Brasil Mania pop-up store in images

Hello! It's been a week already and I cant hardly believe how cool it was. The third edition of "Brasil Mania pop-up store" gathered great energy, people and creativity! Nice meetings about entrepreneurship, beautiful selection of products and the best host ever: the gorgeous Storia Gallery and its founder Emmanuelle Picciolo Gormezano. Launching my brand Lavinia Objetos in such great conditions just got me more and more inspired to move on. I'm very grateful to Isabel Brossolette Branco and Hellen Kupfer-Hass the masterminds behind the web platform Paris Mania. Take a look at the pictures below:

storia gallery
details of the objects at storia gallery
showing my products at the cocktail party
details of the products
details of the products
details of the textiles

When life happens

Hello!

I decided not to write about last Friday's attacks here in Paris or the death of a whole river in Brazil. It's all too sad and unacceptable, and people are already talking about it. I want to talk about life. My life, ordinary lives. And how blessed, happy and lucky I am to be able to express myself with freedom. While writing this post I received a notification of a Tweet from my beloved Sketchbook Skool. If you read my blog, you know I can't be more grateful to Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene to inspire a huge community and allow me to completely change my creative life. What a surprise and honor to have my post displayed in their blog! Isn't that cool?

From the beginning of last week till few minutes ago, I was drowned in front of my computer finishing a presentation that was really time consuming. Huge research, concept development and, only for that, I had to give birth to three logos! I don't talk that much about my graphic designer background here, isn't? Well, the cool thing about getting back to my pens and pencils is that it brought me much more jobs. And once it requires more illustration, I have more pleasure working on them. Take a look at this logo below, my sketching experiences inspired a client to explore it commercially. Happy client and happy designer! I am updating my portfolio soon now I learned to play with mockups! Yummy!

We're at the very last week of our MATS course. It's been very, very intense and decided that I want to spent next year painting at my studio. Really. Dedicate my time to my passion, I'm sure is going to be awesome! I already found few courses to keep going on... but this I'll have to ask to my communities to help me to decide. I'll be back with this answer soon!

Back to school

Hello!

Today is wednesday, the day I usually post. As you may noticed I haven't been so active lately with my website. I'm so, so busy taking classes that, sometimes I just don't have the energy to seat down and go writing. Well, MATS part A started, it's a very intense course and I'm, so far, very disciplined with my assignments. For those who want more information check it here. This week we are covering Children's book market, last week was Home Décor and the first week we had Bolt Fabric. The good thing about it is that you learn a lot about each market, what Art Directors are interested in, time management and yourself... Which is so far everyone's struggle.

Do I fit in? Is my style good enough? Am I a commercial artist? Do I really want to be? What's next? All those questions are popping up in my head like every five minutes. Having a studio is helping me a lot to manage my time and to focus on creating art. My drawing skills are getting in shape and I have many others to develop, like character development and hand lettering. Where is everything is taking me? I don't know but I'll have good and varied portfolio and I'm having fun, a lot!

Check it out my presentation pages for MATS A. Do you have any comments or suggestions? Please feel free to do it! 

Bolt fabric week presentation page

Bolt fabric week presentation page

Home décor presentation page

Home décor presentation page



Art in Paris: 4 exhibitions to see now

Hello!

I was busy with my kid on wednesday so I didn't post earlier. So here I am catching up with you, my post subject is basically: if there's something in Paris that we can't complain about is "what to do?". There are so many options that, sometimes, we just get lost. Even living here for the last 7 years, I'm still discovering many things. Anyway, the fall season is also the Art season. All the big exhibitions and Art fairs are mid October. I'm trying to get organised and give you my own reviews because I haven't visit yet any of those amazing exhibitions. For now, I just extracted the texts below from the official websites and got excited to see them all! 

