Stay in the shade

April 6, 2011

Been a while since my last “one a day” thing….

“Stay in the shade”
9×12 watercolour painting. 140lb cold press.




March 29, 2011

I moved out of my old apartment and in with the boy recently – it was one of the better apartments I’ve had in this city (Ever since moving here in 1998, I’m perpetually moving…I believe I’ve moved 10 times in 12 years. I’m a damn nomad!!!) My last apartment was pretty nice – 1 bedroom on the 2nd floor of a large victorian house… big balcony, nice galley kitchen, high ceilings and a lot of charm.

Sadly, due to the entrance way of the new place, my handsome Ethan Allen heaven couch (which I got on Craigslist for $300!!!) wouldn’t fit. Luckily, it’s got a new home with some friends so I can always visit it. That trunk, also a Craigslist score ($15) had to go (dumb merging)…Kelso waited a good two years to take this off my hands…she’s a patient one I tell ya.

Any how, that apartment was good to me …but I can honestly say, my new place is by far, the BEST apartment I’ve ever lived in.

The only room in the new place that we’ve completed is the livingroom – which only required minor decor adjustments… the kitchen and bathroom had to be painted, among other things….

We got a really nice persian rug for a steal…and that couch was also found on Craigslist. Selling the old couch covered my share of the cost on this one. Rob and Spark had some old white ratty curtains up before -totally the landlord’s doing. They were more decorative than functional anyway, so we got rid of them. I found a single packaged curtain panel at West Elm on super sale and DIY’ed it into 2 panels…
Now, why are curtains SINGLE PACKAGED and priced as if there are two in there?! Why is this the standard?  We can all agree a window requires the balance of 2, right?! It’s kind of dumb.

Recovered chair in coffee bean Burlap!Brrrap brrrap! Reupholstering is the jam!

Art wall! Mix of stuff. Includes a photograph of my  Saba (grandfather) shot for Time Magazine in the 1950’s. Back story -After the war of Independence in 1948 between Israel and neighbouring Arab countries, including Iraq, many Iraqi jews faced persecution. This subsequently led to the mass exodus of Jewish people from the country in 1951-52….This photograph captures my Saba leading a prayer for the Jews in Iraq at that time. The emotion and urgency in this photograph is palpable.. just incredible….my grandfather was a pretty amazing man.

Just a little history, nbd. Back to decor, here is my inspiration for the bathroom…
We accidentally painted our bathroom a non-colour….with every intention of using a colour-colour. What I mean by this is we goofed mixing a light blue and cream paint our landlord already had and offered us. 
So the bathroom is a verrrrrrrry light non-colour gray. Everything in the bathroom is white and our walls aren’t too far off.  It’s not bad, it just means colour has to be sourced else where. Enter the inspiration for the colour pallette…..
Print by UnitedThread on Etsy. SOOO MANY PRINTS I WANT!!! The stacked whales? Beautiful! and the owls are lovely too, but this one was the one I chose.


I’m quite partial to the shower curtain above..but it does come in a cloud blue, which may be easier on the male contingent of the house. Hopefully, it all goes to plan.
updates to follow.

Stiff Littler Fingers

January 7, 2010

I’ve been spending a few nights this week painting watercolor flowers for a project at work. It has proven to be a good exercise for me…in fact, it’s made me realize how stiff my practice has become. I have developed bad habits as an artist, I don’t sketch, sometimes it looks as though every line I draw is micromanaged  (which I have really noticed with the beauty/fashion portraits Ive been doing). It almost seems hard to believe how stiff my work is, when you consider that I drip paint all over the place. Sadly, even that I control- or have control of.   Maybe its not so hard to believe….I just sort of recognized it now.
While painting with watercolor, I struggled. Big time. It actually HURTS me to leave out the fine tuned detail. Sometimes the gestural implication is all you need, I’ve neglected that.  I’ve been drawing a certain way for such a long time that my creative muscles aren’t as loose as they used to be. I think I need to revisit life drawing and relax my line work.

On a different creative note, when I cook…the process couldn’t be more relaxed. There’s nothing stiff about it. I throw things together, I improvise, I rarely follow a recipe…
BUT I can’t bake for shit- The rules are too rigid and you have to be a chemist to bend those rules.
Seems as though I need to be more like a painter when I bake…and more like a chef when I draw.


The Jam…

May 4, 2009

I’m moving in a month and a half and I have become entirely obsessed with craigslist and d.i.y projects on designsponge. This weekend I embarked on my very first ‘d.i.y’ project and of course in all the excitement, I left behind my camera and my cell phone. So I don’t have any documentation to prove I infact sawed, drilled, sanded, glued and painted *
Though I must admit it was kind of nice being free from distraction and building stuff with power tools.

I can’t say I’m very crafty… but today I feel I could pass. At least at a quick glance. 

From this:

To This:

*** there may have been some additional assistance with the sawing and sanding from my dad. 


February 12, 2009

I miss those saturday brunch brainstorming sessions, but I learned a lot about time management.
I’ve been working hard on a commission painting and corporate logos in chalk and icing. It’s been a crafty week so far.

Secret fantasy profession actualized…. dessert decorator. Yes, the cookies are pink.