Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New Book and Current Winter Exhibitions

November's here and it's that time to bundle up and get the sweaters out if you're here in Los Angeles (or sweep those leaves up and get the snow shovel ready if you're further up North).  I miss those Autumn colors I used to see in Montreal, like the entire forest was ablaze with color but in a good way, not a run for your life way.  I have posted this recent painting to pay homage to the memory of those crisp and colorful autumn days.

'Remembrance'.....oil on panel......8x10 inches (SOLD)


I'm proud to announce the release of my new book "UNCOMMON GROUND"! This is a compilation of my favorite pieces from the last five years, and includes some never before seen  color studies that I created for my larger studio pieces. Makes an awesome holiday gift for yourself or the art lover in your family! Copies are available in hard and soft covers and may be purchased online by clicking here.

Here is a brief overview of exhibitions I am currently participating in this month. 

'Vagabonds at Rest'......oil on panel......9x12 inches

Two of my new small paintings are currently on display at InSight Gallery's 'Small Works Show'. This exciting group exhibition runs until December 31, 2011. There's still time to hustle on over to Fredericksburg, TX and stop in for a look.  For more info and to view online exhibition click here.

'Pick Up or Delivery'......oil on panel.....18x22 inches

I am also exhibiting my new painting 'Pick Up or Delivery' at Waterhouse Gallery's annual 'Great American Figurative Artists' show. I am delighted to be part of this wonderful group show filled with top-notch figurative painters. For more info and to view online exhibition click here.


'Lahaina Leisure'......oil on panel......14x18 inches

I am extremely honored and delighted that my painting 'Lahaina Leisure' was awarded Honorable Mention from Southwest Art Magazine's '1st Annual Artistic Excellence Competition'.
Click here to view complete online editorial from Southwest Art Magazine's December 2011 issue!

That's all for now folks. Stay tuned for more adventures as 'Winter' takes the stage and 2011 gives way to the new and exciting, very highly publicized 2012. There hasn't been so much apocalyptic anticipation for a New Year since we had the Y2K bug destroy all the PC clocks and shut down civilization as we knew it!  Boy, that was a disappointment, here I still am using the internet ;-)

Wishing you and yours a very memorable, magical and peaceful Holiday Season!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sizzling Summer Scene

Here is a new painting I recently completed for an upcoming fall group show at Insight Gallery.  Exhibition opens on September 2nd, 2011. This painting also placed as finalist for both the 'Raymar'  and 'BoldBrush' June 2011 online competition!      
'Pieton'.........oil on canvas panel.........16x20 inches (SOLD)

  Welcome again to my latest blogello, chock full of interesting news and pictures about my life and art.  Summer has finally arrived in all it's glory, having shaken off the overcast gray of the June gloom and kicked in to gear with some scorching hot days.  What better time to check out the 'Landscape' group show at Abend Gallery where my painting 'Prelude To Summer' is currently  on display.

 ~ A w e s o m e   N e w s   a n d   E v e n t s! ~

'Where R U?'........oil on panel.......11x14 inches (SOLD)

I am so delighted and honored to have received the 'Member's Choice Award/Associate and Signature Division'  for my painting  'Where R U?' from the Oil Painters of America's '20th Annual National Juried Exhibition' which was hosted by Devin Galleries
Click here for complete list of winners.  


I've got one last workshop scheduled for 2011 so there's still an opportunity to join me in Big Sur for some plein air fun! Ahhhh, Big Sur, where Heaven really has come down and touched Earth.  After a long day of painting 'en plain air' you can unwind by soaking in natural sulphuric hot springs, the stone tubs lining the cliffside overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  Skilled massage therapists are on hand to work out all the muscular knots that five hours of standing, painting, and concentrating can create.  The food is all organically grown on site, and the kitchen provides three nutritious square meals a day in a beautiful oak finished dining hall.  
For more info on Esalen and to register for my August 2011workshop click here.

Stay tuned for more exciting news and have a dazzling, adventurous and resplendent summer!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Full Speed Ahead!

