Friday, April 29, 2016

Confection - tonal

Here is a tonal study I made for a new painting called 'Confection' I'm working on for the upcoming Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. I completed it with these great water soluble lead pencils that Derwent Pencils makes. (Honestly, I hadn't used them in years - but had a lot of fun with them again.)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Let the primith begin!

I'm choosing to focus on creating some smaller more affordable new works for the upcoming Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2016. Here is a shot of the gesso express. (Gesso = the white liquid used to prime a surface for paint, for those unfamiliar.)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit!

People of Toronto‬: looks like I will see you again soon!!! More specifically: July 8-10 at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition! (More details to follow in the future.)

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Countdown - the process

Just for fun, here is the whole process from my recent painting 'Countdown'. 

 Thumbnail studies (bottom right was the chosen one to develop)

 first rough

 rough with text and numbers added. (Getting the text how I want digitally and then tracing it later saves a lot of time.)

 final rough


 tonal study

 color studies done at a small scale digitally to save time. I like to see many varieties on one page. (Bottom right was chosen to expand upon.)

 Premixing the color palette for the painting.

 underpainting (blocking in the darks and lights)

 painting in process

 final painting!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Countdown - all done!

"Do you have anything... uh... not so scary?"

That's a question I was asked (twice actually) late February at The Artist Project, a large art fair in Toronto I exhibited in. It was asked to me on separate occasions by two Mom's looking for something gentler. For a nursery.

You never know what will generate your next idea...

It did get me thinking about what I found gentle when I was very young. I can't imagine life without Sesame Street. I know many feel the same way. I always liked The Count. It was his laugh mostly. (I'm also a fan of Oscar the Grouch.)

I have trouble waking up early... 

I'm a very deep sleeper. At one point I had 3 alarm clocks. The most effective of them all was my twin hammer bell alarm clock (those classic looking alarm clocks - there's a reason they've been around so long). Until it stopped working, it was most effective in accelerating my heart rate each morning. I was thinking about what it felt like to get so abruptly woken up each morning. What would that look like in a painting? 

Combining the two:

The new painting above is called 'Countdown'. In it, The Count, under moonlight is laughing famously as he counts down the remaining seconds of an alarm clock so loud it shatters itself under the arrival of the day's first light! The Count's cape also acts as a veil between the separation of night and day. (Inspired by Greek mythology of merging the abilities of Nyx (goddess of night) and Eos (goddess of dawn). Though he is a vampire, in the show Sesame Street, The Count circuits the day unscathed.)

But is it GENTLE and FIT for a nursery???

In my quest to bring this painting to you, I seem to have strayed from the realm of affable baby decor once again... I guess I just like painting "scary" things...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Persistance of Vision

 WouldLOVE to see this documentary at some point. If you've NEVER SEEN The Thief and the Cobbler (also known as The Princess and the Cobbler) - it is a seriously underrated gem!

For more art documentaries, check out my list of personal recommendations here.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Countdown - progress

Here's some progress of the painting 'Countdown' including the underpainting and palette setup.

It's getting to the point now where I almost need two palettes: one to do the premixing and another for room to do further mixing.

 Looked at some photos online of moonlight and full moon skies. Came across one with a deep green sky and liked it because it was unconventional. (Stolen!)

Friday, April 01, 2016

'The Nightmare' by Henry Fuseli

 I borrowed a book of Henry Fuseli's work from the library and have been devouring it with my eyes. The painting in this video has been among my favorites since I first came across it. I did not know until recently it's resting place is in Detroit though (at the Detroit Institute of Arts). Very unconventional composition too: the woman's arm is really close to the frame and most major elements are on the right hand side. It feels rather unbalanced to me, but is an appropriate fit to the jarring subject matter. And of course the title is a play on words, too wink emoticon

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Countdown - tonal

I decided to do a tonal study (in pencil) for the ‪#‎painting‬ I'm working on called 'Countdown'. Here's part of it:

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016

THAT LAUGH! - collection photo

 Pret-ty cool! My painting 'THAT LAUGH!', hanging in it's new home! (And yes, that's a Warhol on the left and Basquait on the right!)

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Dollars & Snakes - complete

My latest ‪painting 'Dollars & Snakes'. The painting was inspired by the movie The Big Short, which depicted a behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 American housing collapse. I have a clearer idea of what actually happened during that time now and I've been reading more about it too. (The movie has some strong acting, if you have not seen it yet.)

 'Dollars & Snakes'
acrylic on wood panel
(image dimensions) 7.75"x9.75"
(including frame) 11.75"x13.25"

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

MentorMe podcast interview

I had the privilege of being interviewed on the MentorMe podcast yesterday. The Mentorme podcast has a focus on business, mentors and entrepreneurship. In the talk, I discuss my influences and what has helped me sustain an art career.

You can download the audio, listen to additional interviews and find out more on the official website here:

Sunday, March 13, 2016

2016 painting list update

Another ‪painting done from the official list! The final painting 'Dollars & Snakes' will be premiered tomorrow @ YES Montreal's Business Skills for Creative Souls conference:…/art…/events/yes-arts-conference-expo

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Dollars & Snakes - more progress

Here's more of the progress from my new painting 'Dollars & Snakes' inspired by the movie 'The Big Short'. The original will be exhibited at the upcoming YES Montreal hosted Business Skills for Creative Souls conference:

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

YES Montreal - Business Skills for Creative Souls confrence

Coming up on Monday March 14, YES Montreal asked me to be one of the presenting artists who will also be giving a brief talk at their upcoming Business Skills for Creative Souls conference. I've been benefiting from YES's services since I arrived in Montreal in July 2012 and am flattered to be involved with it this year.

If you are an emerging artist, attending this event IS A MUST to learn more about the business side of what you do! You can find more details about the event here:

Saturday, February 27, 2016

CKUT 90.3FM - The Friday Morning After, Feb. 26, 2016

A follow-up interview on Montreal station CKUT 90.3FM, Louis-Bernard St-Jean, Denise Buisman-Pilger and I did yesterday about our experience at The Artist Project in Toronto and upcoming upcoming involvement in YES Montreal's business conference on March 14th.

You can listen to it here: (starts @ 35:42)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Artist Project 2016 - already over!

THANK YOU, The Artist Project team and volunteers, art collectors who attended and new admirers of my work for making the event such a fun time!

The painting of mine above, 'Cereal Siege', is just one of the images I sold during the event that has found a happy new home! Below are some shots of the fair and my booth.

The booth, the whole booth, and nothing but the booth!

Something's missing... that's because it SOLD!

The event was well attended and attracted a big crowd. 
Explaining my process and influences to some admirers.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Global TV, Monteal - Feb. 15, 2016

(Click on the image above to watch the video.)

 Big thank you to Paola Samuel and Global Montreal for yesterday morning’s live interview with Artist Abroad - Denise Buisman Pilger, Louis-Bernard St-Jean Art Contemporain and myself, about our participation to the upcoming The Artist Project Toronto art fair and how we met through YES Montreal back in 2014.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

CKUT 90.3FM - The Friday Morning After, Feb. 12, 2016

Here is an interview conducted yesterday by Christine Claire Deita of CKUT 90.3FM radio show, The Friday Morning After, between myself, along with artists and friends Denise Buisman Pilger & Louis-Bernard St-Jean discussing the upcoming The Artist Project, an art fair in Toronto we're exhibiting in next week! 

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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