Sunday, December 30, 2012

Artisans Interview with Claudia Urbach

I kept on and kept on trying to get this video, and I finally got it through the help of a friend!  So here's my talk about art with Sterling Lynch for Rogers TV in August of 2012.  Enjoy!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

"The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence; not silence, but restraint."
       --Marianne Moore

Friday, December 21, 2012


Looks like, after months of begging, I will finally use my own means to obtain my TV interview, by taping it using rather unorthodox means.  So by next week or so, hopefully I will be able to post it here...

Heard this this morning--cool!

Some more poetry while the canvas waits

John Masefield 1878-1967

from "The Seekers"

I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy
To the gull's way and the whale's way where the 
     wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long
     trick's over.

Edgar Allen Poe

 To F------

Beloved! amid the earnest woes
     That crowd around my earthly path-
(Drear path, alas! where grows
Not even one lonely rose)-
     My soul at least a solace hath
In dreams of thee, and therein knows
An Eden of bland repose.

And thus thy memory is to me
      Like some enchanted far-off isle
In some tumultuous sea-
Some ocean throbbing far and free
      With storms-but where meanwhile
Serenest skies continually
      Just o'er that one bright island smile.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Rolling Stone Book

Last week I happened across (how strange!) and spent a good 1-2 hours perusing an ancient volume of the Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll book (I think that's what is was called!).  Anyhow, among the Rock and Roll greats were rather longish bios of Bob Dylan (didn't know he broke his neck!), David Bowie (wow, what outfits!), and Cher (gee, she looked normal back then!).  Anyhow, it made for a very interesting read, and made me realize that rock is here to stay.

So I have found one example of Mr. Bowie to amuse the visual spirits--how artistic (?!):

Quite a Day

Well, I just happened to run into former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien yesterday afternoon, and ended my evening listening to a Christmas Choral Concert with some excellent German soloists.  Life never fails to amaze me.  Here I am, all super smiles, with Mr. Chrétien:  (Thank you, Mr. Chrétien!!!!)

Friday, December 14, 2012

I thought I was done posting images for a while, but this is too much fun, I can't stop, I would like to continue, I hope I can, and here are some poignant images I found in a fat book about New York Museums some weeks ago:

Drawing Restraint 9 2005.jpg

"Drawing Restraint 9: Shemenawa," Matthew Barney

"The Black Sun, " Odilon Redon ca. 1900

"Drowning Girl," Roy Lichtenstein

"Diary of a Seducer," Arshile Gorky 1945

David Alfaro Siqueiros, "The Sob," 1939

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Woohoo video!

The Walk Off The Earth video in which I participated in August in Burlington is up!  Unofficially!  Yipee!  I got my 3 seconds of fame!  Woohoo!

I've meticulously marked the exact seconds where I'm dancing my brains out:

3:39, 3:54, 3:57, 4:00

It's an awesome song, I love it!  I'm listening to it over and over!  Let's celebrate the small victories, and laugh about ourselves at last.

Cheers, world.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Figures catching up

Some pics of the last few figure sessions--got some neat views of some couples intertwining--looked like Rodin sculptures--loved drawing them--what a challenge!!!


Here we meet Norma--I met Norma this past summer on a jog through the neighbourhood--such a nice lady!  She tends a beautiful garden on her front lawn all summer long.  When I asked her if I could take a few pictures to do a painting, she graciously accepted.

Norma stuffed my pockets with home-grown tomatoes of all sorts of varieties--chocolate tomatoes and ones I've never heard of before, and then sent me off with a jar of real homemade grape jam.  Yum!

So here's Norma, tirelessly working in her gorgeous flowers:

"Norma in her Garden," Oil on Gallery Canvas, 24x18 inches

In real!
I like this song, and the video's pretty neat, too!

Trying to figure out how to sign a wet painting!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

One of those days

One of those days where I got locked in an inevitably long lineup of cars trying to leave a downtown parking garage.  Thought I'd be there for life, as the pay machines didn't work on any level.  Faint memories of strange horror movies.  Now to go and attack my large mural in the out-of-doors with loads of turpentine.  Wish me luck.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Burning the candle at three ends again; forgot my bagel at Tim Horton's, recovered it, then fell into a carbohydrate-induced partial day-slumber.  But...looking forward to SKETCH at SAW Gallery tomorrow night, Friday, Nov. 30, 8pm:

I'm donating a bright, colourful watercolour painting--I'll post it as soon as I download it.  Cheers.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Amazing Songs

I've been hearing these really amazing songs on 95.7fm lately; I just heard this one minutes ago--absolutely love it!  What a great song!  Can't wait to hear more:

 by Imogen Heap--Aha!

