Thursday, November 16, 2017

Waterworld - Tiki gods... going tribal!

This week, after having seen an impressive work from Kahlhamer at the Montreal museum of fine arts (Once upon a time, the western), I decided to dig up an old bed sheet and proceed with acrylic inks...


I need to bone up on application tools, but the results were good enough to pursue a stream of this type of work.

Note to self: I realize that preceding works were just meant to test ground on the level I have attained so far in figuration with traditional methods. My heart is on the side of visceral contemporary art...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Duck-diving with Kauhuhu in Molokai... a painting that may open another door!

Over the last few weeks, I have worked on another painting to add to my waterworld collection...


Although this painting does not totally meet my expectations, reflections from its surface remind me that the partly deconstructed figure is really where I want to go. At the same time, incorporating line drawings in my figuration is becoming an obsession.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Water world: "Cenote Chac-Mool"... exploring water-like textural effects!

The idea of meshing primitive/Native designs with realism definitely appeals to me. This second painting depicts the Chac-Mool cenote in the Yucatan peninsula...


The swimming Mayan female adds drama to this already dramatic "water world"... Who knows, maybe in the not too distant future, I will let go of realism in favour of line drawings!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

A new series in the making..."water world"!

A recent trip in Western Canada inspired me to explore the pairing of Native/primitive symbols...


 ...with the realistic figure in a new series called "water world"...


This painting is called "Haida Gwaii" (Queen Charlotte islands, West of the British Columbia mainland) and is meant to be a homage to the West Coast Native Haida population.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Back to the blur?

For this experiment, I used one of my live model drawings...



Although the is not the direction that I ultimately want to take in the future, this experiment allowed me to test ground for more of a painterly approach coupled with less graphic precision. In the recent past, my style has been geared towards producing images in the fastest possible way (more staining than painting). In the future, I want to go back to thicker paint and textural effects with paint, more in line with the aesthetics that I see in galleries. Through this process though, I want to retain what I've learned so far...

Monday, July 31, 2017

"Looning out III"... some technical issues to resolve!

With this painting, I went directly on raw canvas with acrylic ink and acrylic colors, a departure from my usual rice paper collage approach...


I like to use a satin varnish as protector with this kind of support especially. The acrylic ink bled a little, which forced me to use raw canvas collage to retain the original "virgin" look. I like the staining capability of acrylic black ink, on the other hand, I will have to add some acrylic medium for better adherence on raw canvas...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Completing my "Real cowboys" trilogy...

I've made a last painting for a triad of works with a similar style for this series...


This one is called "Smoking gun", for a view of the trilogy see my Facebook Page on the right.

Note to self: I think I satisfied myself with these half drawn/half painted renditions using Japanese and acrylic inks enhanced with acrylic colors.  This approach suited the subject matter perfectly ("fake cowgirls" delivering somewhat of a political message). I still see potential with acrylic inks, but I feel the need to use more colors and special effects in the future. As usual, I try to retain any useful developments from previous experimentation....