Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Happy Holidays!

"Northern Lights" Oil on masonite, 10-1/2 x 8 inches
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Private Collection

Already Christmas, obviously I didn't achieved everything that I had planned for this ending year, but this is not important. Of course, 2009 had brought its amount of challenges in every single aspect of my life just like so many, and it's all behind now. Resilience , love and creativity.
I would like to thank all of you for being so generous and supportive through your comments and emails during the year. Art would be meaningless without an audience.
Happy Holidays to all of you!

Thanks for your visit,

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Winter Solstice, completed!

"Winter Solstice" Oil on masonite, 9-1/4 x 8 inches
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Private Collection

When we woke up this morning, the sky was white and the ground too! We are receiving our first real snowstorm in the eastern part of the country. Yes! Also, I did my first shoveling of the season. Michel and I always compete to shovel every neighbor's front door next to our place.
We enjoy it, one of our greatest winter fun. It sounds weird when you live in a city, because most of everyone usually complain about snow, rain etc. But we both share a passion for nature and appreciate every kind of weather.

I finally completed this painting started at the end of December last year. I had a great time working on it, seing these lighted bulbs bring back very good memories- I was only 4 or 5...

Tomorrow, I will post the third and last painting of the "Vintage" series
on Painted Snapshots

Thank you for your visit and comments!

Monday, 30 November 2009

Painting series

"Wheel no.1", "Wheel no.2", "Wheel no.3", Oil on canvas 2005
18" x 14" 16" x 12" 14" x 12"
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Private Collection

End of November, billions of snowflakes are dancing over the city. It won't last this time, but what a wonderful and magical foretaste for the first real snowstorm to come.
On our last visit to my parents house, I remembered of some old ornaments from the 50's wich were stored in the basement. I had this idea of a small series since a while. I was curious to bring back some childhood memories with a sober approach of the objects. I project to make 3 or 4 painting with these. You may have a look on the progressing series here: Painted Snapshots

I wish you a great week,
let it snow, let it snow...

Monday, 16 November 2009

Tattooed bridge (Fall Collection)

"Tattooed bridge" Oil on masonite, 9 x 12 inches
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November. Here's another point of view of the same railed bridge shown in one of my last spring paintings "Rail Tour". Eight months later I was surprised to find- all over the place- that huge amount of colored layers, perfect match for its daily container wagons. The surreal mood of the whole scene enhanced by the graffiti seduced me, I couldn't resist to create something from it.

Thank you for your visits, comments and emails, they are
truly appreciated. Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Narrow passage

"Narrow passage" Oil on masonite, 7-1/2 x 10 inches

Second half of October, with a temperature drop increased by shorter daylight. Autumn is here and winter doesn't seem so far, maybe an early one this year. A perfect weather to keep
warm in the studio completing all the unfinished pieces. For this scene, I was seduced by the
high contrasts of tones on a limited palette, typical for a northern soul.

Last week, I created a second blog featuring smaller oil paintings. I will eventually show works achieved with other mediums. You may have a look here: Painted Snapshots

Have a great week!
Thanks for your visit,

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Trackscape with a clear sky

"Trackscape with a clear sky" Oil on masonite, 9 x 12 inches
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Fall. Inner warmth. I love this season, I always did. An intense alchemical moment during the year with all these fast changes occuring in nature. Only a couple of months before this one is over... wich will have been a hard struggle for so many people. Uncertainty, crisis of all kinds, media confusion and manipulation, meanwhile very helpful to create that huge wave of quiet collective will for letting go. Letting go of everything that is not true anymore for our own sake. It brings more than hope, I feel it like a waking up. I see everywhere people changing their life with a sparkling smile on their face while they must overcome stumbling blocks. I am one of them.

I'm overwhelmed by the specific and unusual sites encountered on the jogging road (you already know that) it's going difficult keeping centered without looking for the next painting subject.
For this one, the references were taken in the west section of Montreal's Old Port.

Next week, I will launch a new blog: Painted Snapshots featuring smaller photorealistic works and studies wich will be on auction at a very affordable price. After more than a year, I still want to offer accessible quality works. I don't pretend that photorealism is better than looser styles but as it technically requires more time to achieve, and the fact that I offer my works via the web for now, I struggled all year long with the pricing while I gradually digged further into complexity.
But I won't stop the train! A Painting Room will continue and on the side, I will present smaller pieces and studies on a more regular basis.
This is not the project early mentionned here. The "project" will involve figures on larger scales.
More details soon.

Thanks for your visit,
have a great week!

