Saturday, September 20, 2014

Small painting sketches

These are sketches I do in the studio with left over paint. Some have many layers of paint, others only a few. I just continue until something happens. I have 15 to 25 of these going at all times.

Self Portraiture Gonewrong

The Place We Want to Be, For Some Reason I Can't figure Out

Taking Orders

Last sit

Proud bunny

Demon on the shore

Madonna and childs

Hang On Buddy, I'll be back in 13 Months, 12 Days

The Crying Rhino

Mistaken ID

 Prancing Like a Refugee

Van Gogh's Chair

Protection Rattle

Didn't Getaway

Live Tree Walking

Campfire That Went Viral

Friday, September 19, 2014

Montreal, Views of the City's Artists

These three small paintings (12 x 12 inches) appeared in an exhibition called Montreal Views of the City at the Beaux-arts des amériques on St. Denis St. in January 2014. My interpretation of the theme was to paint my interpretations of the work of three giants of Quebec art from the 1940s to the 1960s: Although they look nothing like the painters I'm supposedly channeling, I did work as best I could with the colour schemes, styles and methods of the selected artists.They are Paul-Émile Borduas, Guido Molinari and Jean Paul Riopelle. 

My First Borduas

My First Molinari

My First Riopelle

Friday, December 28, 2012

Worth remembering:

JOHN POHL (visual arts):

Germany’s Carsten Nicolai and Japanese-born, Paris-based Ryoji Ikeda opened a lot of eyes, mine included, to the mind-bending possibilities of what is known as “new media.”
Nicolai turned sound into graphic patterns in an installation at the Musée d’art contemporain that delved into the neuroscience of human perception. “Much of what we see is manufactured by the brain,” Nicolai said in May. “What is happening between what we think is reality and what is really there?”
Ikeda did something similar in his installation that ran through the summer and fall at DHC/ART. He used mathematics to translate the electronic data that emanates from everything in the universe — from atoms to stars — into sound and graphic imagery.
The work of these two artists stirs the emotions, too. What wondrous realities they imagine and discover. But there are other ways that art stirs the emotions, memory being one of the most powerful. This is what Philippe Parreno, an Algerian who lives in Paris, brought to the DHC in January with his 70mm film of an event that took place on June 8, 1968.
Parreno recreated the journey of the train that carried Robert F. Kennedy’s body from New York to Washington following the New York senator’s assassination after winning a primary that cleared his way to being nominated as the Democrats’ candidate for president.
Kennedy, a symbol of hope for change, had been electrifying the U.S. in a way that Trudeau was then doing in Canada.
Parreno studied news photos of mourners lining the tracks to watch Kennedy’s train pass by. But he made his film from the train’s point of view as it slowly chugs past the motionless mourners.
The cumulative trauma of U.S. political assassinations in the 1960s was on a level with 9/11. And Parreno transmitted this in a film that runs only seven minutes.

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Three uraniums and a rocket-propelled suitcase.

Shore creatures

The male is rescuing the ship by pulling it over the shoals. The female has already got everybody off the ship and onto the beach with their luggage, and is now taking a shower. Nobody is on the ship that is about to crack open.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Toby, Ardin's Channel, Jordan Bay

Two variations from one print

My dog Toby barks at the loons on Jordan Bay, Nova Scotia