Thursday, 23 December 2010

Christmas in the Room, Happy Holidays!

"Vintage no.1, 2, 3, 4 (fragments)" 2009-2010 Oil on masonite,
6 x 8 inches average for each painting
which were posted on my second blog:
Painted Snapshots

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I would like to wish you wonderful holidays surrounded by the ones you love. Have a warm and
joyful Christmas day and also beautiful moments to end the year. Thank you all for visiting during 2010 and for taking the time to write those generous and heartfelt words, which always meant a lot to me. Thanks to the subscribers, the passionate Art collectors, followers, friends and family, you made my days all year long and helped me to keep this passion alive.
Merry Christmas to each one of you!

Thanks for your visit!
-Pierre

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Gathering (on reclaimed wood)

"Gathering (on reclaimed wood)" Oil on masonite, 7 x 10 inches
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Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Red grape on plywood

"Red grape on plywood" Oil on masonite, 7 x 10 inches
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Music in the studio during the past week:
Her Name Is Calla - Thief
Jon Hopkins - Light Through The Veins


Thanks for your visit,
-Pierre

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Crystal blue (staged)

"Crystal blue (staged) Oil on masonite, 8 x 10 inches
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Private Collection

Thanks for your visit,
-Pierre

Monday, 27 September 2010

White, crimson and silver (on wood)

"White, crimson and silver (on wood)" Oil on masonite, 7 x 10 inches
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End of September. Last week, I choosed to mark a little pause with my urban themes (new urbanscapes soon on this blog, so stay tuned!). To date, this painting is probably one of the most traditionnal piece I've created. I was thrilled to pursue on the "Dutch inspired" clair-obscur still lifes started with the little "white grape/wild mint" and "roses" series. I'm always fascinated by the contrasts between textures, shapes and also by the "resonant" quality that characterizes and gives a unique presence to each. The wide range of subjects that I explore: still lifes, urbanscapes, water scenes, figures and so on are the way I choosed to refine my painting skills.
After 3 years of blogging now, I slowly start to reach the first steps I had planned at the very beginning and must say that it just ignites my passion in some deep unexpected ways. Aside these two blogs, I am working on a new site which will present large scaled photorealisc paintings and drawings. I have this project in mind since a year now and wrote about it on this blog, but the time wasn't right yet to manage the amount of work involved. More details to come...

This past Sunday around 9 pm, while I was working on this piece, I could hear the first Canada geese formations passing by through my studio window. Nature has so many ways to mark the passage of time, I'm always moved by those beautiful sounds.

Thanks for your visit!
-Pierre

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Last days of summer

"Last days of summer" Oil on masonite, 7 x 9 inches
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Two blocks from my studio, there's a place where we can rent some electric boats, canoes or kayaks during summer. Looking at this painting, one couldn't tell that this scene was shot in a city, very close to downtown. I remember, at a young age, dreaming of a future where everyone could enjoy the rivers that surround Montreal. Hopefully someday, this will be obvious for each of us that we are part of a whole that goes far beyond our daily concerns. Life is precious, amazingly generous and so beautiful, we are blessed to play on this planet.

Thanks for your visit!
-Pierre

Friday, 27 August 2010

Floating platform

"Floating platform" Oil on masonite, 8 x 8 inches
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End of August... just have to close my eyes and we'll be approaching Christmas time. Is it me or time is accelerating? This past week we had a sneak preview of the next fall season with very cool days & nights but, again, mother nature changed her plans with an unexpected hot "July" weather this coming weekend. She's definitely encouraging us to live in the moment.
This cropped water scene shows one of the typicals platforms fixed on the edge of the Lachine Canal. In 1997, an important revitalization project from Canada Parks stenghtened its heritage vocation, and pleasure boating was reintroduced in 2002. Beside running along its path, I enjoyed doing lot of kayaking in the recent years.

Enjoy your weekend.
Thanks for your visit!
-Pierre

Thursday, 5 August 2010

White grape in a crystal cup


"White grape in a crystal cup" Oil on masonite, 10 x 7-1/2 inches
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Thanks for your visits.
Have a beautiful weekend everyone!
-Pierre

Saturday, 17 July 2010

White grape with mint leaves

"White grape with mint leaves" Oil on masonite, 8 x 10 inches
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Sunday, 27 June 2010

Old Rail Section

"Old Rail Section" Oil on masonite, 10 x 9 inches with 8 inches diam. centered image
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Back with an industrial subject. I had this idea of a round groundscape (centered on a white rectangular painted surface) for a while now and thought that this subject could be interesting, a bit nostalgic. I'll explore more with this format in a near future.

