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The Artist Project

The 2017 Artist Project show was February 23 – 26 this year. And hey, whaddaya know? I was in it! It was a really good weekend of talking about art, meeting new people (hey, maybe you’re reading this because you came by my booth! Thanks for visiting my website!), and having a chance to show my work to a lot of people who have never seen it before!

I put up my favourites of my 2015 Italy paintings and two tantalizingly new pieces… Two mythology-based paintings which are the beginning of a whooole new body of work. Exciting, don’t ya think? Take a look at my setup!

Setup was on my birthday. Thanks go to Nina for this one!

My booth as a whole. Very simple, clean setup. See that trunk though? Makes you feel warm, doesn’t it? Kinda homey, isn’t it? You might say it… really ties the room together.

Lookit that grin! Grinning like a fool! Thanks to Nikki for taking this!

Looks Like My Paintings Have Gone COFFEE PUBLIC!

Get it??

Well you don’t have to get it, CAUSE THEY’RE THERE! At Coffee Public down at ol’ College and Bay in dirty ol’ Toronto! Ain’t that nice? I think it’s nice…

My paintings have come down back at Starving Artist, but these DIFFERENT paintings from Italy are now up fer yer viewing pleasure! And coffee pleasure! Go on, go and have a coffee! I dare ya. And get a muffin, too. Or even a cookie. Cause CHANCES ARE I made those, too!

But let’s get back to the paintings! Rather than my landscapey plein-air bros, these are specifically of the statues in Florence. From my faaaaavourite place in Florence! Yes, even more so than the Museo La Specola, and yes, I know that sounds outrageous, but hear me out. Wait, where was I? Oh yeah, they’re from the Loggia Dei Lanzi in Piazza Della Signoria. But I’ve talked about this place befooooorrre. Just scroll on back through the blog a little bit! So anyhow, I thought they’d look real good on the concrete pillars at Coffee Public!

Pillars

Oh this painting, THIS PAINTING, is the SECOND LAST one that I did in Italy! Just the night before I left! Powerful fuggin stuff, bros.

Oh this painting, THIS PAINTING, is the SECOND LAST one that I did in Italy! Just the night before I left! Powerful fuggin stuff, bros.

Some fun facts about these paintings… They were all painted in the middle of the night in a goddam gigantic and empty plaza in the heart of the friggin city of Florence! Ohhhh man, was it beautiful. Get up and coffee-up in the morning, wander and paint all afternoon (possibly in a museum), come home and make dinner, cool the frig off, take er easy fer a bit, get the ol’ travel setup ready to go and roll outta the house around 11… Set up in the piazza around midnight juuuuust when the place empties out of tourists and then, bros… BROS. Beautiful night of painting aheada ya. Definitely helps that half of the goddam sum of Western art is like 25 feet away within the walls of the Uffizi. *Sigh* It was g r e a t .

Starving Artist Shows Recent Work at Starving Artist

I shouldn’t say that. I eat pretty well. Mostly coffee and donuts, but like, a lot of coffee and donuts. Like, no shortage. It’s also not really something to joke about. But we’re getting way off-topic here…

I’ve got some paintings on display right now! Can you believe it? Me! Showing my paintings? Noooo… but yeah! Totally am, bro! Some paintings from my pilgrimage-thing to Italy from last Summer are up at Starving Artist on Lansdowne! Right here in sunny* Toronto.

*It’s definitely been sunny at some point. It has happened. I’m reasonably sure of this.

Right up until these went up on the walls a grand total of approximately (I say approximately cause when you’re dealing with number that are this astronomical… well… accuracy is nearly impossible) 5 people had ever seen them. So pretty rad to think these were NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN paintings! And I suppose there’s also the fact that they’ve got my goddam heart and soul mixed right in with the paint… you know, if you like that kind of thing.

There are ten of them! Go take a look! Have a great breakfast while you’re at it! Starving Artist definitely comes Corey-recommended. What the hell have you got to lose?

Always beware of reflections when taking cellphone pictures...

Always beware of reflections when taking cellphone pictures…

This statue looks awfully familiar, doesn't it?

This statue looks awfully familiar, doesn’t it?