So here's my DON'T MISS short list:

  • Picasso Mania (Grand Palais): The twenty or so solo or group exhibitions since 1973 that have focused on the study of the posterity of Pablo Picasso’s oeuvre testify to its impact on contemporary art. The exhibition at the Grand Palais takes a simultaneously chronological and thematic approach to the critical and artistic highlights of Picasso’s career and the myth that gradually built up around his name. More information here
  • Warhol Unlimited (MAM Paris): As a setting for the first European showing of Shadows (1978-79) in their entirety, the Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris is devoting a remarkable exhibition to Andy Warhol (1928-1987). Comprising over 200 works, Unlimited highlights the serial side of the Warhol oeuvre – a crucial aspect of his work – and his ability to rethink the way art should be exhibited. More information here
  • Splendour and Misery. Pictures of Prostitution, 1850-1910 (Musée d'Orsay): The first major show on the subject of prostitution, this exhibition attempts to retrace the way French and foreign artists, fascinated by the people and places involved in prostitution, have constantly sought to find new pictorial resources for depicting the realities and fantasies it implied. More information here
  • Fantastic! Kuniyoshi, demon of the prints (Petit Palais): Visitors to the Petit Palais are invited to discover, for the first time in France, the work of the extraordinary artist, Kuniyoshi (1797-1861).  His prints are characterised by originality in their inspiration and composition, violence in the monster and warrior prints, and humour in the Chinese shadows series, the caricatures and his representations of the life of cats. More information here.

I can't forget to mention the FIAC, the Contemporary Art Fair. More than an Art Fair is a cultural event that shakes Paris, the whole city gets involved, it's amazing.

Oh, I chose to draw Picasso's face in my real Facebook as my first drawing. 

See you next week!

Facebook: my new self challenge

And this is not what you're thinking about. No, I'm not leaving Facebook. 

I post daily, I interact with my family and friends in Brazil and all over the world, I work and I learn a lot everyday. 

But few days ago I've accidentally started drawing faces, from photos, from my imagination, cartoonish, realistic... I posted one drawing and I had nice compliments. Another drawing and the AHA! moment happened: I decided to keep my experiences in one sketchbook that I called, of course, Facebook.

The idea is to fill the pages daily and post the drawings on Instagram (follow me: @superlavis, I'm a private user but if you're not selling anything I'll accept you!). I'll be using the #drawinginmyfacebook hashtag.

 I don't know for how many days I'll do it, I don't have any precise style, I have no idea how many pages the sketchbook has, I don't know yet if I'll use color and I don't created and follow very strict rules. The only serious rule I created is drawing faces or head elements.

So, the whole idea is just to have some fun. I hope you enjoy it too!

My Facebook pages

My Facebook pages

Explore Colour and comfort zones

Hello everyone,

I've been "hiding" my progress with my painting online course Explore Colour to post here. It finished last weekend, but the Facebook Group is still very active and people keep posting their paintings. The goal was to have 4 still lives works finished with the method that Este McLeod developed for over 25 years of experience as a full time artist. How about me? I only finished one painting and I'm in the middle of the second one! It's been very challenging to be pushed out of my comfort zone. So let's talk about it...

It's been years since I touched a brush to mix acrylic painting colours. It used to be my passion, painting... I was in the university getting a BFA degree, I had an studio, I use to pay my vacations selling my big scale works, well, I was MEANT TO BE a painter. Sometimes when the whole world expects you do to something it can be very scary, and you fight AGAINST that. I don't know exactly what happened (because things happens) but I quit the university, I had no more studio and I stopped. Years later I restarted everything again: I sold paintings, I had two art galleries representing my work and I stopped. Like that. A good friend told me: "Lavinia, it's so easy to know when you are really happy, you just make art!". I think this is probably very true.

So again here I am: painting, with a new studio, searching for my style, testing new materials and opened to the many novelties in the Art field that I wasn't aware of. All I can think about are the endless possibilities of effects and textures with the use of mediums and drawing plants...

Finally, my conclusions with the process are:

  • 1) The botanics theme (plants, flowers, still lives...) are maybe not what I'm interested on keep painting but, as weird as it sounds, drawing it in a regular basis. I always struggle with themes. 
  • 2) The mini exercises proposed were an amazing Nature eye opener and I think I'm much more aware of the outdoors surrounding me. 
  • 3) Patience. I'm learning to give time to each work. Waiting for a layer to dry, analyse the work and enjoy it.
  • 4) It's good to have two or three paintings going on at the same time. It helps a lot with the patience issue.
  • 5) Style. I'm far, far away on finding my own style. Practicing is the only way and I'm enjoying this  creative "quest".
  • 6) Painting a still life is definitely not easy as it seems.

There is nothing better than testing your limits.

The early stages of my painting... I didn't like it at all but I kept going!

The early stages of my painting... I didn't like it at all but I kept going!

