Another Fantastic Colourful Adventure Also Fondly Conversed About as the Associate of the Federation of Canadian Artists or just AFCA. Why the rambles? On Sunday 9 March 2014 I was awarded my AFCA along with 14 other established artists at the Federation of Canadian Artists. Receiving the Associate level of membership is recognition by senior […]
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The January painting from start to finish tracks the development of the oil painting from her genesis to her completion in 4 1/2 minutes. The monochromatic oil painting was based on the Centerm Terminal at the northern end of Main Street, Vancouver. The terminal which is operated by DP World was an obvious choice as […]
“Tackling tomorrow” Oil on canvas. 30″ x 48″ has entered into the 4th stage of her life cycle with her introduction to the world via Granville Island Public Market. I love working away and looking up only to see her. The movement in the brushstrokes, the resonating contrasts and those very sexy areas of […]
Video from inside the studio, building on the foundation of the first 20 minutes. The pace slows a little but the concentration remains constant as the eye continues to race over the surface of the painting constantly seeking and evaluating. That which is good stays and that which holds no value, not even as an […]
It’s true, at the Northern end of Vancouver’s Main street lies a treasure trove. Throughout 2013 I thought that it must be the 6 year old boy who lives within me who compels me to squander precious morning hours on the Main street overpass until, one rainy morning, I bumped into a client on my […]
The year is off to a good start and the January painting is underway. Yesterday was the first day of actually putting pigment onto canvas after 2 weeks of planning the format, sourcing the stretcher bars, stretching and re-stretching the canvas (the first canvas tore) and a couple of days of priming. The January painting […]
New paintings in the studio for the Culture Crawl 2013 are below. The studio at 233 Main Street will be open this evening and all weekend. We are very easy to find: located between Powell and Cordova on the West side of the street opposite the Provincial Court House. You will know that you are […]
Eastside Culture Crawl 2013 is here! My favourite weekend of the year as I get to stay in and welcome you to my playground, the kingdom of paint. This year our building will be open all weekend with Jeff Brunett in his front space and I in my alley-adjacent-studio. For those of you who have […]
Vancouver’s Eastside Culture Crawl 2013 is entering its 17th year this year. Started in 1994 by Paneficio with an open studio fundraiser with 4 artists, the crawl has grown into an annual event with over 380 artists in more than 75 buildings. The phenomenal growth of the Eastside Culture Crawl can be attributed to the […]
Monochrome painting will again be a part of the Annual International Representational Show this fall at the Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Granville Island. “Hidden Jewels” was first exhibited as part of the summer collection at the Harmony Arts Festival and at the Circle Craft Summer Show and will proudly take her place on the […]
Summer Collection 2013 event photos. Thank you to everyone who emailed photos of the Harmony Arts Festival and the Circle Craft Summer Market. If your image does not appear on this page, please feel free to email me at: [email protected] It was a perfect summer for the first Circle Craft Summer market which was held at the […]
Some sources list this as the busiest firehouse in Western Canada – Hall 2 on the Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. I was unable to verify this statistic but the periodic sounds of the departing fire trucks have become akin to the rhythmic tick of the clock which marks the passing of my day in the studio.
XY Inc had entered into a licencing agreement with IND for their intellectual rights and technology which allowed the splitting of X and Y chromosomes in Cow sperm.
Munch’s “The Scream” sold for $119 922 500 on 2 May 2012. JP Morgan lost $2 billion on 10 May 2012. Figures like that seem to be clear indicators of where at least some of one’s investment capital should be heading and where the next round of JP Morgan traders might consider aiming their arrows. […]
Yup! Leanne Christie will be opening her studio to you during the Crawl. My registration is complete and my studio will be open for your perusal on the November long weekend of the 16, 17 and 18 November 2012.
Pulling out of the driveway on that last morning and knowing that life was changing, I whispered good bye to the house I had known since birth and the street light which had kept me company as I waited for sleep each night. My street light. I never knew her name and my daytime expeditions […]
I first laid eyes on her in October. To and fro I shuffled, up and down the long corridor surrounded by evidence of the years of creative labor which the resident sculptors had been engaging in. Desperate to lay claim to the space, only to find that I had been pipped at the post and […]
Charcoal drawing of cranes at the Vancouver Ports. A productive Monday afternoon which ended up in the painting “Monday Afternoon” which won the Best Landscape award at the 2nd AIRS show at the Federation of Canadian artists.
Charcoal drawing of East Pender street at Gore, China Town. The funny thing about this drawing session was that the final painting ended up being of the area slightly to the right of this view. Thanks to the crazy little dog that forced me to step a step to the side and open my eyes. […]
Painting of tug boats moored next to the Vancouver Ports, view from Crab Park. The struggle: the harmonization of the overall blue tones with the punctuating browns of the pier and the reds of the life saving equipment on the tugs. The secret: Keeping the blues just slightly tinted with red so that there were […]
The school bus. Not a typical memory for someone who grew up in South Africa and who was lucky enough to be given a lift to and from school everyday. Even in High School when the faculty decided to introduce the concept of a school bus, there was no glamour just simply old blocky buses […]
-An increasingly iconographic image of Vancouver. This is especially true of East Vancouver where the designated cycle routes becoming thriving highways of 2 wheel traffic at certain times of the day. This is the second painting which includes a cyclist, although this one a little more casual with the posture more akin to the Keefer/Gore […]
Why the fire escape? There is a small park just off Gore Street near the corner of East Pender which presents a pleasant environment in which to draw, especially in the morning. Not many people wander through and those that do, tend to leave you alone. This particular morning was no different and the only […]
A painting that came about almost by accident and one which proves that there is some wisdom in Steven Pressfield’s “The war of art” where the antagonist is the resistance. The resistance works daily to prevent us from doing that which we should be doing and in oing so, seperates us from the muse. It […]
One of my favorite charcoals – Wall Street in East Vancouver, looking back at the goings on in the port with Downtown Vancouver in the distance. This is more worked up than most of my location sketches as I was not only focused on “eating” the environment but also on capturing the shifting early […]
Monday Afternoon. Oil on canvas. 48″ x 24″ Steven Pressfield talks of the resistance in the War of Art and after listening to an interview with him, I was able to recognize that the laziness I was feeling in the run up to this painting, was potentially “the Resistance”. Since my move to Vancouver in 2008, […]