Sunday, August 28, 2016

Everything Happens in Florida



This piece certainly took a detour from the idea I had originally conceived.

In the beginning, the idea was that this would be another addition to my Tallahassee collection, inspired by the Mountain Goats album of the same name.  I had become fixated on a line from Southwood Plantation Road:

"Where at night, the stars flow like milk across the sky"

I wanted to show a towering, dilapidated house angled against a star-filled sky.  Alas, my abilities with perspective still need work, as does my spattering techniques.

I ended up sitting on this for a while, since while I liked the house, the surrounding canvas was pretty boring and the tree in the background looked pretty stupid.

A few months later, I'm working on another piece that required working in small steps, and I'm feeling kind of silly, so I decided that what this piece needed was a giant, purple alien-squid thing, descending upon the house.

I think it works.

I called it "Everything Happens in Florida" as a ode to the original concept, and because, well.. Florida is a weird place.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Self-Portrait - Bathroom Graffitti

There used to a band that I followed frequently. Not like Grateful Dead-Head type followed, but I'd try to catch their shows whenever they were in town.  They were called The Schomberg Fair (not to be confused with the Schomberg Agricultural Fair, although they did play there a few times), their genre was best described as "Speed Gospel" (banjos, twangy guitar, hard-and-fast rhythms, and the occasional Biblical reference), and I wish they were still around, because they were great musicians and pretty cool guys.

This painting is based off a picture that my friend Amber took at their "Mercy" CD release party at Sneaky Dee's in Toronto, back in roughly 2011/2012.

Acrylic on 8x10 wood panel
I used the Liquitex soft body acrylics for this piece, as I find they are really good for bright vivid colours, which was the most important aspect for this piece, as the original reference photo is also very bright.

I had a good deal of difficulty with two parts of this picture: The hands, naturally, as it has become apparent that hands are my nemesis; and getting the correct angle of my face, since I am not used to trying to draw/paint faces that are facing aways.

I'm really happy with that ear. It's a small detail, but man.. ears are hard. I also like the way the fur on the cuffs and collar of my jacket turned out. I miss that jacket, even if the zipper never did work properly.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cawaja Beach Sunset

I live about 10 minutes away from what is apparently the largest freshwater beach in either North America or possibly the world.

They get some pretty nice sunsets.

I'm considering making this a part of a set... Eventually I may have a sunset painting from each beach throughout the township.

This is Cawaja Beach, or the 11th Concession of Tiny.

Acrylic on 8x8 Gessoboard
Fun tidbit. Underneath this sunset scene is a botched attempt at a Gord Downie portrait which came out looking disturbingly like an ex.  So I painted over it with this pretty sunset.  Good times.