You also may have a look on my other blog which has been updated lately:
Painted Snapshots

Have a great week everyone!
-Pierre

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Hidden water

"Hidden Water" Oil on masonite, 10 x 8 inches
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Thank you for your visits,
have a nice weekend everyone!
-Pierre

Thursday, 6 May 2010

The Play no.3 (Overpass)

"The Play no.3 (Overpass)" Oil on masonite, 6 x 9 inches
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Today, May 9, it's snowing in Montreal, again... Can't wait to see what the coming summer will look like! Plenty of surprises are coming our way, for sure...

Thanks for your visits and comments,
they're always much appreciated.
have a nice weekend everyone!
-Pierre

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Red and Silver (linked)

"Red and Silver (linked)" Oil on masonite, 10 x 8 inches
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Thanks for your visit,
Have a beautiful weekend!
-Pierre

Friday, 16 April 2010

(Gently) settled

"(Gently) settled" Oil on masonite, 8 x 10 inches
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Thanks for your visit,
have a great weekend everyone!
-Pierre

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Woodworks

"Woodworks" Oil on masonite, 8-1/2 x 6 inches
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Seems that I got hooked by still life compositions lately. There is so many aspects to learn and I have so much fun playing with objets and their textures. I'm thrilled with the exploration , the transcendance emerging at some point during the process and ultimately translated in the finished piece. It's a different approach comparing to the urbanscapes that I also enjoy creating.
New industrial scenes should appear on this site during the next season. However, in both approaches I'm concerned about the "little thing" that could possibly infuse a feeling of presence. It's not calculated, I usually discover it only after completion.

Thanks for your comments and emails.
Have a beautiful week!
-Pierre

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

(Two) dressed up

"(Two) dressed up" Oil on masonite, 10 x 7-1/2 inches
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Springtime. We experienced an early start of it with unusual warm weather since end of February... and, this morning we found the ground covered by a very tiny white blanket. Kind of surreal with the strong light of March. Slowly, colors will blossom everywhere fading out the greys so characteristic of northern cities during cold season.

Thanks for your visit and have a great week!
-Pierre

Friday, 19 February 2010

Wood, glass and plastic

"Wood, glass and plastic" Oil on masonite, 10 x 7-1/2 inches
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Here's a new piece and probably the last (for the moment) of the "series" featuring small transparent objects. I called these "objects" because I always put the "highlights" on their sculptural qualities. Plenty of fun though, seeking out the unexpected. As refining details is really time consuming, in order to keep motivated during the whole process, I make sure of having different levels of readings and visual qualities in the final composition.

Next week, I shall restart posting on Painted Snapshots. I plan to try different things such as
smaller photorealistic oil studies and some graphite drawings - stay tuned!


Thanks for your visits and words, they're much appreciated.
Have a beautiful weekend!
-Pierre

Monday, 8 February 2010

Blue green (flamed)

"Blue green (flamed) Oil on masonite, 8 x 6 inches
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Painting with colors. I remember 6-7 years back when I switched from acrylic to oil, the fun I had playing with desaturated and very subtle colors, focusing on tonals. My aim was to take one step at a time as there was so much to learn and understand about this difficult medium. The learning process is not over, but this is one exciting aspect of practice. Just like a scientist with his theories, one needs strongly to commit on hard work in order to realize a valuable and meaningful experience, knowing that each mistake lead us closer to our destination.

Thanks for your visit and comments.
have a great week!
-Pierre

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Two, dancing still

"Two, dancing still" Oil on masonite, 10 x 7-1/2 inches
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Playing with objects. I remember at a very young age, having that natural inclination for the discovery of new properties and functions from every single toy or game I received. Did I change over time? Not so much. Of course, as a grown man I tend to include a psychological reading in my creations but I strive to keep it simple, poetic and true. I deeply think that life could be more easy and simple if we humbly go back to our real nature, including me of course.
Allowing me all the time required even if I have no securities is also a kind of personal statement today. I work hard to progress with this uneasy photorealistc manner, sometimes it shows (it should never, that's not the point!) but trust me, there is nothing "heroic" about this choice, I simply need to look further and behind everything. Slow living, slow creation, slow painting, I realised over time that they all suite right to me just like spontaneity is the path for many artists.

Thank you for taking the time!
A great week to all of you,
-Pierre

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Luminescent (glass and plastic on pressed wood)

"Luminescent (glass and plastic on pressed wood)" Oil on masonite, 8 x 10 inches
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As long as I can remember, January has always been an introspective month, maybe due to cold weather in this country or by a world wide subconscious hangover, when delusion embraces reality - probably a mix of both. Just like every "social" being, I dislike the uncomfortable
feeling that comes with it, but I think these are precious moments, as they open new spaces for creativity. They remind us who we truly are : billions of people living together.

Great vibes and my best wishes for 2010!
Thanks for your visit,
-Pierre