Thursday, December 19, 2013

Starting a new digital painting series

This is a doodling around draft image, and as you can see, I'm still learning this medium. And hoo boy do I have a long way to go. But I have a series of illustrations in my head that I really want to do, so I think it'll be worth it to spend the time to develop a new style to do them in.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

New paintings from my Toronto show now online

on my website. I've collected the paintings in the show under the following link: Elaine Fleck Gallery - November 2013

The show is still up for another week or so in case you're in Toronto and would like to go see the paintings in person. The paintings do look so much better in person than they do online.

When my friends came to the opening they were all commenting about how they loved the texture in the paintings and how they were surprised to see it because it doesn't show up in the online photos. I'm not sure how to capture the texture better, but maybe it's something I'll have to work on.

Edna - 22x30

Monday, November 4, 2013

You're Invited: Art Opening. New Paintings. Refreshments!

When: Thursday Nov. 7, 6-9pm
Where: The Elaine Fleck Gallery, 888 Queen W., Toronto

Stop by to see some brand new probably still wet paintings and some refreshments if you have a chance. Let me know ahead of time if you can ( @marcel_g or email ), and I’ll add you to the guest list.

Here's a link to one of the new paintings, Big Wide World:

Big Wide World painting
Big Wide World


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

Moving photo posts to Tumblr

My work-in-progress photos often look pretty craptacular when I post using Blogpress & Blogger, so I'm going to switch to Tumblr for those.

I'll still post on this blog with announcements and when I post the photos for finished paintings because this feed is what I programmed to show up on my website home page. 

Update: haha, whoops, here's the link for my new Tumblr:


Friday, September 13, 2013

Boreal skies II - Underpainting workinprogress

I often wish I could say it's finished at this stage, but really, it's nowhere close, knowing how the paintings look when they're finished.

Also, I've deleted all the social media apps off of my phone in an effort to avoid being distracted while I get ready for this upcoming show, so my twitter feed will be quiet for a while. I'll keep posting my progress to this blog though.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Study: boreal skies

flying contraption still to be added. I think this'll be my next big painting.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Announcement: Marcel Guldemond art show, this November, in Toronto

Hello Everyone,

I hope you’ve all had a nice summer. I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me summer always seems to be over much too quickly. This one was nice and we did take the kids outside as much as we could, but it’s always over before it actually feels like it was a summer. One thing I did do was clean up and re-organized my studio, and I’m hopeful that the reorganization will allow me to be a little more productive. 
Which is something I’m going to need because I have another show coming up this November at the Elaine Fleck Gallery in Toronto. The opening will be Thursday November 7th, at 6pm. More details here:
Special thanks to my employers at Fluid Media Inc. for being so flexible and allowing me to take some time away from work to get my paintings ready for the show. 
work in progress photo of a style I'm experimenting with: putting a painting into a comic book type panel as a kind of inset, with a more abstract background around it.

November seems far away, but it really isn’t, and I’m already getting wound up about whether this next set of paintings will compare well with my previous shows. 
Check in on my my blog or on twitter  to see how the painting’s going and if it is indeed matching up. The robot in the top image will be there, and I'm planning on some big story book type landscapes, but I can't really say yet what the final results are going to be. Stay tuned!


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Standing on a terrace - coastal workinprogress

finished the image part, abstract background coming up. I'm happy with how this is turning out, I just hope I don't mess it up from here. Ack.

Also, I now have a show coming up in November in Toronto at the Elaine Fleck gallery, and I'm hoping this piece will be in it. I'll post the details tomorrow. Yay.


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Clouds are done - workinprogress

Coastal painting I'm working on. I'm happy with how this one's turning out. Not sure how I'm going to treat the background area around the picture part, but I'll just have to figure that out another day.

That's it for me this week, have a great weekend everyone!


Robot - fish painting, finished

I think I like it, although I'll have to hang it up for while to be sure. Here's a quick phone-photo:

Proper photos to come in a few weeks. I want to finish the third experimental painting first. I'll post some workinprogress photos of that later today.


Friday, August 16, 2013

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

New experimental comics-inspired painting

I tried out this new kind of comics-inspired painting, mainly to see how this would look when finished. I've been thinking about something like this for a while, but you can't really tell how it's going to look until you've actually done it.

Detail pics:


Friday, August 2, 2013

That's better! - workinprogress

The thick paint is going on, and I always feel much more productive when that starts. Not sure why, maybe because the colours are stronger and have more impact. Maybe because I can finally see what it's going to look like.


Friday, July 26, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Return of the robot painting - workinprogress

Trying something different again though. Not sure why I'm compelled to keep trying new styles out, but I keep doing it anyway, so there you go.

I am kind of excited about this idea, so I really hope it turns into something sellable.


Friday, July 19, 2013

Small Canadiana

Hey look, new art!

This piece is part of a commission I'm
just finishing.

Now to try to figure out what my next set of big paintings is going to be. I've been thinking a lot about where to go with the next pieces, but I haven't managed to figure it out yet, and I'm not sure I have time to really do a lot of experimentation.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Canadiana sketches

No lumberjacks, canoes, hockey sticks or maple syrups, unfortunately.