La la la la, La la la la, La la la la, La la la
La la la la, La la la la, La la la la la

Eat, sleep, breathe it you're full of the stuff
Go bag it, tie it up tight
Wheat, meat, dairy-free, t-total, happy-clappy
High on life, you should try it, you know
Go on while no one's looking

Aha! Gotcha now!
Caught red handed in the biscuit tin
Cost you to keep me quiet
[ Lyrics from: ]
Golden boy boots, pocket pedal stool
Picking sharp smart moves
Plastic, tin can, paper separator
Busy bee wave, wave save the planet flag
But sneaky in suburbia

Aha! Candid camera!
Hook, line and sinker for the four-wheel drive
Cost you to keep me quiet!
Keep me quiet! (keep me quiet! )

Nicest, sweetest, up-most in everythingest
So charming, very charming
Well read, can play the fool
No one's I'll at ease and put their
Deepest Swiss bank trust in you
No one saw it coming

Aaaha! Aaaaaaha! Aaaaaaaaaaha!
You killed a man
Cost you to keep me quiet


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Minis Sold

Two of my very favourite minis sold yesterday at the Ottawa School of Art Boutique.  I'm glad they're going to a good home--thanks, Louise!  Nice seeing you there!

Generations--NGC, Oil on Gallery Canvas, 8x8 inches, $225

Wedding Party, ByWard Market, Oil on Gallery Canvas, 8x8 inches, $225

Friday, November 23, 2012

Small Medium Large 2012

Getting ready for the Vernissage/fundraiser tonight at the Ottawa School of Art--I've donated a painting--all proceeds go to OSA.  It's tonight 6pm in the ByWard Market.  See you there!

"Down on St. Laurent, Montréal, QC," Oil on Canvas, 20x16 in, framed 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Pics from Tuesday's Vernissages

I had a really good time on Tuesday, first at the Figureworks show at St. Brigid's, and then at the Ottawa Little Theatre for the Award Show.  My painting of Darrelle London won 2nd place in the oils category.  It was really nice meeting everyone again, and a special thanks to all of the friendly people I forcibly 'volunteered' to take my photos in both venues!!!

Here are some pictures:

OAA Members' Choice Award Show, Ottawa Little Theatre

Figureworks Award Show 2012, St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Looking forward to the Double Vernissage tonight!!!  I'll be at St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts, and then zooming over to the Ottawa Little Theatre for the Ottawa Art Association's Members' Choice show.  Can't wait to say hello to my fellow artist friends!!!  See you there!!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Larger than Life

I just completed a massive portrait of Darrelle London the other day.  She was at the Algonquin College Theatre in Ottawa last month opening for Steven Page, and I was snapping some photos to make her the next in line for my 'serial' Canadian musicians stint.  I really liked her music and the lighthearted way she performs and sings.  I tried to keep the mood of the painting light, like her show.

Thanks again, Darrelle, for your positive comments about my work!!!  Keep singing!

Darrelle London, Algonquin College Theatre, Ottawa, ON, 2012
Opening Act for Steven Page
Oil on Gallery Canvas, 36x24 inches

This painting will be on display at the Ottawa Little Theatre for the OAA show starting Nov. 20, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Figures & Hat Tonight

Got a couple of drawings done tonight--one is missing a bit of paper--hazards of watercolour!

New Shows

Looking forward to new shows--I have three coming up over the next few weeks--hope everyone can make it!  It seems I have another double vernissage this year--Tuesday, Nov. 20 I'll have to split myself in two!!!  Can't wait!

Here they are: 

Ottawa Art Association-Fall Member's Choice Awards Show

Tues., Nov. 20 Ottawa Little Theatre, 7:15pm

Figureworks Award Show 

Tues., Nov. 20, 6-10pm

Small, Medium, Large at the Ottawa School of Art

Friday, Nov. 23, 6-9pm

SKETCH at SAW Gallery
Friday, Nov. 30, 8pm-2

101 Unframed-29 Forever
Sat. Dec. 1 6:30-midnight

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Small Medium Large 2012

I'll be part of the Small, Medium, Large show at the Ottawa School of Art again this year.  I look forward to it!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Opera Trance

I just love those heart-busting techno beats with the earth-pounding vibrations, so I looked up some Opera Trance.  My mother used to blast opera and classical music through the house while I was growing up, so I enjoy the two styles coming together.  I found this delectable hybrid:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Figure Catch Up

Finally getting around to posting these figure drawings; some are from tonight.  Some have legs that are too short.  Some have beautiful colours.  Some have wacky waist proportions.  Some are of a pregnant wife with husband.  All were intense studies.  Enjoy.