October 22, 2015

Uncle Owen? Aunt Beru?

The original 1977 Star Wars will always have a place in my heart, in spite of the massive plot and character holes. There’s so much I can say about the film, from the score to the gritty reality of the made-up universe to the characters.

The reason it succeeded was due to all of the above. Sure, we got hints of a larger universe, but the story was about a bored teen being thrust into the role of hero due to events outside of his control. Luke was meant to be all of us and we followed his journey and embraced his losses and wins.

He was always going to enter that bigger world, but the moment when the door closed on his old one was the moment when he discovered his aunt and uncle dead in their burned-out home.


I was out of black canvas for this one, and so this was actually the first portrait I did on white canvas after I changed my painting style. It felt awkward at first and then things pulled together.

These photos are on the yellow side because the lights in my studio are more yellow than white.

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The background had to be done first because I wanted to ensure that the brush strokes worked. So many times I see paintings where it’s obvious that the background was added in afterwards. For me, that’s one of my issues with painting. I like to paint in layers and knowing that the background was sweeping and Luke’s hair was blowing in the wind meant that the order had to be followed.


Here, my underpainting consisted of using a sienna brown to define shadows and then work up the colours. Trying to ensure that I kept the look on Luke’s face, tragic and distraught. It’s all about the feelings here.


I spent a while refining colour and adding depth. Getting the hair right was incredibly important, because it wasn’t lying neatly flat. I spent a good deal of time just adding colour and going with smaller and smaller brushes until everything was just so.

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Acrylic on canvas




Between now and Dec 1, I have 30 paintings in the works. I got requests for Hawkeye, SG1, Chewbacca, Ten, Nine, Gabriel from SPN and Harry Potter. Plus I’m thinking some X-Files, more SPN and more Avengers. 

Know why I’m all about 30 more paintings? I’m going to be in Toronto on December 5th! You can find out more here 

If you want a commission especially for Christmas gifting, I am still taking commissions. I paint a lot and live for painting. Please do feel free to message me and let’s talk. If you want prints, take into account the time it takes for mail to arrive. I strongly suggest any print purchases that require mailing happen by Dec 1.

And for anyone in la belle province, I am going to be in Montreal on July 8-10 2016! More info here:

I’ve got a number of appearances in the works, covering territory from London to Montreal, with stops in Toronto, Hamilton and Cornwall. Details to follow as I firm things up with the various conventions.

You can message me to order prints or paintings, or just pop over to my store. More prints are coming this week. I love it when my art finds a forever home!