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Riverdale Art Walk

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

The Riverdale Art Walk was a great event. For starters it didn’t rain on the event but rained around the event. So there were puddles present but no runny gouache paintings for which I was relieved.

I had many friends and family members attend the event to show their support. Even my great Aunt Betty at the age of 85 showed up to cheer me on. That you can’t beat. I was delighted to see everyone and I thank them for being so wonderfully supportive. They even visited other artists and spread their joy around.

I met many fantastic people. They were very engaged with my work and offered much commentary. For example I heard “sweet, but edgy” “whimsical” and “very unique”. I was also asked quite a bit if I was working on a children’s book because my work suited that format. Indeed I am – a sweet but edgy children’s book.

Inside Toronto

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

I am featured in an article on the Riverdale Art Walk.
Inside Toronto Article: Art lovers invited to Riverdale Art Walk’s 12th year

There is a correction to this article. I will be showing in booth 42 at the Jimmie Simpson park (Queen St. E./Empire) and not in my studio.

Rain

Monday, May 31st, 2010

It appears that they are calling for rain this weekend. The weekend of the Riverdale Art Walk. Great. I pretty much like the rain, but my paintings don’t. The ones I will be showing this summer are surreal works and they are painted with gouache (gwash). Gouache is an opaque watercolour and is very water soluble. Like a dog, it loves the water.

Though my paintings are framed, they are not under glass. Instead, I coated them with several layers of varnish (which was tricky). Anyways, when the rain starts falling I’ll toss a charming plastic drop cloth over them – just in case.

Art Conventions

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Today I attended both the Toronto Art Expo and the Toronto Comic Convention. It’s really handy when they are both located in the same massive building. They were wildly different but equally enjoyable.

There were many fine works at the Art Expo. I was particularly drawn to two artists’ works. One of which is Marcel Guldemond. He paints oil on plyboard. He is a former comic book artist whose love of the outdoors shines through his work. The other is Robert P. Roy who is also a landscape artist, but works in acrylic. I was drawn to his work because of his exceptional use of colour. He is able to simplify elements in a landscape yet still provide the viewer with a dynamic scene.

The Toronto Comic Convention also displayed many fine works from comic artists. One of which was Dave Ross who is an exceptional penciller for comics. His attention to detail is remarkable. He frequently teaches at Max The Mutt Animation School in Toronto.

More Figurative Work

Friday, February 5th, 2010

My mother has asked me to load more figurative artwork into the fine art section of this website…so I will.

New Studio Website

Monday, February 1st, 2010

The Studio website has just launched! Tweaks are still being made, but the structure is complete.