Montreal, Quebec, Canada, based – visual artist and designer

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The Cool guy – 2013 – about


The Cool guy

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The inspiration for this work:

It comes initially from this sense or feeling I get whenever I start to dance, as if connecting with all dancers of the past in a momentary dance-meditation, an “at one with myself and with the music” kind of moment. To put it differently: whenever I get on the dance floor, I feel like the cool guy!

Now, now, I know what you’re thinking, notably that I could just be one of those people who think they dance OK, but really, only look like they’re having a seizure while being possessed simultaneously, and, that for these people suffering of such delusions, the syndrome is often proportionally aggravated by the fact that they are profoundly convinced of being awesome at it ; but in my case, it does seem like I dance rather well, truly. I feel safe in stating this, from having gotten only great comments from just about anyone I have danced with, and, I  do have a great sense of beats, a good musical ear and do move in great synchronicity with space and everything it contains, whenever I need to and (more importantly) whenever I feel like it.

Again though, I am no pro-dancer and I don’t have particular moves or routines (so don’t be throwing me some dance battles from now on, ’cause that’s lame, truly ), but I think my dancing is appreciable mostly because I try to connect with the music on an emotional level, with intuitive and physical intelligence: the body will express itself the best if the mind relinquishes control, easier said than done will readily argue Golfers, I know… In essence anyway, it is not your brain you’re switching off, rather it is the part of you that negates, that says no to things, that evaluates too long and prevents you from switching to action, that and many other things. It is about turning off the brain chatter that goes around and around in your head on a daily basis, not so that it stops coming forth during dancing, but so that when it comes again your conscious mind is turned off in profit of your physical intelligence, letting your unconscious and abstract mind free to stop ideas and notions in place, see it clearly and with remoteness from the issue, situation, problem etc. and with a better set of skills.

I feel meditation, the way we commonly tends to think about it that is, is but one method to connect to higher knowledge and awareness. Dancing, I feel, is one of the other great ways for us to connect to better and higher than ourselves. I don’t think dancing is a great exercise for instance, solely because of the way it burns calories in a given time frame, but because people doing it are uplifted by more than just the action itself, on a deeper level and with deeper gains than just esthetic ones.

Like running to use another example, gets you in the same meditative zone, I feel on some intuitive level, because when you are running, everything is about getting forward, being in action, getting over hurdles and walls: your mind can only end up thinking very positively performing such actions.

Funny but talking about meditative rituals and activities, and you might think this is a bit strange; but I get the same type of conscious brain deactivation/meditative state from washing dishes by hand and whenever I step foot in the shower or draw a bath, fix my car, wash clothes, clean and dust; and though I feel perhaps it might not yield the same results with everyone, I have worked through major issues and problems simply fixing, creating, cleaning, washing dishes and… Myself I guess!

And you may argue that I’m the one trancing and meditating in uncommon times, or with more ease, but I can affirm to you that at the very least and for many people, dancing will for sure provide the correct state for conscious brain disconnecting, but that once you start connecting to a higher state of mind, it tends to be ever more easier to get back into it. And for those whom are not of the dancing types, I encourage you to find any and all of the activities that favors the disconnecting of your conscious mind, already way too solicited in this modern age and not necessarily the best part or our brains generally to solve complex problems and situations.

Answers will seem to come to you out of nowhere, as when meditating in the traditional way, but in fact it is because the unconscious and abstract mind is far greater than any smarts you think you can muster up on command.

Special details:

I imagined I was dancing most of time when I was working on this piece, both because I wanted this energy of the “Cool guy” I feel personally whenever dancing, to shine through in the piece, but as well to create the feeling of being in a club, music playing with colors through the “disco lights” floor and interacting with the “Cool guy” at the same time as well, symbolizing this synchronicity and oneness I feel is reached through this age old ritual.

The smoking, is to symbolize that we are communicating with higher than our physical selves, sending and receiving from our higher selves as many culture believe we do by that action in rituals, and as well pragmatically, because smoking has been associated with a certain coolness factor throughout North American culture, at least longer than it has been associated with its arguably true-er quality of being rather nasty for your health, and I certainly don’t want to promote smoking, though if I really want to be transparent, I also have to admit that I do smoke myself…

I wanted the composition to be the veritable mosaic of colors it had to be, but I thought my composition could provoke more of a visual sound than anything else if done incorrectly! I started by dividing the cold colors I would need for the darker corners and the back, from the warmer ones where the action is. I toned the intensity of my colors down by using the pencil watercolors mainly in a dry-er fashion wetting little, finishing with only a little bit of the tube watercolor pigments, to produce more light and reducing the need for using to much or opaque colors which might have made the piece much too heavy or take away from anything else in it.

The mediums used:

This is a mixed-media artwork.  Watercolors in tubes, in tablets and pencil form, as well as Inks and Acrylic paint were used in the making of this artwork.

