Sunday, October 7, 2018
Major break throughs today. This could be my most ambitious painting yet, it certainly feels that way but I guess every painting feels that way when you're always trying something new. Anyway I don't have much experience painting white fur, and having never taken any official painting classes, I was pretty much left in the dark on this one. To remedy the problem, I watched some videos online and looked at the work of some of my favourite painters and pretty much painted and repainted and mixed and matched techniques to the level I wanted them at. Finally, I don't think I've ever painted this many flowers on 1 painting before, and only to change my mind on the base colour half way through. Of course there were times I felt like giving up and throwing the whole thing out but soldiered on hope like I always do, and it came together today, as I was painting the shadows in. I love painting shadows, it's the true and final test to see if everything is going to gel together, and it did! The feeling of despair that comes with challenging oneself seems to have dissipated for now and succumbed to personal feelings of accomplishment and pride! Which is what you want really, in any painting. I still got some ways to go to get it to the level I want it at, the way I see it in my head, which is looking a lot like Robert Bateman on mushrooms, quite frankly.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Forgive me, I have been painting. I took a wrong turn and had to paint over days of hard work but I see the colours clearly now. My hands feel good today and for that I feel lucky. It is still such a treat to work with this colour after all these years! To be fair my last 3 paintings contained 0 pink so I deserve this.
I made a couple new episodes on my YouTube channel. Pretty amateur stuff, my old phone died so now I have a better 1 for videos and stuff, a lot of tinkering, I figure it only gets better from here:
Thanks to whoever bought a print of my Tiger Queen at my Society6 page! For awhile there only Flamingos In The Bathroom were selling but this has opened my eyes:
I had fun at the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Event, here's a pic of me and The Big Goose! I guess I like gin now. You can still vote for me here:
Thanks for looking, I got a lot of painting planned.. I seem to never run out of ideas but instead have to prioritize the ones most impulsively interesting at the moment. Deciding can be a harrowing experience, there's only so much time! Anyway if you are having trouble I find it helps if you just jot down any ol' idea that comes to mind and go from there. 10 ideas a day for 10 days then re-evaluate, there's got to be a decent 1 in there somewhere. Right now for me it's this albino squirrel. I figure it's going to be across between the Hoarding Squirrel, The Floral Print Dragon and The Safe Room For A Bee. I didn't plan it that way and I still have the option of changing it as soon as tmw.. stay tooned!
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
I'm a regional finalist for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Art award and I need your vote to help me win a trip to share my art in Miami, USA. Online voting is done here:
THE BIG GOOSE acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 x 1.5 inches 2018 $5000
Monday, August 13, 2018
I applied and have been selected as a regional finalist for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. An art award, the top prize is a round trip to present my art at Miami Art Week!
Anyway as I figure out the fine print of the details I wanted to let you know I will be exhibiting the selected painting, The Big Goose on:
Wednesday, August 29 @
301 Adelaide St. West
Toronto ON M5V 2E8
Event time 7-9pm
It is mandatory that I attend and I am encouraged to invite friends!
Regardless, this is the first time The Big Goose painting will be publicly exhibited and it would be nice to see you!!
As for the other parts of my practice, I finished my red and blue lizard painting, I still have to photograph it, I started a new painting (an albino squirrel in a room of cherry blossoms), I currently have 3 lizard paintings up at bG Gallery in Santa Monica, California (see previous post) and I scored a big painting sale online too! The Polar Chair II finally has a new home.
Well that's it for now, thanks for your continual support and interest.
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Started a new painting already. I had the idea in my head for awhile. It's a Red Headed Agama lizard, basically it's a pretty thing with a red head and a blue body. I want to make him camouflaged into a blue room with only the head sticking out in red. Another alpha male marking territory and or attracting a mate. Nature is so pretty and it just happens! See previous post for my take on this series of lizards in rooms I seem to be occupied with right now. Anyway, it took me a few tries (erasers and paint- overs) to get the composition and all the contours right, exactly how I want them. The carpal tunnel has been intermittent. I am taking hourly breaks, wearing the brace and just got introduced to some stretches and massaging options. Every day that I get to paint has been a blessing and I am very thankful.
Results from the Frilled Lizard Photoshoot
Frilled Lizard acrylic on canvas 12 x 12 x 1.5 inches 2018 $500
Available for purchase: https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Frilled-Lizard/672002/4365062/view
This painting is part of a a giant lizards in rooms series I'm working on. I like lizards, I like how they come in all different patterns and colours. Each species is pretty unique and have somehow adapted and evolved in their own special way for survival, like a natural talent. I like enhancing their characteristics within the sheltered space I have provided for them, making them look good in a protected place where they might belong. I love celebrating their differences, watching them thrive in their prospective environments, it allows me to discover things within myself.