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2016

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Well hello, there.

It’s been awhile since I posted anything new here, as I’ve been taking a step back from social media in order to reassess what it is I’m doing on and offline. This has been a part of an introspective overhaul I’ve been consciously undertaking in a bid to temper my tendency to get bogged down by the bouts of depression that have been my lot since chronic pain became my constant companion following my second episode of Hodgkin’s disease back in 2003/04. I also found that my online posts regarding my increasing distaste with Canadian politics were both occupying too much of my time, as well as getting in the way of my studio practice and contributing to my bouts of depression, so I’ve been “away” for the past few months.

But I’m back, and in a much better frame of mind.

I think 2016 is going to be a very good year in the studio, and I think it’s also going to be a year in which I build on the momentum and success I enjoyed in exhibiting with Coldstream Fine Art that marked my reintroduction to Toronto’s art world. I’m eager to get painting again following a short break that resulted in a quick kitchen makeover during the holidays, and I’m planning to get back to painting some portraits and figurative paintings this year, as well as continuing with my work in the genres of abstraction, still life, and landscape. As I get back to work, I’ll be posting photos of studio life and finished pieces, and I hope to include more writing about my own and other artists’ work as I continue to dig deeper into this thing called art. I’ll also make sure to let you know when  and where I’ll be exhibiting. I’m currently in talks about the next show at Coldstream, and I have some other irons in the fire for shows outside of Toronto. Details to follow.

Most of all, it’s time to have some serious fun, and I invite you to join me for the ride.

 

 

Zig Zag 2015

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Zig Zag  2015

150cm x 127cm/60″ x 50″

soft pastel on cotton rag paper

available

Summer Sunset 2015

Summer Sunset   2015 127cm x 112cm/50" x 44"  soft pastel on cotton rag paper sold

Summer Sunset 2015
127cm x 112cm/50″ x 44″
soft pastel on cotton rag paper
sold

Liminal Leap 2015

Liminal Leap   2015 127cm x 112cm/50" x 44" soft pastel on cotton rag paper

Liminal Leap 2015
127cm x 112cm/50″ x 44″
soft pastel on cotton rag paper

Cascade 2015

Cascade, 2015  soft pastel on paper 127cm x 112cm/50"x44"

Cascade, 2015
soft pastel on paper
127cm x 112cm/50″x44″ sold

Painter 12, 2015

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Painter 12, 2015 soft pastel on cotton rag paper 127cm x 112xm/50″ x 44″

Bright Lights, Big City

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Above: a view of my paintings in “Abstract Concepts“, a group exhibition with Bill Batten, Amey Lai and Beth Nicholson Crago, on view until August 24, 2015, at Coldstream Fine Art (80 Spadina Ave., suite 208, Toronto, Ont.)

It’s been a while since I posted A Pain in the Ass, and I’m happy to say that the problems I was having with my hip have fixed themselves, and that I’m no longer experiencing the pain that came with those problems. I haven’t any idea about how my hip got better, I just know that it did so over a ten day period in early June. One day, I took the dog for his morning walk, and I felt very little pain while walking him, with the pain returning after another hour or so. The next day, the pain stayed away for 3-4 hours, and each day after that I felt better for longer, until I was no longer experiencing any of the pain that had begun equally as mysteriously in January.

And just in time, as it turns out.

That’s because I had paintings to finish and frames to make in preparation for my role in “Abstract Concepts“, a group exhibition that’s just opened at Coldstream Fine Art, a gallery in Toronto, Ont, where.I’m exhibiting a new series of abstract paintings in a show with Amey Lei and Beth Nicholson Crago, For anybody who lives in, or is visiting Toronto during the month of August, you can drop by the gallery (located at 80 Spadina Ave, suite 208) Tues.-Friday from noon until 7pm, and Saturday from 1:00-5:00 pm, to take in the show. For those who can’t make it in person, I’ll be posting more photos later this week. One of my paintings from the show sold during a preview, and is slated to be installed in a soon to open microbrewary restaurant in Toronto that will be a new venture for the Molson company. There will be an opening reception for “Abstract Concepts” on Saturday, August 8, from 1:00-5:00 p.m., so come in for a look and a chat if you’re around on the 8th, all of the artists will be there!

I’m also goig to be showing some still life and landscape works beginning August 24 at Black Honey in Peterborough, so it really is a good thing my hip decided to heal itself.

It’s amazing how much of a difference this development with my hip has made in my quality of life, especially in light of my ongoing pain management issues. Although that situation remains unchanged, having my hip feeling better has allowed me to get more painting done, and I’ve even begun running and exercising again. Most importantly, I can think more clearly about everything from art making to daily life, and I am resting and sleeping better, too. This sense of happiness and gratitude has made it into the new paintings I’ve been making, too, and this was a common observation in the commentary directed my way during the preview of the show now on view at the Coldstream gallery.

I’ll be writing more about the things that have been rattling around in my brain in another post in the coming days, but I just wanted to let everybody know that I appreciated their kind words and offers of help while I was feeling the pain and the frustration that came with the territory. And as I mentioned earlier, I’ll be posting photos of all of my paintings currently on view at Coldstream Fine Art.

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