A little world apart

I have desired for a studio for years and the dream finally came true! Secluded in the back of my new home, and still in the process of being set up, tweaked, settled it’s this little piece of the world where playful creation and experimentation are the only activities allowed other than morning yoga! Forgive me then if it has been a while since my last art post… I have a been a little preoccupied trying to believe my dream has come true 🙂

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The long month of silence

This past month I have been so busy painting and experimenting new techniques (not to mention moving!!!) that I had no chance to actually sit down for a quite blog post 🙂

The month of August has been full of creative surprises.

I have finally broke the glass and taken a course in oil paint

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I have worked extensively to improve my portrait skills both on the sketching and colorist sides

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And finally, I have taken advantage of the incredible weather to hike and paint en plein aire.

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I missed posting on the blog, but I really really enjoyed never putting the brush down this month 🙂

Traveling Journal -part 1

Nothing like traveling can offer pure, untempered inspiration to me. Traveling abroad is the ultimate creativity booster kick.
I spent the last few days hoping islands in the Caribbean and the creative results are astonishing to me.

No I have not created the latest masterpiece in art history (chances are I might never do 🙂 ), nevertheless the range of creative endeavors triggered by this change of scenery is remarkable and worth noting for sure.

I can hardly describe it, but as the everyday routine shattered like glass a new range of colors and light, flavors and scents opened up my senses and, as a painter, it was like for a musician learning to play a new symphony.

One of the islands that had a profound impact on my artistic side was definitely Half Moon Cay, in the Bahamas. I had never experienced a water so purely turquoise, a shade of such intensity I struggled to reproduce on paper. My en plain air attempt (below) is a mere shadow of the beauty of this little cove, but it is dear to me as every stroke imprinted a special sensation, a subtle nuance of the island into my soul.

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A double life is hard work!

I will be taking as break from art posting tonight and just share the excitement and frustration of a different type of creativity…

I have been thinking about it for a while and brewed over and brainstormed on it for several months (years perhaps), but, among the awful illness spell and a very stressful work/life routine, I have finally com around to work on creating a web site for my art!

I cannot tell you how thrilled I am and, at the same time, very frustrated with the whole process… health getting in the way at project start was not a fun thing…

I feel like I am getting back on track these days and hopefully I will be able to publish my humble little art corner soon!

Stay tuned!

A Venetian Dream

From the moment you step out of the Santa Lucia Train Station, a strong feeling overpowers you as if you had traveled back in time and clocked figures in Pantalone’s mask should appear any minute.

The key to unlock the magic of Venice is to let go of control, wonder the labyrinth of its canals and inevitably get lost. For when you lose yourself, you are easily guided by the Divine Providence to exactly what you need.

A few days on the Laguna will fill you with all the inspiration one heart can bare and, leaving behind the dark silhouette of the city against a golden-pink sunset, all the melancholy of place you never really belonged to, but that became truly yours nevertheless.

The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes – The Mearchant of Venice by W. Shakespear

Lonely Ride on the canal by Marika Curiale
Lonely Ride on the canal by Marika Curiale
Caffe Florian - Piazza San Marco by Marika Curiale
Caffe Florian – Piazza San Marco by Marika Curiale

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Sketching around

I am a little limited on my artistic activities these days as my materials and equipment  have not arrived yet. So I am taking this chance to stretch my sketching muscle.
It is most fascinating  whenever an everyday life scene catches my eye and my pen starts imprinting it on a sheet of paper,  like an emotional photograph that freezes a moment in time.
The subjects of the drawing then take a life of thier own as I imagine the most fantastic life stories for them and the most romantic reasons for them to be where I found them at that particular moment.  It is quite a fun way to spend a few hours 🙂 . Below is a sketch from last night’s visit to the local bakery 🙂

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7/25/2013 Quick glass of wine at the Bakery