A Look Back - 2016
This started when I signed up for the Skate Art workshop at COSM - I went hunting around for used
skateboard decks I could paint, and wound up with a whole handful from So Hip It Hurts on Queen Street.
They are an odd shape, which makes them interesting to paint. They are small, and solid wood, so I can just chill out on
my couch or in a park while painting.
For practice, I spent some time spray painting scrap wood outside - I'd leave it, hoping to find the same
wood there next time, so I could practice some more, but people kept stealing it. I ran out of wood, eventually,
but there's always more construction going on, so who knows?
I had been wanting to try out airbrush for a long time. It's expensive to get into - between the airbrush itself,
a compressor, any cleaners and special paints you need. Since I had been working a while as a software dev, I found
I could actually afford to try it out. There's definitely a learning curve, but so many possibilities.
Visionary Skate art and Grafitti Workshop
I took this workshop at COSM - led by
Chris Dyer. This was my first trip
to COSM - it's a beautiful place to paint, and the artists taking the workshop with me were super skilled
and friendly. I really loved the small size of the class, because it gave me a better chance to connect
with people, and I got a lot of worthwhile feedback from Chris.
I've been painting on raw unstretched canvas for years - creating festival art. This year I wanted to
end that, but with a bang. I had a piece of canvas that was 9X12 feet - and it was going to be a single painting.
Since I couldn't hang it all at once, I had to paint it in pieces, with the part I wasn't working on folded up. It
was quite a task. I think if I'm going to do anything large scale in the future, it's going to be on a wall, with
This year I tried to get involved in public art - I did a couple of murals in the Alleyway of
Dreams (near Main and Danforth), and I participated in a group Mosaic project around Coxwell and
- Mushroom Eye
- Psychedelic Bee
- Broken Robot
- Jerry Bear