and interior decorating. I haven't even found my future apartment yet, (which I will have to decide on by end of August at the latest) and its already being furnished. So here's what I've got so far, and I'm happy to say these pieces have plenty of character. The middle piece, my favourite, is a secretaries desk which I am actually so excited to use!


Most Photographed Person - Week 2

Most Photographed Person of Week 1 was here: http://isabelluce.blogspot.com/2010/06/most-photographed-person-week-1.html.


This week, I have chosen my new roommate Kathi to become the subject of my next person photo essay. As opposed to last week, when I showed you a several heavily edited photos from years ago, these photos are all fairly recent (taken within the last month or so) and not really edited at all. What unifies them is that in all these photos, my subject happens to be eating, or about to dig in.

The reason for the slightly odd coincidence is that Kathi just arrived in Montreal a couple of months ago, which has meant that we've all been doing a lot more of exploring the beautiful city. And you cannot go on day trips across the city without stopping at one of the beautiful places around to have a bite to eat. And once one of these gorgeous dishes are in front of you, you can't help but take a picture if you have a camera handy.

So enjoy some candid eating shots!

Bon Appetit


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The latest on my canvas...

Its no where near done, but in case you were curious, this is how its looking now:
So the hair is almost done, the dress needs work, the back will have some lace on it I think... Her face still needs to be shaded in, and some pizazz will be added (I bought a bejewelizer (sp?) just for that!).

And in case you want to compare it to what it looked like before:

:P - You  can actually see the first steps of this canvas here: http://isabelluce.blogspot.com/2010/06/my-next-project.html.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Five things on my side table...

Procrastination is a wonderful tool. I've been planning to do this post for a while now, but only when I have to clean the apartment and pack for a trip home do I finally manage to 'find time' to put this together. This photo essay is of five beautiful objects I happen to have on my side table at the moment, and thought they were worthy of celebration. A couple of them were resting on top of an open photography book ("Lartigue: L'album d'une vie") and I thought what better background could there be for these objects then the photographs from this fabulous book.

  1. fresh sugar lemon - my scent, my favourite perfume
  2. sealing set - stamp in the shape of an 'I' for Isabel and wax to close an envelope, received at least seven years ago, I have yet to use it as I'm saving it for when I write an 'important letter'
  3. hair band - I think I will start a collection of these/create an even larger collection than I currently own
  4. necklace - true vintage piece, all the way from Aldo Accessories...
  5. menthe - Anise flavoured mints from a candy shop in Mile End


    A Venerable Quote from the Venerable Bede

    The latest episode of the Tudors "Death of a Monarchy" begins with Henry VIII quoting a well-known passage from "An Ecclesiastical History of the English People" by the Venerable Bede which I had read in my Medieval History class last year. This particular passage really spoke to me then, and I still really like it, so I'll share it with you. (keep in mind that it was written in 731 AD)

    "Your majesty, when we compare the present life of man on earth with that time of which we have no knowledge, it seems to me like the swift flight of a sparrow through the banqueting-hall where you are sitting at dinner on a winter’s day with your thanes and counsellors. In the midst there is the comforting fire to warm the hall; outside, the storms of winter rain or snow are raging. This sparrow flies swiftly in through one door of the hall, and out through the other. While he is inside, he is safe from the winter storms; but after a few moments of comfort, he vanishes from sight into the wintry world from which he came. Even so, man appears on earth for a little while; but what went before and what follows, we know nothing.”

    (photos by http://ultramaryna.deviantart.com/, a fabulous photographer whose dark self portraits really caught my eye)


    Thursday, June 17, 2010

    A little trip to see Arcade Fire

     The closest I could get to Arcade Fire in the 10, 000 people crowd!

    Internationally known band Arcade Fire played a couple of weeks ago (on June 9th) in a parking lot in Longueuil. I heard about the event through my roomie, who heard it through a text, from someone who heard it from someone else. So, instead of thinking that it was a rumour, my roomie and I went out to check it out.

    Coming out the Longueuil Metro Station, crowds of people with basically as much information as we had marched out of the station and looked around for the next clue as to where to go. Someone near the back of the crowd said "I think we have to follow the line on the ground made out of chalk." And so that is what we all did. 15 minutes later we all turned around a corner to see a great big crowd of people. I was to find out later that about 10, 000 people had shown up for the concert. You can take a look at the CBC News article for more info about the night: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2010/06/10/arcade-fire-free-show.html.

    The concert was great. Once we found a spot where we were able to somewhat see the band, it was pretty awesome.

    While in the crowd, I couldn't help but admire the beautiful blue shadows, so I had to snap some pictures. Kind of odd, I know, but I like them.

    And here is a little video showing the magnitude of the crowd!

