December 12, 2012

My work out and about

One of my paintings in the window of MJG Gallery in Cabbagetown.  Mark, the owner and also an artist, was kind enough to take and send me the photo.

And he also pointed out a piece of mine in this incredible space, right there behind the piano.  The photo appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Toronto Home.  How Mark noticed my painting, I have no idea.

November 23, 2012

Art Gallery of Hamilton Fall Art Sale

I'll be participating, for the first time, in a salon-style art sale at the Art Gallery of Hamilton from November 29 to December 2. I'm really looking forward to it: the venue can't be beat, there will be live music on the Thursday and Friday, and my work - five large paintings - will be in company with that of over 50 artists. And it's the Hammer, a paradise for art.

Admission is free. Click here for more details.

November 21, 2012

November 19, 2012

November 12, 2012

You're Still Fancy Pants

You're Still Fancy Pants
32"H x 40"W
Acrylic mixed media on wood panel

November 8, 2012

October 16, 2012

Studio Tour Postscript

Thanks to everyone who stopped in at my place, Site 23, for the Guelph Studio Tour this weekend.  All told there were a few hundred of you. We went through a case of Candidato and got the chance to have many fascinating conversations about art and life.  It felt like we were back in Spain, opening our inside to the outside and prolonging the merrymaking for days rather than hours, like carnival, without the costumes. My octogenerian neighbour commented, "Your place looked like church, people coming in and out and cars parked everywhere."

We really had a great time.

Please, stay in touch!


October 11, 2012

Studio Tour Invitation

As I mentioned in previous posts, this weekend Guelph hosts its 27th annual Studio Tour, and I'll be one of 40 artists participating in it - the first time I will be participating.

Studios will be open on

Friday, 7 pm - 9 pm
Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm

You can find a map of the different studio locations here. Physical brochures can be found throughout Guelph, and if you bring a copy initialled by four artists your name gets put into a draw for $150 off the purchase of any artwork on the tour. 

I'm located at Site 23, that's

117 Johnston St. off of York Rd.,
across from Lyon Park (see Google Maps).

Look out for the large white banner. I'll have it attached to the front of the house, along with some red balloons. 

Here's the studio in my backyard as it appeared on Thursday.
Here's the inside as I started to tidy up.

The floor I probably won't get to.
 Nor the walls. It'll be an authentic tour.

Hope to see you out!

Prints for Studio Tour

This weekend for the Guelph Studio Tour, I will have two prints available, though unframed.

Full-colour poster of "The Developing Horizon" (2011)
Fits a standard 8" x 10" matting.

"Unemployment Line" (2012)
Two-tone limited-edition lithograph
9.5" x 7.5"

October 9, 2012

New Pieces for Guelph Studio Tour

Wanna see my Plato's cave? Wanna eat some free crackers and even sip some free wine?
My studio - and house - will be open this weekend for the Guelph Studio Tour. More info this week.

In the meantime, here are some of the new works I plan on hanging on our newly painted, SAD-fighting "harvest yellow" and "poppy glow" walls:

Garden Variety
32"H x 40"L
Mixed media on panel

 In the Shadow of the Water Tower
32"H x 40"L
Mixed media on panel

Rainbow Cement
32"H x 40"L
Mixed media on panel

32"H x 40"L
Mixed media on panel

October 7, 2012

The Art of Toronto Streetcars

Yonge Street Magazine interviewed me and a few other artists on our thoughts about Toronto streetcars, including the new ones the city has just rolled out:

The cover image - of Gerrard and Broadview - is mine.

Aesthetically, which do you prefer?


September 19, 2012

Queen West Art Crawl - Thank You!

This weekend I participated in the Queen West Art Crawl Show and Sale in beautiful Trinity-Bellwoods Park, Toronto. The show was a huge success thanks to the ever growing community of supporters around me.

It wouldn't have been possible, first and foremost, without the help of my amor, Aitana, who lugged a lot of heavy gear many trips beside me over the 300m stretch from the parking lot to my booth site - despite her 7 months of pregnancy! I'm awed.

M's place a few blocks away, where we could put O down for a nap, was a lifesaver, as were the many generous vendors who took time from visitors to help with O. Friends, as always, came around to help, too.