Saturday, 12 September 2009


"Harry, Annie and Meg" Oil on stretched canvas, 24 x 18 inches
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Doing commissions. I'm always thrilled and grateful with this part of my work. Being allowed to reflect and translate some kind of intimacy meaningful for someone from another part of the world, sharing some frozen moments of others life, are simply and truly precious gifts to me. Also, quiet a challenge when the 3 beautiful young souls live across the ocean! For this particular one, I only had a couple of pictures, my intuition and a short delay of almost two and a half weeks to complete the work and let it dries (safe enough to travel) during high heat of summer. But, I had a great time and the "project" ended up with a positive reception. Painting this spontaneous and joyful scene reconnected me with my own childhood. A perfect and accurate timing. Thanks to the models and G. C. (The client /art collector, photographer of the scene) for your generous complicity during the process.

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, 5 September 2009

(Two) related

"(Two) related" oil on masonite, 10 x 7-1/2 inches

September...already. I have totally lost the sense of time. Been very busy (but zen) during this pas month. Renovating our appartment, working on a commission and painting this piece mainly fulfilled my agenda. The commission is completed now. I had a great time (and a very short delay!) working on that project, a group portrait of children that I will soon show here.
It reinforced my passion for human figures and like everything else, it just came my way at the right moment, stimulating the urge to concretize a side project I'm planning for a long while now.
More details to come...
Before continuing the series of urban scenes, I choosed to create this "interlude" piece.
A simple composition with many technical challenges for that scale, set up with two objects, containers actually - wich give a suggested clue to the nonlinear title.
Over the past twenty years, I've been sculpting, creating visual concepts and designs, so playing with objects and shapes is a natural extension to it, that once in a while I enjoy revisiting.
For so, I prefer not using them in their functional context, it's more their metaphorical properties or their abstract qualities that attract me the most.
A way to balance the realistic rendering with the proposal of some unexpected visual issues.
Forms, architectures, shapes in movement, vibrating, traveling all around and reflecting each other.
A dynamic world composed of electrons and photons, what an exciting journey exploring, playing and learning from it.

A beautiful week to each of you.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Cool breeze under a bridge

"Cool breeze under a bridge" Oil on masonite, 10 x 8 inches
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Bright intervals were precious moments in time during the last two months. I felt that these could bring a different lighting to my urbanscapes. During the making of this painting, I was seeing turquoise everywhere (always been aware of colors around me, they just spontaneously come like weekly or daily themes, pretty exciting and intriguing though...).
One evening, I looked trough my studio window and saw a young hooded lady seated on the opposite roof starring at clouds - the beauty of that scene kept my attention, so I went outside and had a look on my own: half of the sky was colored with pink, red and a bit of orange but the mysterious part of it was the other half, it wasn't blue but turquoise! Never witnessed that kind of sunset before. This happened a day after the solar eclipse, while spectacular northern lights were visible in Canada and US. What an unusual summer we're having this year. Inspiring world...

Thank you everyone for your words and visits,
I wish you a beautiful week!

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Linked and secluded

"Linked and secluded" Oil on masonite, 8 x 8 inches
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Water... this would have been the main theme for the last two months with all the rain that keeps falling on our heads, day after day. For sure, we're having a "green summer" around here, plants and trees never looked in such good shape. Once in a while we may enjoy a full sunday day, I mean the most part of an entire day, wich provokes a kind of collective euphoria. Cool moments in time... Never take things, people or nature for granted. So instead of contemplating the stars during hot summer nights, I jubilate looking at the unexpected clouds formations wich furiously compete in the sky.

Thanks for your visits,
have a great week!

Thursday, 18 June 2009

After the rain, suddenly vibrant...

"After the rain, suddenly vibrant..." Oil on masonite, 8 x 8 inches

Here's a second piece on that location with the same fallen trees. Since time I shot these pictures, Parc Canada cleaned up all the site I named: "the beavers project". A "deconstruction" one which was purposed to create something new. Since a while I'm observing pretty much "deconstruction situations" around me, endings of long term relationships, institutions crashing down, well, many deep changes are occuring everywhere. It can be very difficult with lot of pressure but also exciting because we must be alert and follow our deeper truth in order to continue as creative beings. "Deconstruct: to break down into components; dismantle." - wich makes possible the emergence of new forms and ideas.

Thanks everyone for your words and visits!

Wednesday, 27 May 2009


"Timber!" Oil on masonite, 10-1/2 x 8 inches

Back in April, some enthusiastic urban beavers were planning their new construction site along the Canal Lachine.
It looks now that they changed their mind, instead they left unfinished the beautiful art piece for contemplation.
I'm always astonished to encounter such wild life so close to downtown .
Two winters ago, while I was doing my morning jogging, I saw a fox crossing on the recently formed ice.
A magical way to start the day when you live in a city.

Thanks for your support, comments and visits.
I wish you plenty of sunshine, fresh air and good time!

