13 September 2019

Restrained Fury

Restrained Fury
18" x 24", oil on wood panel, 2019

Pencils (with circle).

I felt the composition needed something in the upper right, so I drew a circle there, but I don't think I'm going to keep it as a clearly-defined shape.

Blocking-in shadows.

Along with the shadows, I blocked-in the dark background and softened that circle in the upper right. I'm still not sure what to do with it...

Close, but something's off...

Blue highlights on right. 

The right side of the head and neck weren't looking right until I realized I needed some definite blues (rather than trying to make it work with pale violets) and then it all came together. Now for some blue highlights in the coat...

Close-up featuring ear.


20 August 2019

Ted Maczka 2

Ted Maczka
17" x 14", ink on Bristol board, 2019,
private collection.

This was a commission done as a house-warming gift and was based on my oil painting of Ted Maczka (below), Prince Edward County's famous Fish Lake Garlic Man. The commissioner was aware that the recipient knew Ted well and missed him (Ted died in 2013), so I was more than happy to paint this one.

Ted Maczka
36" x 24", oil on canvas, 2011,
collection of the County of Prince Edward
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04 August 2019

County Coyote: Explorers

County Coyote: Explorers
18" x 24", oil on wood panel, 2019

I always enjoy participating in the shows put on by Peter and Alice Mennacher at their Blizzmax Gallery in South Bay, here in Prince Edward County, and when I got the invitation for this year's County Coyote group show I quickly began brainstorming ideas.

The main concept is that participating artists take Peter's drawing of a coyote and do whatever we wish with it. I decided to take the plentiful coyotes out of PEC and sent them out into the final frontier, exploring strange new worlds.

The main background of mountains and a ringed gas giant in the sky was borrowed from a Robert McCall painting, the rocket is based on Hergé's design from his Tintin comics, and the hoodoos are based on photos I took in Alberta more than a decade ago (I was going for a sort of Roger Dean-inspired landscape, and the surreal (and unlikely) tripled hoodoos lend themselves to this notion). Naturally, these canines would build doghouse-shaped structures for their outposts. The simple, bubble-shaped space helmets further contribute to a 1950s retro sci-fi feel.

Coyote by Peter Mennacher

I wanted to keep as much of Peter's coyote as possible, so they remained white in my painting, perhaps as a sort of genetic modification to aid in space exploration. After all, they have space helmets but no space suits, so it could be a pressure-based technology, perhaps, like a hydrophobic coating that they're dunked in or is sprayed on. Or maybe it's like the original Star Trek and how the warp drive and the transporter work isn't important, but what happens because of them is what counts, story-wise.

Show Poster

A lot of great local artists participated in this show and it was great to see a few faces I hadn't seen in years at the opening. See the show if you're around. SEE IT!