Outdoor art shows might seem like moneymaking ventures but they're actually community events driven by volunteers and a spirit of concern for keeping art accessible. I'd like to thank the organizers for all their long, hard work. I know a lot happens behind the scenes and goes unacknowledged. Also thanks to the volunteers, who helped with a lot of un-fun stuff like parking and carrying art. And the many local sponsors - merci.

Of course shows wouldn't be shows without an audience. I was amazed at the number of people that came out. I had many thought-provoking discussions about the creative life in my tent and even got fed free popcorn. I didn't feel for a second I was selling, even if I did happen to do a bit of that. Thanks to you buyers. You keep the paint flowing and my studio heated.

And that does it for outdoor shows this summer. It was a blast. Until next year!

September 10, 2012

Cabbagetown: Thanks!

Vendors who entertained our daughter for hours. Stampedes of art enthusiasts and at least a few dog shows of dogs. The smiling parade of organizers that stopped at my booth to award me 2nd prize. Free coffee and muffins. One of my biggest supporters, my aunt, who has made it out to almost all of my shows, no matter how far from her home. Torrential rain on Saturday morning, which collapsed some canopies. Friends who stopped in, including some who had my work packed up and my tent disassembled before I got back from the washroom at the end of the day! Finally all the new people I met - artists, fans, organizers, collectors... I delivered some pieces and had the privilege to see some breathtaking art in homes. This is how I'll remember the weekend in Cabbagetown.

Thanks to everyone who came out and made the time a success.

September 6, 2012

Final Touches for Cabbagetown

Just putting the final touches on a painting or two before the Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts. I'm looking forward to meeting new faces and taking in again, after a hiatus of a few years, all the great music, food, and activities of the weekend.

Unfortunately I don't have a booth number (spots are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, for which my rugby days should serve well) but I'll be in Riverdale Park, the one with the urban farm. It isn't huge so you shouldn't have a lot of difficulty finding me. Look out for the big dude, the small woman with the big belly, and the little goofball with the big exuberance.

Here's a sneak peak of some of some new work I'll have up.

"Behind Bloor"
32"h x 39"w
Mixed media on panel

"Curb Appeal"
32"h x 39"w
Mixed media on panel

"Laneway Totems"
39"h x 32"w
Mixed media on panel

"The Ward No. 5"
15"h x 15"w
Mixed media on panel

"Victor Jara Lane 1"
32"h x 39"w
Mixed media on panel

"Victor Jara Lane 2"
32"h x 39"w
Mixed media on panel

September 2, 2012

Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts

I was in the Toronto the other day and picked up a copy of Now, with an ad for the fourth of my summertime outdoor art shows this year, the Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts. For you who don't know Cabbagetown, it's in Toronto just east of Yonge St., sandwiched between Regent Park and Rosedale. I used to live in the area an can't wait to revisit it.

I'll be there from this Friday, Sept. 7, until Sunday. Hope to see you out!

I'm scrambling to finish up work but promise to post images shortly.

August 8, 2012

Collingwood Arts and Music Festival - Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who came out to see me in Collingwood on the weekend. It was a challenging two days with the heat on Saturday and the rain on Sunday, the cottage traffic, and the six trips back and forth from Guelph with a four year old and Aitana - her five-month belly - squeezed in to the half backseat of my dad's pickup. On Sunday afternoon as we packed it in, my tent wasn't the only one to capsize in the wind and nearly take someone out.

At the same time, I met some warm folks and some wonderful artists. I reconnected with people I'd met at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and got a chance to talk about everything from Venezuela to Joe Sacco, from fast painting to the Iranian Revolution. And the most surprising of all, I, well, won Best of Show!

Again, thanks everyone, and see you next time! 

August 3, 2012

Collingwood Arts and Music Festival

I'll be at the Collingwood Arts and Music Festival this weekend hawking my wares. Should be fun.

Here are a few of the new works I plan on showing.

July 16, 2012

Art on the Street - Thank You!

To everyone who came out to crowded Quebec Street in downtown Guelph on Saturday and stopped in at Booth 39 to peruse my art, thank you for making my first Art on the Street such a memorable experience!

