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

Archive for September, 2014

Folles nuits de Pygale – 2013 – about


“Folles nuits de Pygale” or Pygale’s crazy nights

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The inspiration for this work:

Quite literally a visual flash inspiration which came about a few years ago when a few friends and I, still in school, were preparing for a special night themed after The “Moulin Rouge” and were asked if we could bring some artworks to the event, not necessarily following the theme, though the school had welcomed that possibility of us creating something for the event.

I didn’t have time to produce the artwork at the time of my “flash”, partly because I was already producing some other artworks, but also because of the said school, whom had kept us quite busy, being so intensive in it’s programming. So I brought some other framed artworks in the end, but I did keep the flash in my head, as you can see it now for yourself. I had decided to report the production of it to a latter time because I really enjoyed the “flash”, as well as to work on it a little more, perfect everything as it were: which time, more precisely, came earlier at the beginning of this year.

The inspiration is a simple flash of burlesque dancers, of the female persuasion, in line: but of which only one of the dancer’s face appeared. Seen from a lower perspective and most of the the dancer’s face was covered behind her dress, that she held-up to hide it somewhat and make her eyes “Pop”, and her back-stance further hid her from my eyes, though I could still see them. I had the feeling of being a little boy, aroused and excited: at seeing theses long, nude, legs flashing up and down and side to side and the frivolous highly colored undergarments revealed momentarily but also visually “accosted” as well by the dresses, extensive in their conceptions and made of multiple decorated layers…

Past life flash, instant from something I’ve seen before, perhaps on television or just pure invention from my mind: the first “flash” did not include any view of the “Moulin Rouge”, only a sense that it was there just beyond these dancers. I saw one dancer with extra legs on each sides suggesting other dancers, though I could not see other faces. So I thought I would keep true to most of the flash and not show the face of more dancers etc. but I would include a gross stylization of the “Moulin Rouge” in Pygale, famous French burlesque show-house of this world renown “Red district”, which would suggest itself visually and respect the feel of my flash being about the dancer. I searched for a version of the quarter that corresponded to the period I felt was the one I was present in, in my little “flash” inspiration…

Special details:

I keep a lot of visual flash inspirations, conceptual ones and even simple ideas that I’ve had in the past, in my mind; some have been with me for years even before I produce them: I come back to them and work on them if I feel they are not completed or I don’t have the completed scene ready yet, so I add or change certain element(s), modify the layout, change or modify the background etc. etc.

When I truly feel they are ready to be put on paper, only then do I start creating some sketching. I create multiple versions of the sketches, assemble the sketches in a composite one if I had developed the ideas independently or on multiple sketches, and perhaps over different periods of time: to create a final finished version of the sketch. Sometimes the sketch stays on the shelves, as it did in this case having been made about 5 months before the final work started.

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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I love to fish – 2013 – about


I love to fish

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The inspiration for this work:

Some of my earliest memories and great childhood moments have been in nature and fishing and I do still love to fish, even if I haven’t done so in years. All excuses are good of course and arguably living in a big city without a car is a great one, but I’ve had lots of moments when I could have gone fishing, but tended to the more useless things of life instead…

I don’t think I won’t ever go again though, it has been gnawing at me so lately and in fact it is my most prized plan to have some land as soon as I can put aside enough money and purchase a few acres, and, fishing will have to be something I can do every time I want to, so as to compensate somewhat for all the times I did not have the chance or motivation to go. Whether on a river or a lake,  nearby or preferably on the land, or even on an artificial pond if I have to build one myself! Of course I also want to get into farming, homesteading and other self sustaining activities that brings us back to life, the moment, take away the financial strains and pressures of modern life, minimalistic living away from consumerism, back to nature and what life is all about etc. To many artists anyway, myself included, and I do think that this newer trend of everyone getting back to nature and self-sufficiency will undoubtedly produce a lot of mixed results as I don’t think it is a way of life for everyone today, although everyone probably can get the hang of it, I think: though again it has always been my plan for as long as I can remember to have land and a small farm.

