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I want to give a heads up that I will have my most recent acrylic paintings in a juried art exhibition at the Écomusée de fier monde between March 25 - April 12. This is a group exhibition and paintings are for sale. // Je voudrais annoncer que mes oeuvres acryliques seront dans une exposition-concours au Écomusée de fier monde entre mars 25 à avril 12. Ce sera une exposition collective et les oeuvres sont à vendre.

Address: Écomusée du fier monde 2050, rue Amherst Montréal (Québec) H2L 3L8

Another exhibition, featuring artwork by Justin Tomchuk:

Too bad I didn't stop to post a brief notice here, but this year I was in Nuit Blanche drawing for tips at Cafe Aunja. Check out my instagram for more photos. It was really fun and if anyone wants me to do this at their event in the background, I would gladly do it again. Also, here's my feature picture at Cafe Aunja. This one's not even up on my site and it's quite old - I just never photographed it.

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I recently took an interest in fancy pigeons after passively watching an episode of The Nature of Things. It was either about pigeons or evolution, but in either case it showed fancy pigeons and I immediately was surprised how varied their appearances can be with selective breeding. I already enjoy drawing and painting birds: I have a whole sketchbook full of motion sketches of seagulls, ducks, and geese I used to draw while I went to the park with my brother; I also have this massive painting of Canada geese that I'll take the opportunity to bring to attention again because it is one of my favourite paintings (all the way back from 2007).

Slumbering30"x48". Acrylic on canvas. ~ 2007

I would say this is a considerable interest if it competes with my desire to draw dragons or demons. So, I started doing actual visual research and learning about why these pigeons look so different and examining the variety of species that exist. I was immediately drawn to the Jacobin pigeon, which wears its feathers like a fur winter coat and looks very glamorous. I started with a Jacobin pigeon based on the 2012 show winner for the Vancouver Poultry & Pigeon Association because of its orange colouration. I will be painting more of these for sure -- most likely more Jacobins and some of the very skinny, tall types of pigeons out there.

Jacobin PigeonPainting of a Jacobin Pigeon based on the Vancouver Poultry & Pigeon Association show winner for 2012. Acrylic on birch board. 20"x16". ~2015

I am taking a different approach to these paintings as well. I don't usually paint on birch board, and I don't usually paint in a more watercolour style with acrylics (my acrylics are very heavy body most of the time). One inspired the other and I will be continuing to paint on birch board, which is solid and of nice quality compared to how unpleasant masonite is in general.

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Painting20"x16" acrylic on board. ~2015" />Painting20"x16" acrylic on board. ~2015" />
Painting 20"x16" acrylic on board. ~2015" />Painting 20"x16" acrylic on board. ~2015" />
Jacobin PigeonPainting 20"x16" acrylic on board. ~2015

I will be posting this painting for sale on StoreEnvy and on my Ebay account.

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It is amazing what places are hidden in Montreal. This is the first time I've visited the greenhouse at the Westmount Library, which is free and open to that public, alongside the USK: MTL group. We were figuring out where to go, and this turned out to be the perfect place because it was sunny and warm and full of cheerful greenery that is a rare sight in the winter.

Steadily, I drew and painted with my pencil and watercolours for 3.5 hours. It is a daunting task painting a curved architectural interior with a multitude of plants and with a liquid medium.

I am both happy and unsatisfied with this image as I don't like how, in places, it is over detailed and melted in others and because it became more distorted as I painted more complexity. The last time I attempted this, I struggled to keep the image together, so this is still a dramatic improvement. I somewhat regret not being able to spend more time drawing other parts of the greenhouse after I discovered them on my short break. I guess I will have to come back!