Supports and other specifications:

Illustration, fine grain, cold-pressed, acid-free, 100% cotton paper. Finished with special water based, paper artworks, preserving finish and water based aerosol varnish for paper based projects. 19 x 24 inches

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A moment – 2012 – about


A moment

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The inspiration for this work:

To a greater extent, my inspiration for this piece is the long life struggle I have with the fact that every moment of every day harbors an enumerable amounts of moments that I am most likely never to see or experience, moreover, every moment is made up of an infinite number of little things happening at the same moment, making it improbable you might understand and indeed experience the full meaning and importance of even one moment. I often come back in all the important moments in my memories, and the the lesser ones as well, to make sure I experienced and understood as much as I could from them, and it does yield more things to uncover or understand at times, but even if I were to “juice” out all of the moments in my memory: they are still few in comparison to all those I actually experienced, but can’t recollect at all, or rather can’t do it as well, rendering difficult in my view to get the most out of every moment of life.

So I come back to the same realization that so much happens around me every day, which I have not, and never will have access to. Oh well, life is short and ya only got one to live! (or something as such we’re meant to believe in order to be at peace with this limitation) And I do come to my senses eventually and remember we all have our personal road to travel and we can’t be everywhere, at every time (though I do so wish I could!); but it does remind me to try to get the most I can from every moment, and enjoy them (even the bad ones), as best I can, thinking that there is so much I will miss anyway that I best make the most of my own road, and just broaden it up if I feel it’s too narrow.

“How to illustrate it, though?”, and I was instantly reminded of a short moment I thought was so intense in meaning, even though it might have seem so insignificant to someone else for all of it’s simplicity: upon trekking in the woods one day, I saw again with my eyes an interaction of nature that has always fascinated me throughout my life, of a Wasp hunting a small spider, to feed it’s larvae.

I was always drawn to Wasps and find them to be so very refined, pretty and well designed in their killer ways, regular Tigers of the insect world. Still, caring parents, arguably not as great as the Bees whom are different bugs altogether, but much better than you might expect from such a savage insect. Well, is it that savage though? Not really, it is just life, some are prey some are predator, though I was always so surprised at the fact that it would readily attack Spiders and feed it to their Larvae, even though in the insect world, the Spider is no pushover wimp, is it! But I guess the Wasps has the everlasting proverbial “high ground” and it sure knows it!!!

Special details:

So much is happening in that short moment: the insurance that the Wasp Larvae will get fed; the Spider will fight for it’s life and will know I am sure that it is in jeopardy; and if the Spider wins, it means that not only the Wasp might die but do so along with its offspring and that the Spider might yet succumb from the wounds anyway; the Wasp will be coordinating a series of attacks and maneuvers to succeed, only to have to drag this immense prey to it’s Larvae not so close by either; then it launches itself, strikes and succeeds, just to have to rush back and drag the Spider off seemingly so heavy; The Sun is shinning it’s multitude of rays, making the air warm up and circle as it mixes with the colder air and blows a mild wind on the patches of long grasses, mixing in and creating perfect lines along with the dirt, putting a momentary order within the two seemingly chaotic substances at rest.

I wanted that vibrancy and intensity of the moment as I saw it, to be translated conceptually upon gazing at the work, that the eyes would be almost subjugated at the movement, if possible, but not epileptically so, however: so how to strike a balance?

I thought: the scene is simple enough so that elaborating it as if it were a stylized time-lapsed photo, would translate the vibrancy, all the simultaneous movements and action of that one simple moment, as well as move the eyes all over to rest it over key areas, just to be pushed out again somewhere else, but not out of the picture because of visual “nauseousness”.

I find it hypnotic in the end and I am quite satisfied with the result, I feel my intuition was correct and I sure had a ball painting it, I remember well!

The mediums used:

This is a mixed-media artwork.  Watercolors in tubes, in tablets and pencil form, as well as Inks and Acrylic paint were used in the making of this artwork.

Supports and other specifications:

Illustration, fine grain, cold-pressed, acid-free, 100% cotton paper. Finished with special water based, paper artworks, preserving finish and water based aerosol varnish for paper based projects. 19 x 24 inches

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A Viking’s night – 2012 – about


A Viking’s night

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The inspiration for this work:

Well quite simply, it comes from a moment in a dream where I had the overwhelming feeling of being a Viking (though am I convinced it was Viking? Certainly could be from another culture from all I know) about to land with my ship on the shores of some unfortunate people’s village, the obvious planned targets of our pillaging, and I remember so vividly even now writing theses lines: that I felt so genuinely happy (yes happy, euphorically so even) that I was about to go murder, torch and plunder all night!

I remember we were carried by the sea with such force that it was almost as if it wanted us as well to arrive as quickly as we could to join our brethren warriors in the horrible deeds of the night, and that the winds were in our favor as well, additionally bringing to us the burning odors from the parts of the village already attacked, as if to offer us at least something to appreciate even from the distance left.

Now I’m no angel, and arguably if I were I’d still have black wings or something, but I was slightly shocked at how fundamentally happy, alive and fulfilled I felt in the wake of doing all theses horrible things: I felt like a million bucks and so, so alive!

It truly felt like I was re-living some “past life moment” sorta thing and perhaps I was, and I wasn’t so disturbed about having such a violent dream, as it actually left such a great and vibrant impression on me, but I will also gladly admit that I was very much OK in waking up and leaving it all behind me in that dream… I’m certainly very far from what Viking’s were in their worst of nights, and, if by some strange phenomena it was indeed a remnant of some past life memory, then I am quite happy it is just that, past.

