Ojibway Art Show 2012

Matthew’s Bay is found in Pointe-au-Baril, Ontario. I took this picture in 2011 as I scouted around the area for photos to digitally paint over the winter in preparation for the 2012 Annual Art Show at the Ojibway Club, Pointe-au-Baril (PaB).

The show runs this weekend Friday-Sunday and features artists in and around the Georgian Bay, with a focus on PaB.

I have five new pieces showing this year. If you are in the area drop by. And don’t forget to introduce yourself. I’ll be hanging around a bit at the show and volunteering my time  on Sunday from 10am to noon. Hope to see you there!


Summer Art Shows

Been busy with kids, and taking pictures of moto events on most weekends. However, this does not mean that I have been ignoring my fine art side. I have just finished showing six of my pieces at a Toronto Library Location for the month of May. This is the same show that I will be exhibiting at the Ojibway this August. I will be continuing with landscape from the Georgian Bay area in and around our cottage on Pointe-au-Baril, and presenting the photos as a digital painting. Thus, building on my success from last years show.

I am hoping to be able to go to the cottage more often once school is finished. That will also give me more time to take some more pictures to allow me to work on pieces for next years show. Yes…I start looking at least one year in advance for suitable landscape and opportunities.

Thanks for reading and hope to see you at the Ojibway.

Transforming Gary and his Hercules into a Digital Painting

This is my friend Gary. He’s the coolest guy I know – he rides all sorts of bikes from pushies to motorised. He also plays in a rock band, runs, skiis, snowboards and travels just to name a few. So I thought a digital painting of him and his very cool Hercules would be a good way of showing him off.

I took this picture of him last fall while he was showing Melanie and myself his backyard trails just outside Barrie, Ontario. I decided on this picture for some digital painting as I liked the colours, the leaves and the ‘low rider’ action. For a larger view of the painting…simply click on it.

Digital Painting is just what it sounds like. I move pixels around on the computer instead of using actual paints, brushes and various cleaners. I love how I can make a ‘virtual mess’ of a painting than hit the ‘back’ button or delete the painting entirely and start all over. Plus, there’s no mess – no sticky fingers, no turpentine, no oils, and no spills. However, my eyes eventually become strained from starting at the monitor for too long.

The process of taking a picture and transforming it into a painting is not that difficult. The trick is to start off with a good picture. And that itself can be challenging. What makes a good photograph does not necessarily translate into a good painting. I have also found that certain colours and backgrounds lend themselves better to being ‘digitised’. Once I have found a suitable photograph I play around with it in either Lightroom or Photoshop using levels, saturation, brightness, dodging and burning. Those are usually my main edits. Than I open up the picture in Corel Painter, choose my brushes, senstivity and a host of other things before I begin ‘painting’.

The next part is the hardest for me. I really should leave the painting alone for a few days…not to dry but to see whether or not I am pleased with the results. However, I am such an impatient person that sometimes I skip this last step. My impatience has sometimes gotten me in trouble. This is also another reason why I do not play golf. In fact I have only played twice in my life (not counting driving ranges and mini-golf). The last time I played I ran in between holes as I was getting ‘ancy’ and just had to ‘de-energise’ a bit. Ok…I am so off topic right now.

I hope you like the painting. Please feel free to send me your thoughts!