Fleeting Moments – Watercolour Urban Sketching

There’s a pile of artwork I finished scanning, archiving, packaging for storage, from this past warm weather season. Since I have my sketching bag prepared at all times now, I throw it on an go. I draw and paint, and then the artwork gets thrown into a pile in my studio to be dealt with later. That’s been the process this summer. I think I made plenty of work though there were times I wanted to do more; I’d be standing or sitting outside watching …

Heavy Shoulders in Sunset, an Oil Painting

Here is a painting I finished in the spring that I had to hold off posting because I had entered it in a contest. The downside of this is that I forget many of my original thoughts on this painting, as I went travelling afterwards. Sometimes artists lose sight of the potential other reasons their art was rejected in a contest or grant application, not so much that it’s “bad”; likewise, no artist should abandon their style and voice and paint a completely different way …

One Week 100 People

A few weeks ago, I signed myself up for the “One Week 100 People” Drawing Challenge, which I learned about from Marc Holmes, a local Urban Sketcher (though, admittedly, I am virtually never around for the official meet-ups and do all my urban sketching alone). The challenge was what it sounds like: over the course of one week, sketch 100 people. At first, I was arrogant. “Yeah, that’s easy,” I thought. Quickly, I realized it wasn’t so easy. I was thinking back to when I …

Shifting Focus: Oils & Cybernetics

I’m excited to say I am working on two new oil paintings. It’s been… about 6 whole years since I’ve done a large-scale oil painting. It’s because we have our new studio space in our apartment, which is better equip for ventilating the fumes, the scale, and capturing splatter. I don’t have any pictures of our old “studio” online, but it was essentially a tiny corner next to our bed. So. Much. Improvement. In all aspects of my life… everything is just much better.   …

Hobbits for a Wedding & Greeting Cards

I managed to forget to post about it. This summer, I was commissioned to paint a portrait of a couple for their wedding, featuring them as hobbits. I wasn’t too sure what I was getting myself into at first, however it turned out to be a really fun and creative painting to work on! I wanted to wait to post about it in case the couple would somehow find it as it was a surprise wedding gift.     There is also a time lapse …

Urban Sketching Summer

This year, I think one of my unstated goals was to avoid using the computer as much as possible while it was summer. Of course, when I have video work that makes it necessary to be on one, it can’t be helped…however, if you’re familiar with what winter is like in Montreal, there is really not much reason why I should be staring in a glowing box in a dark room during the nice part of the year. It won’t be long before the sun …

How Would You Feel to Receive a Painting as Your Birthday Surprise?

To save ruining a surprise, I had to wait to post about my latest commission until the birthday passed. It was really hard. Taking the tape off the edges, seeing the final painting with crisp, white borders… it was very hard not to post it instantly. Now that the painting is out of my hands, the excitement died down… kind of like a break-up. One sad aspect of commissioned work is I don’t really get to spend much time with the image afterwards, and I …

Results from the Exhibition & Emboss Magazine

Spring has been crazy busy for me this year, compared to the last few years. Exhibition, large commission, filming for our documentary, moving to a new place…   Since announcing the pop-up exhibition is the last update I left, I would like to briefly talk about how it went. Our exhibition space was in the Mile End of Montreal in a commercial building full of other artist studios. The calibre of the work in the exhibition was nice; I hadn’t seen the work before hand, …

Pop-up Art Exhibition: Dreams to Remember + A new painting

This is a little late announcement: if you’re looking for something to do art-wise this weekend and are in Montreal, I’m going to be part of a pop-up art exhibition in the Mile End/Plateau area! What is a pop-up exhibition? It’s an exhibition that only lasts 1 night then disappears, so you really have only one chance to check it out! Here is a link to the Facebook event page, and the details are copied below.     “Dreams to Remember” Sunday, April 3, 2016 …

First Days of Spring

Montreal didn’t have a very intense winter this year. Worked out great for me because of my surgery – I would’ve had a really hard time walking if there was 2 feet of snow, ice, and the same kind of -36C weather from a winter or two ago. I’m still traumatized by that. Most people are saying, “Huh, unusually warm / that was a short winter”. I guess! I mean, having arctic weather every year isn’t exactly normal in terms of the rest of the …