Been working on this commission for a little bit. It spent more time in conception than actual brush to canvas work. That’s just how it goes sometimes.

It’s another 30×40″ canvas… I will pull this out by the end of the week.

Stay in the shade

April 6, 2011

Been a while since my last “one a day” thing….

“Stay in the shade”
9×12 watercolour painting. 140lb cold press.

$50

Roses and Olive Branches

March 29, 2011

Tattoo design for the lovely Pamela Hopson, from start to finished drawing. I can’t wait to see how this looks when it’s tattooed.

This was my initial drawing… she hadn’t decided on a bird yet, so I subbed in my go to bird. (see: bird on a wire). After harassing her via text about bird choices, she decided on the delicate and feminine humming bird. The bush tit was a close second. hahaha!

First revision. The roses and olive details were spot on, so I only had to sort out the bird. I love tracing paper! Total life saver.

The final drawing!

Sorta pretty : )

“It’s not a sin to get knocked down; it’s a sin to stay down” – Carl Brashear

I did this one for a dear friend who has just come out of a rough couple of years. I hope this painting reminds him what he’s made of.

“Calmer Waters and Brighter Skies”

Acrylic on Gallery Canvas
24″x36″

Holiday Warz

December 18, 2010

I can’t seem to stop!!! These fatties are part of a commission – I love them and wish I could keep them! Hopefully the recipient loves them just as much.

Just want to wish everyone a Merry ho- ho….Hope all your holiday shopping is in the can for another year. If not, you may find yourself at the mall in a similar scenario as junco and chickadee here!

A while back, close to 4 years I think, I found myself in a significant rut. I wasn’t producing any art – I worked a of sting minimum wage retail jobs and I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I certainly didn’t think I would be where I am right now.

By chance, I met Matthew Scapillati.  Scappy ran a modest company called FINISH STRONG FAMILY and got me working. He put a bunch of my drawings on shirts and skateboards.

Holy shit right!? We would meet for brunch nearly every saturday to talk shop- it was a nice little routine and the making of a really great friendship. It also was an important stepping stone for me, after working with FSF, I opened my first Solo show at OMY.
My first design was a bird, actually most of my designs were! So it doesn’t surprise me, 4 years later, that Scaps asked me to paint him some birds.
They finally made it to him in Vancouver, which means I can FINALLY post them!!!! I’m so pleased with how they turned out.

(Birds landed in good company with Ansel Adams, Sharp Knives and deep thoughts)

(Chickadee – 8×10 Ink and Watercolour on 140 lb cold press)

(Purple Finch – 8×10 Prisma Colour Marker, Ink and Watercolour on 140 lb cold press)

(Magpie – 9×12  Ink and Watercolour on 140 lb cold press)

Thanks Scappy, Enjoy ’em!

Winter’s First Breath

December 7, 2010

Yesterday was Toronto’s first official snow fall..I can’t deny it any longer, winter is here. Boo. On the bright side, yesterday also marked my good friend Matt‘s 32nd birthday.
I whipped this little fella up JUST for him. Happy birthday Matty!  RENNICK RENNICK RENNICK!

Another day, another birdie

December 1, 2010

Blue Birdie
9″x 12″
Watercolour and pen on 140lb cold press paper.

$40

Aubergine Dove

November 29, 2010

Aubergine Dove
9″ x 12″
Watercolour, Prisma Color Markers, Pen on 140 lb Cold Press Paper

$40

Birds are my favorite subject to draw/paint/ render/whatever. I love them. I’ve spent the week working on a bird triptych for a hash man out west. I’m DYING to post them…DYING!!!!!  but I can’t spoil the surprise, even though it hurts my insides to restrain myself. So, once the little birdies have flown the coop, which should be soon, I will post.
I had the best time making those birds, I decided to make more….

This is the chubby  junco! He looks a bit cuckoo, no? Sphere birds are the best!

9″x12″
$40

Watercolour, prisma markers, pen on 140lb Cold Press paper.

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Update: That didn’t take long! The junco is SOLD. Off to Finland to roost with the Jon, Raija, Gracie and Bompsi.