Monday, 4 May 2009


"Polarized" Oil on masonite, 9 x 8 inches

(Polarization (Brit. polarisation) is a property of waves that describes the orientation of their oscillations. For transverse waves, it describes the orientation of the oscillations in the plane perpendicular to the wave's direction of travel. ...)

I see in that particularity of light waves a metaphorical description for the unexpected patterns of coloured realities we all generate, day after day. We are here, under the sun, surfing on different paths inspired by personal truth, wich end up to define only one world: Earth. Intense collective artwork, our home...

Thanks for your visits and comments,
I wish you a great week!

Friday, 10 April 2009

Rail Tour

"Rail Tour" Oil on masonite, 7-1/2 x 10 inches

Call it springtime...! This past Tuesday we had snow, again. The weather is still cold around here - but, we are warm, surrounded by the ones we love, the ones we know and others that we don't know yet...
This scene from my neighbourhood is very close to the studio I was renting 10 years ago. Each afternoon, I can hear trains passing, gulls singing ??(lol), crows calling and now geese coming back for renewal. Our own private April symphony.

Thanks everyone for your visits and comments.
I wish you all a beautiful week!

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Lifted up

"Lifted up" Oil on masonite, 10-1/2 x 8 inches

Good to be back after 4 weeks of busy weeks and hard work ( freelance again!). In the meantime, I did some work on files and pictures for the first large narrative piece of a series wich starts to become a little obsessive. More to come... This little glass standing on plastic bottles is the little brother of the one showed on my last piece. I got the whole family. I received that precious collection from my mother during Holidays, she inheritated it from her grandmother. It means something to me because I deeply know that this is meaningful to her even if I consider myself more as an "urban lumberjack" ( the soul, not the look!) than an advised collector. I have this passion for shapes and objects but also for simplicity and freedom, never been thrilled by the idea of possessing too much. It's not a moral thing, this always been my nature. So instead of repeating the traditional approach I opted for this little lab play wich fulfilled my need for colors and unexpected compositions . Colors... springtime... living beings gently waking up on the northern hemisphere...

I wish you plenty of good times, wherever you live - North or South on the globe.
Thanks for your visit!


Saturday, 21 February 2009

One & one, standing still

"One & one, standing still" Oil on masonite, 9-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches

I love winter as I enjoy every nature's manifestation but will wait a month or two before painting new urban outdoor scenes, I miss them though. I took so many pictures lately on this purpose but the
winter palette just doesn't work for me right now. 

Thank you for taking the time.
I wish you a beautiful weekend!

Sunday, 1 February 2009

In your own darkroom, wishes...

"In your own darkroom, wishes..." Graphite and conte on bristol, 9-1/4 x 11-3/4 inches

Graphite, again...  kind of a new addictive ritual - good exercise for sharpening my
perception of tonals. I call it a " ritual" because I allow myself the time to work on as many layers as the surface can take. For this one, a dark board would have been much appropriate but this would have killed the fun of playing with black powder on my fingertips.
I spent a whole day last week-end taking pictures for new paintings, there were good shots in
the lot but none of them felt quiet right so I spontaneously jumped on my last year's files looking for something meaningful to draw- I thought that this image could easily relate to my last post.
The more I get older, the more everything tend to become one- interesting that focusing on things make them melt and merge...I cannot create anymore without involving my experience of living (although I never represent myself directly). This image is metaphorical, not a self-portrait. M. is the same model I used for the large paintings on that same subject.

Have a great week!

Monday, 19 January 2009


"Waiting" graphite and conte on paper, 12 x 8-1/2 inches

Another figure study for a future large painting- so practical having a generous and
cooperative model that stands by you, Michel is my partner in life. He had learn trough the years
that my approach wasn't always flattering - as I soon noticed his versatile and expressive physicality. After many years he's more comfortable with all of this process, good for him and for me :)
I called this drawing " Waiting", some part of the living experience I want to explore.
We've been teached early in life to expect that everything will come from the outside but what I can tell as an adult is the simple and raw conclusion that this doesn't work at all, I mean you can live all your life wishing that a magical event or someone else will give you all the answers or the " good " conditions for your life, time passes and then... How many wake up calls do I need, do we need
to let it go on this mesmerizing program,
the real thing is happening now...
Could it wait a little longer for me?

Have a great week!
Thanks for visiting,

Friday, 9 January 2009

2009, going fast slowly...

" Michel in the studio no. 2" graphite on bristol, 10-3/4 x 9 inches

After returning back to work I feel it's time to turn the lights on in my studio. I have so many painting projects in store for this year that I decided to start slowly and go back to basics.

I wish you all the best for 2009,
many thanks for your generosity!
Have a great week-end.