Hello, my friends! Welcome to a special, non-fashion-y post! I'm participating in the Blogger Art Gallery created by Kezzi (blog here, post here). The idea behind this gallery is to show the art we bloggers have on our walls and in our homes.
I will be sharing some of the original art that L and I have. I didn't include numbered prints, art prints, jewelry or clothes; I stuck to paintings, original photos by artists, sculpture, and needlepoint. And a heavy dollop of my old hobby: miniature painting!
As I walked around our condo taking pictures, I decided to keep the groupings by room - I actually have art in every room in my house! Well, not the laundry room, but everywhere else.
I have a grouping of my mom's early oil paintings on one wall of the den.
My two favourites:
Meet "Perky"! My mom is amazing at detail in her paintings. I love the pink colours and this saucy little fluff-ball of a bird.
This is a big painting (14 x 18"?), showing the view at the top of the Malahat Drive and looking down-Island back towards Victoria.
This small painting was a birthday gift from my dear friend Caro - her mom Hazel painted it (she's a professional artist).
When a piece of art appeals to me (and the price is right), I'll buy it. This is a small 8" square acrylic painting.
My dear friend Elaine wanted to give me a gift before she moved back east to Hamilton, and offered me a selection of her art photos to pick from. I chose three as my favourites, and she gave them all to me!
Yes, I have a piece art in my closet! I won this original poppy tile mounted on the painted orange wooden board from a silent auction at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria about 15 years ago.
It lives above my full-length mirror at the end of the closet.
This was a wedding gift from our friend Chris' first wife Jennifer. She cross-stitched this.
L and I painted miniature figures together for about 11 years - my own painting gradually petered off as the fashion side of my blog overtook my time. However, we have about 2,000 of these miniatures scattered around our house, including 3 giant display cases full of them.
We have two shelves of dragons in the hall.
Second shelf. A small human-sized figure can take around 8 hours to paint; some of these larger ones can take longer, depending on how much detail there is on them.
Here are some assorted posts covering figures from the early days of Ephemera - these are fun to look at.
Recommended: If you're more interested in just the pictures, click on the first picture in each post and then click through them as a slideshow - it'll make the pictures bigger and easier to see too.
Note: If monsters, demons and other scary things are not your bag...don't look!
- A fancy lady on a horse, and a cleric.
- A process post on a pit fiend (demon) from start to finish.
- A sea made and a rat on a treasure chest.
- Dioramas that both L and I painted (the figs) and assembled/made (the bases/decor). Lots of dragons and other scary beasties.
- Hallowe'en figures: a pumpkin head and Jack Skellington.
- My Christmas village! We have battle nuns, werewolves, vampires and the three wise guys. Definitely worth checking out.
Back to the hallway! Our friend Missy bought this for us - more needlepoint.
These miniature ship paintings (they are about 4 x 5.5" big) are beside our building intercom.
I painted this one! I took a class in painting with acrylics with Elaine back in 2008; we continued lessons directly with the artist (Tim Hoey, link here 'cause he's local and awesome).
We also have this miniature nude in the bathroom, between the handing shelf and the medicine cabinet.
We have an original chalk pastel painting of mushrooms over the sink, behind the tap (don't worry, the picture has glass over it).
Living Room/Dining Room
I'm honoured to own this oil painting by my mom. It was chosen to be in the Sooke Fine Art Show in 2007? 2008?, which is a very prestigious juried art show. It's very hard to get a piece accepted. My brother Dave and I (picture here) went with Mom to check out the show and brag to random attendees, "My mom painted this!"
We have two photos that were gifts from Karen.
This is a colour (really!) photo of Eilean Donan Castle, near the Isle of Skye.
This is an original painting on a piece of reclaimed wood. I saw this every day for over a year in that same storefront window and finally one day, they were open and I went in (it was usually closed early in the morning and after work when I was walking by) and asked how much it was. I happily paid $75.00, and asked the artist (Chris Dobell) to sign it. The Dobell brothers still run a sign-painting business here in town - their work is featured in many local establishments (article here).
here, from 2011).
We also have two more of Elaine's photos displayed in the dining room (we don't actually own a dining room table, so this is the bench/cat play area). This is a foggy one she took in Victoria.