I wouldn't be able to do what I do without support from many close friends and supporters, all of whom seemed to have turned up, even from as far afield as Toronto.

Thanks too to everyone who made the event possible, to all the local sponsors, to the many generous "art angels," to Lynn Broughton of the Downtown Business Association and Sonya Poweska of the Arts Council...

I met many new people and reconnected with folks I hadn't seen in ages, even old high school pals. And I was honoured - absolutely honoured - to be awarded the "Best of Show." Wow!

My next stop is the Collingwood Arts and Music Festival (not to be confused with the Collingwood Elvis Festival), August 4-5, at the Collingwood Museum Grounds. I'll be in Booth 12.

See you around!


July 9, 2012

First Time at TOAE

My first Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition was a huge personal success. I chatted with hundreds of people, handed out at least a thousand cards, met many inspiring and supportive artists, and sold well, well beyond my expectations. Thanks to everyone who came out, both old and new friends! Hope to see you again next year in the same place.

Next Saturday, July 14, I'll be in Guelph at Art on the Street with, hopefully, a little bit of new work.

Inside my tent. It was a lot of work finding a professional canopy, making a hanging system with my dad at his factory, preparing the paintings, and setting up for the first time in terrible heat on Friday, but we pulled it off. I couldn't have done it without a lot of help from friends and family. 

The view from city hall.

My setup is the first in the foreground. I was lucky to get a spot by the water without other booths hemming me in, and to have a slight breeze pass through for most of the weekend.

June 29, 2012

Final Painting in Vallès

We've been back in Canada a few days, but before leaving Valencia I managed to squeeze in one last painting contest, in the tiny town of Vallès. It was the third time I'd painted there and every time it's been fun.

Some paintings on display in the main square at lunch, when the contest ended.

For lunch, a giant paella with chicken and snails.

My final piece.

And so that does it for fast painting this year. It was a short season. But I learned some new tricks, blabbed art and drank beer with artists, and sharpened my painterly instincts, the main reason why I do the contests.

Now it's on to the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and Guelph Art on the Street (see my website). More on that to come.

June 11, 2012

Fast Painting in Bardallur and Ibi: 6th Prize and Honourable Mention

Busy weekend. We drove north of Valencia to chilly Aragon where I participated in a painting contest in the small town of Bardallur, near Zaragoza. I was awarded 6th prize (out of 7), enough to pay for the trip and materials for a while.

Here I am in the early morn, around 2 hours in at 11 am.
 The final piece at 2 pm. 120 x 100 cm, mixed media on board.

 Lunch on the house. Paella with salad, Cariñena wine, dessert, and espresso.
 Accepting my prize.

This was 1st place, probably 150 cm long!

While we were in Aragon, we stopped to the see the vanquished town of Belchite. It gave me goosebumps. Belchite was the site of a major battle in 1937 between fascists and anarchists/socialists (including many Canadian volunteers of the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion).

The city, with spectacular Roman and Mudéjar architecture, was annihilated, as you can see from the photos. Rather than rebuild Belchite when the Spanish Civil War ended, Franco built a new Belchite from scratch beside the bones of the old one as a memorial to the military force he was prepared to use on his opponents. Not a rock has been moved since.

A. teaches a course on the Spanish Civil War this summer. I hope she is able to muster the art necessary to convey the emotional impact Belchite, as a target of war, as a symbol of war's destructiveness, made on us

On the way to Belchite, in the middle of nowhere but wild countryside, we passed a sign that pointed to the "birth house of Goya," a town called Fuendetodos. We had to pull in.
This bust of Goya was erected in 1920 by Zuloaga, nearly as important a painter as Goya. 

Inside the modest house Goya was born in 1746.

A museum a few steps down the road houses Goya's engravings, including The Disasters of War - some of the most radical, brave art produced in the last two centuries. We left feeling alternatively awed by the beauty of the work and disturbed by its message.

On Sunday, I painted in Ibi, Alicante, some 450 km from Bardallur, and knocked this piece off:

It was strong enough to be "selected," but didn't win a cash award.

This won 1st.

This 2nd.