I decided to make a painting out of it, however, because I feel that our innermost darkness can’t just be pushed out in the corners of our mind or memory, just because it doesn’t show us our best sides or because we find it troubling, even if the things you felt and did weren’t so great, there in lies something to be understood. I feel that what ends happening when we ignore it is that it has to shout so loud for us to hear it and appreciate it’s meaning: that it ends up overtaking us and coming out in the worst of ways.

I feel that looking at the depths of our “worst”, without judging our selves for it and understanding that it’s another part of life and that what you do with it is perhaps the name of the game.

Special details:

After saying all of that, I feel I don’t have to say I had a lot of fun producing this piece and was able to carry through the work for hours on end with a lot of focus and interest even though it did take a lot of time to finish indeed, but I felt conflicted the whole time as well (and still do) in regards to my feelings towards the subject, i.e. that I would never do such things, but felt so great in that dream doing them!

It’s odd how being an artist is often time a conflictual thing in the end for so many things and in so many ways, it seems for just about all of us. We need to see, hear and feel life, experience the worst of pains, sadness and other dark parts of life: can one be an artist without it all, at least felt at some point, in some measure in their life, and to portray it adequately in their art?

The mediums used:

This is a mixed-media artwork.  Watercolors in tubes, in tablets and pencil form, as well as Inks and Acrylic paint were used in the making of this artwork.

Supports and other specifications:

Illustration, fine grain, cold-pressed, acid-free, 100% cotton paper. Finished with special water based, paper artworks, preserving finish and water based aerosol varnish for paper based projects. 19 x 24 inches

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A fair fight – 2012 – about


A fair fight

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The inspiration for this work:

I was watching a martial arts movie on television and the hero of the piece (as it so often goes) was something of an underdog that took on quite a beating before rising up to the challenge, of course, and win the day despite his shortcomings and his “David-esque” quality to his Goliath, his foe…

We do so appreciate the underdog’s disadvantage in a fight,  don’t we! It makes the whole story so much more interesting when the hero seems so disadvantaged in relation to their foes as to make victory seem impossible, even though we know he’s not likely to fail being the hero. Stories where the hero is tough as nails, never fails and strikes down everyone without faltering don’t make for such riveting tale, there needs to be challenges on at least some basis. The same, when the story is about two opponents about the same strength, not so susceptible to receive or inflict so much damage to the other, will make for a long, dull and not necessarily fun story. However, when the underdog wins the day, it usually brings the crowds, don-nit!?!

I think it just acts as some form of moral booster that reaffirms to most of us that indeed we can succeed over seemingly impossible problems and our own personal “Goliath”. I do believe this message is a good one myself and I do believe that every time we feel like underdogs, it is just that “a feeling” and that we all have our chance, that we can succeed at everything we set our minds to etc.; though I do like it when the hero fails and the villain wins, but hey what can I say… well, I got nothing, I’m just nasty that way o_O ! lol

Of course, I wanted to represent this little flash I had in a light and comical way: to make it look like a children’s storybook illustration would serve not only its comical rendering, but as well that it is a lesson we hear so often from our early years all the way through during adulthood, funny. We need to see and hear over and over again that its possible to surmount seemingly impossible odds, to succeed at what we thought we could never do.

Special details:

I like mixing techniques, just like I mix mediums, within an illustration as well as from one illustration to the next and this illustration reminds me of that. I feel everything has it strength and value and why not explore what the masters came up with before us and mash it up to use for own purposes and invention. Although, I find it does mean that it makes my art slightly less recognizable to the neophyte’s eye, some gallery owners or to some collectors that want a more homogenous corpus of work. But I rather enjoy employing many techniques to either further carry the specific message(s) or intent(s), or because they suit the composition better or even simply because I just see it that way in my mind’s eye etc.

I care not if my artworks are not easily recognizable as being from the same artist, from one work to the next, furthering my “brandability” to some collectors, though arguably I probably should and perhaps one day will – and –  “Not that there’s anything wrong with that” said with Seinfeld’s voice “Don’t want to offend anybody here, now!” 😉 Respect to any artist, whatever your style or development route is: to each his/her own, I say, I just wish my way would be easier to market sometimes…

But I am just a passionate of the different, the un-routine, changing the look and feel, reinventing the wheel, mashing things up, exploring and innovating to perhaps advance a little more every time on a personal artistic basis, or try new challenges: and sometimes just flat out show what I can do technically as well – I am an Artist you know, with an Artist’s ego, whom as such, does like to show off his skilz! he he he

The mediums used:

This is a mixed-media artwork.  Watercolors in tubes, in tablets and pencil form, as well as Inks were used in the making of this artwork.

