Kathy Poitras: The Stories Behind the Paintings

] 17×11 inches, hand embroidery and acrylic paint on thick cotton, stretched onto stretcher bars.

The central character is my beautiful friend Minerva. A dancer who came to Canada from Venezuela.  She was helping me with my art in Vancouver. She invited me to show my work in the lobby of her dance class, and I met wonderful people there.

One day we were riding the bus together, and we were talking.

She was very vulnerable in our conversation. Relaying an unfortunate circumstance to me; and she told me a very fascinating story about how she once danced on the back of an elephant, in the Circus. I adored the story and it drifted into a concept I was already working on, to incorporate my border stories about the Eight Dynamics into a mixed media, paint and hand embroidery piece. This concept had been rattling around in my mind for…

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Star Dust 16x20 inches acrylic,beads trimming the dress, extreme glitter and a button on the shoe. Inspired by my smaller ink version on watercolor paper.

I am working on a series of 16×20 inch paintings. I have been spending more time in the studio, and want to incorporate my great ideas that I use in my greeting cards into the paintings. I love the little bead clusters I sewed into the canvas, in the flower on the shoe and the hair. I also trimmed the dress with red beads, and added extreme glitter to the shoe. My intention is to create many such paintings that are affordable , yet valuable, and easy for people to own.

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I love this part!!

Priscilla and Me! In the newspaper! YES!!

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I haven’t made an entry for a while. I’ve been busy in the studio making this, and others.  16×20 inches acrylic, pearlized paint, extreme glitter and beads.   Love Her!!

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Priscilla made this first.

Priscilla took our brilliant idea of creating art that we could then print and then hand paint and embellish to a whole new level with “Windswept” What a great little painting, and wonderful concept.

8.5x11 inch completed print. Version A.

Priscilla spent at least two hours creating this wonderful hand detailed “print”  The one of a kind umbrella is painted directly on version A.  The dress is embellished with silver metallic ink and extreme glitter, and there are various other details she has made.  I just have to show you the other versions.  “Windswept” is definitely one of my favorites.

Version D with pink and blue pearl stripes! What a great umbrella!!

Fabulous umbrella, hand painted with pearl paint, acrylic and little gems applied by hand. The little gems are a fabulous touch in the middle of the flower design on the umbrella.

I love the relief paint ribs on the umbrella, and the little "pearls" and pink peal paint. Bravo Priscilla!!

I love the polka dots. Painted with pearl paint.

Now, let me explain something here. These “versions” are the actual picture a person would receive if they bought the  print. They are one of a kind, and well, if someone bought, say version E. It would be gone. Priscilla might choose to paint another one, but it wouldn’t be exactly the same. She would follow the basic idea of the piece.  If someone wanted to buy 10 version E’s, they could. But each version would be based on version E, and hand painted by Priscilla. That means she would print out ten copies of the one that has no design in the umbrella, and she would then hand paint each umbrella, each dress would be embellished, etc. The same thing goes for the greeting cards. Here are some of the versions of those. (I just discovered if you click on the thumb nail image  it gets big, so you can really see it well!)

5x7 inch greeting card version A

5x7 inch greeting card Version B

5x7 inch greeting card, version C

5x7 inch version D

5x7 inch version F.

As with the larger works, we do exactly the same thing with 5×7 inch cards.  In this case, Priscilla has painted each and every umbrella from being a blank umbrella to being these wonderful little works of art you see here.  So if someone wanted to buy ten version F’s they would get ten cards, that Priscilla has hand painted, based on her version F design. Exchange in abundance, my friends! If you read this blog entry and want to order these fabulous “Windswept” greeting cards, or prints, they are all in our on-line store. We are in the start-up phase, and need all the support we can get! (Also, we do that for any multiple orders of any or our hand made greeting cards or hand-detailed prints. )  www.poitrasartcards.com

8.5x11 inch hand painted, cross between a print and an original painting by Kathy Poitras, on watercolor paper

