Friday, November 22, 2013

Stella

Occasionally I like to do a vintage-inspired piece. This was fast and fun and my favorite part is how I left some of the background showing throughout her face, including in part of the lips and eyebrows.

The Next Julia Roberts

Last month a longtime dream came true--I became the next Julia Roberts. Okay, not quite. But I did get to be an extra in one of my favorite band's, Imagine Dragons, music videos and that's almost as cool. We were asked to put together our best 1960s look. I found these vintage shoes and dress at my local thrift store. I studied the popular hair and makeup of the time and did my best to mimic it. 

Here I am posing with two other extras. We had A LOT of waiting to do. I was in two scenes, so I had a two hour wait in the morning and another four and a half hour wait in the evening. They kept us entertained with pizza and hours and hours of Studio C. 

The band felt bad we had to wait so long, so they came out and did a mini Q&A with us. It was fun seeing them in their astronaut costumes. Dan Reynolds told us the song Radioactive was written during a time he suffered from some depression and anxiety. Having experienced those myself, I feel like Dan and I are bosom buddies now. 

We got to see some of the sets. This one was my favorite. Don't you just love it?

And this set ended up being Dan Reynold's family room. When it was finally time to film, I got to play a crazed female fan chasing after the band (think Beatles-mania). In the evening we shot several scenes of the band performing On Top of the World and we were the adoring crowd. Unfortunately I didn't make it into those shots. Still, it was way worth it, getting to see the band in astronaut costumes, lip syncing to a great song on the moon of all places. I was merely a few feet away from Dan fake performing. It was all so very surreal. Almost as surreal as when I got to meet Dan a few weeks prior at the Radioactive Fest (scroll down to read that post).

When the video was released, I was bummed because you can barely see me in the one shot I made it into. My dreams of being the next IT girl in Hollywood will have to be put on hold. I guess for now I'll stick to painting and writing. 

Here is a link to the video for your viewing pleasure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5tWYmIOWGk

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Iris

I'm really pleased with the final outcome. I love this one so much, I'm tempted to keep it for myself. Once again my goal was to stick to a limited color palette. I love how the warm color in her lips and cheeks so sharply contrast the cool colors of the rest of the painting--it makes the reds really pop. You may have noticed I love to exaggerate the color on the cheeks of most of my female figures. It's an idea inspired by Gustav Klimt and Charles Dwyer, two of my favorite painters. I'm not sure why I love it so much. I think for me the red cheeks represent vulnerability and some sort of romantic stimulation, plus I feel it enhances a woman's beauty and the gross exaggeration almost gives my figures an ethereal look.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Self-Portrait 3

Because sometimes you just need a llama in the background. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Autumn

This is the biggest painting I've done in years! It measures 24x48 inches, or 2x4 feet. This painting was inspired by the pretty leaves I'm seeing on the ground every day when I go for walks. I was inspired with the idea of using the leaves as stencils. I was also in the mood to paint a woman with big, dramatic hair (haven't done that in a while--it was overdue). The color scheme is obviously influenced by fall. Such a pretty and mystical time of year--thought I'd try to capture it in a piece of art.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Kitty

This is my good friend, Michal, holding a kitten. I like how both she and the kitty have green eyes. Interesting fact: this is the third painting I've done of her and it will probably not be the last.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mon Coeur

This is the very first time I've ever painted a baby! There's a first for everything. A mother's love, particularly mine for my daughters, inspired this piece. I titled it Mon Coeur, which is French for My Heart because my children own my heart--along with a few of my other favorite people, of course.

As usual, I had a lot of fun experimenting with colors and patterns. With the last few paintings, I've been limiting my color palette. I make a variety of colors using the same basic ones, just mixing them in different ways, which is a new thing for me. I used to use maybe fifteen or more different tubes of paint, but now I stick to around eight or nine. For this piece, I used ultramarine blue, peacock blue, pyrrole red (a color I have a crush on right now), cadmium red light, magenta, raw umber, raw sienna, mars black and titanium white.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wall Collages

 Lately I've been really into wall collages and wanted to do a couple of my own. I LOVE to collect art. I would collect SO much more if the budget allowed it. Above are several pieces of art that mean something to me. Some are photos my friends took, a few are random pieces by strangers I fell in love with, some are some important or meaningful moments captured and then I made a few. This collage was surprisingly affordable. I got a steal on a lot of these pieces (some of them I snagged from friends and only had to pay the printing fee) and most of these frames were under a buck from a local thrift store.
I love the color scheme--neutral colored art and frames against a lime green wall and above my tomato red couch, which was also a steal. And I got that sculpture to the left of my couch for 90% off at Pier 1 Imports. Not bad, eh? I ADORE bargain hunting. It's one of my specialties.
This collage is hanging in my bedroom. The photos were taken by my uber talented Israeli friend, Michal Barnea. I paid about $8 to make this one. I am also working on a third collage. Can't wait to show you!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

First Festival!