Supports and other specifications:

Illustration, fine grain, cold-pressed, acid-free, 100% cotton paper. Finished with special water based, paper artworks, preserving finish and water based aerosol varnish for paper based projects. 19 x 24 inches

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The big meeting – 2011 – about


The big meeting

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The inspiration for this work:

Well, I am admittedly a big believer in UFOs and Aliens, a geek or even a complete nut really depending on who you are, and I watch the sky every time I’m out at night for as long as I can, I read and watch all videos and articles I can get my hands about it, and anyone who knows me will tell you I’ll ramble on the subject as long as I can or you let me!

I actually have a lot of trouble conceiving a reality where indeed we are the sole intelligent life around (though I don’t actually think we’re all that smart as a whole sometimes :-p ) and if we got the chance to meet with more evolved beings from elsewhere in space we might find that we are, in fact, not all that smart amongst the spectra of smart life itself that is out there, or that has existed before us, who knows what came eons before us, and it might give us a good perspective on our own limitations right now and where to aim for a better future.

I also believe a whole bunch of really, really smart beings might be waiting for us and other beings elsewhere, perhaps to smarten up a little more and calm the f$@k down, as we have proved to need over and over again; to share a lot of good but devastatingly powerful knowledge and technologies that could favorably alter the fate of all mankind, but alter it nonetheless as well, which also must pose many dilemmas… Or they might be waiting to see if we just finally blow our faces up with Atomic bombs, like kids with humid matches and discount fireworks, or worse, if God forbid anything worst exists on earth already!

If I were in their shoes, if they wear shoes, I would indeed not want to interfere now with us, and not until I was damn sure the lighter and new fireworks won’t be turned at my face to blow as soon as I turn my back. I certainly would not share at large technologies and knowledge that could give a humongous advantage to any “One” group possessing it, at least not willingly, which could destroy the very planet itself or much much more.

We ourselves try not to interfere in wildlife needlessly, to avoid unnecessary trauma and interference on the natural cycles in place etc.; so we, being likely as wildlife to them being so evolved, might not be ready and they might not want to traumatize us by showing up just like that, with tons of ships and who knows whatever else we are not accustomed to, they might want to “lay the grounds”. After all, we remember ourselves today that not so long ago in our history, loads of bacterial infections were brought to America that in turn massively wiped almost all the Natives in America and South America that came into contact with the Explorers at the time and brought it to their villages, that and tons of other good reasons could explain our seemingly lonely existence in this corner of space…

This artwork is about the secret meeting of (some) humanity, with highly evolved beings who came from very far away in time and space to bring good knowledge, science and (some) highly advanced technologies to get humanity going on the right path to a more evolved existence in what we call space and time.

Special details:

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This work was featured in a local independent web channel and eZine/magazine, whom was at a local art gallery I was showing some of my work for a month; and he saw that particular piece that no doubt spoke to him on a deeply personal level, I can imagine, and he wanted to feature it the February edition of the time. We conducted a short interview on official show night for their channel and I sent them some pictures to use, but they had taken some on the aforementioned nigh as well

It’s always fun to see that we can reach so many types of audiences nowadays with the “InterWeb”!

The mediums used:

This is a mixed-media artwork. Pencils of many types including highlighting pencils, Watercolors in tubes, in tablets and pencil form, as well as Inks and Acrylic paint were used in the making of this artwork.

Supports and other specifications:

Illustration, fine grain, cold-pressed, acid-free, 100% cotton paper. Finished with special water based, paper artworks, preserving finish and water based aerosol varnish for paper based projects. 19 x 24 inches

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The Jackal & the Mountain – 2011 – about


The Jackal & the Mountain

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The inspiration for this work:

Where I live in Quebec, Canada, we get a long, humid winter. And all too often we have a summer that goes from hot and humid temperatures like an Amazonian forest, to intensively cold and often rainy at the same time the next day. Though, thank heavens, it doesn’t get nearly as cold here in Montreal as some other parts of Quebec and Canada; however, seeing as it is very humid, being an island surrounded by water, the temperature felt is often colder in winter and it goes all the way down to your bones, but makes the summer days very humid and heavy/harder to bear in complete contrast.

So, on one cold humid day of winter, dreaming of dry heat, I wanted to work on a project that would warm me up momentarily, spirit wise at least; and parts of the composition existed in separate sketches that I knew I wanted to put together in a Mojave desert type colors and feel, but that I had not started working at yet, until that day…

One doodle led to another, that led to another, that led to some more doodles; then I got this vision of mother mountain overlooking the desert and it’s rich life, I saw the Jackal as being a charming yet very much predatory in that he is hiding behind something and close to a sleeping bird in some bushes close-by and perhaps he’s about to make it his next meal, or maybe not, and I wanted that ambiguity to be present.

Finally, I had a vision of the sets of colors I wanted precisely and how I wanted to assemble them. I then got the large sketching sheets out and I assembled some of the basic structures the basic lines of the subjects and where I wanted them to be etc. took down some notes; but I stopped for a few days at that point, like I pretty much always do, to basically assemble the finish product in my head over and over, rethink some things, think about the techniques I wanted to use, the feel I wanted to give to each part and most of the details, as I always try to plan just about everything ahead of time.

Though it doesn’t mean that I definitely bind myself to all that I plan ahead and if something else seems like it will render better upon conception of a work, I will go for that instead, but most of what I have in mind ends up being carried though in the finished work.

