Art, Books, Upcoming Shows, and Current Work
with Reflection During the Covid-19 Pandemic
|From the 2020 oil on canvas painting I Wish I Were An Island|
|Sketches of ideas for paintings for show at|
the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in 2023/4.
e giving away $20,000 worth of books! I've given away more than 800 so far in Thunder Bay, and boy, does it ever feel good. I get all kinds of crazy wonderful reactions. It's so fun and surprising I wish I could give away all my books. I'm also going to have shows of colourful abstracts, expressionistic/impressionistic flowers, landscapes and other works. I will put out a couple children's books, a novel for adults and who knows what else for a couple of combined book launch/ art shows, one at the TBAG in a couple years.
|A mural painting with |
vignettes turned into
two picture books
For fun I mapped out how I got multiple images from the mural and throne and how the images were used. The crossover page is in the middle. I now have the idea that I can employ multiple crossover pages with different characters in completely different stories. The large paintings will double as a means of generating new stories where I can link related themes to the paintings. Planning this approach has already been a great idea generator. And I can see how it's possible to layer themes with fewer signals (clues) in each painting and within each potential narrative. Related signals can appear elsewhere, in another paintings or vignettes, without clogging up one painting with too much information, detail or mixed messages. The more astute and patient the reader/viewer, the more they will be able to see deeper themes and intentions. At least, that's the idea if I can pull it off. And I can't afford to do too many paintings that I know will be incredibly difficult to sell. Employing vignettes, crossovers, and other techniques by shingling them together I get to explore the best of the serious high art world and benefit from the potential sales of books considered popular art. I hope.
|Illustration for The Chameleon Snake.|
Acrylic on Board.
|George Grove, Oil on|
Board. Painted with
|Mt. Mckay (Anemki Wajiw: Thunder Mountain), Oil on Canvas. 30x48"|
ork. I combined this story with another about an IT programmer who womanized agents at an investment company. This was a fictional story, but based on an actual character mixed with events surrounding a student who had gone postal at Lakehead University when I was a student. I changed and added characters and rewrote the stories as a suspense/crime thriller involving stolen art and a cascading danger. The cover needs to be changed, but I haven't had time to get to it. The photo above is a Photoshopped version of me in my apartment in North Vancouver. I did not have that view. I had a view of a parking lot.
|This is my little gallery at 118 Cumberland now closed.|
|Sold. A friend helped me |
out buying this small
landscape. Oil on Board
|If you want to be an artist you have to read|
Bram Dijkstra's work. Don't talk to me if
you haven't. I'll ignore you.
|These paintings start with |
orks, but the space was great to get larger works completed and allowed me to leave all my paints and palettes out. I had storage in the basement. I had a few tourists, a larger number of underprivileged folks drop by, and of course friends. What I miss about have a gallery space was my minimal contribution to the arts community. I didn't get a chance to have an opening for a show alongside the Definitely Superior Art Gallery that opened up across the street this summer. I can't see myself opening up another gallery, but I will need studio space soon.