And this is a view of Victoria in the snow - she took this on her way to work one morning.
L and I collaborated on our biggest diorama which is displayed in the dining room: our Vampire Church!
|The red arrows are all areas where there are figures of vampires, people fighting vampires, etc. Click the picture to make it bigger.|
I built and painted the church; L made all the wee trees and created the landscaping around the church. We both worked on the placement of figures.
The front door of the ruined church. I made the stained glass windows by printing them from images I found online and gluing them onto the solid window pieces. The church itself was just solid grey plastic - I did all the aging/texture, the lanterns, the torches and the front door.
So, without further ado...
We worked it for nearly two years, from August 2010 to April 2012. Tools of the trade here. Paint, plastic trees, needlenose pliers.
Inigo (our dear departed kitty) oversaw the work.
Here's me, painting the church. I assembled it and glued it to a base, then painted all as one piece.
I had to hold it in my lap.
Hm, I think I remember now why my "Stuff" table has a grey-black stain on it...
Here's some finished pictures of the front entryway. Hee, I see someone checking it out...
The front doors open and close. I glued on and painted all of those little lanterns and the gargoyles.
The other side of the door. The stained glass windows above it are different on the back than the front (4 windows instead of 2), and you can see the four bays of inside windows on the lower level.
I had fun finding all the stained glass and picking which ones to use.
My job is nearly done! Just have to do the floor - all the markings are from the light paint that was brushed over the grey plastic, and the black wash I used to get extra depth in the crevices.
I made the tile flooring - it's just paper. I cut and pasted a black tile, then gridded it, and rotated each "tile" randomly to look like a real tiled floor.
I also did a few loose columns to add to the "ruined" look.
As in the above picture, I fit sheets of "grass" (flocked modeling paper) around the building.
I painted a big black crack over the left window there, so that we could make it look like a model tree crashed through it.
The extended land is actually a separate piece of board.
L adding the trees to the scenery.
Look at that fine sculpture!
Looking at the front.
We planned to have a coffin exploding out of the floor, so I cut some extra floor tiles.
This is a great pic L took, looking through the windows.
And here's a shot (with flash!) of the interior when it was all finished.
I chose a photo from a stack of magazine pictures that my high school art teacher had put out for us students. My picture was about 10 inches square, so quite large (I think I might still have it somewhere in a box). We gridded the pictures, then increased the scale onto a bigger sheet of paper. I recall that I went from centimeters to inches, so it was about 18 cm square originally, blown up to 18" on a side. You can slightly see one of the grid lines in her bangs/fringe where I struggled to get it right. I also hated doing the nose.
I can't remember when I acquired this book, but I am sure it belonged to my dad's parents/Grandma and Grandpa J. I know I had it in university in the mid-80s because I used some of the images to inspire my writing. I definitely got it AFTER I'd done the girl in white.
here and about the exhibit here).
Someone removed the dust jacket, but glued the blurb in. Not me!
It has an introduction by poet Carl Sandburg.
Imagine my surprise when I found a familiar image in it, after I'd done my drawing!
I have a couple of sculptures that I bought back in the early 90s. I named this guy Golem because he is obviously holding something in his hand.
He's also a bit dusty - he lives up high on the shelves.
This is by Derek A. Rowe of Renaissance Studio, which used to be on Vancouver Island.
A dragon diorama that I did about 14 years ago.
I have another piece by Derek A. Rowe: this ginormous gargoyle, also made of concrete. He weighs a ton.
He is a replica of one of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral gargoyles (link to pic here).
There's his plaque.
I paid $250.00 - also on layaway - over 6 months to buy him. I also had another big gargoyle, but my ex-boyfriend and I took one each when we split up.
And we've reached the end of my tour. This isn't a piece of art, but a little piece of us. The frame was a wedding gift from Greg and Rosanna (I was really into gargoyles in the 90s), although I broke the glass immediately. D'oh!
A big thank you to Kezzie for initiating this! Here's a listing of the participants - please feel free to "tour the gallery" and leave comments when you visit.
I hope you enjoyed my own portion of the tour. What was your favourite piece of art from my collection?