Special details:

There is a lot of watercolor paint in pencil form throughout my art and indeed this particular piece as well, and a lot of lining work (that perhaps doesn’t show so well in the pictures I have posted along) went into the sand dunes, line by line, to give it a soft rendering.

I have to say that it seems to me, having worked with them for years now, that any watercolor artist should consider having a good set of them to work with, as there are so many renderings, techniques, results of all types that are possible by the use of them and combined with other medias it gives you an undeniably great tool to add to your set of mediums. Any artist working with water based/soluble mediums should try them I think, but even oil based paint/medium artists would find some use for these pencils for one thing or another.

The mediums used:

This is a mixed-media artwork. Watercolors in tubes, in tablets and pencil form, as well as Inks and Acrylic paint were used.

Supports and other specifications:

Illustration, fine grain, cold-pressed, acid-free, 100% cotton paper. Finished with special water based, paper artworks, preserving finish and water based aerosol varnish for paper based projects. 19 x 24 inches

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An uncomfortable dinner – 2011 – about


An uncomfortable dinner

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The inspiration for this work:

Specifically, I was at a dinner with friends one evening and from my seat I could see a young couple in a remote, more intimate, corner of the restaurant: they were kind of far away and I couldn’t hear what they were saying, but it wasn’t so much pertinent as the body language said it all. The whole period we were there, she obviously seemed on the verge of breaking-up with him and he clueless-ly wasn’t getting it, like we most often don’t! lol

She was looking up at the ceiling oftentimes and rolled her eyes whenever he was carrying on talking about the undoubtedly meaningless, boring or pathetic stuff we talk about when what is going on eludes us, but were either starting to get a slight uncomfortable feeling,  self-centered and not paying attention to our date or just plain ‘ol being as blind as guys can be in a relationship. Though he seemed like he was slowly getting around to possibly figuring out the situation, but not quite there.

I stopped looking because, well I was intruding on their privacy and I felt I shouldn’t (right, anyone believe that? 😉 ); but ultimately, the specifics of their situation, if I was even reading the situation correctly or not, how it was ultimately going to end etc. wasn’t important and I did not want their personal history ultimately to take away from the essence of what I wanted to preserve. Really all that I needed was those few instants that charmed me the most and the expressions on their faces, to remember: the moment when one is thinking about all theses heavy things to tell the other, and the other, whom isn’t reading the situation or the gravity/seriousness of the situation or what obviously is about to happen. We so often don’t see what’s right in our faces, because our noses are right in it I guess and we so often prove to have little perspective and insights about the others we see regularly or share our lives with…

We left the place before them and I made a point of putting everything together as soon as possible, writing down many details, the colors there and the colors to add and everything else I didn’t want to forget.

Special details:

This was a fun project, being inspired by a special moment that I found charming in its “complexity”, and it left a strong enough imprint that I just had to compose an artwork out of it!

Though, I did not finish it in one sitting, like most of the time, and it actually took many hours to complete for it’s simplicity, it was ultimately completed in only a few days. A work that was easy to carry through all the way to the end in a sustained manner and one that has gotten a lot of attention from most viewers from day one.

The mediums used:

This is a mixed-media artwork. Watercolors in tubes as well as Inks were used.

Supports and other specifications:

Illustration, fine grain, cold-pressed, acid-free, 100% cotton paper. Finished with special water based, paper artworks, preserving finish and water based aerosol varnish for paper based projects. 19 x 24  inches

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Bad conversation – 2010 – about


Bad conversation

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The inspiration for this work:

Well it’s simple, most of us have been there off and on: the fake “shooting yourself in the head” with your finger gesture, whilst on the phone, either because of the person(s) your talking with, or the specific conversation, annoying phone call or just annoyed at getting a call etc.

If it’s not the conversion of your finger to a momentary fake gun; in your version you might fake stab yourself with a phantom knife in your hand, fake hang yourself with an invisible rope your holding, or just fake strangle yourself… It’s funny, because it’s not about killing yourself really, but just the opposite: getting on with your life, the moment and back to your day. It’s profoundly human, I think to some extend, throughout the world to just have to manifest your dis-contempt, or allow to come out just some of the annoyance a conversation represents to us sometimes, without the other party knowing about it of course, and when you know you can’t be seen: isn’t it easier to do what we wouldn’t normally… Funny how we genuinely are unhappy about some things, but instead of coming out and saying how we truly feel, we put up with many seemingly small nuisances for the “sake of things” etc.

I’ve especially have had many a moments like this on the phone myself truth be told. I guess, the fact that I worked in a call center for many years alone has made many phone conversations annoying to me (it’s made the phone annoying to me), but also, I’ve always found that the phone offering no visual support often impairs the complete communication as intended by both parties, just like the email does impair the communication by offering even less of the person’s intent, tone, often the clear point of the communication etc.

Why don’t we just arrange to see people face-to-face as often anymore? It’s smart phone this, tablet that, email, phone call, even when we are physically with someone already. I’d rather see a person in the flesh, especially if they have or want to talk to me about many things or much stuff: and I’d rather they don’t be on their electronic gizmo for 75% of the time or more, heck I think 20% is already rude, so most people’s habit with them is something I don’t get.

