Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Happy Holidays!

"Winter Solstice" Oil on masonite, 9-1/4 x 8 inches
( In progress )

May this 2008 Holiday's time be joyful and peaceful for all of you!
December was pretty busy and so, like many of us, I struggled with my overbooked schedule (still work full time) to keep painting. Didn't know how to achieve it but 2 days ago I decided to please myself by creating
this one even if this meant working during night time, and also I was completing a commission on the side. So this one is not finished, it needs 2 or 3 more sessions but as I planned to post
it on Christmas day - an humble gift for all of you: friends, fellow artists, suscribers, followers and visitors, here it is: Merry Christmas!
These tied Xmas lights, some lighted, some not, are just like us right now all together on the same fragile world.

Have a wonderful day and a good week!

Friday, 28 November 2008

Steel, Water and Sake

"Steel, Water and Sake" Oil on masonite, 7 x 9 inches

An other bridge situated near where I live, at the end of my jogging trail. I've thought of painting this since 2 years but never allowed me the time to set a photo shoot before that early and cold morning, 2 weeks ago. This place is magic, even more with all of these recent white tags wich ornate every single piece of rusted steel. I like this old bridge, witness of an industrial past - its graffitis remind us that some young human beings are here now to recreate, express something. Time layers for time travelers.

Our Society still hardly strives sticking on a carthesian definition of living. That old collapsing structure will have to leave all the space for a quantum (non-linear) way of experiencing life. Art brings fresh air, helping to generate new roads or highways between each aspect of
our human experience.

Thanks everyone for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.
Have a great week-end!

Saturday, 15 November 2008

On the Ground

"On the Ground" Oil on masonite, 9 x 7 inches

Time is like a furious locomotive these days, I'm having a hard time just trying to stay updated with everything I've planned. Since 3 weeks, many new freelance works increased the volume of my weekly agenda and I know what it means 2 months before Xmas. Sometimes I feel splitted in too ways of living and thinking: an old energy that push me to be productive and " socially somebody"(generating so much unhealthy stress) and this new creative energy that push
( suggest) me to connect, to slow down, to stay tuned with simplicity and self-truth. I once told my partner that painting was'nt so important, he was shocked and asked for some explainations. We live together an incredible and deep relationship for 10 years now, so he had to listen to all of these thoughts and obsessions about Art and Painting. You can easily imagine his perplexity. Of course, I love to paint but the most important part is that it allows me to reflect life and to reach others. I set this opportunity as years passed on but wasn't moved by a kind of notoriety quest ( nothing against it though). It's more that living daily with creativity fits so well with this idea of rebuilding the world I live in.

I wish you a great weekend!

Monday, 27 October 2008

M and the cake no.2

"M and the cake no.2" Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches
(Click on image for larger view)

I started this painting 6 months ago and I think it was the right time to end it as we already may catch a glimpse of Winter with its shortened daylight. This piece is the starting up of something I wanted to explore for a long time: narrative images. This was painted from a shooting for wich I baked a cake, fortunatly this model was a sugar addict ,he almost ate all of it after !!
I wanted to play with some symbols, in that case : birthday/ for many reasons: light, memories, something about childhood, too much to look at and to think about, also the humble universality of the ritual. I'm never entirely satisfied with everything I do. I'm kind of happy with this strange piece cause it shows a side of what I intend to experiment with oil on larger scales: play on the edges of aesthetic rules and represent snapshots from ordinary life.

Thanks for looking, reading and sometimes listening.
Have a good week.

Monday, 20 October 2008

Mile-End's track

" Mile-End's track" Oil on masonite, 8 x 8 inches

Subjects and inspiration come from many sources. For this painting, I was obsessed by colors: dark green and brown, and had focused many times for so long on that track- it was time to paint it. By the way, many thanks for your support and nice comments on my last post.

I wish you a great week!

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Wild mint falling into a bottle

" Wild mint falling into a bottle" Oil on masonite, 9 x 7 inches

Have a great week!

Friday, 26 September 2008

Should I go?

"Should I go?" Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches

Fall always brings its amount of schedules. We are psychologic living creatures so what's about this strong urge to accomplish so much before the end of the year? I don't want to answer that.
I'll work hard instead to finish what ever needs to. Most of it, I guess... A good part of it...
I started this painting during last April, now I can move on finishing another piece from the same period. I'm excited about putting these large works behind me, it will open a new space for what's growing up in my mind.

Have a great week!

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Orion, set up no.1

"3 cups and a flame" ( Orion ) , Oil on masonite 7 x 9 inches
Private Collection

Summer is endind , so my favourite season is about to spread its beautiful colors, cool air and
melancholic cloud formations. Honestly, I enjoy every season ( as a kid, fall was my best time of the year but hated its 70's colors palette: orange, brown, yellow and red leaves, isn't it funny ? I was so excited to see empty trees before the first snow fall) and now in 2008 with climate events, they are all mixed up. The positive side is that this allows/ incites us to enjoy every minute knowing that we're not sure of what's gonna be next.

Have a great week-end!

Friday, 12 September 2008

Lying Over

"Lying Over" Oil on masonite, 7 x 9 inches

I almost called this one " Time Loop" cause I felt trapped ( in a good way) painting it. I never put so much details in a small piece like that. At the end, I am happy with this one but still will make
the effort to keep it simple on the next ones. Yeah, for sure...

