Friday, January 23, 2015

Robert Williams on the topic of fear

Last Year's Fears, a group exhibition I'm curating about the premise of fears, will now open in less than one week! On the facebook event page, I've been posting one quote about fear per day. Yesterday's fear quote is among my personal favorites and belongs to 'low brow art' legend and founder of JUXTAPOZ magazine (and a big influence on a personal level), Robert Williams. (below)

Last Year's Fears opening night: Thursday, January 29 7:00-10:00pm at Galerie Abyss, 1520 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Show runs until February 28th)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Last Year's Fears - painting preview

Out of the 12 basic colors, one I use the least in my paintings is red. ...But all that's about to change with the painting I've completed for Last Year's Fears ( http://on.fb.me/1xwichC ) Here is a sneak peek. (Wait - is that that mould in the corner?? ewww.)

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Last Year's Fears - opening in 3 weeks



Happy 2015 to you all! I hope you all had a healthy and happy holiday.

Coming up fast (just 3 weeks away) is the group exhibition I'm curating called 'Last Year's Fears'. 19 artists will face their fears via original new paintings. I have seen some of the incredible works so far and the artists involved have not restrained themselves. Join us for the opening January 27th!
(Exhibition poster in post below.)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Last Year's Fears

Something to look forward to in the new year! VERY excited about this upcoming show I'm curating that will take place in January 2015.

Each artist will paint something they are afraid of - a personal fear they wish to overcome



Monday, December 08, 2014

Friday, December 05, 2014

KICKFLIP - exhibit up till end of December 2014



  Just a reminder, all the works from KICKFLIP, the skateboard art show at Galerie Abyss, will now be on display until the end of this month. Several of the works are still available. You can also view the whole show online here: www.galerieabyss.com

This is a photo I took of the underpainting during the process of the クッキー·モンスター (Cookie Monster) skateboard painting (left) and printed digital color mockup (right).

Monday, December 01, 2014

XXI (21th Century) art auction at IEGOR

http://www.iegor.net/working/page2.php?lang=en&stat=0&dbase=amb


Tomorrow night, I have two works in an auction called 'XXI' (21st Century) at IEGOR, international auction house, featuring only contemporary works. You can join us and 'get your bid on', or check out all the available works from the show by clicking the image above.

Also, I'm sending out a new newsletter tomorrow. If you want updates before anyone else, you can sign up here: http://bit.ly/1vauKPv


Friday, November 21, 2014

Hidden cookies...

Thanks so much everyone who took the time to suggest their favorite cookies (from a  facebook post back in October) for the Cookie Monster painting that's now finished and on display in KICKFLIP at Galerie Abyss. I thought it would be fun to show you where the suggestions went and all the hidden cookies inside the painting. Enjoy with a glass of milk.



Monday, November 17, 2014

Cookie Monster painting

So here is the final skateboard painting I created for the show KICKFLIP (show runs till mid January): http://on.fb.me/1t6X0fS
In this painting, the Cookie Monster fights ANOTHER cookie monster - a Godzilla made entirely out of cookies!








Complete with chocolate chips and cookie crumb lettering.

 
I'll make a future post about all cookie types the Godzilla character is made up of. He's malicious AND delicious! (Look for it soon.)


"RUN!!!"

Painting this skateboard for the show made me miss the days spent skateboarding with my friends. It was a big part of my youth.


クッキー·モンスター (cookie monster)
acrylic on skateboard
8"x32.25"
$700

The piece is currently still available. Contact the gallery if you're interested. www.galerieabyss.com

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Yoda says...

So here's something I can share with you all now: this past Sunday November 9th, David, one of my best friends growing up, married the woman of his dreams. I was unable to attend the wedding in person in Australia, but I DID send this little doozie half way around the world to the newly wed Star Wars fans.
 Although it resembles an internet meme the piece was actually inspired by famed Illustrator James Mongomery Flagg's famous 1917 'I WANT YOU' United States army recruitment poster. (Yoda's quote also seemed like suitable advice for any married couple.)

James Mongomery Flagg's famous poster. It has been a VERY popular subject of parody over the years.

Friday, November 07, 2014

THAT LAUGH! - more laughter

I've been concentrating all my efforts on the 'THAT LAUGH!' #painting once again since I finished my piece for the skateboard art show next Saturday. Here is more of the daunting detail:

Monday, November 03, 2014

Kickflip, skateboard art show date change

The skateboard art show (Kickflip) coming up at Galerie Abyss in Montreal is now Saturday November 15th. 

