Resin reigns!!!


Ok , maybe I am a few years late on this whole resin revolution, but I held out as I saw so many original  paintings appearing so very manufactured by the resin rage.


Although the resin gives a powerful ump of colour saturation , I was seeing perfect resin coated paintings that , to me , lacked the personality of original hand made. In other words, not perfect and having that original non manufactured feel.





Well I tried out resin on  several of my paintings this past weekend, two 36×48 colourful abstracts. I confess to LOVING the outcome. Colour BLING extraordinaire  AND non perfect resin finish. By this I mean that although the paintings are  well resin(ed)  there are on both pieces several small original what some might call defects, I call character of handmade.


I have learned that resin coated paintings are  extremely difficult to photograph, ( just ask my pro photographer Jon Blacker ) . And even the best photographer ( Jon Blacker)  cannot fully capture the incredible depth of colour and hue enhancement that resin delivers to a painting.


Having said that though here is one of the paintings completed this weekend.

Sherbert 1







A close up of the other painting with resin coating is below

sherbet 2web







The colours are magnificent and I am sold on resin coating for some of my colourful abstracts, with the character of original and authentic kept in mind and on canvas.




Thanks for reading and enjoy the day .


















Emotional Art

Emotional Art

Big Red transformed into Poppy Fields… and more additions to the collection.

I have spent considerable time in my studio this weekend and have been able to finish up several large pieces that were in the works as well as begin and finish a few other  large pieces.

I posted working big red just a few days ago and the piece has beautifully transformed into an acrylic on canvas, liquid acrylic, gel medium titled “Poppy Fields”.I have been working a few paintings in this style in the past few weeks and just love the quirky, uplifting feel of them .

Poppy Fields
acrylic/gel on canvas
48 x 96 in x 1in

Additionally there are several others in this style that I have recently completed . These are considerably  smaller than the 4 x 8ft

Poppy Fields above , but hold their own hung on the wall .

For lack of a better description the following two are titled “Lollipop Flowers #1 and #2″

Lollipop Flowers #1
acrylic/gel on canvas
30in x 40in x .5 in

Lollipop Flowers #2
Acrylic/gel on canvas
30in x 40in

Yesterday I was also  able to start and finish 2 other paintings in a totally different style and feel ( did I mention a bit of time in the studio ?:))

I really love working different styles dependant on my mood and artistic desires.

The two painted yesterday are very free flowing, colourful and completely abstract.

The first one, “Lovestruck”, was  one of my favourites to work on , easy flow, colourful and just happened. Love it!

Acrylic on canvas
40in x 60 in x .5in

The following painting was yesterday early morning , hence the title “Morning Sun”. The yellow is very vibrant, sometimes hard to fully detect in a photo.

Morning Sun
Acrylic on canvas
40in x 60in x .5 in

So this Labour Day  long weekend thus far has been fantastic in the studio and I am looking forward to another full day  today of painting.

Enjoy the rest of the long weekend, I know I will .


photo credits: JonBlacker, photographer

Working Big Red!!!

Amongst several other pieces on the go, this weekend I am seeing RED!.

4 ft x 8ft canvas with red as the dominate background tone….looking forward to a productive , fun weekend in the studio. 



“Lavender Fields”

A recent work completed. Experimenting with glass beads for reflectivity.
Acrylic on canvas/ 40 in x 60 in

LOFT ARTWORK on the move… more space required !!

Well it has been a while since my last post and for good reasons I must add.

I have officially subleased my Toronto studio space located in the Distillery District, although I loved the creative vibe and artist neighbours I needed space and lots more of it. Actually not just space for my large works , but the right space to get the large canvas INTO the studio. Ground floor needed and alas my studio space was 4th floor with a 100 year old freight elevator that could not handle anything larger than 8 ft. 

So goodbye space it was great while it worked.


Now the real adventure, challenge, pursuit began. Where and how to find a space that could accommodate all my studio needs, as well as artist needs… like allowing and encouraging creativity to abound. 

So the challenge was on.


industrial like space

main floor 800-1000 sq ft

roll up door

great ventilation

windows and natural light

close to home

near other artists

safe and secure

reasonable price

I have yet to find this dream space, but I am looking high and low and know I will find it soon.

In the meantime I have been picking up the paint brush in my totally converted garage to studio. But due to space I am limited in canvas size. This fact has me working on, what I term small, 4 x 5 ft canvases  (like the one in my temporary studio pictured below)

I am enjoying the process, but I realize my real affection  is the large 8ft and more canvases that allow my to get my artistic “vibe on” so to speak.


So I will keep up the posts ( I will try, how is that ) but really I just want to paint.


Some really big paintings!!




A Jon Blacker Blog post that includes Slash, nikon D4 and the well written word!!

A Jon Blacker Blog post that includes Slash, photography and the well written word!!

I have yet, until now , actually just taken ( I did get the artists permission) a completed blog and re post on my blog.

I haven’t done so for a number of reason including; I have not come across such a blog that intrigues me enough to do so and that I whole heartily agreed with … or that is was such a delight to read I HAD to re post.

Well read on Jon’s blog has a great technological slant for those of you who live in that photography world, it is well written and has a great flow and hey … Slash is the visual and music content. Although I am not a  big fan of metal or rock, I do have a great respect for artists like Slash who have weathered the storm.