Monday, June 17, 2013

After the show is up, cleaning the studio and other house keeping

I've been feeling pretty worn out after getting my current show together, so my energy and creativity have been fairly low since then. In the meantime, I've turned my attention to cleaning up and re-arranging the studio so it'll function better as a creative space.

I've also ordered some new brushes. It's a happy thing when they arrive from rosemary & co in the uk. My previous favourite brushes were discontinued generic house brand that I pulled from the clearance bin, and I've been struggling to find something comparable ever since. These fit the bill though, so I'm really happy about that, and these new ones are making more excited to get back to painting.


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Website is back up! :)

Special thanks to Dave and Justin for finding a backup and installing it on another server.

The backup is from January, so it's missing the newer paintings, but I can easily add those back later on.


My Website is down

and it doesn't look like it's going to come back until someone goes into the office and manually reboots it on Monday.

Sorry for the inconvenience.


Reminder: opening for "you've been here before" is today

Hope to see you there!

Westfest is happening at the same time, so lots of things for the kids too.

Today 2-4pm Details here:

you've been here before


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The show is up!


Preview is here


"you've been here before" going up today

My show at Wall Space Gallery is being hung today. Hurrah! I'll be posting the new paintings online later today. very excited to go see what it looks like later this afternoon.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Bunkered down until the show.

I'll be pretty much locked in my studio until the show at Wallspace in June, so I don't really expect to have time to post much here until after the show is up.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Show Hype - imaginary narrative illustrationism / impressionistic comics

I just wrote this about my upcoming show:

These paintings are mostly about stories, the kinds of stories we use to understand our place
in the universe, the ones we use to understand each other, the ones that show us how we
each got to 'here', this particular point in our lives. More specifically, the paintings are scenes
where these kinds of stories could happen.

In that sense, they could be seen as illustrations of imaginary novels, so you could say
they're a kind of imaginary narrative illustrationism. Or you could just say they're big
impressionistic comics.

That'll probably get edited again, but I think it describes things pretty well.


Friday, April 26, 2013

So many ideas, so little time! (Which one to do?)

What's my next painting going to be? I've been having trouble working it out, so I redrew all of the better ideas I've had in the last couple of weeks onto one page. Holy schmoly!

I could make a whole show out of just these! A pretty big show at that!

And the reality is that I'll get just _one_ into the next show. :-/

Kind of frustrating, on one hand, great on the other because I have a lot to work with.

Now how the hell do I figure out which one to do?


Thursday, April 25, 2013

warm up robot comics sketch

... with his low rider bicycle

I'm having a bit of fun playing around with Corel Painter, which I just bought because it was on sale. No idea if I'll ever use it for anything art projects, but I often feel like I need to stay in touch with comics and digital art. Speaking of projects, I have to get to the studio to get some paintings done for my show coming up.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Painty paint paint - workinprogress

Close up of one of the paintings:

I'm Getting closer to finishing this set, and trying hard not to look past them to the next paintings. The show is getting closer!


Thursday, April 11, 2013

5 coastal paintings - workinprogress / ontheeasel

Painting this set all at the same time, which hopefully means they're going faster than they would otherwise. They're all going to be in my show in June.


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ottawa Show has a name: "you've been here before"

It's at Wall Space Gallery in June, and I'm showing with Toronto artist Brian Harvey

Excited about it, now I just hope I get enough paintings done!


Saturday, March 23, 2013

I love this stage

When the colour first starts going on:



Friday, March 15, 2013

New coastal paintings now posted

Check them out here:

Out to sea

Coastal blimp

I do need to come up with better names, but I'll try to get to that later. I'm starting to feel the pressure for my upcoming show in June, have to get painting!


Friday, March 8, 2013

Out to sea : workinprogress

Detail photo. I'm happy with how this one's working out, but that feeling is always countered by the nagging suspicion that I'm going to find some major unfixable flaw by the time it's done.
Ah well, that's part of the process, and I'm definitely happy to be able to be in a studio messing around with the paint. :)
Hope you all have a happy Friday!

Update: I just changed my Blogpress settings to use google for the images, instead of the blogpress site, which I think was making the image look kind of crappy. Should be better now, especially if you click on it to get the full size version.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013

New coastal painting in progess

I'm happy to be back painting again working the rust out. This one's going to be in my Ottawa show in June, which will be at Wall Space Gallery. This is the underpainting stage.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Painting resumes / another show on the horizon

After doing a lot of doodles and admin stuff, I'm now working on a new painting for my Ottawa show in June. It hasn't been that long since was painting, actually, but I'm still feeling kind of rusty. Hoping to work that out quickly...


Thursday, January 17, 2013

What's next? (With robot doodles)

Now that my show in Toronto is up, it's time to start thinking about my Ottawa show in June. I'm not really sure what I'm going to do, so I'm starting with aimless doodles. I'll find something in one of them eventually that'll crystallize everything. I also really need to do some house keeping like filing and ordering of supplies, etc.


Saturday, January 12, 2013