I promised myself I'd go back and take better pictures at some point. I didn't do that.

I promised myself I’d go back and take better pictures at some point. I didn’t do that.

Threefer

Fiori

Ercole

But yo, if we can be real for a second here, it’s time for a confession… I have a pretty hilariously small amount of experience with hanging paintings. Keep in mind I tried. Oh, I did try. But these aren’t perfectly¬†straight. Maybe even a little lopsided and uneven. There, I said it. Now you know. Ha! But what are YOU gonna do about it? I friggin dare ya to go in there with a level and see if they don’t tell ya to siddown, shaddap and order some goddam waffles. That’s what I thought, waffles or gtfo.

A Week on the West Coast

YO! Back in October I was visiting my bros Mike and Mariah in ol’ Victoria, BC! It was great! I had a good chance to see a lot of the– wait, what? …you don’t care? Drawings? Hey, I’ll tell a backstory if I want to, bud… Oh yeah? Well maybe I don’t care that you don’t care, you ever think of that, BUD?

*fighting*

Well imaginary arguments aside, I did a bunch of sketching over there!

These mountains are the Olympic Mountain range in Washington state. Pretty rad! Lemme just sacrifice a bull and pop across the wine-dark sea on my long-prowed ship!

Painting water is just... BRO. It's bro. I could bro that bro forever, bro. Fuuuuuckin' bro.

Painting water is just… BRO. It’s bro. I could bro that bro forever, bro. Fuuuuuckin’ bro.

I THOUGHT that this mountain might have been a Canadian one, but on some slightly further investigation, I’m pretty sure it’s also part of the States. Anyhow, it’s not part of the Olympic range, it’s off the East side of the island. Er, I guess the East side of Victoria, for those of us keeping track on a map.

Mount

And if your maps are still out, this is from up on a hill (Gonzalez hill) sorta facing back towards that first drawing and the breakwater where I sat when I drew it.

Gonzalez

This is the legislature building on the Inner Harbour.

I was the subject of at least three different tourist-photos while I was sitting there. Photos from a set that will likely be forgotten and buried in an untitled folder on a soon-to-be-outdated hard drive of an obsolete computer. Which actually hasn't happened to me since Italy. STILL GOT IT.

I was the subject of at least three different tourist-photos while I was sitting here. Perhaps just a single photo from a set that will be forgotten and buried in an untitled folder on the soon-to-be-outdated hard drive of an obsolete computer. Which actually hasn’t happened to me since Italy. STILL GOT IT.

Some sketches (good and bad) from the Royal BC Museum.

Animaux2

Interesting sidenote, these are actually the worst drawings I've ever done.

Interesting sidenote, these seals are actually the worst drawings I’ve ever done.

Animaux1

Totem

Yo, ROM, you JEALOUS, bro??

Ever have lunch with a peacock in front of a castle? Sounds pretty good, eh? It’s kinda like a soft version of “ever dance with the devil in a pale moonlight?”

Ok, so the castle was behind me when I drew this. What? I like water.

Ok, so the castle was behind me when I drew this. What? I like water.

It seemed like there were always mountains just on the edge of the horizon everywhere you look in Victoria (another thing that hasn’t happened since Italy!). It’s pretty ideal. Kinda like how deer are “pests” out there. Geez¬†and the sunshine, the bike lanes and the free-roaming peacocks are a real big problem, too. SOUNDS LIKE A PRETTY NICE PLACE, EH? Don’t even get me started on their craft beer epidemic. Anyhow, as I was saying about the mountains, the sky just behind them always had a really soft yellow glow to it that I kept trying to capture in my sketches. I think this last one is the closest I got. How about that, eh?

Driftwood

As an extra point of interest, all of the following names were considered for this post:

A Veek in Victoria, A Birder’s Guide to South Eastern Vancouver Island, Bros Will Be Bros, Bro Is As Bro Does, How I Learned to Relax and Love the West Coast, British Columbia for Dummies: Victoria Edition, Why I’ve Never Seen a Whale, The Trouble With Peacocks, Hey Bros Can I Sleep on Your Couch?, #firsttovisit, What I Did on Mt. Doug and Why, Don’t Go Down That Road There, BC for Basic Bitches, That Dino Don’t Look Right, Randy’s Gut is Full of Greasy Old Oyster Burgers, Selfies Done Right, and That’s Not The Proper Nomenclature.

