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I admit being a worka­holic. The cre­ation of images fas­ci­nates me and bor­ders on obses­sion. What does it mean to pro­duce really great work, in a pro­lific man­ner? I think the answer to that lies in a con­cen­trated res­i­dency period that allows exper­i­men­ta­tion. Quan­tifi­able data can help flesh out part of the pic­ture, but not all of it. Here was my short expe­ri­ence at The Banff Centre.

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When I came back from Gwaii Haanas National Park in June, my head was filled with so many images, expe­ri­ences and thoughts that I needed some time to sort through them before pick­ing up a paint­brush. I’m still going through that, with over 5000 pho­tographs, a full sketch­book, sound files and video. One of the things I’m start­ing to do now is to thumb­nail sketch out in “sto­ry­board” form, my trip through the park itself which took 5 days. I’m look­ing at every pho­to­graph, recall­ing the expe­ri­ence and pick­ing a few moments that inter­est me. One of the great­est tools any artist can use is the thumb­nail to do this, and it’s a great tool that I learned way back in my col­lege days as a graphic designer.

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This week­end, artists and gal­leries are throw­ing their doors wide open to wel­come you into their secret world of cre­ativ­ity! For the first time in a very long time, I’m doing the same.

Join us for an excit­ing peek into the world of paint­ing, bronze sculp­ture, pub­lic art, draw­ing, print-making Sculp­ture, pot­tery, fab­ric arts and blown glass. […]

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Get­ting an idea out of my heart and head is not always easy. Some­times it comes together, and some­times it doesn’t. I wanted to try a dif­fer­ent approach to my work and under­paint­ings on this group, which are slated for exhi­bi­tion from my Gwaii Haanas Artist In Res­i­dence expe­ri­ence. The colours on the under­paint­ing are dif­fer­ent from how I gen­er­ally com­bine the sub­ject and tech­nique. I’ve taken an approach to com­bine the quick onsite plein-air expe­ri­ence with the more aca­d­e­mic fig­u­ra­tive approach. So far, it’s com­ing along, and I antic­i­pate that it will pro­vide the results that I’m look­ing for.

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When you’ve got friends to wish you well…you’ll find a point when you will exhale” And with that, I’ve begun my res­i­dency. What a bless­ing to see folks that have been par­tic­i­pants and co-workers in both arts and admin­is­tra­tive capac­i­ties, from all cor­ners of the world. It was a flurry of activ­ity, and also quite strange — almost like being trans­ported back into a space that I’d long ago left.

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An artist needs to be pre­pared for just about any­thing. When the cre­ative spirit strikes, don’t be caught with your can­vas down!

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I’m pleased to present the fin­ished work, “The Artist’s Daugh­ter”. Fea­tured in ear­lier posts, and the sub­ject of a process video (see links below), this has been an impor­tant work for me — not only because my model and muse is my daugh­ter Grace, but because it was my first con­cen­trated effort in cre­at­ing a fig­u­ra­tive work in a clas­si­cal style.

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Process is every­thing. Arriv­ing at the des­ti­na­tion is always so much less than the jour­ney when it comes to cre­at­ing — for me, any­how. The thrill is in see­ing how things emerge, the spirit that comes through…or in some cases, drops back from the orig­i­nal con­cept in a piece. There is so much learn­ing. There is so much learn­ing and this is what excites me about paint­ing. It is dif­fer­ent every day.

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Magic, the super-natural and giv­ing over of one­self to the alchemy of it all is some­times the only path an artist can walk. Here are two freaky pieces I’d con­sider my best work ever that came out of a healthy dose of Stephen King, thun­der and lightening.

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