April 9, 2018

Upcoming Spring & Summer Courses & Workshops

Exciting Spring Summer teaching season ahead!

Here are the courses I’ll be offering at ACAD for the Spring and Summer season. Click the link to check out the details and supply lists:

Children’s Book Illustration, May 1 – June 26, 6:30 – 9:30pm, $362.25

https://www.acad.ca/continuing-education/adult-courses/all-adult-credit-free-courses/childrens-book-illustration-01-may

Acrylics 2, May 7 – June 25,  6:30 – 9:30pm, $262.50

https://www.acad.ca/continuing-education/adult-courses/all-adult-credit-free-courses/acrylic-painting-ii-07-may-2018

Acrylics 1, May 10 – July 12, 6:30 – 9:30pm, $362.25

https://www.acad.ca/continuing-education/adult-courses/all-adult-credit-free-courses/acrylic-painting-i-10-may-2018

Sketchbook Drawing Week Workshop, July 30 – August 3, 10am – 4pm, $420.00

https://www.acad.ca/continuing-education/adult-courses/all-adult-credit-free-courses/sketchbook-drawing-week-30-jul-2018

At Swinton’s along with my Studio Classes that run every Wednesday from 9:30am – 12:30pm and from12:45pm to 3:45pm,  I’ll be offering these weekend workshops. Again check out the link to see details and supply lists:

Dynamic Charcoal Portraits, Sat, Sun, April 21,22, 9:30-4, $210.00

http://www.swintonsart.com/index.php/instruction/workshops/item/dynamic-charcoal-portraits?category_id=108

Watercolour Basics, Sun, May 27, 9:30-4, $110.00

http://www.swintonsart.com/index.php/instruction/workshops/item/watercolour-basics?category_id=108

Pen & Ink, Line & Wash Sun, June 24, 9:30-4, $110.00

http://www.swintonsart.com/index.php/instruction/workshops/item/pen-ink-line-wash

Acrylic Portrait Painting on Rough GroundsSat Sun, July 28, 29, $210.00

http://www.swintonsart.com/index.php/instruction/workshops/item/acrylic-portrait-painting-on-rough-grounds

Acrylic Abstraction – Elements of Design,Sat Sun, August 18, 19, $210.00

If the link doesn’t work – just call the store to register – 403-258-3500 

March 15, 2018

Studio NOW!@CKG

Exciting exhibit showcasing whats happening in the studios of 4 artists with upcoming solo exhibits. Kind of like a preview. And we will be having a great artist discussion at the opening. Come on out!

October 5, 2017

Working towards my next exhibit!!

Working on underpaintings!!

Its been way too long since I posted, but there is a very good reason…. I’m heads down working to get ready for my exhibit in October of next year at Christine Klassen Gallery!! So while I’m posting the paintings on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as they are finished, I’m not making too much noise about them because I want everyone who possibly can to come out to this exhibit to see this new body of work. So, thanks for your understanding and watch for the updates as they come. 

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December 11, 2016

My Artist Talk @CKG

Me & Little Wing

Me & Little Wing

When Christine asked me to do a small talk at the opening of Put a Bird on It, I said sure! I most often give small talks just flying by the seat of my pants and since I haven’t really paid too much attention to my artist Statement of late I thought it would be a good opportunity to refresh my thinking about my work all around. So after 2 hours of typing I could see that I had a good start on my autobiography, so I used it as my crappy first draft and refined it so I could say something more measured and meaningful. Here’s what I came up with:

I love the demands and processes of oil paint, the pigments, the mediums, the materiality. The stuff. I love the stuff. I love the slow nature of the indirect process of multiple layers.

I paint the way I paint because I find the process of long seeing to be very meditative.

I can breathe, I can think, or not think. Staying with the images for as long as I do is like listening to a sustained pleasurable note. It is deeply satisfying even though it can take quite a long while to paint, I find it deeply therapeutic.

I like still life because its just that. Still. Quiet. I love the light.

So, theres a long and pleasing process for me, and maybe a moment of light, an opening to stillness, hopefully some delight, for the viewer.  A little rest from the big loud demanding world.

The actual objects I use have been tools to explore ideas about taste, nostalgia, good or bad, whimsy, family, and mortality. Not to mention the beauty inherent in natural objects. There – I said the B word. The meanings and importance of objects and images for humans, the stories they tell about us, and the stories we tell about them. The fact that these objects often outlive us.

Right now, in my work,  the objects are leading me back into the fundamentals of composition, abstraction  and colour. Still realism – but you’ll just have to wait  and see.

I haven’t really been a part of the resurgence of academic realism, I’ve been too busy following my own nose, because there wasn’t really any guidance for realistic painting when I started so, I adapted what little I read about the indirect process and have made my own way, for good or bad.

I am happy to see the renewed interest in realism only because I think that it would be such a shame to lose such precious skills and that the more aspects of artistic expression there are available to people the better for everyone. I find great inspiration, excitement and solace in the idea that art is endless and that there is room for everyone.

Oh, and you can find me here at CKG and online on the social medias as TheQuietEye. Thanks so much for listening.

@CKG Put A Bird on It/Dec 102016

My dear friend Jackie and I at the opening of Put a Bird on It @Christine Klassen Gallery

October 20, 2016

New Favourite!

Red Bird, 16 x 16", oil and alkyd on canvas, $1200.00Cdn

Red Bird, 16 x 16″, Oil & Alkyd on Canvas, Framed, $1200.00Cdn

At Christine Klassen Gallery! Go check it out in person!

October 20, 2016

2nd January Workshop!!

Abstract Attack Mixed Media SW WS Jan 2017

October 20, 2016

First Workshop of the New Year 2017!

PaintingKids Portraits Multi MediaSW WS Jan 2017

October 20, 2016

December Workshop!

Acrylic Mediums Dec 2016 SW WS

October 20, 2016

More new Workshops – Fall 2016

Sketchbooking 2016 SW

June 25, 2016

Second Coming Popup Show @ CKG!

Second Coming popup@CKG

Many thanks to Aaron Sidorenko, Karen Klassen and Christine Klassen for including me in this very exciting figurative popup show at CKG. Its only up for 5 days, but I’m in excellent company. What a fantastic opening!