Archive for the ‘M-J Kelley’ Category

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.

Illustration Proposal

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

OAC Content Sample (graphite) by M-J Kelley

I recently submitted an illustration proposal for an arts booklet. Along with submitting past illustrations, I created this one specifically for the bid. I didn’t win the bid, but I really liked my proposal and also this illustration. This piece (though cropped) incorporates the various arts: dance (ballet shoes), theatre (tape marks), film (film reel), music (piano keys), and painting (canvas on easel).

Figurative work

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Turn (charcoal) by M-J Kelley

My artistic training began with classical figurative study. My initial work was very technical and precise. However it lacked the animation of life. Recognizing that was key to making a change. I began to trust my judgment and to allow my lines to loosen. “Turn” is a good example of how I was able to retain technical proficiency while adding the quality of emotion.

Riverdale Art Walk

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

I have two outdoor art shows in the next few weeks. They are the Riverdale Art Walk and Wingfest. Please see
Events for more information on these shows.

Besides getting the paintings ready for the show, I have to prepare my “booth”. And this is a whole other monster. The booth is 10′ x 10′ and needs to be portable with an easy set up. But really the big issue is that it has to fit into the Jeep. As in through the back window which is less than 4′ across. This has proved to be a challenge. Fortuantely, I have my brother’s help. He’s great with conceptual planning and woodworking. So together we are creating a simple structure that is sleek and best displays the paintings. As for how it handles in windy wet weather? Well, we’ll see.

Website Updating

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

I try to update my website about once a week with either a new image or new information. I just changed the homepage image and have also added 2 images to the <a title="M-J Kelley Studio – Fine Art" href=””>fine art page.

I built this site myself so updating and modifying code is fairly easy for me. However, today it was not so easy because I forget a comma ” , ” in a line of javascript. This took me a bit of time to sort out – a needle in a haystack type of thing – but all is working now.

Illustration Mailer

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Horse (graphite) by M-J Kelley

“Horse” is a drawing I created for an illustration mailer that the Studio will be sending out next week.The image also includes a cowboy waiting for a ride. This mailer highlights the Studio’s line art capabilities for illustration and storyboarding. If you would like to receive a mailer, please feel free to contact me and I will add you to the Studio’s distribution list.

New Painting: Tension

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Tension (gouache on board) by M-J Kelley

This is another new painting that is part of my surreal landscape series. These paintings are based on drawings that I do every morning. Some mornings are a bit more unusual than others.

New Paintings

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Bird House (gouache on board) by M-J Kelley

I just finished 10 new paintings for the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition application. The Studio‘s home page is featuring one of the new paintings called “The Teasing”. Above is an image snippet from another new painting called “Bird House”. These paintings are painted with gouache (opaque watercolour) on board.

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.

Bowling Pins

Thursday, February 18th, 2010
Bowling pins (graphite) by M-J Kelley

Bowling pins (graphite) by M-J Kelley

I worked on a film storyboard today which included drawing bowling pins and a shattered antique vase. Neat fun things to draw.