Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Artist Project - tickets!

Hurray! I received some complimentary tickets which I'll be sending off soon and my move-in badges from Toronto's upcoming The Artist Project art fair yesterday! The event is just ONE WEEK AWAY! Hope to see you there!

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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Celestial Hands - all done!

Here's the final version of the newest painting I completed called 'Celestial Hands' (acrylic on panel, 8"x10"). It will be for sale at the upcoming The Artist Project February 18-21.

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Celestial Hands

I'm working to wrap up one last painting for The ArtistProject (now just 2 weeks away!). This painting is called 'Celestial Hands'. It is an alternate narrative on why cartoon characters wear gloves. 

My favorite reference to this is from Bobby in 'An ExtremelyGoofy Movie':

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

storing paint with baby food jars

Here's a pro tip that was passed on to me years ago: if you have a young child or have friends/family who do, save those baby food jars. They are excellent for storing premixed paint because of their air lock lids and convenient size. I've got a bunch of jars my sister donated to me when she gave birth to my niece and nephew. The blue in the jar I'm holding was mixed 7 months ago - and it's still active!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

New business card

My new business card. People are always telling me "You gotta SELL YOURSELF!" and "People don't just buy the art, they buy the artist"...
(The back of the card has an image of my work along with my website, E-mail, etc...)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

List of painting goals for 2016

My list of painting goals for 2016. I almost always know the title of the works beforehand and then work backwards. This list is taped to my drawing table.

 (Short list? This list does not account for group shows, commissions or studies.)

Friday, January 22, 2016

Timing Charts - all done!

'Timing Charts' - one of the new paintings I created for the upcoming The Artist Project Toronto next month is now complete and will be for sale. (Acrylic on wood panel, 20"x16".) Animation friends and fans will likely get the reference of the painting's title and iconography in the right hand corner.

                                                            "What are timing charts??"

Here's a great video I found by Echo Bridge that explains them and their use.

 See you in Toronto in 4 short weeks!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Artist Project - ONE MONTH AWAY!

 The Toronto art fair I've been preparing for, The Artist Project, is ONE MONTH AWAY! You can find me at booth #922. You can view my profile on the official website here.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Old frames

These frames were donated to me recently. They are both from the rural house that my (now 97) Grandmother grew up in. Not sure yet what imagery I will create for the frames to accompany, but they'll have to be quite special given the provenance. (Both are approximately 16"x20")

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Christopher Nolan Inspired by Francis Bacon's paintings

"Having other frames of reference, having windows into other possibilities is essential."
-Christopher Nolan

Director, Christopher Nolan, discusses how the Joker's makeup in the movie The Dark Knight was inspired by the paintings of Francis Bacon, the value of seeing art in person and working analogue. Art inspires more art.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Timing Charts - tonal block-in

Here is the tonal block-in for my latest painting 'Timing Charts'. Another new painting I'm creating for The Artist Project in Toronto, February 18-21.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Creating A Monster - all done!

Happy New Year, everyone! 'Creating A Monster' - the last painting I completed in 2015 shortly before the end of the year - is all done! the original will be for sale at the upcoming The Artist Project Toronto from February 18-21.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 in review

2015: what a year! THANK YOU so much everyone, for all your support over this past year! Here is 2015 in review via paintings completed. Looking forward to an exciting and productive 2016!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Creating A Monster - block-in

The block-in for the new painting 'Creating A Monster'. One of the new pieces being created for The Artist Project happening in Toronto, Feb. 18-21, 2016.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Grinch: horror movie trailer

Hey, this is pretty cool. Back in 2013, I created a painting called 'The Whoville Massacre' which reimagined Dr. Seuss' famous book 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' as a horror movie. It would appear others have since had the same brainstorm, a few of which have gone as far as making a fake movie trailer. My favorite among them is this one by Dane Keil.

The version I did (above)

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Timing Charts - drawings

Here is the final rough and line drawing for the painting 'Timing Charts'. One of the new paintings to be exhibited in The Artist Project Toronto February 2016.

Tight rough drawing.

Clean drawing. This is what I will scan and blow up the size of the painting surface I will work on, and then print out. The purpose of the cleanup is so the lines are decisive - I don't have to guess which is the lines I want to keep.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Creating a monster...

This is the drawing for the painting on the round wood panel I'm creating for The Artist Project Toronto called 'Creating a Monster'. It was inspired by Gumby, playing with Play-Doh as a child, monsters, special effects animation, and the movie 'The Thing' (even though I've never seen the movie).

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Gesso? I guess so.

One of the new painting I'm creating for The Artist Project Toronto will be painted on a 16" round wood panel! (I've always worked in squares/rectangles before previously. It's one of the new paintings I'm looking forward to the most.) Was a on a gessoing kick last night, priming a bunch of new surfaces.

(FYI: My favorite place to buy wood panels in Montreal is the UQAM art store:

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Artist Project 2016 - listing of artists

 A listing of all the artists exhibiting in the upcoming The Artist Project Toronto in Feb. 2016 can now be seen on the official website here:
Feel rather privileged to be exhibiting along so much talent!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

A word about Aspect Ratio

Knowing what size you are going to make your paintings before you begin is tremendously helpful. By knowing this, you can now be exact with your composition. 

There is something called Aspect Ratio most commonly used to determine screen dimensions in broadcast media (TV, cinema films, YouTube...).  Aspect Ratio is that notice you used to see on VHS tapes stating 'this film has been formatted to fit your screen'.

The aspect ratio of the drawing for the painting above (inside the grey rectangle) is 20:16 = 20"x16" (Examples of aspect ratios of different dimensions, but the same proportions would be 5:4, 10:8, and 1:0.8)

By knowing this, you can create a shape in those dimensions and account for all the space used in your composition. The advantage is: when you blow up the drawing (via photocopier to transfer it to your painting surface) you won't have negative space in your painting surface that you did not account for. (see below)

I like scanning the drawing, bringing it into a digital coloring program and placing a shape over it in the dimensions of the final painting. You can always move around that shape and angle it so the drawing fits in the most interesting way. 

Then, print out that image at a manageable size to tighten up the drawing (above). Although the shape is less than the final dimensions, you know that when you scale it up, it will be EXACTLY the size you want.  There are many  print places where you can do large format printing (anything beyond 12"x18"). You can get your image printed out at the scale you want (in this case, 20"x16").