“Art is like beginning a sentence before knowing the ending.”

What I learned in class today... If you can find it, you must read: Bayles, D., & Orland, T. (1993). Art & Fear: Observations on the perils (and rewards) of artmaking. Santa Cruz, CA: Image Continuum Press. I'm going to steal a few quotes and only loosely paraphrase others, because, frankly, the author say these things … Continue reading “Art is like beginning a sentence before knowing the ending.”

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The Art of Making – As Easy A Walking A Tightrope

What I Learned In School Today... If you can find it, read: Philippe Petit, On the High Wire, trans by Paul Auster, New York: New Directions Publishing, 2019 [1972, 1984], 3-19, 55-56 I'm already loving this teacher and this is still the first week. She suggested this reading for us and as soon as I opened … Continue reading The Art of Making – As Easy A Walking A Tightrope

The Three Gentlemen Walkers

The idea for this came from my People of the Land series. As I was painting it, I started to feel that the muse was whispering other influences right into my mind. The colours are more African inspired, and the figures feel like some traditional Cuban or Dominican folk pain tings I've seen in markets … Continue reading The Three Gentlemen Walkers

Montreal Music – Introducing The Cold Snaps

Every time I meet my dear friend, Berel we get into wonderful conversations about philosophy, self-awareness, and our passions for the arts. He captures hearts and minds every time he starts talking ab out his passion for singing, Barbershop style. The hard work, dedication, and love he and his fellow Cold Snaps put into there … Continue reading Montreal Music – Introducing The Cold Snaps

Hollow Men Perfecto circa 1980’s

I recently received a question about this old biker jacket I painted back in the late 1980's and it brought forth a surge of memories. Guess what, they felt pretty fun to remember! The great compliment of someone finding interest in something I made so long ago and offering to buy it, if it had … Continue reading Hollow Men Perfecto circa 1980’s

The Usual Mask I Wear

The inspiration for this face was so completely different than the end result, you can't imagine. My process of drawing a rough outline of the image from the inspiration source, then immediately removing the original from view, before filling it in, almost always reveals surprises. This way, I feel I am inspired by something then … Continue reading The Usual Mask I Wear

Lyric

I found this really cute drawing the other day and it's been rattling around my brain. I wasn't sure how to translate the realistic portrait into my more Expressionist style, so I did what I usually do. I put the black pencil on the paper and let go. In this case, the pencil was a … Continue reading Lyric

Myself, or My Brother

I was recently asked about a hand painted perfecto I made about thirty years ago and it got me digging through old pictures of it for the inquirer. While digging I found a small stash of pictures of myself and my brother, Wayne, when we were in our teens. We are 9 years apart, but … Continue reading Myself, or My Brother

Transformations With Life #10 – Reimagined Office Garden

Above is the original bowl. It was sitting uncomfortably in a display case among others in my ceramic series called Paper Bowls. About a week ago my lovely wife came home with some plants from her office that had been damaged by the cleaning lady and she asked me to replant them into some dull … Continue reading Transformations With Life #10 – Reimagined Office Garden

Lovely Day

As I do with many of my pieces, I quiet my mind, stare at them for a bit, and ask them who they are. Sometimes, they reveal a whole story; other times, just a name. This girl's sardonic smile seemed to come to life when I asked and the only thing she said in response … Continue reading Lovely Day