The inspiration was a combination of seeing my niece Julia, and her hubby. They had just recently arrived after living in Florida for years.  They are so in love and inspiring,  Julia’s mother also got me a book for my birthday. An Art Nouveau book.  She noticed me gravitate towards it when we were out shopping for Julia’s baby shower.  The combination of these two things got me in the above mood.  As with all of our prints on watercolor paper, I painted “Stardust”  with the idea that all the reproductions would have added paint and details.  On this print, I used extreme glitter paint. It dries hard and really catches the light. I also used fingernail sequins to trim her dress, and molding paste with black paint added to make the button on her shoe and the black accent on her heel and toe. Also the button in the middle of the flower on her shoe. I glued the blue gems to the top and back of her dress, and in the middle of the flower in her hair is a flower shaped gem thingy I found at the dollar store.  It’s sort of “scrap booking meets art”

These are a joy to make!

I also took the same care and attention to the 5×7 inch greeting cards I made of this image.

5x7 inch greeting card version A. Vretaed and hand painted by Kathy

Greeting card B, hand painted and detailed by the artist.

5x7 inch greeting card version C. Hand painted and detailed by the artist.

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Queen of Hearts 8.5x11 inch hand painted and detailed with acrylic, acrylic glitter, relief paint and gems. Original image created by Priscilla Ilasi and print on watercolor paper hand detailed and painted by her.

What can I say about Priscilla.  She is my twenty-eight year old daughter, and has been painting all of six months.(I’ve been painting for over twenty years and I had to do it for years before I was even close to being able to do something like this!!   She hasn’t gone to school to learn how to do this.  She just knows. A natural talent.  (she sings to)  Priscilla’s concepts are wonderful and intense. I think she is a very intense person.

We sit across from each other at the art table.  When she painted this I looked over and actually felt jealous of how wonderful it is!! I just want to let everyone know how she put her heart and soul into it. Not only into the original, but into the hand painted reproductions as well.  Creating art is not hard,  but it does take intensity. It’s like you have to project your powers onto a page.

I want to talk about the print, version A.  The print, which is a reproduction of Priscilla’s original painting is on watercolor paper. We printed it ourselves. Then Priscilla took that print, and painted the hair with acrylic paint, as well as the eyes and lashes. The heart on her head glitters with extreme red glitter paint. (what an amazing paint product that is! It is not like kid’s glitter, it’s this amazing paint that dries hard and sparkly. It can take several coats to really get it to shine. I love the dimension it adds to her work.  ( I use it as well. ) Her necklace in version A is made of gems that Priscilla applied herself. Then the solid red portions of the dress are painted with red acrylic, we have this fabulous red color that is just perfect. And then she has applied a design with more extreme glitter paint. I estimate she put in two to three hours of her intense attention and talent to create this one of a kind print.  She even repainted the skin, to make it just so.

Priscilla has also created greeting cards of  “Queen of Hearts”  The cards are the exact same process, and one might think they take less intensity because they are smaller, but the fact is, they require more precision, and thus more concentration. Not as much space to fill, but the communication has to come out of a smaller space, so you have to pack in more wallop in the miniatures. The cards in fact are real works of art themselves.   Our thoughts were that we could create these fabulous and beautiful cards for people that were works of art in themselves, and they could either send them as a card, to someone really special or they could frame it, as the work of art that it actually is. They are 5×7 inches, on watercolor greeting card paper.  So lovely!

Queen of Hearts, greeting card version C

I love the necklace on this one. It is gold relief paint, with a tiny red gem.  You can see the other versions on our website.

You can see version A in the gift section, under Hand-detailed Prints on page three, and you can see the greeting card version under handmade cards.

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Priscilla is an amazing artist! She sat with a toothpick and applied the glitter design to the red portions of this card. I believe she spent at least one hour on the card itself.

by Kathy Poitras,

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