Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Oil on masonite, 6 x8 in.

Q: What makes you happy?
A: To be stress free.
Q: Have you achieved it yet?
A: No.
Paul is a general contractor… good luck with the stress, Paul.

Sunday, May 29, 2016


Oil on masonite. 6 x 8 in.
Q: What makes you happy?
A: A good movie that makes me cry. Not like a tear jerker flick, but a film where the story and writing is so seamless that the beauty of the actions that unfurl on screen move me to tears. Catharsis.


oil on masonite, 18 x 24 in.

Q: What makes you happy?
A: A force of will and peace of mind.

And so it begins…

A process shot was taken after each session.

Lina holding the final image.

I can't say enough good things about Lina. We spent the last 4 Sundays getting her portrait done. She was amazing. A mountain. Didn't budge. Thanks, Lina!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Robert Dunne Salon

Robert Dunne, the proprietor of Robert Dunne Salon, was generous enough to offer me some of his wall space to display some of my paintings. Get a new coif and check them out.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

sketchbook: Quantity over Quality

 No aikido today meant a fulll day of sketching. I knew I wanted to sketch a lot today. A few things running through my mind while doing this marathon session. Mr. Warden, my grade 7 art teacher telling us how as an art student he had his drawings stolen the night before they were due and he had to wake up early the next day and sketch 20 drawings. John Wilkenson, my uni art teacher telling us how he was regularly took an empty sketchbook and filled it in one afternoon. Terence Van Eslander, my first year design prof. telling us to draw all our process drawings on sheets of cartridge paper and use those accumulated sheets as the base for our final drawings.
I guess what I was trying to do today was to have quantity over quality... showing the good, the bad and the ugly.

Thursday, May 19, 2016


Trying to squeeze everything I can out of the Bloor Gladstone Library, in particular, the people. Thank you, my unsuspecting models... except for the sleeping subway guy.

Monday, May 16, 2016


I decided today to broaden my horizons and sketch at the Yorkville Library. It definitely has a different vibe from the Bloor Gladstone branch. One thing I noticed immediately was the toddler's sing along program that was happening as I was there. I would hear the lyrics (scribbled on the bottom of the page) sung by the librarian and the kids singing after her.