Thursday, February 17, 2011

If I had $4000 to spare...

...I would buy this work of art by Tom Scullin

I just stumbled across his website, and am absolutely blown away with his Allegories Series. These figures, objects and architecture seem to be taken right out from some of the most well-known Renaissance paintings, but the way they are employed, with the modern vibrant colours, and unique juxtapositions, make them very compelling! I've got a birthday coming up in a couple of months... anyone want to get this for me?

Shary Boyle

For my contemporary Canadian art class, we're encouraged to go to Shary Boyle's exhibition that just ended this past Sunday at UQAM's gallery. Her work is fabulous and I could not refrain from buying the book that goes along with her exhibition (as the image on the cover was my favourite in the exhibition). 

Her work is a strange mix of fairy-tale and a bizarre, unsettling nightmare. I've been doing a lot of procrastination lately as I've got a lot of school work to catch up on, but it seems that for me procrastination equals creativity and a need to paint to ease tensions. Anywho, last night I made my own ode to Shary Boyle (which isn't nearly as nice as her's, I know!).

Running out of space

I've been buying my canvases lately (well over the past 5 months) from the dollar store, 2$ per canvas. Which is an awesome price for a canvas, just to let you know. But unfortunately, the drawback is they all come in the same size, 40cm x 30cm - which isn't that big or interesting. So I'm excited to say that over the Spring Break I'll be heading to my favourite art store in Ontario - Curries (whereas Omer de Serres is my fave in Quebec), and I'll be buying some large/interesting sized canvases! 

I'm excited to do some more large/epic paintings that take longer than simply one evening. Maybe I'll still do some dollar store canvas - they would be great to sell for a profit! But the other problem I'm running into is that I'm slowly running out of wall space :) which is really a pleasant problem actually.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

1800s portrait

 Last night was another evening where I decided to avoid working on one of my many assignments, or getting some of my readings done, instead deciding to paint. The portrait below was based on a photograph (which I will not post here or else you will see how I failed to make it look similar to my source! - ignorance is bliss) that I came across a couple of years ago and saved it in the depths of my computer. Coming across the photo again, I decided that it was time to do something with the photo and I'm happy with how it turned out! 

I also used that technique, that can be seen in this post but I feel like I've got more of a handle on it, and basically I learned how to make the style mine. Enjoy! :)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Like a Little Cartoon

For the Bull & Bear, McGill's Management Newspaper, I've been doing the occasional cartoon. I thought I would share the last one that has been published. If you don't know what Like a Little is - it's an anonymous message posting site that allows students to flirt anonymously from the privacy of their computer screens. It was pretty popular last December during the exam period as most students were in the library, and it was common to see students constantly monitoring the site. If you want to check it out -