The year 2019 is the 12th year of the Chinese calendar symbolized with the pig. Many explanations are given for why the pig received this last place finish- the wolf destroyed his house and he was re-building, he overslept and then stopped to have lunch on his way to the selection committee.
Every 12 years if you are born under the zodiac sign of the pig you are not lazy as many may think. I see it as the need for more time to consider the situation. You are humourous, honest and understanding of others.
So I took in upon myself to sketch at the market here in Mexico at the butcher stalls. Pig, cow or goat heads hang side by side with individual parts of the carcasses. Unbelievable, I was completely out of my comfort zone as a landscape painter of harmonious colours and shapes.
Real food, here is part of the process to my table
Real Food, before they invented styrofoam packaging
Flowers everywhere in large buckets of water at the market in Cubasa tin pail
I continue to work in my studio on new paintings and updating others. It a cosy feeling when you are working on spring landscapes with lovely greens and blues when outside it is minus zero or below here in Quebec .
Recently, I have been looking at the paintings of Neo Expressionist Danish painter Per Kirkeby ( September 1, 1938-May 9, 2018). I am attracted to his paintings for their earthy tones which correspond to the natural tones of our landscapes. Here is a quote from him ” My canvas is the plot of land and my colours- that is, the matter of paint itself- are the soil, the flower beds, with their different components and varying textures”. Simply stated but it does explain his works.
I like to “top up my painting mind” by looking at works I have a sensitivity for and Per Kirkeby is one of those artists.
Here are two recently completed 2019 oil paintings.
The end of another year is fast approaching, thanks for your support this year. My solo show at the Two Barn Owls in Hudson, Qc was a success. I appreciated seeing old clients and new ones who supported me with purchases and kind words.
I am happy to say the Old Brewery Mission of Montreal received a donation of almost 5,000$ thanks to the selling of art pieces at the annual square art exhibition. This was my 3rd time contributing to this effort and I appreciate all who bought my roosters.
Presently I am working on new canvases and reworking older canvases in my studio. Season Greetings and Happy New Year.
This Saturday November 10, 2018 – 25 artists will be at 232 Senneville, Qc, selling our art for a fundraiser benefiting Old Brewery Mission of Montreal. Doors open at 11 and close at 4. Here are my roosters painted in acrylic on canvas and framed. It is referred to as square art as all paintings are in this format. Hot soup, bread and a sweet are offered at 5$, please come and enjoy this private home on Lac-Saint-Louis, our art and lunch.
Sunny, acrylic, 12 by 12, 2018
Oscar, acrylic, 12 by 12, 2018
Wyman, acrylic, 12 by 12, 2018
Pete, acrylic, 12 by 12, 2018
My painting exhibition, at the Two Owl Barn in Hudson, Qc finished on September 2. I appreciated the expertise of owners Mavis and Nancy, the support of my family, friends and clients in giving me a wonderful two weeks at the gallery.
Two Barn Owls, Hudson, Qc
Coasters of my paintings
Kamouraska Shoreline, Qc
interior of Two Barn Owls Gallery with my painting of the village church in Kamouraska, Qc
My next collaboration will be with the Old Brewery Mission of Montreal. This will be the third year for the Annual Square Foot Art organized by Montreal artists Sue Porter and Karen Hosker, save the date – November 10 at 232 chemin Senneville, Senneville Qc, from 11 to 4.