Although, maybe when I say my “plan”, “plan” might be less the word I should use and “dream” would be more appropriate? Although, In any case, I can safely say that I dream still that I can plan someday to have some land to live, homestead and fish on, someday… and before I’m too old and broken to do anything with it as well, hopefully! You might think I’m being dramatic since I am only 33 and do have lots of time; but with fibromyalgia alone, notwithstanding living below the poverty line for years as of late and not able to work to make my life any better: I feel a bit broken physically most days already, and, the sheer amount of work I still have to do on my brand, my art, producing more art, and, I spare you everything else, like the money needed just to represent myself, framing, space rental, fees of all types… I feel it’s more of a far away dream than an actual plan on most days. I’m just an outsider artist really, you may look at the price of my art and think “why it is so hard?” and the answer is you must get the chance and minimal funding just to get to the market and sell it. Additionally,  I haven’t (and still don’t so much) got a “generous” production, for obvious reasons.

My pricing is based on the price of the artworks from my first sales + 10% for every additional year, and I have been doing this for 18 years so by that very conservative rule you get theses prices. I also adjusted the prices along the way in ratio with the size of the work produced. I’ve been told my artworks is worth much more than this and perhaps I should be much more ahead professionally by the point I’m at; still I’m not, and just to get to the market and consequently buyers, just reaching them, is still an obstacle for me at this point. So raising the prices makes me feel I might narrow my chances of selling works, but reducing the prices just to sell some art makes me feel I’m undervaluing my work and everything that went into it, including theses 18 years, and my work is fine art after all and of a yet small production on top of it! The internet can serve as a great permanent storefront, I will get all of the sale, instead of a much smaller potion you are left when galleries broke the sale, and it is a permanent representation, like an agent but for little cost; but its not magic and it has its limits, even money is a limit on the Net nowadays.

However, I remains faithful my life as an artist could change at any point, whether by chance or by my hand and multiple attempts at succeeding. I do always try new things and ways to possibly succeed, I never give up, because the equation is simple:

do nothing and give up = 0 chances

try something, anything = unknown chances

You might think, there’s little difference between 0 chances and unknown chances, but the difference is vast and the latter will always result in some chances, even if precisely unknown some times, and better than no chances. So I remain faithful I will have my land one day, like everything else I plan my life towards, don’t know how though, but I’ll finally be able to do things like fishing as mush as I want, which brings us back to the present artwork that, you guessed it, is also not only about fishing.

The pictures may not show all the details, but on the upper right level of the work, far away are the factories spewing the resulting smoke from their activities; some machinery, on the mid level and still on the right, is doing it’s day of cutting trees, leaving stomps and grass fields; which fields are already serving as dumping grounds for trash, on the same level at the left, next to the water fall; and that water fall ends up into a river bed that hides a channel, next to the rocks and sand banks on the right upper part of the river, doing some dumping of brownish-black waste waters and chemicals; and the “salmon” inspired fish (symbolic mecca of the fisherman) that I’ve caught looks sad, mutant and looks perhaps even sick from the river, which ends into the white abyss that I’ve left on top and at the bottom of the artwork.

My concern, is that by the time I, somehow, assemble what I need to live this way on what would be my own land: what is going to be left for me to buy and what state will it be in? And what kinds of contamination will I have to deal with? Will industries one day menace my little piece of paradise? Will I be able to consume what I produce on my land without concerns? etc.

In the end, theses considerations are perhaps a little less of a true menace for my little “dream”; than perhaps the real question mark it represents for my potential future children and theirs, but undoubtedly for all young Humans of today and tomorrow to a more realist extent.

Canada is still not so bad off though, partly for obvious reasons such as the fact that we’re still a young country, we don’t have so many people and lots of wild or available lands are somewhat affordable and clean today, the resources of our county per capita remain good omens for the future economic development and we have a lot of options for energy production etc. Though years of inaction and underfunding, corrupt or just blind political and business management, ineffective controls and regulations in relation to industries and their waste: are in turn leading us to find a lot more problems than we anticipated just a couple years ago or even plainly saw coming. Although, that’s been the story all over the globe not just here in Quebec or Canada, where indeed it is better, so much better, than so many other places in the world: still though, what will be left in the future or in what state?

