#2016

Shifting Focus: Oils & Cybernetics

I'm excited to say I am working on two new oil paintings. It's been... about 6 whole years since I've done a large-scale oil painting. It's because we have our new studio space in our apartment, which is better equip for ventilating the fumes, the scale, and capturing splatter. I don't have any pictures of our old "studio" online, but it was essentially a tiny corner next to our bed. So. Much. Improvement. In all aspects of my life... everything is just much better. A post shared by Karolina Szablewska (@art.karolina) on Dec 4, 2016 at 7:58am PST The past year or more, my focus was to create…

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Urban Sketching Summer

This year, I think one of my unstated goals was to avoid using the computer as much as possible while it was summer. Of course, when I have video work that makes it necessary to be on one, it can't be helped...however, if you're familiar with what winter is like in Montreal, there is really not much reason why I should be staring in a glowing box in a dark room during the nice part of the year. It won't be long before the sun sets barely after 3 PM and 30 minutes will be long enough to get a frost bite. So, I haven't posted anything I painted since intentionally and have an array of images lin…

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Dorchester Park Tree in May

9"x12", watercolour on 140lb watercolour paper. Observational painting of a specific entanglement of trees in Dorchester Park, off Peel Street in Montreal. Several groups of people occupied the benches just long enough to be painted. ~2016

Veronica and Juan the Hobbits

16"x20" watercolour on Fabriano watercolour paper, created July 2016, signed and dated on painting and in margin.

This is a commissioned piece for a couple who are hobbit fans.Veronica and Juan are the couple pictured as hobbits leaving their hobbit home on a sunny afternoon for a walk. A quiet brook, lush greenery, lavender flowers, round red mushrooms, surrounds their home meanwhile other hobbit homes are visible in the distance. They are hand in hand, happy in each other's company.

~2016

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How Would You Feel to Receive a Painting as Your Birthday Surprise?

To save ruining a surprise, I had to wait to post about my latest commission until the birthday passed. It was really hard. Taking the tape off the edges, seeing the final painting with crisp, white borders... it was very hard not to post it instantly. Now that the painting is out of my hands, the excitement died down... kind of like a break-up. One sad aspect of commissioned work is I don't really get to spend much time with the image afterwards, and I would argue one of the most important things an artist can do is reflect on their work after completing it. Definitely interested in doing mor…

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Results from the Exhibition & Emboss Magazine

Spring has been crazy busy for me this year, compared to the last few years. Exhibition, large commission, filming for our documentary, moving to a new place... Since announcing the pop-up exhibition is the last update I left, I would like to briefly talk about how it went. Our exhibition space was in the Mile End of Montreal in a commercial building full of other artist studios. The calibre of the work in the exhibition was nice; I hadn't seen the work before hand, and one of the concerns you have as an emerging artist is, "What am I really getting into?" We had a steady turn-out throughout…

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Pop-up Art Exhibition: Dreams to Remember + A new painting

This is a little late announcement: if you're looking for something to do art-wise this weekend and are in Montreal, I'm going to be part of a pop-up art exhibition in the Mile End/Plateau area! What is a pop-up exhibition? It's an exhibition that only lasts 1 night then disappears, so you really have only one chance to check it out! Here is a link to the Facebook event page, and the details are copied below.

"Dreams to Remember"Sunday, April 3, 2016 5445 Avenue De Gaspé, Studio 325 Mile End, Montreal17h-23h (5pm-11pm)Free AdmissionArtists: Alex Chalk, Arif R., David…

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35,000 Feet Above #1

Impressionistic landscape based on photos the artist took while on the plane of clouds, atmosphere, farm fields, and rivers and lakes. 18"x24" acrylic on birch board. ~2016

"35,000 Feet Above #1" painting. 18"x24" acrylic on birch board. ~2016" />"35,000 Feet Above #1" painting. 18"x24" acrylic on birch board. ~2016" />

Context of 35,000 Feet Above #1

Context image of "35,000 Feet Above #1" painting. 18"x24" acrylic on birch board. ~2016

"35,000 Feet Above #1" painting. 18"x24" acrylic on birch board. ~2016" />"35,000 Feet Above #1" painting. 18"x24" acrylic on birch board. ~2016" />

Context of 35,000 Feet Above #1

Context image of "35,000 Feet Above #1" painting. 18"x24" acrylic on birch board. ~2016

"35,000 Feet Above #1" painting, after varnishing to show the raised paint. 18"x24" acrylic on birch board. ~2016" />"35,000 Feet Above #1" painting, after varnishing to show the raised paint. 18"x24" acrylic on birch board. ~2016" />

Detail of 35,000 Feet Above #1

Detail image of "35,000 Feet Above #1" painting, after varnishing to show the raised paint. 18"x24" acrylic on birch board. ~2016

"35,000 Feet Above #1" painting, before varnishing to show the raised paint. 18"x24" acrylic on birch board. ~2016" />"35,000 Feet Above #1" painting, before varnishing to show the raised paint. 18"x24" acrylic on birch board. ~2016" />

Detail of 35,000 Feet Above #1

Detail image of "35,000 Feet Above #1" painting, before varnishing to show the raised paint. 18"x24" acrylic on birch board. ~2016

"35,000 Feet Above #1" painting, before varnishing to show the raised paint. 18"x24" acrylic on birch board. ~2016" />"35,000 Feet Above #1" painting, before varnishing to show the raised paint. 18"x24" acrylic on birch board. ~2016" />

Detail of 35,000 Feet Above #1

Detail image of "35,000 Feet Above #1" painting, before varnishing to show the raised paint. 18"x24" acrylic on birch board. ~2016

Guess at Rue Saint Catherine

Watercolour and ink, 7.5"x9". Drawn on location at Au Pain Doré. A corner of downtown Montreal. ~March, 2016

The Reach / Christmas Cactus Collage

Based on the feedback I received from my colour test from my newsletter and social media, I tried a few other colour tests, incorporated a few suggestions, and ultimately selected the "green" scheme. It was the most popular, but what I inclined towards as well. It was very valuable to do a colour test, get feedback, and push the direction of the image further instead of just going with my gut instinct or first idea.

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I think it turned out fairly "clean" in terms of technique, even though my mask failed and I had to repaint so muc…

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