If you live in or will be visiting Ottawa next week, join us for Cerealism – The Saturday Morning Cartoon Art Show! Featuring original works for sale by top animation artists! The event is organized by Jam Filled animation studio and will serve as the unofficial kick off party to the Ottawa International Animation Festival. The opening fun is happening next Wednesday September 20th at Oz Kafe.
Want to get involved in my painting process and see my new large detailed painting get created from start to finish? Want an exclusive copy of a new book that will show all the states of the process? Want to attend an exhibit where you can see all the work in person?
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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.