Thursday, December 6, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012
It's that time again! More blocks, the latest art brownie project show opens today. Originally intended as rabbit ears, it was suggested to me I make them into a stool, so I thought why not! Here you can see both versions. It also makes a great hat! (see below) I painted this background (digitally) for fun because the photo I took was "messy". The tablecloth (on which the photo was taken) makes a neat floor/carpet pattern, wouldn't you say? Although I admit it's not entirely "natural" looking, it was a fun way for me to display the piece.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Another editorial cartoon based on current local news... scrapping bike lanes that already existed (why not just leave them and save the cost?) and imposing a tax on plastic bags, then banning plastic bags altogether, only to reverse the decision entirely! Wacky!
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Sunday, August 5, 2012
I participated in The Square Foot Show, for which the opening was last night; it was packed!! Got totally soaked in a storm on the way home, ahhhh summer. This was the piece I showed, painted in acrylic and gouache on wooden panel. You can check it out at Twist Gallery or check out awolgallery.com for more details.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Just last weekend was the opening for the art brownie project 2012, where you are given a wooden block measuring 2 1/2 " x 2 1/2 " x 1 1/2 ". These are my tiny creations... (You can check them out at INDEXG Gallery or go to this link for more info: artbrownie.com )
Monday, April 23, 2012
It was a grey rainy day out today so I suppose I was inspired to do this little number even though I was supposed to be working on something else! I was looking for some inspiration for another project and started playing around with this based on some other artwork that I found.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I finally put the finishing touches on this painting after leaving it for a while. Painting is such a push and pull, give and take exercise demanding of all your attention and concentration. But do you know what's even more difficult? Trying to get a decent photograph of the darn thing! It's impossible to capture all of the colours and textures and feeling of the original painting.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
I am participating in a group art show this weekend in which everyone must design a t-shirt for a band that does not exist, based on 80's metal shirts some having fake tour dates on the back and the whole shebang. Mine's a little more metal/hardcore/punk. Anyhow, I always like to see the rough work, sometimes I even like the roughs better than the finished product, plus I kinda screwed it up when I inked it so here you can see both!
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Some people read books and some people frame them! This old storybook is something I framed up recently - floating in a shallow mat walled shadowbox with a floating mat, kind of a double whammy! ...errr triple whammy? The second shallow shadowbox is an old New Yorker magazine I framed a while back. I love the cover by Peter De Seve, an AMAZING illustrator and character designer whom I admire a lot, so it was cool to be able to do this.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
This was a vintage piece from the 1920's. I mounted it on a mahogany veneered background inside of a vintage round frame within which I built mahogany veneered sidewalls. This was a tough piece to do as it was obviously round! So I had to cut the glass by hand of course as well as the backing that I had to build out for depth and strength. Irregular pieces are always a challenge (and they don't get much more irregular than this!) and I generally enjoy doing them as they break up the monotony of the usual never ending "factory line" every day stuff, although a bit frustrating when you have to deal with time constraints!
As I mentioned in a previous post, I am currently working as a custom framer. I've had the opportunity to frame up some interesting items in this time including a solid silver putter from Tiffany's, some extremely sensitive "smoke paintings", records, shoes, all kinds of sports jerseys, a Ralph Lauren 911 kids sweater, a vintage cutlery set, vintage geometry set, marathon medals, WWII medal, an Order of Canada medal, a set of very old and fragile legal documents on parchment, $400 scarves, an original Emily Carr water colour (worth $65000!), microphones, old medications, the list goes on... not all of which I have photos for. I never really thought to take photos until more recently. Each unique item can present themselves with a different set of "problems", it is my job then to become the problem solver! Working with these valued objects can be tricky and does require some craftiness, skill and ingenuity. You do have to become quite creative and inventive at times! I'll tell ya, making them appear as simple and seamless as possible is not always a simple task. To float there as naturally as they would sit does require some sort of magic. And to make sure that they are secure enough to defy the affects of gravity and withstand the inevitable travel and handling to their final resting place up on a wall somewhere. Indeed I don't believe everyone appreciates the effort that goes into framing every piece, the problem being of course, presenting each item without compromising the integrity of the item! You cannot damage the item, but you have to secure it somehow!! Anyhow, here are some examples of my work...