Surfacing

Drawing bats never crossed my mind until I drew a tiny one for  Preshrunk this year. The response made me realize that people have quite an affection for these adorable creatures

I started with the one below and got completely carried away in the process because they are so delightful

These four will be featured at a collaborative show I’m excited to be a part of at Argyle this June with my dear artist buddy Melissa.

‘Spring Surge’ being the title.

We both work in different mediums (oil and charcoal) but will be interpreting similar themes of animals leaping and emerging.

My own pieces come under the name ‘Surfacing’. I feel this best sums up the curiosity, quiet joy and emerging attitude of my subjects.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress of this work

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Canadian Wildlife

Last month I started work on a collection for Made in the Maritimes (a fantastic local store that features art and items exclusively made in Nova Scotia).

Together we decided that I create a theme around the subject of Canadian Wildlife.

It didn’t take much for the inspiration to follow.

You can find these pieces at their Hydrostone and Bedford locations as well as Here online.

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Horned sheep

Another profile! Another challenge to get the personality across with only one eye to work with and when it comes to sheep there is also a somewhat stern nose to contend with too.

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This was him after the first session. I was happy with the eye but not the horn or nose.

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Then it all got too heavy and contrasting (too much white charcoal). Time to strip back and simplify. 

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Subsequent sessions later…… 

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I spent a lot of time on the fine details of horns and curls to bring character and texture to him. In the end I was really pleased but I learnt that

a sheep nose is niether straight forward….nor straight! 

 

When art changes direction

I started working on this piece with the intention of the horse being white and the background light…but I can’t shake this black thing.

As soon as I darken my art it suddenly takes on this powerful atmosphere creeps in. It’s an irresistible direction that I can’t seem to move away from at this time.

I have ideas of where I want to go…but in the end the art decides.

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Finished piece. Also available in limited edition print.

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The Bull and the Bear

I was asked by a good friend at Pinnacle wealth to do a piece of art for his office wall.

The Bull&Bear represents the financial market. This piece was a challenge because it required two animals on one piece (40×30) and both of them in profile. The toughest thing about profile is capturing personality. There is much less to work with, the eyes are not looking at me, expression is tricky. Also the profile of a bear can easily look like a dog…

 

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In the end what brought the most atmosphere was the lighting. These two beasts are having a stand off and I wanted even the hairs on their backs to be on alert with anticipation.

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Just love drawing the fine hairs.

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Finished piece.

Opening night

Well the opening night of Nocturne was something else.

Huge crowds on the streets and lining up to get into Argyle Fine Art

My show ‘The Slow Wakening’ had a great reception with 33 pieces on display until 1st November. Be sure to stop by and take a look or check out the gallery here ‘The Slow Awakening’

I would love to meet you in person so if you would like to do the same then come for an evening with the artist on Oct 25th at Argyle Fine Art

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