When I started streaming, it was an experiment to see if anyone at all would show up. Just even 1 person I don’t already know as a friend, or family, or someone else. I didn’t expect anything from it. Everyone’s asking me how I can tolerate having a camera pointed in my face when I can barely tolerate giving a presentation to a room of 3? Good question, because the truth is: I don’t know. I’m not psychologist and I can’t explain it, however I talked to some other streamers about it and we concluded it’s basically an introvert party where we get to control exactly how much socializing we get and with who. Anyone can leave at any time. If I don’t like someone and they’re being awful, I just ban them. No one has to make awkward eye contact. You don’t have to say anything if you don’t want to. But I think there’s something more to it than that, because the other day I volunteered myself to go on a talk show I found filming downtown and asked questions on camera, which would otherwise have made me run and hide had streaming not been there to condition my shyness away.
It’s really helping with having an art-producing schedule; I can’t just keep putting off making art for some other seemingly important thing because I promised my viewers I’d be there so&so many times a week. It really makes me realize how much I do put off making art, when I always thought I didn’t. The span of time between two intervals when I create is a lot longer without a schedule to keep me in check. Generally, I’m not good at perceiving time… a month can go by and I won’t notice, or a day goes by and feels like it’s been weeks. So, I’m not really surprised. It’s not that I consciously procrastinate, it’s that I don’t notice how much stands in the way. My streaming computer broke for about 2 weeks and I felt pretty unhappy I couldn’t paint, and in that time span I realized that is usually how infrequently I painted. Yeah, that’s pretty bad. If I want to work on my style and have a new body of work that stands out, that can’t be happening.
So here are a few pieces I’ve completed since I started streaming! If you don’t count me goofing around with experiments, then I think I started in November of last year. As I’m selecting these, I’m realizing I made more than I thought. Some of these I already posted about, so I will talk about the ones I haven’t. All but 2 of these are in my art store as prints. If you’d think you’d like to watch one day, you can go here.
9"x12". Portrait of a Twitch Streamer named Hello. Watercolor and Pigma Micron on 140lbs watercolour rag paper. SOLD. ~2018
7"x10". Small urban sketch made at the Ginko Cafe in Montreal, interior of cafe. Painted on live stream with Pigma Micron pens and watercolor on paper. ~2018 | PRINTS
12"x18". Watercolor and dry pastel on 140lbs Fabriano watercolor paper. A still life balancing focused detail with abstracted shapes, painting from live roses received on Valentine's Day. ~2018 | PRINTS | BUY THE ARTWORK
11"x15". Watercolor on 140lb watercolor rag paper. Series of two paintings with quote from customer on the theme of running together and friendship. ~2017
18"x24". Watercolor on 140lbs Fabriano watercolor paper. A painted turtle at the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory sitting on decorative driftwood and rocks. Painted from a photo reference taken by the artist. ~2018 | PRINTS
9"x12". Watercolor on 140lbs watercolor rag paper. A building on an extremely hot dog day in September in Old Montreal, drawn on-location and painted from photo reference. ~2017 | PRINTS
9"x12". Watercolor on 140lb watercolor rag paper. A memory of a cloud encircling Mont Royal on a rainy day near Cafe Santropol. Drawing based on Google Maps photo and memory, atmosphere based on memory. ~2017 | PRINTS