Greetings All!
Spring has finally sprung and I have an exciting roster of events, group shows, and workshop updates to share with you. For starters, I'd like to share a plein air painting I did while in Maui for the '2011 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational'. Enjoy!

'Sugar Cane Train'..............oil on canvas panel.............8x10 inches (SOLD)

'Salon International 2011'
April 2 - 22, 2011


My painting 'Le Marais Twilight' (which also received 'Best of Show' from the January Raymar Fine Art Competition) is included in Greenhouse Gallery's 'Salon International 2011'. Show runs through April 22, 2011.
To view online exhibition click here.

'Around the World: The Painted Journey'
April 8 - 30, 2011


I will also be participating in Abend Gallery's 'From Around the World: The Painted Journey' exhibition which will feature remarkable pieces which have been selected from the participating artists' world travels. 'Rue Saint-Antoine' will be one of my three paintings included in this impressive exhibition.
Show opens April 8, 2011.
For online preview click here.

'1st Annual Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art'
April 21 - May 19, 2011

Another piece created from my Paris trip is 'Strolling Parisian' which has been selected for the '1st Annual Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art hosted by Legacy Gallery.
Exhibition opens April 22, 2011.
For online preview click here.

'20th Annual National Juried Exhibition'
June 10 - July 9, 2011

Finally, a fourth Paris inspired piece, 'Where R U?', will be on display for the Oil Painters of America '20th Annual National Juried Exhibition' at Devin Galleries in Idaho.
Exhibition opens June 10, 2011.
For more info about this exhibition click here.

~ 2 0 1 1 W o r k s h o p s ~

Here is a recap of my remaining plein air painting workshops for 2011:
Both the Sedona (May) and Big Sur (June) workshops are currently full with waiting list. The Big Sur workshop in August still has some spaces available. Spaces are filling up fast so be sure to register soon in order to secure your place and experience the seaside organic gardens and cliff side hot spring tubs!
Click here to view my current workshop schedule for 2011.

Be sure to have an awesome and productive rest of the spring season and prepare yourself for more fun and adventure in 2011's summer!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Looking Back, Forging Ahead

I present to you my very first 2011 blog post with a recent painting I did titled 'The Artist's Refuge'. Enjoy!

'The Artist's Refuge'..........oil on canvas panel............8x10 inches

It's good to be back in the blogosphere! I hope everyone's New Year is off to a great start and that all your resolutions are sturdy and full of promise, like an acorn, that could be an oak tree eventually. An acorn, they're a hard nut to crack, ask any squirrel, they'll tell you.

~ Highlights of 2010 ~

'Jardins des Tuileries'.............gouache on panel............8x10 inches

There have been so many wonderful and exciting moments in the past year. Exciting group shows, prestigious plein air invitationals, mind bending roller coasters, indeed too many to list! If I had to pick my favorite adventure then my trip to Paris, France tops the list.
Oh Paris, can my blog ever do you justice? The things you showed me in your wonderful architecture and wondering populace were without equal. I'd like to tell the tales of the terrifying toilets, trying tourist traps, and terrorist threats. The musical washing machine, the striking thespians, the sub-par restaurant service, the robust espressos, the disgruntled proletariat, the strange dress codes, the street musicians. Too much to say in too small a space. The museums alone, the cemeteries, the churches and spontaneous choirs on a Tuesday morning. The gardens of Versailles and the fascinating fake farm of Marie Antoinette. My head was spinning, my feet were blistering. Too much! Not to forget the house, gardens, and lily pond of Monet in Giverny! That is all I can put into words. Below are a few pics of my trips highlights:

after a full day at Versailles Palace and gardens

Marie Antoinette's estate

standing next to Rodin's 'Gates of Hell' at the Rodin Museum

Ben standing where Monet once stood!

had an exhilarating time at the Louvre Museum

Pere Lachaise Cemetery (I enjoyed it so much we visited twice!)

Sacre Coeur was a treat!

could not start my day without this

the magical Seine River

Notre Dame is spectacular!
(and of course, so is Ben)

and of course a visit to the Eifell Tower was a must

To view additional pics of my Paris trip visit me on facebook!

Here's to a year filled with boundless joy, perpetual creative inspiration and prosperity!