Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Listening 1 - Dr. Dallas Willard

Sometimes I paint in silence. Most of the time I look for podcasts to listen to. Most recently I have been listening to many podcasts off of The Veritas Forum. One speaker in particular is rather powerful in his knowledge and presentation: Dallas Willard. Nietzsche vs. Jesus Christ: Who holds the true path? is an interesting review of how the the West transitioned to a secular society. Highly recommended.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Whats up...

It's been a busy 5 months: since leaving Calgary in June I 've gone from  Portugal to Florence, spent 2 days on  boat sailing to Elba, took a one week workshop in Madrid, visited Dehli, Udaipur, Jaipur and the Taj Mahal in India where I was so  overwhelmed I spent the following weekend in Milan recovering. I have been working on a number of portrait commissions and experimenting with new approaches (to painting) and new subject matter (landscapes) all in a new format (small). Here is some of what I have been up to:

Ritratto di Stephana

Rachel (piambura study)

Pomodoro e Aglio

Moinho da Apulia


This is the study for the project I am finishing up:


I can't let you see the final version until the client does!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Vancouver Demo

On Friday May 4th at 2pm I will be giving a demo on the process I use to paint a portrait from a photo.
If you or anyone you know is in the Vancouer area, come by and say hi.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Resurrection of a Painting - Part Three

After deciding upon an image (see part two) and collecting reference I began the drawing for the final painting. I started with a harmonic armature within which I placed the figure and other elements. An armatures can help to create order amongst the various various elements and to the whole:

After transferring this to the canvas the wash drawing was begun:

The reference came from many different places. I took photos of my friend and student Juan Pablo:

Drew Struzen's Star Wars posters have wonderful renderings of light effects. They really are a modern interpretation of halos.  Illustrator Mike Sass uses similar effects on his art for the Star Wars game Knights of the Old Republic:

For sky, drapery and flag I looked to Titian:

I found this image of a lake in Alberta and used it as a source for the rocks at front:

For the clouds, Cagnacci's Assumption of Mary Magdalene:

The broken gates I borrowed from Casper David Friedrich:

The cross comes from San Filipo Neri church in Florence:

And the Hubble space telescope provided the cosmos:

Mix it all up and shake real hard:


The final painting is now in the private collection of His Eminence Mauro Cardinal Piacenza in Vatican City.