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Revisiting the National Gallery & the Canadian Masterpieces

Revisiting the National Gallery & the Canadian Masterpieces

Each time I see a painting I have different expectations and mindset, and in turn I get a new perspective on the piece. This past weekend I was in Ottawa, Canada and I took an afternoon to go back to the National Art Gallery of Canada that I visited 6 months earlier....

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Spring Garden in Vancouver

Spring Garden in Vancouver

The beautiful flowers surround this entire home in the front and back; it was such a pleasure to work on this commission piece. I visited the home in Vancouver in late spring and caught the tail-end of the spring-blooms when the purple and pink rhododendrons were out...

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Robot Art: My First Try at Automating Painting

Robot Art: My First Try at Automating Painting

Building a Robot that can Paint I attend a monthly artist business group in Vancouver, when I told them about my idea of a painting robot the reaction was confusion “Why would I paint pictures of robots?”. I quickly learned to rephrase this idea: I actually meant that...

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Researching the Canadian War Art program

Researching the Canadian War Art program

I've been spending time researching the Group of Seven and the Canadian War Art Program since coming back from Rimini, Italy in April. I was moved by the Canadian War Memorial there. It is inspiring to connect with artists from the past - I love how vividly artists...

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Mad Enchantment: Monet the “King of Grouches”

Mad Enchantment: Monet the “King of Grouches”

Last night, Ross King spoke to a sold out crowd in downtown Vancouver during the Annual Heller Lectures. I was able to get tickets over a month ago. This award winning author spoke for two hours about the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1940 - 1926). Ross King was...

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Exploring the city during Doors Open Vancouver

Exploring the city during Doors Open Vancouver

The painting process has many steps. A step that most often takes the longest but I never seem to include in the scope of work is location scouting. I am currently working on two painting commissions this month, one of which I have spent three full days visiting the...

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Rethinking Constraints

Rethinking Constraints

Rethinking Constraints: Does a painting have to be rectangle?   I have been thinking about constraints lately. During my day job I have been getting quotes for a new project, I start by creating constraints in order to select the next contractor. They quote the...

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A Bike Ride I Never Wanted To Do: Vancouver to Whistler

A Bike Ride I Never Wanted To Do: Vancouver to Whistler

One of the bucket-list bike rides us locals do in Vancouver is road cycling from Vancouver to Whistler. The Sea-to-Sky highway offers both stunning views and a challenging hill climb over ~100 km. I never wanted to do this ride due to anxiety towards both  negotiating...

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