When I asked for help to Este and she showed me the possibilities

When I asked for help to Este and she showed me the possibilities

The painting finished

The painting finished

About online courses and why I'm addicted to them

Hello everyone!

I decided I'll be posting regularly on my blog on Wednesdays and I'll also try to keep my site updated with my latest projects. Anyway, if you want to check it out or suggest something, please drop me a line whenever you want.

That said, my life has completely changed after my little "atelier". I feel so grateful with the opportunity given by my studio mates (I'll talk about them later) of sharing that space. Getting out of my house to work has increased my productivity a lot and, with the goal of improving my skills, I can finally follow my online courses much better. Yes, I confess: I'm addicted to online courses and I wish to have much more time available to watch and practice!

For me there's nothing more practical than that, not to mention the community, which is the best thing you can achieve, a cool connexion with people who have the same interests as you. It can really changes your life, like it changed mine as I posted before. The content available out there is so cool, there are so many different things, that I made a selection of the courses I'm taking now, going to take soon or wish I could take:

Explore Colour: This brand new course is the one I'm taking right now. It got me back to practicing acrylic painting and I couldn't be happier. I haven't painted in acrylics for about 15 years and I'm re-discovering a huge passion. The content of the course is posted in two weekends and you make 2 paintings with her guidelines each weekend. Este's is a very skilled painting artist, her method is very unique and her availability and tips are precious. I believe she'll have a new class in January 2016. More information here.

MATS A + Bootcamp 2016: In October I'll be taking the last live reviews courses from Lilla Rogers ' "Make Art That Sells (part A)". It covers five different markets that an artist could approach and sell their art (like children books, scrapbooking, paper goods, etc.), the Part B is another 5 markets. The previous home décor course I have taken was packed with lots and lots of info and I believe I wasn't really ready to take it. Summer trips, kids at home, lack of concentration... I needed much more time and experience because the level is really high. But, I'm excited to take another one once Lilla is an inspiration and keep us very busy with many exercises, marketing and business tips. Anyway, I'll be busy with her a lot because I signed up to Bootcamp 2016. Can't wait! 

Skillshare and Creative Bug: These two platforms are similar in the way they work: you sign up and pay a monthly fee to access their content. Creative Bug is more arts and crafts oriented and Skillshare is great for design and tech skills update. There are so many options, sooooooo many content that you have to filter what interests you the most. And those platforms are REALLY addictive. Creative Bug features Lisa Congdon, Molly Hatch and Yao Cheng, some of the few artists that admire. Skillshare has Jessica Hische, Elizabeth Olwen, also Lisa Congdon and many other to discover.

Koosje Koene: Top of my wish list. The co-founder of Sketchbook Skool has beautiful designed courses for improving drawing skills and art journaling. I love the way she teaches and the exercises she proposed... I think after MATS, I'll be going back to the basics. I gave a break from Sketchbook School, that I love, but I think I'll take January courses as they'll have Felix Schoenberger as a teacher.

Liz Steel's Sketching Now courses:  I found about Liz in Sketchbook School and she's a very well known artist in the Urban Sketchers community. I love her style and her techniques on drawing observation, my friend who took Foundations told me she learned a lot.

Carla Sonheim: Some of the classes offered are in my wish list, like Word Play. I never took any of them but I hope I find time soon. Few of my online friends totally recommend it. 

Long post isn't it? You'll have fun checking out about all of those courses. Let me know if you get inspired and enroll to any of them. See ya!

Few exercises for Explore Colours course

Few exercises for Explore Colours course

Paris coolest tradeshows: Who's Next and Maison & Objet

Hello!

It's been a very exciting "rentrée" for me. I've been setting up my new studio and enjoying my new work routine. September is the beginning of the year (for someone coming from the South Hemisphere it sounds weird!) and there are huge events here in Paris, like Who's Next and Maison & Objet. Fortunately, I had the chance to see them both and get really inspired.

Who's Next/Prêt-à-Porter is the most important Fashion Trade Show in the world. There are more than 2000 exhibitors and you can see from established big brands to fresh new creators coming out of the schools and exposing themselves to the market. All next year trends are there. They have two editions that lasts 3 days, one in January (Autumn/Winter season) and the other one in September (Summer/Spring).

