Monday, 19 September 2016

A Look Within // acrylic on canvas board

This is one of those paintings I'm not really certain why I created, but I do love it. It's not really meant to make a statement about plucking your eyebrows (lol), but rather to just exist as it is. It's just the image of a girl (myself), looking at herself while performing a rather unimportant, yet oddly personal ritual. It's just a fragment of daily life that shows how even the shortest moments alone should be cherished and appreciated, especially considering the importance of one's social surroundings. For me, painting this weird little thing was really a way to reflect on myself, my ambitions, and the people in my life. 

Saturday, 12 March 2016

A Week in Curaçao

Shete Bokas National Park 


Floating Market -- every day, in dowtown Willemstad, a line of boats opens shop and Venezuelan vendors sell their fragrant, colourful delicious fruits to passing locals and tourists.

Downtown Willemstad - portraits

Christoffel Park -- a little hike


By the Sea


Sunday, 3 January 2016

L'Été no.2: La Playita

The second painting I made following my summer getaway in PEC is this one of my cousin Pauline, as she elegantly sat in the shade, protected from the hard hitting sun. Her skin's as light and freckly as mine, if not more. She was in full hippy mode, with the scarf she bought off the streets of New York from a cheap illegal vendor wrapped round her curly auburn hair, her bathing suit undone to avoid tan lines, her colourful blankets and the thin cigarette smoking away between her bony fingers (at least she protected herself from skin cancer, right?). The picture from which this painting was inspired is one of my favourites. I think it sums up an ideal summer day for me: a calm, peaceful day spent with people I love but hardly ever see (they live in France), by Lake Ontario, frolicking in the water, eating chips out of the bag and reading in the shade.
As I write this, the maple tree outside the large bay windows in my room is covered with a thin layer of snow. A glass-like layer of ice envelops the dainty branches. My heater's broken and my toes are rubbing against each-other under the thick blankets on my bed to keep warm. Yet I just finished La Playita, named after my friend Claudia's comment on the original picture I posted of this scene on Instagram (really deep meaning there, I know), and I feel as if it's thirty degrees and sunny outside.