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Margaret Meehan

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Margaret Meehan
17" x 14", oil on Bristol board, 2020

Continuing my portrait series of my favourite SCTV characters, here's my rendition of the brilliant Catherine O'Hara as high/night school quiz show contestant Margaret Meehan, who has a frustrating tendency ro answer the questions (always incorrectly) before host Alex Trebel (played by the equally brilliant Eugene Levy) is finished asking them.


Here's the time lapse video of me painting this precocious contestant:




Adept at Adaptation

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Adept at Adaptation
28" x 18", oil on canvas, 2020

Like a number of recent paintings, this one's also based on decades-old photo reference, but one I hadn't looked at in years and never attempted to paint until now. I think it turned out better than I imagined when my friend, Janet, and I shot it back in the mid-'90s. Plus I feel the tiger companion really helps underscore the sense of strength and resilience I wanted to convey. 

Early concept sketch.
I had Janet in mind when I sketched this at work (at The Shopping Channel –on the back of a "flow sheet" for a dinnerware show) –that's why it's stapled in my sketchbook. I should have followed my sketch when I was posing her arms for the photo –they're more dynamic in the sketch.

I guess, realistically, her hair would be much longer if she was out in the wilderness, but I liked her short haircut in the source photo so I kept it here. Who knows...Maybe the tiger's a really good stylist.


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Toro

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Toro
24" x 18", oil on canvas, 2020

After more than 20 years and three paintings based on this model miming bull horns with her fingers (below), I've finally paired her with a bull. Who's mad now?

Abdicate
17" x 14", oil on Bristol board, 2020
Mad
22" x 15", watercolour, 1998
Easy as Pie 40" x 30", oil on canvas, 2007
private collection
The painting above is (obviously) an abstracted version of Mad.

Here's a time lapse video of me painting Toro: