A Canadiana Christmas: Behind the Scenes on My Holiday Cards

First off, I love the word Canadiana. We have Americana, but what about us neighbours to the (Great White) North? There needs to be more use of this word – and in general, a prouder presence OF Canadiana. Give me some moose motifs, cedar sprigs, and snow-scrubbed panelling any day. For this Christmas, I decided to embrace my Canadian … More A Canadiana Christmas: Behind the Scenes on My Holiday Cards

Ink Splatters, or Why My Cuticles Are Now Permanently Black

Not too long ago, my mom came home from Omer Deserres (the best/cheapest art shop in Quebec) with some 18″x24″ drawing paper that was on sale for something absurd like $2. I don’t know what possessed me to use it for ink, since the cover clearly indicates it’s for “dry media”, but I went and … More Ink Splatters, or Why My Cuticles Are Now Permanently Black

An Eye in 5 Steps

My sister’s visiting from Toronto so I decided to spend some quality time oil painting with her. She’s never used oils before, and I’m always keen to get people to try it since I’m a huge fan of the medium myself. While she was doing her own splendid thing, I in turn decided to try … More An Eye in 5 Steps

Study Without Ink

It’s a habit of mine to always use ink pen to outline or accent my paintings. In my dépanneur study, I definitely abused this habit and went a little overboard. In my light and simplicity study, I used it minimally, but wanting to keep it simple had me compromising the quality as I went quickly. … More Study Without Ink