Friday, August 30, 2013


Intervene: Still life oil painting on 24" x 20 wrapped canvas

So I was struggling with a painting for about a week and it was going nowhere but I kept at it, well I guess my wife got frustrated with me complaining about it and rush in and said "It's over let it go!" and she took down the setup I had set this one up in it's place, she then said"Ok get to work". I love her.

I had so many things planned, but before I knew it I was in front of my easel, just making a little change to this painting I had been working on, it was about 1/3 done this morning. Well, guess I underestimated the time to make this small change, 8 hours later. Life is good.

So just a little update on this painting, My lovely wife has decided she would like to keep this one, sorry folks!


Thursday, August 22, 2013


Waterfall: Oil on 9" x 12" Artist panel $250
So my art friend and I decided to head out to paint today, at first I tried to paint a wonderful pond with waterlilies all over the place but just turned into a huge mess, so I wiped it clean, next I tried another scene but again, same thing, a little rusty I suppose, it was starting to warm up,  we were talking about heading home in a bit so I thought I better get something done, so this is just a quick sketch of a small waterfall, I didn't even worry about filling the whole canvas, after all I just wanted to capture the falls. So this day wasn't a total loss I also sketched out my next studio painting, good times.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Painting is easy, Not!

So I read this quote today, it goes

Painting is easy when you don't know how,
but very difficult when you do.

Edgar Degas

Courtesy of Kim Rempel

Case in point, for the last 4 days I have been working on a painting, and it started ok although I had to sketch out my idea 3 times before I got something I could work with.

Started working away  and things were going fine, and then for some reason, I started to labour over some elements and painted and repainted, so much so I didn't even get to finish the rest of my block in, some elements turned out really nice but i was agonizing over it so much, my wife came in today and said let it go and dismentled my still life setup. Guess she heard enough of me complaining and took matters into her own hands, then she proceeded to set something else up for me. I love her. So not exactly a wipe or scrape  but it's over.

On another more pleasant note I will be participating in the Visual arts mississauga "Art in the Park" on September 22nd this year, received confirmation the other day, should be a great event, made some great connections last year so I looking forward to the event again, drop by and say hi if you live in the area. I will post when I have all the details.

Anyway here is my painting for all it's worth.


Friday, August 09, 2013


Willow: Oil on 9" x 12" artist panel $250

Today I went out with some friends to paint near the lake, one of our favorite places to go, not only does it have great views, just down the street a cafe opened up that serves hot Hungarian lunches, yum and double yum.

When I go out to paint I am not so much focused on structure, unlike when I paint still life, it's fun to let loose and let the paint fall where it may.

Painting comes unframed Please allow at least 2 weeks for delivery to fully dry, to purchase visit my Etsy shop


Thursday, August 08, 2013


 Haze: Oil painting on 20" x 24" wrapped canvas $600

A while back I was playing around with something and meant to explore it a little further but never did get back to the idea until now. Wanted to try something a little out of the ordinary for me. I like the idea of really of creating such an obvious focal point. I also have developed a need to use some strong red pigments lately.

If you have any question please let me know, painting comes unframed to keep shipping cost down. Available at my Etsy Shop


Friday, August 02, 2013


Polished: Oil on 8" x 10" artist panel $200

This is the second painting of 2 the first I posted last week, I left the red cloth and just changed some objects, this was a study of reflections and how much is too much or too little, I love painting red, but try not to very often. The iridescent vase in the background was quite a challenge again, someday I might get it but not bad I suppose.

On another note, I have been asked if I would be interested in teaching an intro to oil painting class in the fall, so exciting. Everything is set so if you have never painted with Oils and always wanted to here is your chance, my goal for this is to not only teach the medium but explain the reasoning behind what makes a successful painting, like value, brushwork, design and colour relationships.  Course description can be found here

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