Now side note about the first degree of this artwork, for kiddies: it is not okay to kill yourself and I don’t intent to trivialized suicide to your eyes with this work. Amen – The office of my political connectedness be done 😉

Special details:

It’s a small, “Spur of the moment” type of work that was completed in a few hours, which I always enjoy, because there is something so awesome about feeling this creative, sustained energy running through your mind when you create from A-Z in one sitting, it’s powerful and invigorating to sometimes have this instant artistic gratification.

However, given the mixed-medias I work with and the type and specific nature of the art I make (just to name a few reasons): I don’t get it nearly as often as I’d like, most of the time I start a work, usually a 19 x 24 inches in size or more, and the creative energy feeling is almost gone by the time I’m 80% done and I have to kick myself in the proverbial “Arse” to complete the 20% left in a timely manner; as well as to prevent that it becomes a shelved, partially completed work, by not completing it when there is still some motivation to do it, because these almost never get completed otherwise, in my case anyway.

Since I also won’t accept to skimp on the quality of my work, or to cut corners and start something else as quickly as the weak voice in me asks for: I put 2000% of myself all the way to the painful end, perhaps ensuring that it is as long as it can be. Duality is a B@%$h !!!

The mediums used:

This is a mixed-media artwork. Watercolors in tubes, solid form and pencil form, as well as Inks and some Acrylic paint were used.

Supports and other specifications:

Illustration, fine grain, cold-pressed, acid-free, 100% cotton paper. Finished with special water based, paper artworks, preserving finish and water based aerosol varnish for paper based projects. 9 x 12  inches

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Mine! – 2010 – about


Mine!

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The inspiration for this work:

It was a simple and short moment, at the end of a dream, and I remember that I had thought:

“Mmm, wonder if there is something hidden in the little box (or was it behind a door) of course now that I just thought about it, there will be something… Let’s see what it is…”

And looking through the locket hole, there was this very angry fairy type thing, crouching over its bounty of big and small teeth, mad at the fact that I was threatening its treasure. I thought it was so funny and felt it was such a surreal, child-like, moment for me to have during my dream, that I woke up laughing!

I remember the defined grain of the wood around the golden locket hole. The teeth did seem such a golden color as to rival the purest gold and I could understand the black fierceness of the small creature wanting to defend it so, as I was the one in fact intruding on a secret place and time after all, on my way out of a dream; but I wasn’t threatened by the small thing or slightly felt like it, I actually felt like a little kid in wonder of the world unseen, the world imagined and the world of the unknown…

I like painting my dreams, or, as in this case just a short moment from them, and I am always amazed at how much I remember from my dreams, how many of them I remember and many still from childhood, as if they are more memories than dreams; I remember my dreams in a way that I regularly project myself from waking state, to re-live them again or rewind, fast forward, change perspective and remember yet more details just about every time. I will admit as well that it feels very good to do so like meditation…

Sometimes, I get only one little moment left from a dream, but upon exploring it time and time again, I get more and sometimes it is much later, years even, that I remember more or all of it. Off and on, you’ll see a piece that will come from my dreams, or part of it will: many dreams I have planned to paint and soon as well, it has always been a source of inspiration… Just thinking about dreaming makes me feel good and at times, it has felt more like life than life itself felt like, and, it is still a mysterious part of life that I take in fully as it is, in awe and exploration, but wanting to understand more, pierce its mysteries.

However, I have to say that I seldom, very rarely, have bad dreams since childhood anyway and they won’t be remotely about the same things as what people usually experience as “nightmares”, I guess partly because dreaming of such things as being chased by Zombies, serial killers, ghosts, evil spirits, demons, monsters, Aliens, end of the world or anything else people are afraid of in nightmares is rather more like a fun and stimulating experience for me and if it stops being fun during a dream I usually turn back towards what scares me and start chasing it until I reach it and destroy it (IMA bit of a PSY-CHO 🙂 yes…)

As well, I’m always ready to go to war or fight for some reason in life and I’ve always felt invincible particularly in threatening or scary situations, even though I’ve never been a soldier and don’t want to be either (maybe a past life? Soul of a warrior? Who knows) but I don’t get scared in life like in dreams. In addition, whenever something doesn’t make me happy in my dreams, truly bothers me: I change it, wipe it, send it away or right clear and bash it if I have to, as I have said before! And then go back to my current dream or onto the next adventure! So I guess I do get nightmares, I just enjoy having them as well as good dreams and don’t see a distinction between them most of the time.

