Citizen Sketcher



Degas and Cassat in their own words

“Art is vice. You don’t marry it legitimately, you rape it.” “I should like to be famous and unknown.” “Boredom soon overcomes me when I am contemplating nature.” “You have to have a high conception, not of what you are doing, but of what you may do one day. Without that, there is no point […]

Sat, 05 Sep 2020 15:45:09 +0000

Art in the Time of Corona Virus

[ Model with Medical Mask, From Life, 20 Minutes ] The virus situation in Montreal is currently in a lull. My napkin-estimate is 1/200 people walking around spreading. That’s assuming it’s 10x worse than tested-numbers, and, that all of Quebec’s infected are in Montreal itself. (In other words, a cautious estimate, but not paranoid). That […]

Wed, 26 Aug 2020 15:05:54 +0000

Seeing the Forest for the Trees

[ The Heart of an Irishman is Nothing but his Imagination, 30×30″ Oil on Panel ] One of the very first paintings I ever made en plein air was a portrait of a tree. It was a pine, with orange-red bark. Probably it was the light on the trunk that grabbed me. I thought, Wow! […]

Sun, 23 Aug 2020 02:32:35 +0000

New Works, and Playing with Titles

“I painted this place. It’s mine now.” ”So – you can go there whenever you want?” ”Well, not really. I have to look at the painting.” ”But what if you sell it?” “I guess I have to be ok with that.” 10x10x1.5”, Oil on Panel, 2020 My usual process is to product a batch of […]

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 16:13:57 +0000

I Wonder – How Many of You Are Readers?

Do you read for entertainment? Because – I’ve recently put together a collection of my own original fiction, Snake Eater and 29 Other Bite-Sized Stories. < affiliate links, thx ] It’s a slim volume of thirty stories. Some are tiny – what you’d call micro-fiction. Others are traditional length short stories. They cross an odd […]

Fri, 24 Jul 2020 23:00:26 +0000

New Paintings Up on Etsy.com!

[ All Creation in the Palm of Your Hand, 5×5″ watercolor on cotton rag – SOLD ] Just a quick note about new work on my ETSY.com gallery! I’ve posted up my Miniature Landscapes from our recent #30x30DirectWatercolor event. These 5×5″ and 3×3″ original watercolors are on 100% cotton paper, and will ship to you […]

Mon, 13 Jul 2020 01:01:40 +0000

2020 Society of Canadian Artists Elected Members’ Juried Exhibition!

I’m excited to announce my painting “You Can Still Go There Though” (10×10″ impasto oil on panel) was chosen for this year’s Society of Canadian Artist’s members show! Just a note: This piece is available through the society  SOLD! at my old price of $275.00 – as it was entered into the show before our recent […]

Thu, 09 Jul 2020 18:40:44 +0000

Open question about pricing?

Lately I’ve been thinking about what will happen after the pandemic. You know, assuming that’s going to happen. The Spanish flu lasted three years so, you never know. Still – I’m hoping in a few months I’ll be able to return to gallery-seeking behavior. (I’m still looking for representation for my oil paintings.) But in […]

Fri, 03 Jul 2020 00:45:53 +0000

Day 27 : #30x30DirectWatercolor : Crossing the Finish Line

So here we are at the finish line! It’s been quite an experience. Now I’m ready to just play for a bit. I’ve spent the last few days of my marathon, taking it easy with 3″ and 5″ miniatures. Sure – I have more street photos, and more people-in-complex environments – but I’m sitting here […]

Sat, 27 Jun 2020 10:00:22 +0000

Day 26 : #30x30DirectWatercolor : Market Day in Siem Reap

Day 26: Market Day in Siem Reap. After the last two found photos, I felt ready to take on these market scenes from our trip to Cambodia. The combination of the dark silhouettes and the jumbled complexity of the environment – I felt like this would be great material for design abstraction – while telling […]

Fri, 26 Jun 2020 10:00:20 +0000

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