Tuesday, December 7, 2010

flowers from warmer days

bouquet #1
collage on paper on CD
ø 5"

A little collage from this summer. As with traditional quilts, it's fun to remember where each torn piece of paper comes from. The gold strip on the vase betrays chocolate consumption.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

an etsy site

Dancing Tree
oil on canvas

thank you Thor for your help and suggestions with my opening an Etsy site. plunged in yesterday and it is now running with 7 landscapes, including this tree. will be adding one or 2 images every so often. i'll have to figure how to have a widget on this page about it. for now, here is the link: http://www.etsy.com/shop/sylvieKstudio

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

sketch class

In these days of doom and gloom, nothing like 3 hours of total immersion in drawing from the model. not ONE thought about money, about the future, about the economy. Just the pure joy of the pen gliding on the page, of the brush adding a bit here, taking off a bit there. The page was blank and suddenly there is a figure on it. Magic!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

ha ha ha

america 100
collage on board

can you spot the torn pieces of a bill? no, i didn't tear a real $ 100 bill. even a $ 1 bill, i wouldn't tear! still saving pennies actually... there are also pieces from an old postcard of a Da Vinci drawing.
this piece will also be in in the show at Martinez Gallery.

Saturday, September 18, 2010


collage on board

Delivered this piece today with 4 others to the Martinez Gallery in Troy today. They will be part of the new show: Original Sin. Show opens on Friday September 24 for Troy Night Out.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

panel # 8

double arch
collage on board

last one -for now- of this series of imaginary landscapes. 2 of them will be shown at the Fairgrounds Pavilion in Chatham during the Arts Walk weekend. October 8-11.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

panel #7

Small Round Orange Rock
collage on board

so much fun to start from torn pieces of paper and see them evolve into little magical worlds.

Friday, September 10, 2010

panel #6

the man in the tree
collage on board

probably my favorite of the series.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

panel #1

red day in the land of 2 suns
collage on board

i thought i had posted this one some time ago but i can't find it, so here it is closer to its companions.

panel #5

inner growth
collage on board

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

panel #4

black crescent
collage on board

Sunday, June 27, 2010


green moon
collage on board

Monday, June 14, 2010


bosquet rose
collage on panel

i love working on these little square panels. because i am such a stickler for chronology, here is #2 in a series that counts 8 since last night. #1 was posted as RED DAY in january 2010.

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Black Forest at the Albany Institute

I am quite thrilled to have a painting exposed beautifully at the Albany Institute of History and Art. It is among 50 paintings by 50 artists and will be part of the fund-raising silent auction during the upcoming gala. The show is called: Tomorrow's Masters Today. Ten artists were selected as the "Master Class". Not me but not complaining.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

on working very small.

étude 4

after seeing the monumental size of the pieces at DIA:Beacon, it feels funny to come back to my tiny pieces. but i have such a good feeling about them. i believe i want the viewer to experience something very intimate with them, as one does with a beloved small object, a jewel, a favorite rock. i wish for each piece to become a favorite possession (not necessarily a piece to put on the wall.) a possession that one puts away carefully and takes out for a moment of pleasure or to share with selected friends.

Friday, May 28, 2010

a tiny piece


i think a common aspect in my pieces is the flight from reality. some art is a reflection on our times, some take a stand pro or against, some is politically involved. and it is all good. mine is a dream world where i can find solace from an anxiety producing world.

Monday, May 24, 2010

blues and yellows


of all the collages i am doing these days, my favorites are the "portraits". i like the way the background creates itself and add an unexpected dimension.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

a color study

étude 3

possibly one of my favorites.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's day.

flower stand

Thursday, May 6, 2010

opening tomorrow

getting up
acrylic on board

i will be buying the munchies tomorrow morning. so glad Visions will take the drinks in charge. whoever is planning to come should bring a friend or 2.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


sometimes i like to do some color and shape studies. here are étude 1 (in blues)
and étude 2 (in browns).
they are very small collages on paper.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

flowers by the window


busy with all kinds of things and people but felt like posting and sharing this one.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

a show

Friday, May 7
in conjunction with First Friday,


"Sacred Moments"
show: May 7- June 25, 2010

Dear Friends, I hope to see many of you.
Why not starting your evening with Art at Visions with us?

Visions I will present
"Playing with Dolls at 70"
(Are they pairing us alphabetically?)

