Thursday, August 1, 2019

Making studies

I'll be heading off to Ottawa in the next few weeks so I haven't been planning any large art projects. Instead, I've been making small studies (oil on paper) just to get the juice flowing. It was a bit of a struggle to get it going again after having such a long break from painting, but I'm enjoying myself up there in the belfry ;) Here is some samples of what I've been doing.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Retracing my steps

Now that I'm able to make a little art, I've realized that I don't really remember where I left off? So I'm hoping to not go back but retrace my steps to a few months ago. It's a weird feeling; I have all this built up energy to make things but I don't know what to make. I know the secret is to just make things and it'll all come back, but I think a few signposts from this spring might be useful.

-imagery: the grid as a handle, good metaphor for space/time (lateral, simultaneous)
-inquiry with experiential in painting
-awareness of colour, light

-a meditation on the "in-between" space of a hue/tone

-Hella Jongeruis "colour catchers"

"It doesn't have to be real, it just has to be convincing." Agnes Martin

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Kim Dorland: It Goes On @ Equinox, Vancouver, BC

I make a point of seeing shows by Kim Dorland whenever I'm in Vancouver and have yet to be disappointed. I don't know if it's his colour sensibility or his emphasis on the stuff of paint, but I always come away invigorated to get back to the studio. What I think what also is the strongest for me in his work is when the layers of paint interact with each other. Thin and drippy and thick and slow, I could look at these images for hours.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Google searching colour names

I've been thinking about where to go next with my studies in the difficult of naming colours and how that translates into visual form.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Thinking about screens and music

This painting is a continuation of the studies I've been making about the ideas of teal, music, and vernacular forms like windows and screens. It was part of my final work for the advanced studio class I was taking.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Dialogue with Vermeer

Here are some images of my painting that is in dialogue with Vermeer.

I found that this painting got pretty weird . . . but in a good way. I tried to break the rigidity of the grid with the gestures that I had found in the figurative elements. An interesting exploration. The painting really took me for a ride and I had felt that kind of impulse or drive since I painted Coral Pink. I want to chase that kind of feeling when I paint.

Monday, February 25, 2019


I wanted to continue exploring the theme of the city with my painting. This time I wanted to be a little more specific so I focused my attention on my impressions of Chinatown in Victoria, BC. It is my favourite part of the city because it has a strange mashup of old and new construction, grids that don't match or line up, red on red neon signs, tile patterns, and various states of repair/disrepair. 
This piece took me a little out of my comfort zone because I wanted to try using coloured gels as lighting. I was worried that it might be too hokey, but it actually enhances the piece in a more subtle way than expected . . . although certain hues (like the blue on the left) were really heightened by the coloured light.

Here are some comments:
-musical, rhythmical
-city scape
-old 3d glasses
-blue highlights doing weird things
-coloured light neutralized on the white wall (interesting effect)
-piece resists interpretation (i really liked this comment)

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Teal: interim critique

It was hard to say whether or not my critique went well, only because it was more of a present-your-work-to-provoke-discussion than a finished piece that my peers and profs could critique. There were some interesting points raised, however.

This 2" square of cut fabric had more presence than all of the other elements. Could be the fact that it is a real-life object taken out of its context; certainly, something to consider going forward.

More images of the install.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The city as living organism

This piece is based on a reading about the Anthropocene. I interpreted the text and thought of the city as the biggest change that humanity has on the environment (the production of is what produces so much waste and pollution.) So I knew that I would be trying to evoke a sense of the city through the many greys that are present. But I also wanted to infuse the work with personal experience, lived experience, a lived impression of the city as a pedestrian (which is mainly how I perceive the city). Below are the results. I'm quite excited by these and may choose to pursue this line of inquiry to make a larger series.

Comments from the critique last week:
-doorways, windows, walls
-embedded in architecture
-old metal
-shop fronts
-pleasurable experience (muted, subtle tonality)
-concrete walls/layering
-ambulatory system/placement
-more subtly nuanced
-familiarity of space/subject
(this last point being important because it may act as an effect hook for the viewer for future works)

Monday, January 21, 2019

TEAL: a work in progress

Since I'm all done my grad school applications (woo) I've found a new project to focus on for the rest of term in the advanced studio class I'm taking. I've decided to explore the idea of the colour "teal." What does this mean? It has a lot to do with the ideas I explored in my piece called "Coral Pink" and highlights the difficulty in naming and translating colours. What I'm most interested in is exploring the in-between states of definable hues Blue, Blue-Green, Green. I want to dig into those unknownable, unnameable stages as hues shift from being defined as one or the other. Can a hue be more than one name? Why is this important? It is important because being conscious of colour is how we navigate the visible world. I want to see what happens when those zones of "in-between" are given some kind of materiality. 
Starting with some quick oil on paper sketches.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Grid paintings

Some thoughts:
-strong presence
-doing something . . . but what
-rational but odd and vibrating
-gravity / weight
-illusory depth and flatness
-human and thought = ?
-division of space