Sunday, May 31, 2009

Exploring the Figure at the Loch Gallery Toronto

Yesterday my sister and I dropped by the "Exploring the Figure" show at the Loch Gallery here in Toronto. Here are a few pics from the show, which runs until June 10, 2009.

Loch Gallery Toronto
416-964-9050 phone
Hours: Tues. to Sat. 10:00am-5:00pm

Me and Joan Martyn, the gallery director, in front of my painting "Silenced."

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Exploring the Figure at the Loch Gallery Toronto

I am excited to announce that I am now represented by the
Loch Gallery, which is located at 16 Hazelton Avenue in the prestigious Yorkville gallery district of Toronto. It was formally known as the Nancy Poole Studio (1969-2003), and with over forty years of experience, it has established itself as one of Toronto's leading galleries. Three of my paintings are currently on display in their exhibition, "Exploring the Figure." The show runs May 23rd through June 10th, 2009.

Loch Gallery Toronto
416-964-9050 phone
Hours: Tues. to Sat. 10:00am-5:00pm

"Silenced," oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches, 2009:

"Fortress," oil on panel, 48 x 24 inches, 2009:

"Woman in Dress," oil on canvas, 28 x 22 inches:

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Poets and Artists

Check out my article in Poets and Artists (Oranges and Sardines) by Didi Menendez! It’s on pages 18-23. Also, hardcopies are available here on Amazon.

The Portrait Society of America's Portrait Conference Notes

Here are just a few random notes I took at different parts of the PSOA conference.

Calvin Goodman - a leading expert on the business of art
When he was discussing developing your style as an artist, Calvin said to copy your favorite artist, and when you you get to the point that you see something that they've done that you can do better, move onto someone else.

Also, he said that the two or so sentences of an artists statement should be designed to make us think more about the nature of the work/story then we would have without the write-up.

Mary Whyte
She says if you don't feel strongly about what you're painting, neither will the viewer. Get to know yourself and what you want to paint. Nurture the little artist within you.

She said to make a list of the five senses (touch, sound, smell, sight, taste) of things that really wow you. (so touch might be the wind blowing in your face...that sorta thing) Many of these things will harken back to your childhood.

Also, for artist block sit down and write three pages (this is from The Artist's Way) about anything at all. Detox your mind by sitting near the ocean, or in the forest - different souls need different things, and then going home after and write down anything that comes to you.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Portrait Society of America's Annual Portrait Conference

I just got back from a great trip to Washington DC for the Portrait Society of America's annual portrait conference. I had a great time meeting so many wonderful artists and watching demonstrations and lectures by many of my favorite artists in the world. Also, my paintings "Craig" and "Ella" were reproduced in The Art of the Portrait, the Portrait Society of America’s quarterly publication.

To read a really great blog that wrote about the conference and competition visit Matthew Innis' blog Underpaintings
Daniel Greene's demonstration

Paul Newton, Rachel Constantine, Jeremy Lipking,
Gretchen Schmid, Kristy Gordon

Gretchen Schmid, Kristy Gordon, David Kassan, Rachel Constantine

Burton Silverman, Rachel Constantine, Jeremy Lipking, Kristy Gordon

Tony Pro, Kristy Gordon, Rachel Constantine

Casey Baugh, Mia Bergeron, Kristy Gordon, Lea Colie Wight, Scott Burdick, Jeremy Lipking, Rachel Constantine

After my trip to Washington DC, I spent a few days in New York City, where I visited my favorite paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, wandered Central Park and enjoyed my first tiki party (which was gloriously taking place at the place where I was staying - an artist who I met at the conference, Nicole Desmond rescued me from having to stay in the dodgy hostel I'd booked;)

The King

Thomas Eakins

John Singer Sargen

Central Park

Nicole Desmond (my savior) in the Rhum Rhum Room