Visions Gallery
Pastoral Center
40 North Main Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
gallery hours: M-F 8-4

Thursday, April 15, 2010

getting ready+a sale

oil on canvas

Yvonne came this morning to make her choice of paintings for the show starting in May at the Visions II gallery. She will be showing paintings from a few years back: all figures including many angels. The title of the show will be SACRED MOMENTS. I will post details later on as well as some pictures, of course.
The above picture will not only be part of the show but is already sold! Thank you Yvonne.

a favorite model

Faith is one of my favorite models. always inventive in her poses and yet looking so natural and graceful. she gives a lot of herself; even her eyes participate in the pose. when the model gives out so much energy, it makes for a fantastic session.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


collage on canvas

things started out rather nicely on this one. except for the "portal" area which took me about 100 different tries before i was able to enjoy the result!
the piece looks like an underwater landscape to me. it reminds me of the videos on coral reefs sam and i used to watch over and over when she was little.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

sketch class

period of no art work. not lacking the time. just not getting to it. will have to push myself. at least there is sketch class. not my favorite model last night, so played with the line. fun for a few poses and then they were all... how shall i call them? exhausted poses.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

it's getting to be a small series!

mint drink
collage on paper

considering that i have simplify my dressing up to its bare bones, why these elaborately dressed women? some unconscious longing? i don't think so. rather a visual expression of some interior mood.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

speckeld tree


not much time to work on collages these days. this one if from at least a month ago. i see pieces from a large destroyed piece , pieces from invitations to shows, from postcards...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

sketch class

paul at rest and at work

sketch class is always such a joy. and such an important practice i feel, whether one wants to use the skill directly into one's art or not. i, for one, do not paint or draw realistic figures and yet, i feel my line, my sense of proportions, shapes, movement, so much keener when keeping up with the weekly practice.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

first day of spring


in honor of a first day of spring that lived up to its name, this little favorite in earth tones.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

early collage

they are looking

i enjoy the subject matter that came up in this one (from just shapes). but i've been favoring textured or printed papers over the plain canson type papers that i used here.
although i have only a couple of collages on that subject, i like to think of it as my "suzanne" series as in "suzanne and the elders". must be a bible theme although my knowledge of it comes from traditional paintings, the Veronese version being one of my favorite.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


mixed media

saw this figure in a few colored shapes. defined it, played a bit with pen and ink, a bit with acrylic and voilà. i am fond of this color harmony.

Friday, March 12, 2010

another "portrait"

so lovely
collage on canvas

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

just ink

over water
brush and ink
playing with doodles. so much fun.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

appealling birds

collage on paper

Saturday, March 6, 2010


long ago, far away

most pieces of paper are from a destroyed drawing from my obsessive hatching period. hadn't used waterproof ink so ink bled with the glue but i like what happened here. the sepia gives it an old-world feel.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

some magic

it takes a village

first came the shapes, they became birds and then, the title came. before anything happened at all though, that greenish shape sat on my table for weeks without going anywhere. and then, boom! it happened. magic!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

more birds

full moon

mostly i use acrylic to paint over and around the collaged pieces. sometimes, as in this one, i use oil pastel. should do it more often, i think. no?

Monday, March 1, 2010

happy march 1st!!

by the river

river flowing, flowers coming out but still cold and winter-like... i thought this picture appropriate for the beginning of march.

Friday, February 26, 2010

a very recent one

the red couch

for this one, i started out wanting to make a "portrait" but after that initial decision, i let the shapes help me in deciding the pose, the outfit, the background...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

post # 3!!

a light in the night
collage + acrylic

in this one, i used some pieces from the card of the current show at the Opalka gallery. faculty show. some very interesting stuff there!

a 2 post-day!


or classical portraiture revisited...


speckled sun
collage + acrylic

on a very snowy day, here is another view from the "land of 2 suns".

Monday, February 22, 2010



this is a piece salvaged from a larger drawing. i never mind destroying or painting over, but i liked that bird in the background of a now forgotten collage. in fact the other part also came out well and i will post it too soon. (the body of the bird is made with pieces from a card announcing Wendy Williams show at the Amrose Sable Gallery a couple of years ago. i love her work!)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

the elephant and me


many years ago sam asked me what my favorite animal was. to humor her, i came up with "elephant".
these last 2 or 3 years, elephants have been emerging over and over in my drawings. or elephant like shapes. and i do like elephants. or at least the little bit i know about them: slow, peaceful, solid, beautiful in a wrinkled way.
If sam asked me the same question again, and i had lots of thinking time, i would answer "elephants" again.

Friday, February 19, 2010

the wolf appears


once in a while, something comes out that reminds me of a fairy tale. strange. then again, maybe not so strange: i grew up reading lots of them and i do think of them nowadays occasionally: what they brought us as children, what was their hidden meaning, what damage they created in our minds. maybe the theme that came out here is not completely surprising.