Today was a first--I showed my very first festival. It was at Springville City's Heritage Days. It was quite the adventure--a lot of fun and exhausting! I met a lot of nice people (and a few rude ones), I got attacked by bugs and spiders, struggled to keep my art on display (the wind kept knocking everything down!), plus I sold three original paintings and two prints. The festival was a lot of fun: live music, bouncy houses, crafts, Native American singing and dancing, free popcorn and homemade root beer. The gorgeous last-day-of-summer weather was the icing on the cake.

Maybe Someday

When I paint I usually throw up rainbows, so I thought it would be a fun challenge to limit my palette. I like how it turned out. I'll definitely want to try this again sometime. I titled this "Maybe Someday" because the model has a wistful and even a slightly melancholic expression on her face.

So Free


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Connect at Urban Arts Gallery


I'm thrilled (and surprised and humbled) to announce that I won 1st place AND curator's choice award at Connect last night!!! I'm giddy as a kiddie. Anyway, for the next month, two of my paintings will be hanging at the Urban Arts Gallery at the Gateway in SLC. More specifically at 137 S. Rio Grande Street. Come and have a looksee.

Ostrich Ride

I've been meaning to do a linocut print for awhile now; it's a medium I've wanted to explore further. Plus I have this thing for ostriches/emus right now and wanted to make something ostrich/emu realted for a wall collage I'm working on. So while sick with the flu, I came up with this. I decided to print it on old book paper. I found a book on literature published in 1950 at a thrift store that I thought would do the trick. I'm pleased with how it turned out. You like it? Buy your copy here: Juliette's etsy shop

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Rock Star Encounter

Dreams DO come true, folks! I got to meet one of my very favorite rock stars last night--Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons. He was really nice and humble and he called me sweetie.

Monday, September 2, 2013

[OL]4You Magazine


My photo is in [OL]4You, a Czech magazine! Check it out here. (It's the one on the top left.)

Friday, August 23, 2013

It Started With a Crayon

One of my first attempts at portraiture.
I am often asked: when did you start creating? How did it all begin?

It started with a crayon.

And then things evolved. Crayola markers. Lipstick. The seven color pallet of watercolors. Play-Doh. Popsicle sticks. Charcoal. Pastels. Oils paints. Ink.

I tried new things. Sand drawings. Lite-Brite. Cross-stitch. Chalk on sidewalks. Scrap booking. Collage. Creating my own languages and planets. Making my neighbor's new baby a dress with fabric and duct tape. Magazines collages. Friendship bracelets. Paper plate masks. Cardboard box vending machines. Clay beads. Photography. Whittling. Ceramics. Food art.

I've experimented with surfaces. Coloring books. Nicely shaped rocks. Phone books. Cheap computer printer paper. Bananas. Church programs. School folders. Grocery bags. Restaurant napkins. Sidewalks. Bed sheets. Toilet paper. Sketchbooks. Clothing. Sneakers. People's arms. Walls. Masonite. Canvases.

I had schooling. My dad drawing silly animals for me at church. Art classes galore, including a  fun summer school class (think pinatas, cheese cloth ghosts and toothpick cabins). A painting major in college. I collected and read a whole lotta art books. Subscribed to Artist Magazine. Roamed the isles of the art section at the library. Sat in an overstuffed chair at Barnes and Noble with a tower of art books at my feet. Visited the Louvre, the MoMA, The Met. And then my old bestie Jason, helped me discover acrylics--and there was no turning back.

I've had influences. Street artists. Fashion designers. Bob Ross. Jason Orr. Teachers. Classmates. Charles Dwyer, Gustav Klimt, Vincent Van Gogh, Marc Chaghall, Frida Kahlo and J W Waterhouse. Johnny Depp. Oprah.

I had people who believed in me. Friends. My grandma Pat. The judges who deemed my work worthy of awards in junior high. My mom (forever and always my biggest fan). My brother Matthew. My favorite high school art teacher, Mr. Rees. My favorite professor Catherine Downing.

