Artists are rarely satisfied with a finished painting. At the end, you know it’s too late to improve a composition or other fundamentals.  But sometimes you know you can still improve what’s on the surface by tweaking colours, some values, and edges. In this post, I discuss a portrait painting I revised by repainting the face and hands to improve on the skin tones.

To my surprise and delight, one of my paintings has been chosen as a finalist in the 13th International ARC Salon Competition from among 3750 entries. This was my first time submitting and I wish I had done so long ago. I’m in good company with friends and fellow alumni of Toronto’s Academy of Realist Art. The painting the ARC selected is: “Disturbance”, oil on linen, 32″ x 24″. Click the image above to read more.

See the World, 32″ x 24″, oil on linen. This fall (October 2017), I finally completed a figure painting that I began the year before. It’s the first one I’ve completed that includes a still life object and a landscape as well. In this post, you’ll see a photograph of the finished painting sitting in a frame, although this work has yet to be varnished.  I set the painting outdoors for the photo, hoping to capture the colours in daylight. Unfortunately, the skin tones are coming across as too red, regardless of which device it’s viewed on… Shortly after I set my brushes down, I created a short video using my iPad. My objective was to showcase a new piece of work and tell the viewer the story behind it, the sources of inspiration and some of the techniques used. Making it was fun!

A year ago I was admitted to a group of realist painters that I admire, the International Guild of Realism (a.k.a IGOR). This spring, I decided to enter the 12th Annual Juried Exhibition for the first time. IGOR just notified me that my entry, “The Reader”, has been accepted. The exhibition to be held at the Winfield Gallery in Carmel, CA, September 23 to October 23, 2017.