Archive for the ‘Lunch and a Portrait’ Category

Tiffany in the Star

Wow, my painting is the cover image for this article:


Long live that link./article.

Proof from 8:28am, May 24, 2021.

I tried to get my hands on a print copy, but it turns out EVERYONE reads the newspaper on a holiday– at least on the Victoria Day holiday. It was sold out everywhere I looked! Pretty good day to have a painting in the newspaper.

“Courtesy Art Gallery of Ontario” is quite something, too. And the painting has been turning up in ads for the AGO on instagram. Very interesting. I wonder what will happen next…?


Wow, this was a crazy whirlwind! Haha, for me anyway. It was nuts! As far as the quiet world of painting goes that is… This painting took just two hours. Bam. Fusca had somewhere to be, and I had no idea if I could do it in that time, but here we are…!


Who cropped this photo? An idiot?

AND this is the third appearance of Fusca! At this point making him the most frequent subject of Lunch and a Portrait. Fusca’s been kind enough to sit for me for all three of the L&P incarnations.

But let’s talk speed for a sec… It’s a crazy coincidence that we only had a couple hours for this sitting because I’ve been taking a little longer than usual for the last few portraits. Working quickly led to some interesting use of colour and colour mixing… there was a lot of what you might call recycling that doesn’t normally happen. With nearly every subsequent colour that I mixed, I was using one of the previous colours as a tint or a ground for it. Which I do to some extent, but I’ve never done it so consistently throughout one painting. Does this mean the colour scheme in this painting is more harmonious? Does it have something the others don’t? HA! I can’t decide! Can you?! BAM! That’s real life, baby.

Anyhow, it’s a positive coincidence that this happened now. I think this will solidify a few of my new abilities and techniques. Working quickly is something I always aspire towards, but it’s always easy to get carried away. Tighten up, bro! Reign it in, buddy! Whew. Time for a beer…


First of all, with all joking aside, I want to say for the record that anytime someone sits for me, they end up telling me some kind of an awesome story. Seriously. Everyone has got something really friggin cool to say. There’s no two ways about it. I think it’s great. To be able to paint someone is one thing, to have them tell me some cool-ass junk is another. I love it. Enough gushing though. It sounds kinda dumb, I know. This just isn’t an emotional typeface.

As for the painting, well to be honest, I really struggled with this one. Some interesting things happened though… I think I can see very clearly how far I’ve come with these paintings. The things that have improved, and the things that haven’t improved enough. I’m not at the same place with certain elements as I am with others… How I deal with hair, for example, isn’t as far along as how I deal with, let’s say, skin.


I should also apologize for this one taking so long. Sorry, Kumary! I appreciate your patience, though. It was also a nice coincidence that Jessica came home and entered the conversation when she did so I could focus up and finish the painting as best (and as fast) as I could.


Number 3, broooos.

It’s Dan! Whoa! It’s kind of a crazy coincidence that we even ran into each other after, pffffft, like maybe 8 years? Whoa! Our places of work happened to overlap juuuust enough! Toronto is kinda crazy like that. I think CSI specifically, is very much like that. A lot of coincidences happen in that place. And I gotta say I’m pretty cool with this one.

Dan was the first person to sit on our new couch for a painting!! Even though all you can see of it is our old blanket which appears in quite a few of these paintings.

Dan was the first person to sit on our new couch for a painting!! Even though all you can see of it is our old blanket which appears in quite a few of these paintings. And now you know.

We also had a pretty intense conversation about economics, the government and used books. Which I am also pretty darn cool with.

It’s also important to note that this is the second time that yam fries have been served and consumed during a Lunch and a Portrait session. It may also be important to note that I did not have much else to offer in the way of food that evening… yup, just fries… sorry, Dan. I clearly dropped the ball on this one. The fries however, were pretty darn good.

From the painting of Greg to this one of Dan, I made a strong step forward painting a half-shaded face. That mid to dark range is kind of hard to achieve (at least with these paints?), and I think I definitely struggled with it in the painting of Greg. Yeah, keep on paintin’ on.


Greg, you old son of a… Look! I painted Greg! And it was awesome for a bunch of reasons…! One of the main ones being that I haven’t actually sat down and hung out with Greg for, oh man, probably two years!? So thanks for coming, bro! Let’s not make it the last time.

What did we talk about? Music! Shoot! First two paintings are with a couple of musicians? What are the odds?! All annoying sentences aside, I’ve always found it interesting how similar a lot of the “arts” are. Visual art and music have a lot of brother-from-another-mother things going on. Similarities, you might say. The biggest difference really just coming down to medium. But a big part of why I’ve always found that kind of similarity so interesting is that it’s not something I actively think about. It’s actually pretty easy to forget. Which is why it’s great to talk to people like Andrew and Greg who are musicians through and through. It’s a chance for me to get an insight into an art that am strictly an observer of. You know, as opposed to painting, where maybe it’s the other way around. Who knows? Cool though. Put your eyes on this…


Tea, tabbouleh, hummus, and some snagged bread ends make for some good painting and some good, good bro-ing. Sounds about right to me.