I've had some failures. Torn up, crumbled and slashed artwork. Lots of eraser marks. Being rejected a few times. The B- in figure drawing. Teachers who hated my work. Lots of tears. The times I wanted to quit.

And some successes. First place in Reflections contests two years in a row. Amazing compliments from strangers (I never get tired of those). Juried art shows. Solo exhibits. Artsy shops. A tattoo parlor. A crepe store. Magazines. Books. A couple of honorable mentions in college. Commissions. Two sweet girls from England who studied my art for a school assignment. A handful of prints sold. Over 60 original paintings sold. The times I decided not to quit.

So how did all this wonderful craziness begin?

It started with a crayon.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Illusion Magazine



My painting "Hope" is in Illusion Magazine! Check it out here: Hope › Illusion

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Frog Ride

Always wanted to ride a giant frog. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fortune

Got this fortune today.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lost in a Moment

Painting is fun to do, fun to do, fun to do. Painting is fun to do, to do, to do, to do. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Brenden 2

This is the second painting I did of Brenden, my brother's friend. He asked me to do another one so he could use the two images for his album art (Brenden's an artist AND a musician). I was flattered and obliged. This one took me a bit longer than usual. I drew inspiration from Atoms for Peace, Passion Pit, The National (I have tickets to their show, by the way!), Nikki and the Dove and De/vision.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Flowers in Her Hair

This is the second painting I've done of Raquel. I think she has an interesting and beautiful face. I thought I'd try something new this time--I start with an abstract (splashes of random colors) background, then I drew the figure on top, then painted it. Another new experiment--using paper doilies as stencils. I used other stencils, too, of course. I'm pleased with the way it turned out. Painting is so much fun!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Good Shepherd

I don't usually do religious themed work, but I have been wanting a colorful portrait of Christ for my home for some time now. Most of the stuff out there is in muted tones, and more traditionally rendered. But the idea of painting the Savior is intimidating as all-get-out--at least for me. How does one capture on canvas the perfect love He has for us? But I figured it's better to try and fail than to never try at all, so finally got off my lazy butt and made this. I'm really pleased with it. I love the vivid colors, and I'm also happy I was able to capture a look of compassion and concern on Jesus' face. I hope this rendition touches a small handful of people. Buy prints/greeting cards of it here: http://society6.com/JulietteCaron/The-Good-Shepherd-Jesus_Print

Friday, April 26, 2013

Prints and More!

Exciting news, boys and girls: Now you can buy Juliette Caron prints on Society6! Plus t-shirts, stationary cards, iPod and iPhone covers and skins and even throw pillows, tote bags and hoodies! It doesn't get much better than this. So go on over there and get shopping! http://society6.com/JulietteCaron




Monday, April 1, 2013

Within

I'm constantly experimenting and trying new things to prevent boredom. This time I thought it would be interesting to add patterns all over the subject's skin. Flowers, polka-dots, leopard print, etc. I'm pretty pleased with the outcome. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Now

I had a lot of fun with this one. It was the first time I've used faux gold leaf in years. Making the crazy quilt brought me back to my teen years when I'd doodle all over my school folders. I was kind of going for a bohemian feel with the Indian style quilt, the exotic top, the glittery cheeks and the butterfly on her forearm.

Reminiscing 2

I did this one last month but I didn't get around to photographing it until today. As you can probably see, I'm having fun playing around with stencils. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I Heart Art

My sister/bestie had this lovely bracelet made for me in Mexico. Isn't she sweet? Now everyone can know that I heart art. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Brenden

Brenden is my brother's friend. When I saw his photo on facebook, I knew I had to paint him. His facial expression says so much and hopefully I was able to capture it here.

Michal 2

This is the second painting I did of my good friend, Michal. She has such an interesting and beautiful face--my favorite kind to paint.

Doodles

Who would've thought doodling all over myself would be so fun?? 




Saturday, January 26, 2013

New Year's Resolution

One of my New Year's Resolutions is to paint more! I think I'm doing all right because I've completed three paintings so far this year and it's not even February. Not bad, eh? What are your New Year's resolutions?

Moi

I'm not much of a photographer, but I do enjoy messing around with my camera once in awhile. :o)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Camille (Portrait of My Mom)

My mom is a beautiful woman, don't you think? She wanted to surprise my dad with an extra special gift for his 60th birthday, so she commissioned me to paint her portrait. (Of course mom gets a deep discount.) I hope my dad loves it. Happy 60th, Dad!