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March 20, 2016

 Well this one took me a while to finish - about a month working on and off. It was fun to do though. I love the colours and the textures I got to create on the canvas - the graffiti, the rust, the metal pieces. It's always so gratifying to finish a piece like this - one that really tests your commitment to it. I've already started my next large-scale piece too! I'm using some of the same industrial aspects but I'm introducing a more natural subject to coincide with it. Should be fun!  

 

January 5, 2016

 Just over a month ago, I started doing paintings with singular colourful circles surrounded by grayscale details. I really like the way they look. These are my first two graffiti-inspired paintings done in that style. I'm planning on doing more like these, I've just gotta go out and get some good reference pictures :) 

 

November 7, 2015

 

I just finished the first painting of my Canadian Currency series called 'Give No Quarter'. The canvas was actually a picture that was on sale at the local grocery store. I bought it because it was cheap for it's size (it's about 3 x 3 feet) for 10 dollars. 

 

I sort of drifted away from the style of lines I've been doing for the past several months because I found it would restrict this piece (although I did put loose lines in the background). I went with bright and abstract colours. It was a little close to cartoonish in the beginning but I worked in lighting and shading to smooth it over. 

 

I'll probably be doing the dime next! :)

October 23, 2015

I got totally sidetracked at work the other day and began wondering how to design my Halloween pumpkin this year. I knew I wanted to paint it. But what? A vampire? Frankenstein? A Ghost? A ghost... invisible? Invisible!

 

 Well, I tried. 

September 8, 2015

 

What a captivating title, eh? haha. So I wanted to push perspective a bit here, and practice skin tones and the overall human body more. I toned down the background a bit... more than recent pieces, and I like it. The painting pretty much turned out exactly how I imagined it would. I guess I'll count it as a successful piece! 

 

I also think it will go well in a future exhibit :) 

August 25, 2015

 This is my sister. I found a recent photo of her I took, from our last family vacation. I like the way the skintone in certain areas is a blue-green from the reflection of the water beneath her (which you can see yet here). Anyway, I'm using it to work on painting flesh mostly and if it turns out, it turns out.

 

HOWEVER - I got in shit after I posted this. My sister stomped into my room and pointed at the painting "LOOK AT MY ROLLS, NOW THIS IS ALL OVER THE INTERNET" (somewhat jokingly, but mostly serious).. which is kind of funny, because now that quote is on the internet too haha, poor chick. Anyway, #1 I'm not done yet, #2, WHO CARES IF THERE ARE ROLLS. I could go on and on about society and the unrealistic images of women in particular that get ingrained into these young women's minds. 

 

Literally, could go on forever. The point is - where a helmet when the person you are painting is near. 

 

August 18, 2015

I've been busy lately! More and more people are asking me to do commission pieces for them, and I feel so lucky. There have been a few paintings in particular who have made the commissioner emotional (in a good way haha). Seeing this is probably one of the best things I am receiving right now out of being an artist. It is truly magical. 

 

July 31, 2015

I love painting realism, and I enjoy the emotions in abstract. I'm constantly going back and forth between the two. So why the heck not just combine them into one painting? 

 

I did this once before with 'Gull on the Rocks' - but the stiff lines in the background (I was still using tape then), didn't give off a nice flowing feeling like I would have liked. 

 

So, I tried again. I almost quit SO many times while painting this piece. Doubting, doubting, doubting. Thinking it looks weird, no one will like it, wondering if I even liked it. 

 

It started off with the goal of being completely realistic. But it was boring. And I wasn't going to waste a 40 dollar canvas on a boring painting that I will never hang anywhere. So I took the risk of making the background into my seemingly developing abstract style.

 

And I liked it. And so did the people following me on facebook. In fact, they're liking it about DOUBLE as much as the realistic turtle piece I just finished (which I do like, but it's not unique). 

 

Anyway, I took a risk - and it worked out :)

July 6, 2015

 It's probably been 8 or 9 months since I've even attempted to begin a realistic painting. I've felt antsly lately deciding what to paint next - and of course that comes after I thought I had my style all figured out. Well, jokes on me. Maybe I just can't be confined to a certain 'style'. 

 

I like realism, it make me feel satistifed, like I'm accomplishing something. And I really enjoy doing it. I feel like I'm not so great at painting people in a realistic way, but maybe that will come with doing the daily portraits.

 

Anyway, the above is based on a reference photo I took in the fall on a trail by the Dundas Peak. It's proabably about 3/4 done!

 

July 6, 2015

 Because it's nice not having to worry about art being 'perfect'... I feel like it's almost more true to the artist. No boundaries, no stopping. Free. 

 

I want to do one 8 x 10 self portrait a day - then one painting a week based on one of those drawings. 365 drawings for the year - 52 paintings. I think it's a good idea. The artwork will be more fluid and emotional - personal. 

 

I do enjoy the work I've been doing. It's a good representation of me I think. But, it's already feeling restricting. At least with this self portrait deal, the topic is already decided (no sitting around trying to figure out what to draw/paint... for the most part), but visually, it's completely open. That's what I need - no restrictions. Freedom.

 

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