Friday, May 20, 2016
Monday, May 16, 2016
What a beautiful day to just paint all day long. This is a color study of one of my paintings in the making! I call this: "See" Food Delivery. What do you think the little seagull is thinking about?
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Check out the talented artists whom I collabed with here: Art + Soul Creative Co. and Janelle Anakotta
Friday, May 13, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
What's better than having a brush to paint with? Having 2 of course! I have joined forces with two talented artists, artandsoulcreatveco's Laura Uy and Janelle Anakota to paint this mural for the Seniors Baptist Home on 3rd and Commercial drive. This is a work in progress shot (which is why the colors are subdued for now) and I will slowly reveal the wall in its fulll glory as we get closer to the end.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Sunday, March 20, 2016
A Beautiful Home in the Forest - SOLD! I am happy to say that its new
home is now in New Zealand. (It got there before I ever would!) A new
chapter has unfolded in the life of this painting and its story will
continue to be told in the words of somebody else. It was one of my
favourite pieces but I am not sad it has left my hands. Its message can
now be seen and heard by more people. I bid you farewell my precious painting and Kia Ora New Zealand!
Monday, March 14, 2016
This painting was commissioned for my dear friend Brenda whom I met on my trip to the El Camino de Santiago.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Third section done! This section introduces more detail balanced with spaces of simplicity for the eyes to rest. Brushstrokes vary from straight hard edges of the buildings, curved edges of the rocks, random suggestions for foliage, and finally a smooth gradient wash for the water.
Next project in the making is going to be a big one: 19"x27" in watercolor. This is the sketch of the composition: A collage of scenes with mini-stories hidden within. A huge undertaking as lots of planning and preparation is involved to control the pigment and water. My workflow usually starts out very technical: Measuring, adjusting, testing and finessing but when it's time to put brush to paper, I am 5 steps ahead in my head but I am also ready to go with the flow.
Sunday, February 14, 2016
I also had other suggestions from a friend of mine who was born and raised in France: Fabuleux, Merveilleux, Fantastique. While they were all good suggestions, I had yet to find one that resounded with me. Then one night, while at a café with a good friend of mine, I mentioned this project to him and what he said next immediately struck a chord. I saw images on my sketch. What they looked like and where it was going to be. The funny thing was, what he said wasn't even French nor was it just one word. They were two: French Kiss.
"What word would you think of when you think of Paris?"
I wanted to explore and capture the essence of the city so I posted the question on my Instagram account to involve others and I got a few suggestions.
The most passionate of all kisses where it starts with the lips touching and the...well, you know the rest.
There was something about "French Kiss" that clicked.
It wasn't so much the act of French Kissing, but what was behind it.
Two people, sharing a wonderful moment, on a bridge, stopping time, somewhere out there in a city called Paris. This was what I saw.
It represented my trip to Paris, all the trial and errors, all the risks taken to make the first version work, the positive feedback and encouraging words I got from the spectators and the vision that pushed me to do another one with a more personal touch. This was what I felt.
It is Amour. That was what resonated with me.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Sunday, January 17, 2016
The next project, I and a friend of mine, were commissioned to do a 3ft cx 4f paint-
ing, live, at the Marriott hotel in Vancouver for their customer appreciation night. The
medium: Acrylic paint on Canvas. The theme was international skylines: Vancouver,
England, Paris and New York. I chose Paris, because I just came back from Paris
not too long ago and my painting partner lived in Paris for a few years.
The challenge: Incorporate the Marriot and Renaissance logos in the piece.
We only had three days to prepare. Painting in acrylics is very different
from painting in watercolors but I thought I’d make it look and feel like
When I tried to do it on canvas, I ran into some problems:
1) I couldn’t get the acrylic paint to look like watercolors.
2) I decided to use watercolors. (Approved by the organizers.)
3) The watercolors kept dripping down the canvas.
4) The white paint was not runny enough to make streaks.
5) The internet had nothing about using watercolors on canvas
It was a big risk to take but if I could somehow find a way to make it work,
the result would be very different and really cool. So, I developed my own
technique overnight, researched and drove around the city to find the
special paint for the white streaks and then taught my painting partner the workflow.
Although the hotel was the focal point, people saw and felt something beyond that and connected with the painting. The beauty about art is that it reveals your thoughts and impressions. It reflects your feelings. It mirrors who you are. It shows you, you.
It was a successful night and I had a taste of what this could be like if I could paint full time. It only serves to motivate me to work harder and develop an exit strategy from the day job.