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112 – 2018

An Artist can be occasionally better understood through the trajectory their work has travelled rather than simply viewing current effort.

My own path as been varied and sometimes unusual. The evolution can be traced yearly where differences are easy to distinguish. Provided here is a sample of where my creativity was back in 2018.

112 – 2018
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Changes

It’s always interesting to see how an artist’s style gradually evolves over time. The trajectory can be quite remarkable when taken in the right direction.

My own style has been pushed towards finding an individuality that hopefully will set current works apart from recent trends. Eventually someone can decide how successful those efforts have been. Personally I’m still far too busy growing and developing my work in new directions,

A Piece From Late 2018

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Dreaming of Summer

Some may long for sunny walks on the beach while others are awaiting the first backyard BBQ. Me, I wait impatiently for painting season to kick in full-swing!

The bright sunlight with warm air makes for the ideal setting to work on the later stages of each piece. Because of my process the summer climate and plenty of ventilation are essential to success.

Truth be told, I did try long and hard to carry out the same practices indoors during the winter months but it proved too creatively stifling. Hence my foray into photography. I’ll likely do both this summer but creating a series of paintings then toiling for weeks trying to promote each of them will occupy much of my waking hours. No doubt the world of photography will breathe a sigh of relief when that day arrives!

The Start of Something New
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Seems Like Yesterday

It was the summer of 2018 and I’d been exchanging emails with a contact at TA2 Sound + Music in Toronto. They’re a full-service audio recording and mastering facility and word was out they accepted artworks on a rotating basis for the lobby and other high traffic areas. After a few weeks of communication it was finally my opportunity to gain a little public exposure costing me nothing more than the gas money to get the artwork down there.

The rest, as they say, is history.

A Painting In All It’s Glory

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I Must Say…

I am really starting to miss painting on a daily, or near daily, basis. Late 2020 there was definitely a feeling of burnout setting in as my 27/7 efforts were largely centred around marketing efforts for the many works completed. Likely only 10% of my time was being utilized for actual art creation.

The endless lists of art shows, competitions & publications worldwide was exhausting but necessary. As ideal as dedicating all my time just towards art creation is an unrealistic ideal.

With a few months off from the that usual grind I’m now starting to look towards a new year of creation and building on all the 2020 efforts. Likely there won’t be regular days of actual painting again until late April as half the process for creating such works requires ventilation and plenty of indirect sunlight.

Certainly until my schedule resumes there’s more than enough to keep me busy and I’m always looking forward to the odd unseasonably pleasant day whenever it comes along. There are always the basic supplies on hand for whenever the opportunity arises.

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Blast From The Past – 2016

I’ve had plenty of time and initiative for artistic experimentation over the years. Likely it’s something that never leaves but ebbs and flows over time. Reviewing several images of works created over recent years has yielded a few surprises – like the odd piece where I experimented with collage.

I’ve seen a variety of works by artisans who dedicate all their time to collage so to say I’m a mere tourist in the field would be generous. But, since I have a blog why not throw something up and see what happens?

Paint & Collage on Canvas – Late 2016
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A Rarity…

Interestingly enough my art rarely reflects actual people. There’s the odd suggestion or even a rough outline but that’s as far as it gets. It’s likely because do much of my efforts have been directed towards the abstract and exploring whatever the eye can’t readily see.

My foray into photography during the off season from painting have allowed me to explore that world with a great deal of amazement. The variety of styles and subject matters has almost left me speechless. There’s no inclination to switch from painting over but the adventure so far has been good to recharge the batteries.

I should be ready to display the first painting of 2021 in several weeks time once I’m almost sure it’s completed. Ironically enough I’ll have to photograph the finished work to post it anywhere.

Here’s a picture taken a few years ago of a man seated smoking in Hamburg, Germany. What I wouldn’t give to find out what he was thinking at that very moment.

Man in Hamburg, Germany

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Winter Wonderland

Given the snowfall and cold temperatures so many of us have to endure lately perhaps reposting this image may be appropriate. It was originally intended as a background to be developed into a more complex painting later but after looking throughout the drying process the decision was made to leave it as is. I was hoping it would stand out from the countless “pour” or “splatter” paintings flooding the art scene lately but time will tell regarding the success of that aspect.

It was created around mid-summer but held under wraps until close to mid-December to be showcased around the holiday season. Sometime timing is everything in life and certainly art is no exception.

Abstract painting is what I consider my primary calling which consumes much of the time available. Between creating, communication & aggressive marketing it can be an all-consuming effort for much of the year. Like many, I’d prefer to be simply creating works and doing little else but reality comes creeping in and the issue of public exposure and sales demand attention. It would take volumes of blog posts to outline the exhaustive efforts required to gain even the slightest attention in todays’ art world. Rather that bore everyone with that what do you say we get on to the featured work of the hour?

Winter Wonderland – 48″ x 36″ Acrylic on Canvas

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Abstraction

Thought now would be a good time to show everyone what I do throughout the more hospitable months of the year. As soon as the weather warms up and the sun is high I’m occupied outdoors half the time working on a canvas or two. Usually the pattern is earlier layers of any given work are created indoors then allowed a minimum two weeks to dry. Then it’s out where the indirect sunshine works best and each painting is eventually finished. Overall the effort pays off despite mounting uncertainty at times during the project.

46 – 2020

The above gem measures 36″ wide by 48″ tall. The effect of color in combination with imagery worked out well for this final effort late 2020.