Have a great week-end everyone!

Sunday, 31 August 2008

Ascending Growth

" Ascending Growth" Oil on masonite, 8 x 7 inches

Yesterday, early in the morning, I was doing my daily jogging along the Canal ( Lachine) .
After a while I decided to stop and walk barefoot instead for the fun of looking around more deeply. I asked myself: " Do I really see when I look at things? ". I took a deep breath, this question was really challenging, and realized that there is no limits to it if I commit to see further and deeper. At a certain point it begins to connect with everything and everyone in this beautiful world we live in.
No matter what the Medias try to put in our mind, living on Earth is still a great adventure full of possibilities and I really think it's one of our purposes to make them happen.
Tomorrow is our " Labor Day" in Canada, I think I'm gonna start a new painting...

Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, 23 August 2008

3 Glasses and a Rubber Ball

"3 Glasses and a Rubber Ball" Oil on masonite, 7 x 9 inches

I read on a post lately that the act of painting was about resolving problems, it made me think...
Many years ago, my creation process was oftenly ending in a kind of fight to obtain more from it. I just cannot live that way anymore. Life makes your mind shift and I could notice
that through the years I have shifted. I prefer to embrace a new painting project like a dialogue in wich I may have to listen carefully. I feel images the same way I listen to music. It's all vibrations: the idea, the colors, the mood and the desire to make the journey with it.
You can notice that I added a "Music" section on the right side. Music is very important for me.
It always took a special place in my life, that is why I decided to share some artist works with
who ever appreciate innovative music.

Have a great evening and feel free to comment on this blog,

 it's always a pleasure to read you.


Friday, 15 August 2008

Blue Shore

" Blue Shore" Oil on masonite, 7 inches x 9 inches

I finally downloaded Firefox, everything's smoother now. I think that Internet Explorer isn't
friendly with the new version of Blogger. So, let's go back to colors and shapes !

Good night everyone,

Friday, 8 August 2008

The Other Side

"The other side" Oil on masonite, 7 inches x 9 inches

I've been so busy with my freelance projects that I needed to take a small break on my blog .
Happy to be back! When I stop painting, I feel incomplete, like something very important is missing. This painting of a
small bridge near my studio is a kind of metaphor about relationships. Relations with others, with nature or
everything around us. In order to communicate, I found that it is easier if I create a way to see the other side, the other point of view.

Have a great week-end everyone!

Saturday, 12 July 2008

Inner Light

" Inner Light" Oil on masonite, 7 inches x 9 inches

A little still life before continuing on my Lachine Canal serie, a rainy day painting. I took more shots of my area near the Canal and very excited to go further on this urban landscape serie. It's so unusual for me but I enjoy to push my limits (wish I could paint faster...)

Thanks for your visits!

Tuesday, 8 July 2008


" Undergrowth" Oil on masonite, 6 inches x 6 inches

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Calm water

"Calm water" Oil on masonite, 7 inches x 9 inches

Two weeks ago, I took the decision to paint a serie of urban landscapes in a looser style. This painting is the first that I'm happy with. It shows a part of my neighbourhood where I use to do some kayaking : Le Canal Lachine. Historical part of Montreal, I love to live nearby. There is plenty of bridges, witnesses of the industrial vocation of the area. More to see during the week.

Have a great one!

Friday, 20 June 2008

Peaceful session

"Peaceful session" Oil on masonite, 6  x 7 inches

A looser one for a change. The more I
paint, the more I fall in love with this act of creating images. I find that summer will be a good period to experiment with subjects that I'm not used to: landscape, nature, still life ... So, I take the freedom to explore, a good way to generate unexpected surprises!

Have a good weekend everyone and thank's for your kindly support!

Saturday, 14 June 2008

3 glasses and a candle

"3 glasses and a candle" Oil on canvas, 8 x 6 inches


Monday, 2 June 2008

Make a wish

"Make a wish" Oil on masonite, 7 x 6 inches

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

The Play

"M and the cake no.1" Oil on canvas, 28 x 20 inches

One of the aspect I enjoy the most working with models, is to let things naturally set up by themselves, it's the loose part of my creation lab.I'm always grateful to see how generous people are.

Have a great week!

Sunday, 25 May 2008

Narrative Painting

"Darren" Oil on canvas, 28 x 20 inches

Until now, I've been choosing the subjects in a kind of intuitive approach. I was more concerned by the chemical aspects of the medium. Painting in oil is a science, each day's work brings a lot of
new questions: Am I using the the right products? Are the colors balanced? Is the result overworked or too flat? Sometimes, it takes a while to have an objective point of view.

Thanks for your visit!

Friday, 23 May 2008

Eating man no.3

"Eating man no.3" Oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches

I'm leaving now

"I'm leaving now" Oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Hooded Man

" Hooded Man" Oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches

Man with a red hat

"Man with a red hat" Oil on streched canvas, 10 x 8 inches
Private Collection

Sunday, 18 May 2008

D and the woods

"D and the woods" Oil on canvas, 28 x 20 Inches

Saturday, 17 May 2008

Day one

"Michel" Oil on masonite, 20 3/4 x 16 Inches
Private Collection

It's been a long and very exciting day, trying to fix everything on this blog. Please be patient, there will be more to come during the week. I made this portrait a couple of years ago, and I think that it was the beginning of my addiction with oil painting.

Thanks for your visit!