It has a been busy few weeks for this recently retired artist. I have been painting feverishly for various auctions and juried shows here in Burlington Ontario. Its always good to contribute cash to your local art gallery through the sale of your artworks. Last year I sold 3. Hopefully I can sell another 3. I would have enough cash to pay for the cost of a few frames, some paint and maybe a pint or 2 of lager. Tough sledging for those trying to make it in the world of fine art. My passion for the painting has increased a lot. I enjoy it more and more with each piece. Below is a painting I created for our Annual juried show. I was rather disappointed it did not get selected. The judge felt maybe it looked too cut and pasted and the piece did not flow? yikes.....I am over the depression of this and am comitted to working harder and improving....
I belong to the Burlington Fine Arts Guild in Burlington Ontario. Once a month they have live models to draw from. This is a 3 hour session where artists can use mediums of there choice to portray the human form. A great exercise in visualization and keeping your drawing skills sharp. Next session I may bring my watercolours.
a very happy new year to all of you folks. This is the first year of many that I begin the new year not working at a fulltime job I don't really like. I am going through something being retired. It is an interesting journey. Nothing prepares you for this. I am far too scattered with my painting efforts. I need to get a better schedule with my actual work habits. I like the look of these 2 ducks here as a possible painting possibility. What do you think.
This is my first attempt at painting from the live model in 40 years. It was a 3 hour session at the Burlington Art Centre. Working with acrylics, I found this exercise to be a real challenge and just plain fun to do, I hope to keep developing in this area and painting from life. It is easy to get bogged down with using photos as my only form of reference. Working live hopefully provides a more 3d like rendering of the subject as well as a good take on the real like colours.
Recently I updated my cell phone. I now have the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, with the large screen. 3 years ago I bought the original note with the large screen. People thought I was nuts carrying around such a large screen. Look around, screens on all formats are much bigger. I love the stylus with this phone and the ability to draw on it. I use a program call Infinite Painter. The quality of the image is truly amazing. Yes I am aware of the IPAd pro and the new stylus. Great stuff but very pricey. Below is a background wallpaper for my phone. Created on a PC in photoshop. I created this to get me away from the TV and watching dumb lesbian scenes on Orange is the New Black - later -
I have a range of styles and formats available for illustrative purposes. I work in traditional media and digital just as easily. Feel free to contact for your next project
Have never been off work for over 5 weeks in the last 28 years. This regimented lifestyle of reoccurring daily habits gets grinded into your soul after time. My duty is now to get out of that grind and create a much freerer come and go activity based lifestyle without the constraints of clock watching. Why should I care so much what time it is? Go to bed when you are tired. 9:45 or 12:45 what is the difference? I tend to wake up every day early anyway.
This is the first update in some time. I am newly retired from my full-time job with the City if Hamilton. I am in my 5th week of retirement. Hopefully as I get settled in my new lifestyle of not having to go to work I can produce much more paintings. I think discipline will be a big factor here. I must get down here to the studio and just get at it, much like a full-time job. A full-time job that I will love. Vikings had to be persistent to survive. Of course golf season is another story.
Today in southern Ontario it is damn cold once again. Being around mid February, most people have about had it. The east coast of Canada has been pelted with tons of snow. Winds over 90 kmh....Come on spring bring it on...