solo show – francois bard

Right now, I am loving the paintings of this guy – Francois Bard. I stumbled on a his painting, Nicole (below), and was totally sucked in. I love that push and pull of dark and colour and how the anonymous / shadowy / non-existant faces leave the viewer curious as to the subject. Mystery. A wonderful drippy painted mystery.

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Francois Bard lives and works in Paris, France.

group show: portraits

My daughter has taken to drawing. On a recent date to a coffee shop for hot chocolate and tea, she and I pulled out our sketchbooks. After drawing kitty cats (her) and cafe lights and customers (me), we drew each other. It was a fun mom / daughter date. It reminded me how much I love to sketch in situ. It also reminded me how hard drawing people is, especially capturing all the unique facial features. It helps me appreciate portrait artists. This group show of portraits is only the tip of the iceberg of amazing portraits.

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{Kai Samuel Davis, A Quiet Place; Ruth Shively, title unknown; Simon Kennedy, Estelle Rice 2013; Stephen Wright, title unknown; Caitlin Shearer / Pepperminte, title unknown; Sara Hartland Rowe, title unknown; Jolante Hesse, Somebody’s Sister; David Fernandez Saez, title unknown; Daniel Barkley, title unknown; Claerwen James, title unknown; Nelson Shanks, Girl With a Fur Hat 1}

group show – summer edition: freckles

I love freckles. Mine. My daughter’s. I love in the Spring, after the first real sunny day, that they begin appearing like stars leading the way to Summer. I love that my freckles linger like sexy dreams well after the flannel sheets and blankets have been placed on the bed.

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{top to bottom, right to left: Samuel Silva, Redhead Girl; Thomas Saliot, Blue Freckles; Erin Fitzpatrick, Dominic; Judith Geher, The Wedding; Andrew Lever, Long Haired Surfer; Mila Rae, Freckles on Blue, Coleen Cosner, No Strings Attached; Lisa Murphy, Freckles

solo show: frida khalo

You know the question: If you could spend the day / evening / meal with any artist dead or alive, who would you spend it with? The question was put to me recently. I answered surprisingly quick with Frida Khalo. In celebration of Cinqo de Mayo (Fifth of May), I share with you all a little bit of Frida.

Frida Khalo Rivera {1907-1954} was a Mexican painter most known for her intensely personal and colourful self-portraits. Frida was given a paint set by her photographer father after she was in a terrible streetcar accident that left her in a body cast and bed ridden at the age of sixteen.

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Frida Kahlo painted self-portraits because “I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”

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Frida’s life was full of pain, personal and physical, as well as passion. Her chronology is rich with stories of health issues, struggle, love gained, love lost, and then gained again. Frida wore her heart on her sleeve, or more, on her canvases. She painted her life – the good and the bad. I love her duality.

If Frida and I were to spend a day together, I would hope we would eat some yummy Mexican food. Perhaps we would sit in her courtyard amongst the bougenvillia. Frida would most likely have it wrapped throughout the braids on her head. She would most likely wear traditional Tehuantepec clothing. I would just want to sit and listen to her talk about her life – her parents strange union, her being raised by a wetnurse, the polio, the accident, her politics, her painting, finding her art world, finding Diego.

Andre Breton once said that Frida Kahlo’s painting “is like a ribbon around a bomb”. I love that description. It accurately describes this wild and passionate woman’s beautifully intense artwork.

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For more Frida, read this great article from Smithsonian Magazine.