Big birds

Big birds - La Datcha

Not the yellow one. :-)

Big Bird, black - La Datcha

Acrylic on paper, 2014

Big Bird, pink - La Datcha

Acrylic on paper, 2014

Lac des sept frères, QC - La Datcha

A souvenir from a few years ago, at the Lac des sept frères, in the Vérendrye Park in Quebec. We went canoe-camping for a few days. Even if I like winter, I sometimes dream of swimming in a big deep blue lake early in the morning, while the loons are singing…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZQZMbBz48M (you will hear them at the 20th second) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1YmwQ–1nM.

Before firing

Before Firering

I started pottery lessons late January. What you see here are the first pieces at tried my hand at. The bowls were made on the wheel and the plate was molded.

Throwing feels a bit like meditating. The movement is hypnotic, you have to be focused on what the clay has to say, and lesson learned recently: don’t get attached to the piece you’re working on! It seems that the best results are obtained when you let go. ;-)

My teacher lent me her underglazes so I could explore painting techniques on the biscuit. It was a bit complicated since clay absorbs the liquids right away and the texture of the underglaze is similar to gouache, maybe a bit “dryer”.

So, this is the plate before it goes through the last firing, we’ll see how the colors evolve. I am curious to see if the brush strokes will show and if the contours will stay clean.

If you live in the Eastern Townships (Brome-Missisquoi area) and you wish to learn pottery, contact Qita Reindler. She’s a great teacher!

iHanna’s DIY postcard swap spring 2013

Cards for iHanna's DIY postcard swap spring 2013

Cards for iHanna's DIY postcard swap spring 2013

Cards for iHanna's DIY postcard swap spring 2013

Cards for iHanna's DIY postcard swap spring 2013

Cards for iHanna's DIY postcard swap spring 2013

Cards for iHanna's DIY postcard swap spring 2013
Acrylic and pencil on paper/cardboard

I have made myself discreet for the past months, but I am still here! The beginning of the year was a bit rough and I needed a pause. Now what better than a swap to get back in the saddle!

Thanks to iHanna who takes the time to organize these at least twice a year. This is my third participation (first here and second here).

This time I used the back of old paper pads and glued on cold pressed paper. Cheerful colors, black shaped animals and plants were featured in this series.

Steps in making the postcards

Steps in making the postcards

A new kid on the block

Alphonse

This is Alphonse… Passion: radioactive chocolate.
Voici Alphonse… Passion : chocolat radioactif.

Like a 50's portrait

Like an old 1950’s portrait
À la façon d’un portrait des années 50

Sans titre

Cats have a slinky in place of a spine!
Les chats ont un slinky à la place d’une colonne vertébrale!

I love these remakes / j’adore ces interprétations :
The girl with a pearl earring, Weeping Woman and The two Fridas and much more!

Beasts: deconstructed + August’s wallpaper

Beasts: deconstructed :: Bêtes déconstruites

Three new beasts for my bestiary, I hope I remember which part goes where when it’s time to glue things up!  **********   Trois nouvelles créatures pour mon bestiaire, j’espère me rappeler la bonne combinaison de pièces quand il sera temps de tout coller!

August's wallpaper :: Papier peint du mois d'août

August’s wallpaper ***** Papier peint du mois d’août
1440 x 900 –  320 x 480 –  1920 x 1440 –  1280 x 1024

Sans titre

Sans titre

Sans titre

Have a good week!  ***** Bonne semaine!

Dan Cretu, Ryan Peltier