Come visit our booth this Saturday!
See recent work, watch me paint an oil portrait from life, and have a chance to win a special prize!
The event is part of TD Songs of Summer Arts and Music Festival in Downtown Oakville, Ontario.
Free shuttle bus from Oakville Go station.
Booth location outside 283 Lakeshore Rd E, Oakville, ON (on Trafalgar and Lakeshore).
The festival hours are 10 am to 11 pm, live demo starts at 1pm.
A commission I did recently for a nice lady I met when I was sketching at Starbucks!
Another international move is finally behind me, I have settled, unpacked my brushes and back to work! My new home studio is in Toronto area, in beautiful Oakville, Ontario.
After a few very busy months I am again available for pet portrait commissions!
A note for my US clients - nothing should really change for you as I ship to the United States. I use Canada Post and so far it has been fast and reliable. Everything else is the same - if you are considering getting a pet portrait, just send me an email with the photo of your pet and what size are you interested in, I create your pet portrait and send it to you by post.
Now back to my studio!
A full page article about me and my work has been published in the June issue of Fort Lauderdale Magazine! The editor of the magazine, writer Tom Swick, saw my work at the last Art and Jazz in Victoria Park event and offered to write about me in the June issue which is dedicated to pets. Of course I said yes! Thank you Tom!
Rubens, Rembrandt, Titian, Veronese, El Greco, Velazquez, Arcimboldo, Gainsborough... Did I say Rubens?
This week I had the most amazing trip to Sarasota, Florida. The initial purpose of this trip was to attend a workshop with Charles Reid, a famous watercolour master. It was very interesting, and I will write a separate post about this workshop sometime.
After the workshop I had a few hours to explore the local art scene so I went to The Ringling Museum of Art, apparently N1 attraction in Sarasota. What can I say? It was mind-blowing! A very extensive collection representing the major European art movements from Renaissance until the 20th century, located in a spectacular palatial building with a beautiful park with magical banyan trees and classic sculptures, overlooking the sea.
There was a gallery after gallery after gallery filled with works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Titian, Veronese, El Greco, Velazquez, Arcimboldo... English portrait masters Gainsborough and Lawrence. French Rococo art... Italian art... and even
some paintings by Marcel Duchamp, famous as the father of conceptual art. Here are some highlights of my visit ( these are mainly portraits as this is my favourite genre):
I have previously seen reproductions of this painting by Titian, but did not know it was in The Ringling Museum. It is believed that the woman in this portrait is famous Roxelana, wife of Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Suleiman the Magnificent. She made an incredible journey from a slave to the the most powerful woman in the empire and in Ottoman history, and her life inspired numerous works of art.
Yes, this is a face made out of fruit and vegetables. I saw two paintings by Arcimboldo in the museum.
Some of the watercolor pet portraits I completed recently.