Jolene – A Photo Safari in 2022

On a cold, windy, and cloudy day, one sometimes only sees grey. The question is how to capture that feeling without being too obvious. I happily snapped various vistas and hoped for the best. This one revealed itself in a far corner of another shot... perhaps it was Tom Waits' voicing melancholic moods, and/or the … Continue reading Jolene – A Photo Safari in 2022

Hints of Color and Light – A Photo Safari in 2022

My wife and I had been talking about taking a walk in the waterfront park on Ile-Bizard (Parc-nature du Bois-de-L'Ile-Bizard) for many. years now and we just couldn't find the time to get there when it was open. On this particularly humid, cloudy (damp, really), and buggy July afternoon, we ventured out to see what … Continue reading Hints of Color and Light – A Photo Safari in 2022

Along The Fence – A Photo Safari in 2022

I'm forever looking for interesting visuals to fuel paintings, inspire ceramics, and explore the senses. This one did all three. Back in the 1970s, it seemed like almost every. yard used these waterlogged logs as fencing. They added a rustic warmth to people's homes drove a sense of nostalgia for older, simpler times. To me, … Continue reading Along The Fence – A Photo Safari in 2022

October 23rd, 2022 at 5:54pm – Sunsets over Riviere-des-Prairies

Strange Perspectives before Being Eaten

When editing, I always take a look at the photo in greyscale to see where the light and shadows belong. When I pealed away the colours on this one, something strange developed that I just can't put my finger on. The whole perspective shifter from one where I felt to be looking down into the … Continue reading Strange Perspectives before Being Eaten

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

Self-portrait project Seventeen (Part d) – Me, By Contrast

I needed to step away from the other ways of painting so far and I felt I hadn't yet explored dabbing the paint onto the canvas, nor had I dived into a monochrome portrait. The former, because I didn't want to destroy my brushes, which is what tends to happen when one grinds the bristles … Continue reading Self-portrait project Seventeen (Part d) – Me, By Contrast

Self-portrait Project Seventeen (Part c) – Getting The Eyes Just Right

I was still dabbing on the paint here. You can see the impact of the stiff bristles on the canvas. I used mostly a matte Titanium white to pull up the emphasis on the features I wanted to... well, emphasize. At this point, I can feel how the matte paint is standing out over the … Continue reading Self-portrait Project Seventeen (Part c) – Getting The Eyes Just Right

Self-portrait Project Seventeen (Part b) – Laying Down Some Contrasts

First, the Part a would look like a plain black canvas, so I'm sharing a photo. Suffice it to say that I painted white gesso over the old painting then used a palette knife to load on some shiny Carbon Black. When that was dry, I first painted down the shape off the face by … Continue reading Self-portrait Project Seventeen (Part b) – Laying Down Some Contrasts

Self-portrait Project – Starting Something(s) New from this Old Model

As mentioned in recent posts, I've tired of the full frontal portrait and want to see what I can do with this profile. I feel there will be more possibility to observe the details of my own face this way. I've been successful in the past using black and white photos to work from, so … Continue reading Self-portrait Project – Starting Something(s) New from this Old Model