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:

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.

(Available online and in most book stores. If you buy it directly from James Gurney, he'll even sign it for you: )

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 Montreal. Hope you can make it!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cereal Siege painting video

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:

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:
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.