January 4, 2016


I have a lot of posts to get through today. It’s going to be crazy mad here on the blog. I took a few days off to paint, slow down and spend the holidays with my family.And then I got sick on top of things so everything just stopped.

But I’m back, still sick, but back and I want to start by sharing this painting. I couldn’t do so before because it was a Christmas gift and the sender didn’t want to spoil the surprise.


This lovely little family was pure joy to paint.


I was sent a ton of photos to pick from for reference. But also so I could get to know their faces better. The more info I have, the better the end result.


I worked quickly and in layers using bright colours to capture their mood. This time around I started with black to nail down their likenesses from the get-go. Painting multiple people in one painting can be nerve wracking, because fudging one person’s likeness ruins the whole thing.


But still, this was a joy to paint.


The end result, above. “Family” 24″x12″ acrylic on canvas.

The happy recipients below. I’m thrilled at their response and with the whole commission.


That wraps up 2015. A year that started out with me being rudderless and burned out. Real life was throwing curve balls and I wasn’t painting consistently enough. And then things started to change. I decided to embrace who I am (nerd, geek, painter of portraits) and let everything else slide (no more landscapes, encaustic work or anything else). I faced my biggest fear and conquered it. And suddenly everything changed for the better.

January 16th and 17th, I will be in Kitchener at Tri-Con. If you’re in the area, come by and say hi. March really gets things moving with Toronto Comiccon. Check out my events page for all the details. It will be updating over the next few weeks as shows solidify and my bookings are confirmed.

And get ready because I’m four days into another 30 day challenge. 30 Days, 30 Paintings is this month. The last one changed my entire life. What will this one bring?