Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Undertexting - show details


When: February 2015, opening Saturday February 7, 2-4pm

Where: The Elaine Fleck Gallery, 888 queen St w, Toronto

Hi Everyone,

(Note: this is the same as an email I just sent to my mailing list)

I'd just like to say that I have a show coming up in Toronto featuring the new painting style that I've been developing over the past year or so. The name I'm going with for this new style, and this show, is 'undertexting'. This will be the first time this new style of work will be seen in public.

As I mentioned in my previous email, rebuilding my artistic process has turned out to be a lot harder than I thought it would be. I'm happy to say though, that I'm finally getting some results that justify the hard work, uncertainty, and the potential for a serious artistic disaster. Maybe I'm being overly dramatic, but sometimes in the middle of a long process like that when you don't know if it's going to work out on the other side and you have no idea if you know what you're doing, it definitely feels like an impending disaster of your own making. Fortunately I seem to have avoided that disaster thing.

(If the following text is underlined, I don't know why that is, just that this Blogsy editor is kinda buggy)

One other thought that I had about the work, is that more of my comic-book making roots are showing through in these pieces and I'm finding that the comic book elements are giving me a much larger scope for artistic exploration. This is great and I feel like there's suddenly a whole new continent of images to explore. And part of me is wondering why I didn't do this earlier. Ah well, I could probably explain why, but I should be finishing some paintings right now instead of figuring that out. (A longer description of the new style is in my previous email.)

So considering all that, I'm really very pleased to be able to share some new images with you that I've included in this email, and I sincerely hope you can make it to the opening on February 7th to enjoy some art and some conversation.

Thanks so much for reading,







Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays! ( also new painting )

Best wishes for the holiday season from the studio, for whatever particular flavour you're celebrating.

Here's the new painting I just finished:

Best wishes,



Saturday, December 20, 2014

New painting finished: Parka people - ontheeasel


This one will be in my show in Toronto in February. I'm not sure I'll have time to post properly processed photos of it before then, though, so this iPad photo will have to do for now.





Saturday, December 6, 2014

Parka people - workinprogress

The 2 central panels are done. :)

Now on to the more abstract background!

Here's the whole piece at an earlier stage:



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Undertexting - Show coming up in February

It'll be at the Elaine Fleck Gallery in Toronto, and it'll be all new paintings done in my new 'undertexting' style. (I don't know if that's the name for it or not, but it's what I'm going with for now)

I've been working hard to force myself out of my creative comfort zone to develop this, and I'm finally starting to get results:


New undertexting piece on the easel -40x48 mixed media

Here is a work in progress where I've just finished pasting the text:

I've been asked about why I've changed my style so much, but I'll have to write a post about that later because right now I need to get more painting done for this show.

Cheers, marcel



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

autumn art update/notes on a new painting style

This is a copy of the email I just sent out to my mailing list. (My mailing list sign up page for those who are interested. )
grassy hill, mixed media, 24x32

Hi Everyone,

Wow, it's been a while since I've sent an update. It's not that I haven't been painting, it's that I've been working hard on developing a new style of painting, so I haven't really had any finished pieces to show publicly for a while. That's finally changed, as I've managed to finish some that I'm happy enough with to post online.

I've had a lot of ideas floating around in my head as far as new ways (well, new to me, at least) for quite a while, and I finally decided I was going to have to try to work through them. I've been working on trying to learn from many of the fantastic comic book artists and illustrators and painters who are posting their work online, while still maintaining a style that's really my own. It hasn't been easy, but as you can see from the detail photo of 'grassy hill' above, it's finally been starting to come together.

I'm now randomly pasting ripped up photocopies of pages from my favourite books as an underpainting layer, and I've dispensed with the really heavy blobby painting that I had been doing previously, replacing it with thinner layers that still reveal the text underneath. 

I haven't really figured out a good name for this style yet, but hopefully I come up with one before my new show, which is slated for February.

That's right, I'll be having a show at the Elaine Fleck Gallery in Toronto in February, and it will be all new paintings in this new style! (Holy crap, I sure hope some of them turn out! (eep))

I'll be sending out updates more frequently this fall with new paintings and news about the show. 

Thanks so much for reading,