Special details:

I actually produced this work at about 25%, before starting to remove a cheap paper-blocking substance (to avoid its contact with paint, so it remains white); but that cheap one I had used decided it was going to be glue instead and bond to the paper, so I had to start over again and use a better product after testing it, which translates into:

-Start over again, don’t try to fix it or wallow in the time lost; because before you know it, you’ll be back to the same point (we tend to do things better – and faster – when we do them over and over again, so it goes for me anyway, the same goes for art where major problems and techniques of yesterday are reduced to mere seconds after years of practice) and ultimately its just plain ‘ol better for the nerves and better for the artwork, as well because you will redo things even better that additional time and the art will profit from that, so don’t be shy to start over again if you feel you should, even the slightest bit: better to get on with it when you know, the quicker the better.
– Cheap is often a good idea in art, but sometimes its also better not to skimp on special products
– Test S$&t first before applying it to a large area when it’s new or you don’t know how it’s gonna act and it is so hard to remember that one particularly after you’ve been painting for many years: you think you know better, then life teaches that you don’t in the form of a new lesson, again yeeeaa 😦 … lol

The mediums used:

This is a mixed-media artwork. Watercolors in tubes and pencil form, as well as Inks and Acrylic paint were used.

Supports and other specifications:

Illustration, fine grain, cold-pressed, acid-free, 100% cotton paper. Finished with special water based, paper artworks, preserving finish and water based aerosol varnish for paper based projects. 19 x 24 inches

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Alien breakfast – 2010 – about


Alien breakfast

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The inspiration for this work:

Food comes from something alive, even if you are vegan or vegetarian, you are eating something alive. We even have more and more studies on the feelings, awareness and keen intelligence of plant life; so what eat all meat? Eat only plant life? Eat synthetically made food and leave nature alone? Or just don’t eat at all? I don’t know, I still eat meat and I love it, I want to hunt and I want a farm and livestock, but I have absolutely no judgement towards people that eat only plant life, only fish and chicken or even insects (I actually think it’s a good idea to bring insects more into our meals). I have trouble really coming to a clear answer, as to if I feel it is okay or not to eat animal life, I don’t expect I really ever will, seeing as I do looove meat!

There is something to say in whatever case about never spoiling or throwing away any part of  a slaughtered animal, as well as generally reducing the amount or frequency of consuming animals, or animal based foods. Just to make space on your plate for the world of amazing flavors, textures and wholesomeness that comes from plant life based foods that are more diverse than taters, corn and wheat…

Still, I come back to the reality that whatever you decide to put on your plate, it will have been alive and perhaps a feeling and intelligent life form, so: remember that here on earth as perhaps elsewhere in other alien worlds, life is often food for more life, and that whatever is on your plate give you more time, prolonging your life and more, be thankful for whatever is on your plate and don’t waste it and be thankful you are not the eaten life but the one on top of the food chain, prone the good treatment and life of your food before it becomes so, let it enjoy it’s own life…

Special details:

My head is always spend thinking, it seems, of space and alien worlds, and it’s funny how even when you just imagine, philosophize and make up things in your mind for a moment, just to change your perspective and without having any sort of proof of what you intuitively or abstractedly think about a subject: that not only do you broaden your mind in many ways and come up with great things, knowledge and experience; but also get some answers, or get leads to them, to the impossible questions, to things that were pressing on your mind or wanted to come to a conclusion with, to liberate your mind.

This was a fun work to produce, long as it was like every work I produce, but rewarding just the same, as well because it was also one of theses occasions where I was very much in my head coming up with answers to many questions of that period and time.

The mediums used:

This is a mixed-media artwork. Watercolors in tubes, in solid form and pencil form, as well as Inks and Acrylic paint were used.

Supports and other specifications:

Illustration, fine grain, cold-pressed, acid-free, 100% cotton paper. Finished with special water based, paper artworks, preserving finish and water based aerosol varnish for paper based projects. 19 x 24 inches

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El Toro Matador – 2010 – about


El Toro Matador

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The inspiration for this work:

There is something about “La Corrida” that is undeniably interesting to me still.

Oh I know, now, I’m a barbaric person and it’s animal cruelty, and so on and so forth. And  yes I am barbaric, and so are you.

I agree that it is animal cruelty so very often and that in many cases it results in trauma or even violent death of the animal. I don’t agree with that completely and I think there are ways of keeping this tradition alive without hurting the animal, or at least beyond what it might experience fighting another bull. That being said, it is a very old tradition, meaningful enough to stay alive in this day and age, one that many people from all over look forward to see still and that is a big part of many cultures today, in some form or another, not the least of the interested in preserving this tradition, I imagine, would be the Spanish whom could as well profit in keeping a strong fighting image, of man over adversity and nature to some degree, in theses hard economically trialling times (need I remind you of the Wall street Bull, it might bring back money 😉 ); and I can’t help but remember that throughout history, ancient and newer civilizations alike have often times theatrically (or not) battled with the Bull to the death.

I believe there is something deeply sacred in what that spectacle truly represents to us, and, to imagine the young Emperor, King or Pharaoh of ancient times, about to fight a Bull to prove his strength and hard will, to prove himself for leadership of his kingdom: it must have been quite a rush and experience for him and the onlookers. The same, it must be quite a rush and experience to be the Matador today, and I know from my perspective that it looks rather like something I would like to try and do enjoy watching at least to some degree.

