Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Website Updated, Upcoming Shows

Hello Everyone,

I'd like to let you all know that I've added some new paintings to my website.  ( )  You can also see them at Arts on King in Toronto, where they are currently located. There is one piece missing from the website, unfortunately: I apparently forgot to take photos of one of the hockey paintings, and of course, by the time I figured that out, it had been sold already. Kind of a bummer, but that's the kind of thing that happens sometimes when you're scrambling to get everything ready just before a show.

I also have some new small paintings ready, although I haven't added them to the website yet, and some will be going to Arts on King, and some are going to the Great Big Smalls Show at the Cube Gallery here in Ottawa during December. (

I expect that these will likely be amongst the last sets of small paintings that I'll be doing. I will probably do a few more sets of them over the winter, but I've working more and more on large paintings over the last few years, and I've found that there's a much broader range of creative exploration for me with the larger pieces. I learned a lot about being an artist while doing the small scale pieces over the years, and I'm also very gratified that so many of you took them home with you and have been so happy with them. That being said, after doing so many of them, I think they've basically run their course and it's time for me to move on.

Which leads me into what I'm working on now:  I'll be showing at The Toronto Artist Project next March, and about a month later, I'll be showing again at the Spring One of a Kind Show, also in Toronto. I'm very excited about being in both of those shows and I'm really looking forward to it. Two shows are a lot to get ready for, however, and I'm also kind of nervous about being able to get enough work done, so from here on in, I'll be working hard on getting as much really good art ready for them as I can. I'll be sending out more updates in the new year as those shows get closer. You can also keep track of my progress by checking my blog ( )


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Kinda slow going

I'm working on some small paintings for the Great Big Smalls show at the Cube gallery in Ottawa, and as well I'm going to send some of them to Arts on King in Toronto. They've gone more slowly than expected, mostly because we've had a bunch of colds go through our house. After these are all done, I'm going to need to start working on getting ready for The Artist Project in March. Very excited about that, but also anxious about whether I'll be able to get some kickass paintings done for it.

Anyway, here's some winter pieces that are getting close to done.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Some more autumn on the way

Here are some of the small paintings I'm working on. Some will go to Arts on King in Toronto and some will go to the Cube Gallery in Ottawa.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Creative process hangovers

I'm back in the studio, cleaning up the wreckage left by the painting frenzy caused by the Arts on King show.

It's often hard to get going after a show. I never know what to paint the week after a show, even if I look at my must-paint list. I usually doodle with frustrating aimlessness for a while, and those drawings rarely work. Probably in some kind of creative hangover mode.

Sometimes I have to just grind through it and hope I come up with something eventually. Sometimes I'll get lucky though, and I'll realize in a flash, while doing dishes or something like that, what it is that I want to do. what I want to paint unencumbered by the pressures, real or imaginary, of what I think my (awesome) audience wants.

That pressure is always there, by the way, and it has to be if you're trying to actually sell paintings to pay mortgages. It's neither good nor bad, it's just a fact of the process. That said, it usually works out better if I can filter through that and figure out what I'll be happiest doing, because that feeling permeates the paintings and makes them more attractive, and that makes them more sellable. Bonus!

So now I'm doing some small pieces for Arts on King and for the upcoming shoe at the Cube Gallery. And I know what I'm doing. :)

Check back here to see what that is!

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