Special details:

I left blank parts on top and at the bottom of the piece, I referred to as white abyss before, to symbolize that all is not played yet and that we have the possibility to change the picture that is unpainted; only my fly fishing rod (intentions) pierces through the uncertainty for now, as I have no intention of letting activities such as fishing be a “thing of the past” when I get old: I will remain connected to activities and values I consider important and I plan to die an old man on my land…

There is some human-like qualities to my fish too and that is not such a subtle symbolism is it? We are part of, connected to and dependent on that nature, like that fish, and a line still connects us to the future that is unpainted as it does the fish in the artwork and we’re hooked whether we like it or not…

Arguably, I could have added a lot more things to represent our toxic, wasteful ways, and all the evil we inflict on nature; but I wanted this piece to look from afar, or at first glance, like a simple whimsy light piece: just a pretty fishing scene. Until, that is, one gets closer to look and conclude of it’s true-er intent and message.

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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Scum and the gang – 2013 – about


Scum and the gang

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The inspiration for this work:

Doodling is an activity I greatly enjoy and I very often put aside doodles I want to develop and incorporate into a work or even create into a work on its own. To be clear on what doodling represents to me though, I would specify that: it is first characterized indeed by its simplicity of execution, nothing overworked or using more than one or two colors of pencils and preferably whats laying around when you are inspired (like simple commercial ink pencils are great I find as they flow on paper well); but, in difference to sketching, there is a certain detachment from drawing any particular subject, representation or even conscious drawing, in that you start by either intuitively or mechanically drawing lines and shapes and everything your hand dictates on the fly and only work at shapes consciously when you see something emerge that you want to keep.

Varying the shapes, motifs, repetitions of lines and shapes, letting your arm and hand move free at times, but controlled other times; you have to stop frequently, however, and decide if you are overworking it and should stop to see the big picture or if you see anything specific that should be developed more consciously, or, if you should move the paper around to work it in different orientations, perhaps change the way you were presenting it to your eyes initially. You will see amazing things in your doodles more often than not, as if by magic, incredible scenes and subjects will show up in your “simple doodles”, yet another great example of the awesomeness that is in our brain, which is in fact tricking us to see patterns and familiar shapes in them doodles!

I won’t argue that a creative brain will come up with more and perhaps greater “end results” from this exercise; but I truly think anyone would greatly enjoy spending at least an hour a week, intensively doodling and creating with this simple technique, because it is so much intuitive, it will constitute an fun way to create pressure free and in “discovery mode” for those whom feel they have little or no drawing skills and anyone that want to create but have little or no experience etc. Of course, for us Creatives it has always been known as a great exercise, to doodle regularly, though perhaps many of us tend to stop doodling over time, even if this very exercise should be part of any “Warm up” routine to a drawing or creating session, at least in my opinion.

Yes! “Warm up” to drawing:-p !!! If you are twenty something, you still don’t feel the aches and pains of life, but you will, and you probably won’t do the right thing by warming up your hands and arms, getting your hand-eye coordination calibrated and get everything to grip and pivot as it should, everywhere it should. Like most of us you won’t do these at first and you might end up not being able to work for as long a period as you want, as intensively as you want, without feeling aches in your joints the next day etc. And believe me when I say that you will feel any and potentially all of the ailments of age as anyone else does, so perhaps integrating a “warming your hands and arms before drawing” routine before you have to, might reduce the amount of difficulties you experience in integrating it when you’re old and have a lifetime of old habits too hard to break… My opinion again, in any case.

Coming back to this specific artwork; I had a few doodles that I had kept for a long time because they all seemed like they were part of something else, but I had not yet identified how any of them would be used and if I was to use them alone, or as part of a work, or along with another scene or doodle. I had kept “Scum”, the Worm, and the “Muscles”, the Crows, for a long time and when I created the “Slime-ball” Snail and “Sleazy Gal”: I saw the bigger picture of how I wanted to assemble theses doodles with one another. I envisioned a meeting deep underground where dirty business and dark designs are being discussed, and I tried to paint the scene as if the viewer is stumbling on it unknowingly, with all the subjects making it quite clear they have no business watching them and being there, but perhaps shocked at the same time that someone has just stumbled in…

Special details:

As with many other works of art, I don’t necessarily develop the final set(s) of composition drawings or sketches, or creation of the final scene as I see it in my mind on paper, to say it differently, upon getting the flash or inspiration of what I want to create: I rather fall into “pre-sketching” mode I call it, where I paint the scene over and over in my head differently, using different proportions, colors, positioning etc.

