Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Tragically Hip Mountain Goat

I got a silly idea in my head the other night. I was thinking about my two favourite bands, the Tragically Hip and the Mountain Goats (both amazing bands with large bodies of work and incredible lyrics), and I was kind of combining the two names in my head, and this amalgam resulted in this image of some kind of hipster goat. A Tragically Hip Mountain Goat, if you will.

The original idea was going to be a goat with a beard and hipster glasses, but I didn't know that it would get the idea across, so instead of glasses I decided the goat should be wearing a hat similar to the ones that Gord Downie (the Tragically Hip's front man) wore during the Hip's final tour this past summer.  To people who watched the final concerts, it would be fairly recognizable.

This is possibly my favourite piece I've ever painted.

Acrylic on 8x8 canvas
I had a huge smile on my face the whole time I worked on this.  If I had to complaint about anything, it's that I ran off the edge of the canvas. A taller canvas may have been in order to fit the whole face in the frame.

But overall, this piece makes me happy.  It's whimsical as hell.

(I used a picture I found on Flickr for a reference.  The photographer can be found here.)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Colon Cancer Awareness Month: Prep Time.

There's an explanation for this. As you may or may not know, March is Colon Cancer awareness month. I wanted to do something for it, since I often feel like I am a bad cancer survivor. I don't post the colour of my undies or copy and paste vague threats to delete friends who don't copy and paste posts about the terribleness of cancer, and I don't Relay for Life or Run For The Cure (Susan G Komen can suck it anyway).

So I intend to do a small series of paintings themed around my experiences as a cancer survivor and living post-colectomy. They are not self-portraits per se, but reflections of my reality. I also wanted to break some of the taboos that tend to stymie discussion of... You know... "Butt stuff" or "poop stuff."


Acrylic on 8x8 canvas
This piece illustrates a major part of my reality as a cancer survivor and a long-time IBS patient, having been diagnosed at 18 with ulcerative colitis. 


I now get scoped and biopsied about once a year to make sure the cancer doesn't return.  Prepping for scopes is the worst part (closely followed by driving to the city on a completely empty stomach with no caffeine in my system).  It's quite literally a pain in the ass (invest in good toilet paper!).

Colon cancer is one of the most easily treated cancers, while simultaneously having the highest mortality rate, since it is often difficult to detect. If you are over 50, have a family history, or other risk factors, you should be getting screened.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Moon Over Water (with #Throwback)

My main aim with this picture was to practice painting back-lit clouds.  Nightscenes are interesting as it seems almost like you have to forget everything you think you know about light and shadow.

8x8 Acrylic on Gallery Canvas
It struck me afterwards that this piece was very similar in theme to one of my earliest works, in that the idea was a moon over a lake at night.  The first was painted over 10 years ago, when I first started dabbling.  I think it's a nice testament to how far I've come.

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