Maison & Objet, which means House and Object, is sooooo big (8 pavilions) that lasts 5 days! It's all about Home Décor and they reorganised everything this year.  I only saw one (huge) pavilion, and, in my opinion, the most interesting, the one called Now!. It has all kinds of products, furniture, lamps, textiles, stationery... displaying what's coming next in Home Déc. Every year they choose a country to promote their best designers. Taiwan was the chosen one this year, they have interesting things but I'm always, always amazed by the Scandinavian designs. Denmark, Sweden, Finland are the best.

The next interesting shows are Première Vision, everything in textiles you can imagine and FIAC, the International Contemporary Art Fair, when the world best galleries get together in the Grand Palais.

Tonight I'll be visiting another show Now! Le Off, part of the Paris Design Week that getting better every year. So now it's time to digest and think about all the information I gathered and keep working.

See you soon!

 What an idea! I had heard about them and finally saw at Who's Next

 What an idea! I had heard about them and finally saw at Who's Next

Stand by Donna Wilson at Maison & Objet, I love the prints

Stand by Donna Wilson at Maison & Objet, I love the prints

Jars Ceramics colour palettes are always gorgeous (M&O)

Jars Ceramics colour palettes are always gorgeous (M&O)

Murano glasses are just so beautiful! (M&O)

Murano glasses are just so beautiful! (M&O)

Happy new studio!

Hello September!

As I posted in my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds I have exciting news! Finally I'll have my own studio here in Paris. "Mon nouveau atelier" is small, cozy and very well located, something that I've been dreaming for a while. I'm sharing the space with a small fashion brand that you'll hear about because they're very talented people. So, dreams can be true when you are grateful to the universe (and your lovely husband!). 

I'll be posting some photos soon. 

Keys to my private paradise creative bubble!  

Keys to my private paradise creative bubble!  

6 best Art Supplies Stores in Paris to amuse you while I'm getting back to reality

Hello friends!

It's been a while I haven't posted anything, or even updated my portfolio (shame on me!) and that's because I spent a whole month in vacations. I went on a trip with my husband and two kids (5yo and 2,5 yo). It was exhausting (small children parents knows what I'm talking about...) and amazing. Almost no Internet, no computer or IPad... just a bad connection sometimes to post few photos. We visited many different places and enjoyed a lot being close to the water, both the Mediterranean Sea and the Drôme River. The kids had a blast.

The "Grand Bleu", multicolor waters in the Porquerolles Island, South of France

The "Grand Bleu", multicolor waters in the Porquerolles Island, South of France

La Roane, a gorgeous river in the Drome department

La Roane, a gorgeous river in the Drome department

I also had a break from regular drawing and I don't regret it all, because I wrote A LOT. Journaling is a cool experience and I pampered myself with some contemplation time. Reading some books, going bike riding and trekking, and being in contact with the nature (and great wine) can change your mood for the year ahead. 

Now I'm back to reality here in Paris, trying to get things done. I'll be taking MORE online classes next semester and the next one of it is in acrylic painting! I'm so excited! Don't worry, I'll post it about it later. So, before I have something cool from my production to show, let's go shopping for art material to get inspired.

Here are, in my opinion, the BEST art supplies addresses in Paris:

Le Géant des Beaux-Arts: it's like Paradise in Earth, I can happily cross the town for getting in one of the 2 stores they have here (I go in the one in the 11ème) but I do almost my shopping online.

Rougier & Plé (Graphigro): They are 50 stores in France and I normally go to the one in the XVème, but it's not my favorite I like the one in the Marais. They have a nice selection of products.

Lavrut: I visited this shop a while ago, I found everything very expensive but they are located in a famous "Passage", so the visit is something special.

Sennelier: you just want to die when you get inside this tiny little shop in the Rive Gauche packed with the best (and expensive) you can find in art materials. They sell Dr. Ph Martins inks here, the only place I found it. They have weird open time schedule, but if you visit the Louvre you just cross a bridge and you're there. They have another shop in Montparnasse but it was closed when I try to visit.

Boesner: Never been there but my sketching folks loves the address, they have some amazing squared sketchbooks. I'm planning to go soon.

Marin: A friend told me about it and it seems like THE secret place, where the pros go. They have a good website and I think I gonna freak out when I see this place. They are a wood, colors and fabric manufacturer! 

So if you are an art material addict, like me, visiting Paris let me know if you stop by one of these stores.

Have fun!