I never cease to be delighted by the Victorian homes that line Toronto’s downtown residential streets. Some of these buildings have been maintained in their original states with stained glass windows and local red and yellow bricks. Others have been repainted and remodeled in all kinds of funky ways.
As I prepare to leave Toronto, this print serves as a bit of a souvenir.
Narrow Lots, 6″x18″, linocut
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Some sketches leading up to the print…
I can’t stop painting these trees this summer. Maybe they’re inspired by the many nights spent on the beach of the Baie Sainte-Marie staring back at the silhouetted conifers on Sainte Anne’s campus.
Spotted this man last month. The best part about these kinds of characters is how they cause everyone else on the street to make eye contact and smile together. Strangers joining together over… strangeness!
This summer a friend of mine had her eye on a particular man until that fateful day when she saw him sporting a certain brand of footwear of the foam clog variety.
Bowen Island, British Columbia is a special place to me, especially because of the opportunity it has given me to spend time with my extended family.
Last summer my cousin’s daughter (7 at the time) prepared this creation for me. She found a tiny crab and delicately positioned it in a mussel shell. The whole thing was only 3 or 4 cm wide. I painted it.
Four years ago I made a short animation dedicated to some of my other cousins. It was created with scanned watercolour paintings.
I take a university shuttle bus to work each day and on the way home, I love the moment when the patrons purr, “mmm! What is that smell?!”
I since found out what it really is… but maybe that should be left a mystery a little while longer.