I forebode that there might be little place for the Corridas and Matadors in the world of tomorrow,

– Oh but the bulls will be quite okay and saved, as we still need them to provide the seeds for the foods of tomorrow, leather and some meat etc. SOooo… wink-wink –

But the livelihood of the Matadors, of it’s micro-culture and of those around the industry have already been almost but all taken away. Perhaps to make a comeback in 50 years or more… I do fear that by the time I get to visit Spain there won’t be any left, so I’ll go sit down by the sea and eat Tapas instead, hoping to see a Bull run, oh wait that’s probably gonna be a thing of the past as well…

It is my feeling that we all too often cast in the past so many good things and habits, values and traditions that worked really great before, tried-tested-true, in the name of modernism and technology; but in these very modern times, we seem again to keep with us what often seems like the worst of what humanity and history provided, almost as if there is a force trying to keep the best of the past out of our memory, just as it is keeping the future too far ahead to be seemingly reachable today…

To me, technology is not science, and habits/trends are not culture, not necessarily and implicitly, and it is certainly not a sign of being advanced, of something that is better or a better way of doing something or thinking; current technology and cultures to me are a bunch of things that are soon to be forgotten in profit of the very few truly good technological things and advances and manner of thinking, that we accept over time, time and time again, that are good for us enough to keep for the long run in our human experience, same as it has always been. We still do some things according to many ancient ways or thinking and knowledge/technology today; but who can sell me on dressing up like a man did 3000 years before our current era, or prepare food the same means as they did in Victorian times or walk into Downtown Toronto on horse and carriage!

But we do have to remember even that, remember where and how we were and what we did and how we did; not just in our museums and archives, but in our daily collective and future considerations, plans or technology. Traveling on horseback is ultimately a green way of moving about, and wouldn’t you know it, we now talk about converting to green locomotion, in occurrence green cars, green and sustainable this or that, coming back to almost forgotten farming cultures and methods…

A lot of people are also “going back to the land” or seeking a simpler life and with the lack of services and electricity connections or installations (or lack of want for them): wouldn’t you know it, end up cooking similarly as they did before we all had electricity, in a broad sense “alike Victorian times” (to link back to my earlier example), before connecting every houses of the developed world to a grid that ultimately enslaved our wallet to yet another thing to pay (that’s my view and I come from a place where electricity is real cheap in comparison to most of the world…)

Special details:

The way the first lines of this artwork came out of a few instinctive gestures, that I recognized and honored, then developed into new ways of working, processes and techniques, that I have regularly used and improved upon since: lead me to feel that this work was yet another turning point for my art, an “Eureka” moment, technically and in some meaningful artistic way as well.

The mediums used:

This is a mixed-media artwork. Watercolors in tubes and inks were used.

Supports and other specifications:

Illustration, fine grain, cold-pressed, acid-free, 100% cotton paper. Finished with special water based, paper artworks, preserving finish and water based aerosol varnish for paper based projects.

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Graceful prisoner – 2009 – about


Graceful prisoner

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I strongly feel that art is to be appreciated on an individual basis and that a work of art should need no explanation to stand as a visual work of art, it is visual art not music, so it should at least be appreciable and understood in some intuitive fashion to be a work of visual art; but I also think it is important as an artist to give some information, meaning, techniques or other pertinent details about your art and artworks, so as to make your artistic approach, views, feelings, interests etc. somewhat clearer and better perceived, as we tend to be silent removed people, I know I tend to be…

As well, I have not had the occasion to have my work digitized or had better pictures taken of them, and, maybe some additional information could fill in some blanks in any reader’s mind? The occasion to look back and think of the progress also is a nice exercise, so I will work my way from this piece of artwork to the most recent ones, some of which have not been posted yet, one post per piece. (It should also help me going at posting more often, which I admit has not been a habit of mine yet 😦 )


The inspiration for this work:

I come from a place in Canada where the Catholic Church has had a major break with the general population. For many many reasons, French Canadians have had a break with any and all major religions, to varying degrees, and though we still are generally believing people in something or another, it can be perceived when observed objectively that this major shifting of our culture in that way, which can also be extended to many other cultures around the world, left a big void in people’s lives, one that I am not sure has even partially been filled.

I’m not saying by any means that a return to religion is anything good, or bad; just that major religions have kept divinity on a golden leash, mostly hidden away from people and used as power over followers and their individual existences, or for personal gain of some type or another. The return of the pendulum: the population awakening to all the abuse and corruption have severely shunned away from most of these activities, ways of thinking, living and acting that came from them: a major break indeed.

I have trouble coming to grasp with the reality that still today in 2014, major religions and their respective followers clash together so violently all to often, if once wasn’t already too much, when indeed for all of my own personal research for instance (though I’m not a Theology expert myself, I will admit): all major religions seem to prone peaceful, loving, kind, spiritual, basic sets of rules and regulations, to call it that.

Special details:

This particular artwork has a special meaning to me in many ways, not least technically, in that it is during the preparations and producing of this piece that a new turning moment of my artistic progress and artistic identity started, sort of an “Ah-Ha!” moment for me in many ways.

The mediums used:

This is a mixed-media artwork. Watercolors in tubes, inks and Acrylic paints/pigments were used.

Supports and other specifications:

Illustration, fine grain, cold-pressed, acid-free, 100% cotton paper. Finished with special water based, paper artworks, preserving finish and water based aerosol varnish for paper based projects.

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