Montreal Walls Project – Nine – Consider Textures as Landscapes

In almost every shot I take, I look at it in black and white. This helps me see the textures of the subject, where light hits the surface, where imperfections are, and often gives me a glimpse at something more beautiful than colour can illustrate. Such is the case here, where the sunlight illuminates the … Continue reading Montreal Walls Project – Nine – Consider Textures as Landscapes

Montreal Walls Project – Eight – Imperfect Beauty

I know I'm biased by my obsession with the Wabi-Sabi aesthetic, but this is ridiculously beautiful to me! If I could reproduce this on my ceramic, I'd be in heaven! The stains from paint, mortar, stucco, and pollution remind me of the surprising beauty found on wood fired raku ceramics. ORGANIC! Imperfect and beautiful! Call … Continue reading Montreal Walls Project – Eight – Imperfect Beauty

Montreal Walls Project – Seven – Giving In To Wabi-Sabi-ness

I had to walk by this spot on the wall several times to get a sense of what I was seeing. This recently closed hot-dog joint was closed and the wall next to it's take out window is being repaired. First by removing the hideous aluminum covering... this is what's underneath: decades of patchwork repairs … Continue reading Montreal Walls Project – Seven – Giving In To Wabi-Sabi-ness

Montreal Walls Project – Six – Not All Bricks Are Red

Somewhere around the 1970s, the building were getting surfaced with yellow bricks; not bright yellow, of course, which would have been spectacular to see, but these warm, beige bricks with a hint of yellow in them. While the grime of urban pollution could be easier to wash away from these bricks, it seems the graffiti … Continue reading Montreal Walls Project – Six – Not All Bricks Are Red

Montreal Walls Project – Five – The Old Materials Are Still More Beautiful

This building only recently underwent renovations to the outside of the building. It was covered in ugly and faded aluminum siding from the 1980s. It must have been a pleasant surprise to uncover such beautiful bricks underneath. You may not be able to see them, but a great many repairs have been done to this … Continue reading Montreal Walls Project – Five – The Old Materials Are Still More Beautiful

Montreal Walls Project – Four – Uncovering Natural Variations (Thank you, Dad!)

While the most common bricks in Montreal are of a warm red, there are also a great many made of a terra cotta mixture. When they are dry, they show only subtle variations in colour, but after the rain has touched them they explode with variations. This wall reminded me of a cherished story my … Continue reading Montreal Walls Project – Four – Uncovering Natural Variations (Thank you, Dad!)

Montreal Walls Project – Three – Remnants of The Old City

Montreal is over 375 years old and the original city was build with hand hewn stones often quarried near the waterfront. These building stones can still be found in the foundations of the oldest buildings. These look and feel of these stones is so indicative of the architectural history here that you can also see … Continue reading Montreal Walls Project – Three – Remnants of The Old City

Montreal Walls Project – Two – Wabi-Sabi Reds

To the naked eye, the bricks will appear dulled by pollution and grime, but visit them right after a refreshing rainfall; just before the sun is starting to dry them and you will find the perfect reds: warm, velvety, delicious reds! You will just have to touch them... (Circa October 2019) - Back in the … Continue reading Montreal Walls Project – Two – Wabi-Sabi Reds

Montreal Walls Project – One (Introduction and the Wabi-Sabi Aesthetic)

(Circa October 2019) - Back in the fall of 2019, when I was still attending classes in person and working in an office, as opposed to my Covid-free basement office, I started walking around the downtown core and noticing the subtle and beautiful effects of age on the walls of my city, Montreal. This coincided … Continue reading Montreal Walls Project – One (Introduction and the Wabi-Sabi Aesthetic)

Self-Portrait Project Eight – Unexpected Results

The varnish was getting very muddy from all the dry pastel dust and it was darkening everything on the paper. This could have been very frustrating if I held onto my initial desire to capture the paleness of my Winter face. I was painting this live from my reflection on my phone screen. Before adding … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Eight – Unexpected Results