Monday, July 18, 2016

12x12 - tonal


First peek at 'The Memory Thief' - a new painting I'm creating for the 12x12 group show at Galerie Abyss opening August 6! 

fb event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1067384330002872/

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Dinosaur toy painting study


Here's a small painting study I did recently of a T-Rex toy I had painted from life. My goal since the Spring has been to do more of these studies. I've been using a Golden Artist Colors OPEN acrylics starter kit to do these small studies. I'm really loving the blending abilities without compromising the fast drying time. 


Dinosaur toy painting study


Here's a small painting study I did recently of a T-Rex toy I had painted from life. My goal since the Spring has been to do more of these studies. I've been using a Golden Artist Colors OPEN acrylics starter kit to do these small studies. I'm really loving the blending abilities without compromising the fast drying time. 


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

eyes of the artist - The first painting HAS BEEN REVEALED!

So cool! The first 'eyes of the artist' HAS BEEN REVEALED!!

The story:

This past weekend at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit, I launched a new series of paintings called 'eyes of the artist'. 4 paintings in the series total, each one named after one of the seasons (winter, spring, summer & fall). Each painting has NEVER been seen by anyone prior to sale other than myself. The collector opens the painting knowing they are receiving an exclusive look at something not previously shared with the world. (Or, they could choose to store the painting and never share it with the world - they get to choose the outcome.) I offer art enthusiasts a rebate if they choose to film their reactions when they open the painting. AND, if that's not enough - I also include an additional surprise included with each painting too... 


You can watch the reaction of the painting "Fall" (the true title of the painting is 'Tongue Twister') above. (the big reveal occurs at 2:05)


Here is an image of what the painting looks like:

'Tongue Twister'
acrylic on wood panel

5"x7"

The paintings were hit at TOAE and I ONLY HAVE ONE LEFT. If you want to join the party, you can claim it here.

THANK YOU, Toronto!


Wow - hard to believe the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is finished already! THANK YOU to everyone who bought artwork, stopped by my booth to say hello and expressed their enthusiasm in my work! THANK YOU to the entire staff at TOAE and the many volunteers who repeatedly offered their help. Thank you to Higgins rentals for the tents.
If there is work you spotted that would be a great fit for your space, and you would like to discuss it with me further, feel free to send me an E-mail ( jono [at]jonodoiron.com ) 


Toronto: I'll be back!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit - LAST DAY!


Dear Toronto,

Today is the LAST DAY of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit! I am heading back to Montreal tomorrow, so if you've been eyeballing anything in my booth (#119) and want to avoid shipping, I will be serving you today from 10:00-6:00. I look forward to talking with you!

Monday, July 04, 2016

Syn Studio - Gathering of the Masters 2016



MAJOR THANKS to Syn Studio for putting on for putting on such an informative event: 'The Gathering of the Masters 2016', a 3 day masterclass workshop I was fortunate to attend! The highlight for me was getting to meet and draw with artist, James Gurney. His book 'Color & Light' is a supreme resource I recommended to realist painters repeatedly: http://jamesgurney.com/…/color-and-light-a-guide-for-the-re…

Syn Studio is the leading concept art school in Montreal. You can find out more about the courses and workshops they offer here: http://synstudio.ca 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Toronto Outdoor Art Event begins next week!

NEXT WEEK: July 8-10 begins the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition! I will see you soon, Toronto! You can find me at booth #119 in green on the map above. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Daily Painting


I've been very inspired by this book 'Daily Painting' (http://carolmarine.blogspot.ca/p/my-books.html) to wake up and do some painting studies. I would like to do more of them. Great way to observe light and color without having to commit to a large piece. This was painted from a small Bart Simpson toy maquette I had. Painted from life with acrylic. Light source is sunlight.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Why Titling Your Artwork Is Important



Some valid points from Aunia Kahn, Gallery director of Alexi Era Gallery, on why it does not benefit your work by calling it 'untitled'. To add: get feedback if you can't come up with anything on your own. Ask your friends, family and fans for title suggestions. In my opinion, the work is not finished unless you've come up with a title. 'Untitled' is lazy and unimaginative.

Listen to what she has to say on the subject here. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

First of the secretive paintings

Finished up the first (of four) of the secretive ‪‎paintings‬ yesterday for the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition coming up July 8-10. Here is the palette‬. I thought it would be a fun change to just 'free mix' all the colors, as opposed to making color strings like I normally do for my larger pieces.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"secretive" paintings

I have 4 "secretive" paintings in the works for the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition coming up July 8-10. Here they are gessoed and primed. More details soon...

Saturday, June 11, 2016

using a sandpaper pencil sharpener

video

I've had a sand paper pencil sharpener taped to the top right corner of my drawing table for many years now. They can greatly extend the life out of your pencils and nearly all art stores carry them. When a layer gets full, you can just remove it and there is a clean layer underneath. They do produce lots of dust though. I figured out over time, if you put a bag over the sharpener, it will keep your area clean.


Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit: ONE MONTH AWAY!

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is now ONE MONTH AWAY! (Ah, the pressure is on!) Hope you can make it! You can find me at Booth #119 (high lighted green on the map below.)



*Photo above from 2014 by my friend and artist, Denise Busiman Pilger. She will also be exhibiting in TOAE this year. You can check out her work here.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Nightmare Sauce

My latest painting 'Nightmare Sauce'. It will be available at the upcoming Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition next month July 8-10! You coming? 'Nightmare Sauce'
acrylic on wood panel
12"x12"

Monday, May 30, 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

Drawing for new painting for TOAE

Here is the rough drawing‬ to a new ‪#‎painting‬ I'm working on for the upcoming Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition coming up July 8-10. I haven't decided on a title for the painting yet, I'm open to suggestions if you have any. (The painting is about seeing shapes in spilled ink.)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

FREE E-book!

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I have a special offer for you today:

I'm giving away a FREE copy of my E-book 'THOUGHTS & PROGRESS: THAT LAUGH!'


The THOUGHTS & PROGRESS books are a series of booklets that was instigated in 2013 after I sold a painting to a collector who admired the drawings from the whole process and urged me to share it with people. This is the FIRST TIME one of these booklets is available in an E-book format - and it's at no cost to you!

Inside of the E-book, you'll learn of the entire process I underwent to create the 2015 painting, 'THAT LAUGH!'. Consider it akin to the audio commentary on your favorite DVD's or the "making of" featurette. It is a conversation with the artist (myself) about where the idea came from, drawings and notes from the process - all of it shared with no steps withheld!

Monday, May 16, 2016

The block-in: Deathblow

Here is the block-in to a new painting called 'Deathblow'.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

New website!

I did a BIG - and very necessary - revamp of my website recently. I would love to know what you think. You can check it out here: http://www.jonodoiron.com/
Thanks!