Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Everyday life: Nikki Carr Last Comic Standing

This past summer, the whole family got into the new 2014 season of the Last Comic Standing. Here's one of our favourite comics from the competition: Nikki Carr.
We all thought she was pretty funny. Got some good laughs watching her perform.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

New Giant Clay Figure Series

The KYOJIN series
acrylic & clay
I went back to my pile of clay that's been sitting in my studio for some time and decided to make some new larger size clay sculpture figures. I was going to call these new sculptures: The Giant Series, but thought best to find a translation in another language for the word "giant" and found the Japanese word: KYOJIN a suitable match. Sounds more exotic. My reasoning for all this was that "The Giant Series" makes me think of baseball. And my figures are definitely not about baseball.
I love these new clay figures. I think they're awesome! I think some time away from making clay figures was good for me and I came back with a better and stronger approach. (I love the orange guy).

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Historical Portrait: Unknown Man c.1860

Historical portrait: Unknown Man c.1860,  acrylic on panel, (6" x 8"),  2014

A very recent historical portrait which I am very keen on. I've put it up for sale in my Etsy shop, but I'm not sure if I really want to sell him.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Historical Portrait: Diana Armstrong

Diana Armstrong (1872) by John Everett Millais,  acrylic & ink on panel, (5" x 7"),  2014


As promised, I've been working diligently on my repertoire of historical portraits. I'm hoping to have a least a dozen new works by the end of this month. Above is a portrait of Diana Armstrong. I plan on making the portrait of her sister soon.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Everyday life: Mystic Seaport

 I have a copy of this photo on my desk in my studio. I laugh every time I look at it.

Lorenzo and Greta at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut this summer.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Girls Wanted Everything

The Girls Wanted Everything,  acrylic, ink & gesso on panel,  (5" x 5"),  2014

Here's another new painting that I made recently this summer. Not sure where they came from, but there they are. Not quite anatomically correct, but who cares? Boobs are boobs.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Historical Portrait: Anne Lynn

Original painting based on an historical portrait of Anne Lynn (1852) by John Everett Millais
acrylic, ink on cradled wood panel (5" x 7"),  2014 

A new historical portrait painting that I made last Friday. I think it turned out amazing!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Everyday life: a day at Granby zoo

Lorenzo and the Goat had a little talk together at the mini-farm. 
Here's how the conversation went: 
Goat: "It's easy, man. Just go towards the gate, leave it open a bit behind you and I'll sneak out with the pig."
Lorenzo: "I don't know. You sure nobody's gonna catch us?"
Goat: "No worries, man! The pig and I have it all worked out. I look like any other goat and pigs look all the same. His cousin is waiting for us just outside the zoo near highway 10."
Lorenzo: "Ok. Follow me and let's do it quick!"
Goat: "Cool, man, cool."

Greta wanted to go to the zoo ad so we all went on Monday and had a fantastic time! Animals are fascinating to observe and watch at any age. And GRANBY ZOO was only an hour drive away. The weather was perfect and because it was a Monday holiday, the zoo wasn't crowed at all. No line-ups anywhere including the camel ride and the amusement rides as well (which include the crazy Pirate ship and roller coaster).

We took an aerial tour of the zoo on the mini-monorail.

The Pirate ride from hell. Starts out slow, but ends up pretty much at a 90 degree angle by the end. Enough to make you either throw up, start crying or scream. Or do all three at the same time. 

The flamingos were in fine form.