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acrylic on masonite
22.25″x19.25″ (including frame)
$ for sale
So how are you feeling today? Superb? Or just a shade above normal? Perhaps what you need is a crazy minute!
Years ago, I created such a silly break with my youngest sister (who was much younger at the time) called ‘crazy minute’. Crazy minute is the last minute of every hour (9:59, 10:59, 11:59, etc…). At every crazy minute, you would do a dance, wave your arms up, do gymnastics, or some enthusiastic variation over the next 60 seconds to recuperate your energy.
Visually, the panting is made to look tranquil with lighting based on the late afternoon sun beaming in. Typically, it is a lazy time of the day when there’s still work to be done and less interesting things seem to happen. Cuckoo clocks are quiet until every minute of the new hour when the silence is abruptly broken. And that is the whole point of crazy minute – it’s meant to disrupt stagnancy.
See you in just over 2 weeks! Stay creative,
I want to share another painting I did for the upcoming event with you:
Huckleberries, acrylic on masonite,
8″x10″ (image) 13.5″x15.5″ (including frame)
There is a George Carlin routine where he talks about how there is no blue food that isn’t naturally occurring. (And YES, he mentions blueberries aren’t actually blue. Well, yes & no: they appear blue before consumption, but once you put them in a recipe they turn a distinct purple or a lavender color.) Huckleberry Hound is blue (cyan if you want to be specific), and not actually the same color as huckleberries. I think of blue food as some sort of mythical treat said to exist, but no-one has ever seen or tasted…
You probably wouldn’t have believed me, but the customized ornate frame came after I already completed the painting!
The frame directly above was the first frame I put it in. I customized it and it did suit the job, but later on I came across the other frame with the berry motif. It was PERFECT – as if it was made for that painting!
I removed it from the previous frame – after it had already been mounted and everything. I thought it would be cool to show you the difference. Can’t wait to show you the painting in person!
See you next month! Stay creative,
Take a quick moment and think about a work of art you’ve really enjoyed. (Got one? It can be a painting, a movie, a play, a song, or something else you can think of.)
Now that you can think of an example, there was a tremendous amount of work before it got to the version you experienced.
Indeed, every work of art you’ve ever enjoyed is a cumulative effort of thousands of decisions.
Just like life.
Not a new concept, but it did inspire the idea for a new painting. Take a look:
So, if your life is made of your decisions, how do you make the ones that are in your best interest?
Well, if you imagine there is two wolves at your side: one representing procrastination, the other representing productivity, and at all times you’re feeding one… which one are you feeding?
The painting also has the ‘carrot or the stick’ alegory embedded into it. Are you motivated by gaining rewards or avoiding punishments?
In my version, the wolves have been fused together because, although they might fight, only one decision will be made at a time.
Parables and antonyms are reoccurring subject matter in my work. The painting above, titled ‘Reward & Punishment’ is just one of the new pieces I’ve been working on for The Artist Project 2017. I can’t wait to show you other works available when you come to the event!
In the meantime, if you would like to check out originals that are for sale, you can see a selection here.
acrylic on wood panel
$ for sale
Back in August, I revealed a new painting I completed for Gallery Abyss’ 12×12 group exhibition, that has touched the lives of many people. It’s been humbling to hear from others how something I created has connected with them in such a strong emotional way. That has been a primordial goal with my art.
While the original painting did sell opening night in the exhibit, because I’ve had such a strong interest in the image, I wanted to find a way to offer it to people who truly identified with it.
The company, prints on wood, transfers artwork, photos and imagery to wood panels. Some very in demand contemporary artists have printed with them in the past.
“Why a print on wood?”
-no need to spend additional funds on framing
-the original is acrylic on wood panel, so you get a reproduction and product much closer to the original
-each print is transfered to a real piece of wood, so no two are exactly the same
-it’s unique and different than canvas, giclee or poster prints
But it wasn’t enough for me to just make the image available to you…
Due to the sensitive content in the painting, I wanted to support the cause too. That’s why a portion of each order (10%) will be donated directly to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the leading not-for-profit health organization working nationwide to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected with Alzheimer’s disease.
You can order your print here. The amount listed includes shipping for both US and Canadian residents.
This limited edition wood panel print is only available until September 27th. After that – reproductions of this image will NEVER be available again!
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Keep creating memories,
I collected all kinds of photos of individuals walking with drapery and canes as reference for a painting I’m working on (‘Till The End’). I looked at all the photos and did some quick gestures to figure out where the weight and major fabric folds are. It was a also a great warm up before I started the drawing the central character in the image. Each drawing above was completed in about 30 – 60 seconds.
Want to see more of the process? click here