    Wednesday, June 16, 2010

    My Next Project

    So I've started my large canvas finally (to see what I'm referring to, you can take a look at one of my previous posts: http://isabelluce.blogspot.com/2010/06/what-is-currently-inspiring-me.html). Anyways, I'm nowhere near done, but if you would like to take a look, I'll post some of the pictures of the process below...

    My rough sketch for my canvas in my extra large sketchbook. 
    I'm not too decided on whether I'm going to add 
    in the crown in the final canvas.

    My inspiration, a photo found on deviantart 
    - photo credit goes to http://ybuzko.deviantart.com/.

    Stencil I bought from Omer de Serres, an awesome art store, 
    and it served as inspiration for this painting!

    The background of my canvas before applying the stencil. 
    Pink and purple ftw.

    Finished the background! 
    Looks just like wallpaper so I'm pretty pleased. 
    The next step is to fill her in!

    I'll keep you posted!

    Sunday, June 13, 2010

    "Land of vast hills and mighty streams,
    The lofty sun that o'er thee beams
    On fairer clime sheds not his ray, 
    When basking in the noon of day
    Thy waters dance in silver light,
    And o'er them frowning, dark as night,
    Thy shadowy forests, soaring high,
    Stretch forth beyond the aching eye,
    And blend in distance with the sky. 

    And silence - awful silence broods
    Profoundly o'er these solitudes;
    Nought but the lapsing of the floods
    Breaks the deep stillness of the woods;
    A sense of desolation reigns
    O'er these unpeopled forest plains,
    Where sounds of life ne'er wake a tone
    Of cheerful praise round Nature's throne,
    Man finds himself with God - alone."

    (excerpt from "Roughing it in the Bush" by Susanna Moodie, description of Montreal that I found incredibly perfect when reading on Mont Royal)

    Friday, June 11, 2010

    Currently Reading

    I just finished the Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy, and it was quite depressing. Really the only thing I enjoyed about that was that I recognized places they mentioned around Montreal, even if the book took place in the late 1930s. But I guess it is a classic and therefore worth reading. It follows the life of a lower class family as they struggle to make ends meet in the pre-WWII period. Their plight goes from bad to worse as almost every unimaginable tragedy befalls the family - losing jobs, death of a child, rape, pregnancy, etc. Sounds like a good time.

    And to continue on with my theme of hardships in the history of Canada... I have started to read Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie. This book was written by a pioneer woman and documents her experiences of emigrating to a new country (Canada) and having to make a life out of nothing. She wanted to share the real experience of moving to Canada, hardships and all, so that others would not be going blindly into a strange land without knowing what they would be encountering.

    Hoping that this book is more uplifting,

    Wednesday, June 9, 2010

    What am I listening to?

    I went to her show a couple weeks back (at Casa de Popolo on St. Laurent) and came across a video today that I filmed while there (and promptly forgot about it) that I thought I would post. It gives you a great sense of how Caroline performs live. Right in the middle of one of her songs, her keyboard stops working but she continues anyways, and I was fortunate enough to capture this moment, haha. I was quite impressed.

    (Please excuse the shaky-ness of my camera!)

    Monday, June 7, 2010

    Art Portfolio

    A couple of weeks ago, I created my art portfolio through DeviantArt. I'm pretty happy with it so far to tell you the truth. I've had numerous online portfolios in the past with a variety of websites (including viewbook which was at the top of my list until the free trial ended) but DeviantArt really has outdone themselves with the great layout, the easy to use features, and the large storage allowance.

    So please take a look at it if you haven't already. All of my favourite paintings are up there, as well as a small selection of my photography.

    Most Photographed Person - Week 1

    I recently noticed that when I hang out with someone long enough, they automatically become the subject of hundreds of my photos. When I happen to have my camera on me, and when it happens to be that wonderful overcast grey sky that is so flattering in portrait pictures, I really can't stop myself. Luckily for me, most of my friends accept this quirk of mine, and don't mind it when I start harassing them with my camera (while others even ask for it!). Maybe I should pursue paparazzi-ing?

    Anyways, I thought it would be fun if each week I picked someone, and then went through all my photos and try to find a vast variety of photographs of this one person from different days, years and settings, showing either how they have grown or changed, how my own style has changed and the different angles/personalities of each person. Some people I have photographed a lot more often than others, so this having a photo essay of a person each week might get trickier after a while once I go through all the usual suspects, but I'm looking forward to this little project, and if you happen to be the Person of the Week, hopefully you'll take it as a compliment!



    Numéro uno, that would have to be my eldest sister Diana. Who else do I have (well had) 24 hour access to, and would surrender to my constant photographing. Diana would have to be the most photographed person in my vast collection (second only to the many pictures I have taken of myself). Some days, I would dress her up for planned shoots, others were more impromptu. I'm going to go through and show you the best of the best, and try to show you ones that you may have never seen before. Enjoy!