*Please note* There has been a date change of the opening by the organizer, which was previously this coming Friday. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Hope to see you there! Click here for facebook event info.

Monday, October 20, 2014

cookie painting - more progress

Here is more progress from the cookie painting I'm working on for the upcoming Skateboard show at Galerie Abyss: www.galerieabyss.com



Please note: the opening is on Friday November 7th. In my earlier post I stated it was the 9th - that was an error - it's on the 7th.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney

I've been learning so much from this book since I bought it 2 months ago. 'Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter' by James Gurney. Excellent comprehensive resource for any painter (regardless of medium) wanting to understand and incorporate more of those two devices into their work. 

http://jamesgurney.com/site/213/color-and-light-a-guide-for-the-realist-painter


(Available online and in most book stores. If you buy it directly from James Gurney, he'll even sign it for you: http://jamesgurney.com/site/213/color-and-light-a-guide-for-the-realist-painter )
 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Cookie painting

"Run, Gingerbread people, run!" 

Here is part of the rough drawing for a 'cookie themed painting' I'm working on for an upcoming group show. The final painting (and the rest of the paintings in the exhibition) will all be painted on skateboards! Radical, huh?

The opening is November 9th at Galerie Abyss www.galerieabyss.com Montreal. Hope you can make it!



Monday, September 29, 2014

Cereal Siege painting video

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtbMbAtG2Yk

Here's a quick video I made about the making of the painting 'Cereal Siege' and the Thoughts & Progress booklets I sell.  I still have some booklets left... for now.

Also, if you never read the article I wrote about what influenced the painting, here it is again: http://www.jonodoiron.blogspot.ca/2014/07/cereal-siege-essay.html

Monday, September 22, 2014

Syn Studio - Foundations of Painting course

I've been simultaneously taking a course at Syn Studio ('Foundations of Painting' taught by Illustrator and fine artist, Charles Vinh) that just ended last night. What a great experience! Charles taught me new techniques to block in my paintings that I plan to use on future works. Here are the 3 paintings from the 10 week course (including my first painting from a live model).







                                           Live model study painted in four 3 hour sessions.



  

Study of reflective lighting and glass.





Tonal study (determining different values).

Also, this Thursday is their end of semester Vernissage party! (Among the best art parties in Montreal!) All are welcome! Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1466582983612253/
Check out the video below from thier most recent vernissage (June 2014)


Monday, September 15, 2014

Ren & Stimpy animation cel!!!



 I've ALWASYS wanted to own an animation cel - and now I do! This past weekend at the MontrealComic-Con, I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Camp: Co-Creator and Creative Director on the Ren & Stimpy Show  (among many other animated projects he has contributed his talent to).  Bob was a true gentlemen, quite willing to share his enthusiasm from the show to myself and other fans. Among them, he disclosed an interesting story behind my favorite R &S episode, 'Haunted House'.

The cel I purchased is from the episode 'Stimpy's Fan Club' from the second season. I recognized where the cel was from immediately. Bob (and the woman he shared his table with whom I gather to be his wife or partner) expressed they both secretly wanted to keep it. I assured them it was going to someone who will very genuinely enjoy it.     

In the episode, Ren's jealousy of Stimpy's fan letters (and suppression after Stimpy recruits him to reply to his letters) drives him toward madness while Stimpy sleeps soundly. The scene is dark and reminiscent of (and quite possibly influenced by) Macbeth's monologue after killing King Duncan from Shakespeare's play: Macbeth.  


The Ren & Stimpy Show was noted for it's off model continuity. Ren briefly has five digit anatomical hands for emphasis. The line is: "With these hands..." 



The back of the cel. On cels,  the character outlines were traced or printed on the front and painted on the back (so you wouldn't see brush strokes). This is actually a two cel setup - Ren's hands and body are on two separate layers. The background is a colored photocopy, not the original painted background.


Signed by Bob Camp. RS - 303 is a label for Ren & Stimpy (the show) and  303 is the scene number.


A-4 (arms 4th drawing), R-2 (Ren, second drawing) and BG - 114 is the where the BackGround appeared in the episode.



Certificate of authenticity.


The exact frame I now proudly own as it was shot and broadcast. On the DVD, the frame occurs 13 minutes into the episode.