By the time I am ready to start the actual preliminary sketches of the composition of any work, regardless if its made using doodles or not, I usually know everything I want to do in the artwork, how and where I want everything, the feel and look of everything specifically and how to produce every part of what I want, long before beginning the actual artwork itself. Although, I do pay extra attention to inspirations and brilliant ideas that sometimes come during the production of the final artwork and which, more importantly, end up being better representations or renderings etc. than what I had earlier established or prepare: must not kill the “spur of the moment” or eureka moment only because something else was planned originally.

As well, I always keep a sharp eye out for the randomness that can emerge on it’s own whenever you consciously create, because on those rare occasions that you catch the right kind of randomness in the right place of your artwork, and manage to keep it without overworking it and invariably ruining it: you almost feel as though the universe was painting with you to produce a final result even you didn’t envisage or plan for. Or maybe it’s just me that find that particularly enjoyable… lol

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

Can be purchased online right now, on ETSY using this Link

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The Geminis – 2013 – about


The Geminis

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The inspiration for this work:

I often think about the distant future; the way we will live, the way we will look, what will be important to us, what will we have decided to keep doing from previous eras, so on and so forth.

I do spend too much time thinking about this, arguably, but I cannot help but to feel that we will change so much in every aspects of what we call human living in the (not so distant) future: take all of what we have done in ways of interfering with nature and ourselves in late decades, let alone what Nature’s way of responding to our carelessness will be ultimately, but as well what our own genetic and science are going to come up with in response, so that we can have a chance at surviving a little longer…

And that is a mere few of the problematic issues of the future that even our best minds of today have a struggle at truly coming to grips with and start working towards solutions, let alone get the masses to move (always necessary in any change); which issues along with everything else will not falter, however, in provoking its major changes: whether or not we stop the way we live and exploit our planet and ourselves.

Whether the future ends up bright with answers or grim with limitations, humanity has proven that it is in it for the long run, at this point of our evolution I believe, and we can even start thinking about launching ourselves into space for the rest of our future, if worse comes to shove, and, I believe that it is so probable as to provoke our officials into looking truly seriously at the possibility and technologies required for such feat and colonization of other rocks out there. So really, humanity I feel is at a point in its evolution and development that we have at least some shot at the future, whatever utopia or darkness lies beyond.

Though, I like to think beyond that, to those “humans” if they will even still look so human as to call them that (the same way we look today nothing like Cavemen of our past) and what will they still do in their day-to-day life that they feel is tradition or that they feel keeps them connected to the past? We still do so many things on earth today, not only the same as they have been done in the past, but often we keep on doing them because of the past… So despite their advanced ways and better evolved minds and bodies: what will they keep doing from their past, which we call present era today?

Of course I don’t really need any answers to that “answer-less” question; I find it is often just as wonderful to think and question yourself about something, despite having any real way of answering it, as it is just as rewarding, whatever you do with it… I have spent a lot of time in my life thinking about questions and things I cannot truly comprehend or get a definite answer to and not getting to a conclusion on the subject has never been a problem for all the discoveries I made along the way, exercises I provided my brain with and clearer understanding on so many other things that either came during my questioning/thinking, or even much after but still resulting from it. I have found it is so more often about the questions and act of questioning than the implied answers themselves, whom sometimes even turn out to be uninteresting to us in the end!

Special details:

So much drawing went into this artwork that the very paper it is on would still show a lot of its look even if all the paint was to be removed! lol  Again, I had much fun creating textures and a special feel to the work itself, and looking at it close up, you can even see the countless individual traits that went into making just the background for instance. Paper is a support I just adore and using high quality illustration and watercolor papers you get to work paper in ways cheap papers would never support. It’s a great investment to never skimp on the paper: you can skimp on the paint and get great results, but quality paper will make a huge difference that is not possible to substitute as easily.

The subjects being very pale but kept for the end of the works, made the piece a real challenge the whole time as I needed to keep the surface white without the use of any covering medium, which I found either yellowed or tended to bond to paper; but in the end, the fact that I used a lot of the pencil watercolors in the background rendered the whites of the subjects immaculate seeing as they are very, very easy to erase and water away in worse case scenarios. Truly, as an artist working with water based mediums: I have to praise again the great array of possibilities simple pencil watercolors bring to my work and how they have often helped me solved some technical issues very easily.

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

Can be purchased online right now, on ETSY using this Link

If instead you wish to donate to encourage me to continue and create more and in better conditions, using PayPal, I’ve set-up this link