One further point of interest:

Approximately 5% of the previous list was actually considered.

Purdy Part 3

More pictures of stuff! Whether or not they’re purdy, well, that’s up to you!

Part of the city seemed to be on fire one day. I never did look into it though...

Part of the city seemed to be on fire one day. I never did look into it though…

Don't go down that road there.

Don’t go down that road there.

Certified coffee is waaaaaayy too hard to find here! I thought I'd try this one... (hahaha they all taste the same...)

Certified coffee is waaaaaayy too hard to find here! I thought I’d try this one… (hahaha they all taste the same…)

French omelettes in Italy? You wouldn't...

French omelettes in Italy? You wouldn’t…

There's something very comforting about this... Cereal, fruit and tea...

There’s something very comforting about this… Cereal, fruit and tea…

CLEAN PEN, NEW INK.

CLEAN PEN, NEW INK.

NEW BOOK NEW BOOK NEW BOOK. Good lord, just look at how beautiful it is... I'ma fill you with so many drawings, little bro.

NEW BOOK NEW BOOK NEW BOOK. Good lord, just look at how beautiful it is… I’ma fill you with so many drawings, little bro.

The Moon is almost holdin' water...

The Moon is almost holdin’ water…

THIS STATUE, Bernini's Medusa, looks a lot like someone I know. I won't say who though, so that everyone who reads this can wonder if it's them. That oughtta be fun, right?

THIS STATUE, Bernini’s Medusa, looks a lot like someone I know. I won’t say who though, so that everyone who reads this can wonder if it’s them. That oughtta be fun, right?

Harpies?! DON'T GO DOWN THAT ROAD THERE, ULYSSES.

Harpies?! DON’T GO DOWN THAT ROAD THERE, ULYSSES.

I like to imagine that no matter what's going (it don't take a lot of imagination in this case), there are always cherubs flying around, and they're kinda like flies, always just buzzing around and you can never get rid of all of them. Oh, this is Zeus and Hera, by the way. Or, perhaps because this is in Rome, Jove and Juno. (Note the eagle and the peacock)

I like to imagine that no matter what’s going (it don’t take a lot of imagination in this case), there are always cherubs flying around, and they’re kinda like flies, always just buzzing around and you can never get rid of all of them. Oh, this is Zeus and Hera, by the way. Or, perhaps because this is in Rome, Jove and Juno. (Note the eagle and the peacock)

This is what the inside of the Vatican looks like! You just have to imagine this image slowly shuffling along and pushing you down corridors for some reason. Where is everybody going? No one knows, that's the fun part!

This is what the inside of the Vatican looks like! You just have to imagine this image slowly shuffling along and pushing you down corridors for some reason. Where is everybody going? No one knows, that’s the fun part!

Now this is the kind of thing I really like... columns and shadows...

Now this is the kind of thing I really like… columns and shadows…

Hey look! A picture through a hole!

Hey look! A picture through a hole!

It's always kinda nice to look up after a while and see that you're surrounded by a mess. It usually means you've been working hard. Or I guess that you're just gross. Maybe both?

It’s always kinda nice to look up after a while and see that you’re surrounded by a mess. It usually means you’ve been working hard. Or I guess that you’re just gross. Maybe both?

There are some amazing things... in miniature. ...Anyone? ...Hmmm? ...I DO ENJOY WORKING IN MINIATURE. Come on!!

There are some amazing things… in miniature. …Anyone? …Hmmm? …I DO ENJOY WORKING IN MINIATURE. Come on!!

Fire birds and dinosaurs!

Fire birds and dinosaurs!

Speaking of chameleons, these two are more than 150 years old. Isn't that just-- I mean, can't you just-- SO COOL. Crumbling beauties, if I've ever seen 'em.

Speaking of chameleons, these two are more than 150 years old. Isn’t that just– I mean, can’t you just– SO COOL. Crumbling beauties, if I’ve ever seen ’em.