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Saturday, December 10, 2011

ARA student meet up

(from L to R) Tamara, Denise, Margaret, myself, Brigitte and Fanny 

And these are my lovely colleagues from Art school at our monthly art meet up. A big part of the meet up is eating and keeping ourselves dehydrated (wink!) and talking about our favorite subject ART. They are all very talented artists and I am in awe of their skills. They make going to school even more fun! You guys are super awesome ladies....................a very wonderful Christmas season to all of you. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Weekly live model drawing - sustained pose

This is a construct of the live model sustained pose for 12 weeks. We start of building the construct on rough paper and then transfer it to water color paper cold pressed. The transfer is done in charcoal and built up by filling in with the charcoal and using a synthetic brush for shadow work. I loved the pose and the angle I work from but unfortunately I will not be able to finish this as the 12 weeks are coming to an end soon....sigh...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mr. Lagerfeld

via the They all Hate us blog 
Nice to see him doing something other than designing.................K.L.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Gilded Ram horns

We are really into antlers and already own a pair which hangs in our bedroom that we picked up at a garage sales (gotta love garage sales!). But then I saw this and started pining for it - seriously how good will it look in the middle of a coffee table sitting atop 3 coffee table books............gorjuss I say...............just gorjuss! 

(cannot remember from which blog)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Painting featured in Etsy for the 24th time

My painting titled "Yellow and Green" was featured in an ETSY Treasury along with other work from the talented artists on Etsy.

Artist: Lynda D'Souza
Title: Yellow and Green 
Size: 8'' x 8''
Medium: Oil on hardboard 
The treasury was curated by Lisa Russo Photography, a talented lady who seeks beauty in things that have stood the test of time. One of my favorite photographs is this one of the carnival carousel...love the deep colors, the mouldings...so baroque. Do drop by her shop to see more of her beautiful work.

Lisa Russo Photography 
The treasury can be viewed here as well as many others.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Painting featured in Etsy for the 23rd time

My painting titled "CARAMEL" was featured in an ETSY Treasury along with other work from the talented artists on Etsy.

Artist: Lynda D'Souza
Title: Caramel
Size: 8" x 8"
Medium: Oil on harboard 

The treasury was curated by OrangeBrand, a talented artist who's artwork can be viewed here.

The treasury can be viewed here as well as many others.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Painting featured in Etsy for the 22nd time

My painting titled "OUTLAW" was featured in an ETSY Treasury along with other work from the talented artists on Etsy.
Treasury titled: Note from an outlaw 

Artist: Lynda D'Souza
Title: Outlaw
Size: 8" x 8"
Medium: Oil on harboard 

The treasury was curated by Mysoulcandance, a talented lady who makes unique jewellery. My favorites are these antique cream pair of earrings, do drop by her shop to see more of her beautiful work.

The treasury can be viewed here as well as many others.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Party Decor contract

And this is where the pom poms ended up!! I was contracted to do the party decor for a child's First Birthday party themed ' Winnie the Pooh'. With the color theme red and yellow I made up the pom poms to demarcate the dance area and then the table cloths/balloons added to the color. The customer wanted some characters for the main wall which I painted on large sheets of card stock. And finally they wanted a large line drawing of Winnie Pooh & his friends for the little ones to color in. This would eventually reside in the birthday girl's bedroom. 
Pom Poms demarcating the dance area

The character paintings on the main wall

Painted these on card stock

and used double sided foam stickers to adhere to the wall

All done in acrylic on card stock 

The line drawing done in acrylic for the little ones to color in
Thanks so much to Shyamala - it was fun putting this together and a big God bless to the birthday girl Mary Lou!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Now when was the last time you saw a table full...full of tissue paper pom poms???!!! gawk away......more on this later. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Painting featured in Etsy for the 21st time

My painting titled "Calla" was featured in an ETSY Treasury along with other work from the talented artists on Etsy.

Artist: Lynda D'Souza

Title: Calla  
Size: 12" x 12"
Medium: Oil on Canvas 

Sarah Sedwick of Sedwick paints included my painting along with some beautiful other portraits from Etsy's artists. Sarah herself has a very nice collection of oil painting in her online shop - my favorites are the still lifes of the Christmas baubles / ornaments - do pop by to see more of her work. Thank you Sarah for including my painting !! 

