Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Colour Keys

Here are a couple of colour keys that I did for Pixel Trip Studios and their new game release, "The Breakout". Their previous project "Niko and the Sword of Light" turned out amazing, and from the looks of it, this one will be equally great. Now, head over to their Kickstarter  page to help them make this project.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Lazy summer day

This simple scene was painted in August, 2013 while staying at a cottage near Peterborough, Ontario. We shared the cottage with our good friends and neighbours, and that made the trip all the more enjoyable. During my stay I completed several sketches but most of them did not make the cut, except this one. The intense light and shadow pattern formed by the trees was too irresistible not to paint. 

 "Lazy Shadows"                                     8x10in Pastel

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014!

I am excited about the upcoming year.  I look forward to coming spring and having my baby boy born, to summers full of light and warmth, travels, family, friends and of course many new paintings to paint.

Happy 2014 everyone!

"Overlooking Bayview"          Pastel            6x10

Monday, December 16, 2013


I painted this view from my driveway looking over towards the neighbour's backlot. Night time painting is both interesting and challenging. The value range of colours is very narrow, and I find it helps if I start with a dark underpainting or paper and build from there. 

"Night, Woodmount Ave."    Pastel,     8x10in

Monday, November 4, 2013

Won 2nd place!

I am happy to report back that I won a second place with my painting "Pumpkin and Corn, Kitsilano". The award was handed out at the OPAS annual art show, juried by Don Cavin. Thank you for the honour.

"Pumpkin and Corn, Kitsilano"  Pastel   10x8in

My family and I flew out to Vancouver this summer to visit our good friends who moved there last year. We had several sunny days and hit some rainy ones too. Scenery was impressive, mountains, ocean, palm trees all in the same place. I love the light and the way this wild patch of corn and pumpkins look set against the brightly coloured building.  

Three generations togther

Friday, October 25, 2013

Pre-Halloween portrait

The best part about self portraits is that you can do them any time, no model fees, no fidgety family members. My usual palette is geared towards landscape painting and I certainly have noticed "holes"-missing colours. Painting landscapes feels like a piece of cake compared to portraits. No one will know if that tree over there is off in drawing, but put an eye a fraction of an inch off and it screams. This was about an hour long session.

"Self Portrait"     Pastel     11x14in

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Find the extraordinary in ordinary

It has been a while since I posted any work here. Life is as busy as it gets. This doesn't mean that I have not been painting.  Speaking of art, I am taking part in a group exhibit with Ontario Plein Air Society at Hangman Art Gallery. Reception will be held on November  2nd at 2:30pm. The exhibit will continue to run till Nov. 17th. Click here for Google map link. Hope to see you then.

8x10in     "Taylor Creek Roots"   Pastel on paper

After walking endlessly for an hour looking for something to inspire me to paint and not encountering anything "worthy" I threw my paint gear down on the ground in frustration. I figured that I could walk an hour more and I still not find anything to paint. The truth is that it is not so much about the environment but my perception of it, or lack of perception. Find the extraordinary in ordinary I said to myself. I set my easel up and decided to paint the first view that appeared in front of me. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Won at Belleville Plein Air Festival!

I spent the weekend painting at Belleville Plein Air Festival. It was a great event, had an opportunity to  meet many great artists and enjoy a fine weekend filled with outdoor painting, good food and fun family times with my wife and our little baby girl. The painting below won a 3rd place and was sold on spot. Unfortunately in the rush to hand in the framed painting I did not have a chance to photograph the finished piece properly, hence the glare on left side... Live and learn. I am looking forward to coming back to Belleville next year again.

"Respite"        Pastel on Canson paper         11x14in