The treasury can be viewed here as well as many others.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Art & Craft show at AT & T United Way bazaar

Last week thursday I was invited as a vendor for the second time to the AT & T staff bazaar at their office premises. It turned into a fun day and it was great seeing everyone again - these events allow us artisans to meet others like us and that I like! Thanks so much to Eva and Roz who organized a fantastic event and for inviting me again. Thanks also to Aynette Fernandes who was a huge help in so many ways!

...............living my life just the way I wanted to...............!  

At the AT & T United way bazaar

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Juried Show

Margaret (left) and self
Title: Red Skirt
Medium: Acrylic on canvas 

Title: Pink Light
Medium: Oil and canvas 

Etobicoke Art Center 
Margaret Stawicki, my fellow student at ARA (The Academy of Realist Art) had two of her paintings picked for the juried show at the Etobicoke Art Center. We were all so proud of her as her work is a beautiful expression of color and form.


Her work and others are being exhibited at the Etobicoke Art Center till October 27, 2011 - do drop by if you are in the area. There are over 34 artists showing their work in water color, oil, acrylic, mixed media and sculpture.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Painting featured in Etsy for the 20th time

My painting titled "ABIGAIL" was featured in an ETSY Treasury along with other work from the talented artists on Etsy. 
'Treasury Tuesday on a Saturday Night' curated by BorgandIvee

Artist: Lynda D'Souza
Title: Abigail
Size: 12" x 12"
Medium: Oil on canvas

The treasury was curated by BorgandIvee, two talented artists who created beautiful oil paintings. You can view their art here.

The treasury can be viewed here as well as many others.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Bargue assignment IV - part 1

Just started my fourth assingment and after the creating the construct, have moved to the articulation stage. It's pretty complex as this time we do not have axis to use as a reference. So we create reference points on the outside of the image.

This assignment is different to the earlier three as we are creating a copy of the image in a large size. I have always loved horses as a subject and also as animals - like a big dog you can't hug! After I complete this I move to level 2 - charcoal!! yay!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Garage sale find !!

Vintage Top Hat 

Original hat box 

Original hand written script showing hat was purchased for $4.00 back then
This is why we love garage sales! because you walk away with a Vintage Top hat in excellent condition in original hat box. I squeaked when I saw this lying at the garage sale we stopped by last weekend. It was covered in a beautiful black velvet and lined in red silk. Not a scratch on the hat but can't say the same about the box. I still am keeping the box though as the print and text is so cool. D will make me a stand for the hat which will go on my showcase alongside the sconces.

The funny thing was the hat was purchased back then for $4.00 and that was the exact same price I paid some fifty years later.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bargue Assignment III - Jeune Femme - part 3 completion

Completed drawing in graphite of Jeune Femme. On the left is the print that I reproduced.

My best work so far !

Close up of the facial details 
Here is the completed drawing of Jeune Femme, didn't think I would finish it but finish it I did! whew!

Click here to view progress of the drawing.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Formal Gardens

This entire summer we have gone back and forth on the plan for the backyard but work has kept us too busy to get started. It's looking like a project for 2012 which is just as well as we have so many ideas for that space. It started with a cabana for the husband and me, then a back deck, then a vegetable garden, on deck fire place.....and several other cool ideas. Yes its what we love discussing.......ideas for creating magical spaces!

I tend to lead toward formal gardens i.e. lots of symmetry, rows and rows, identical plants, tall trees....very French. While this is all in my head I have no idea on how to get it started. It's a good thing it has been delayed to next year as it gives me time to figure it out. Until then I am saving these images for my research bank

Seriously! I cannot get my backyard started and this is on a rooftop?!?!!!

Love the Church in the background 

I say it again....its all about the symmetry 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Courtney Cox's Private Retreat in Elle Decor

I fell in love with Courtney Cox's home and bought the Elle Decor magazine yesterday just so I could pour over every room. What I loved the most was the 'grey' palette used all over and the outdoor decks just blew me away.

The coffee table is made of composite wood and the husband is going to make us one for when our back deck  is ready.  Don't you just love the greys and whites.......so calming.........and the glass wall............so clean. 

This is like deck porn! I mean seriously....can you imagine the view from this place! 

...the concrete table...........love the different zones she has created within a small space...

the black iron edging around the doors and windows......

again the greys and whites.......
You can read the whole feature here on Elle Decor on line.