Midyear citique over


I was told to work on the figure more and to try to put the same “power” from my black-n-white work into my new direction (I worded it nicely though). Too decorative but I need to work with colour harmony and meaning, I doubt I will work with meaning of colours but harmony/theory of colour is a definite.

I quite enjoy this new direction I am persueing, though I need to find new ways of applying the duck-tape or if I should stop useing it or paint on it. Catherine and Danniel said to leave as is, I like it but I guess (from Paul and Michele’s recomendation I should look into meaning of it or find other ways for it to be used). The work below is the direction I am going to work with for the time being, though I plan to try out other possibilities in the mean time. Things I have in mind range from knitted series of “sculptures” and some photography collection series. I might start this Monday December 7th, I should work really on the projects I have to finish for Advanced Painting. More to come soon.

Finnally some progress


I’ve been playing around the last little bit, materials as well as techniques. Here’s some work that has come out of it all. All of which were fueled by my new reference material (Playboy, Curves and Glutes) of women, I do plan to get my hands on transgender imagery (non internet and tasteful, hopefully). I will be visiting both Glad day books and Stag Shop , to decide which is best image wise.

The first two are not for thesis , although I might re work them larger for it possibly. It is an option. Two works are actually on Styrofoam and the black-neon-green-orange one is on black Duck tape. Very interesting effects each surface gives to a work. I quite like the texture of the Styrofoam and duck tape. I’m deciding to possibly use packaging tape over a canvas I prepared for another work, we’ll see how that goes. I’m off to sleep. Good night.

Thesis process-update




I took some images of my studio again. These were taken on Wednesday night. I really just wannted to put some images up to show my progress as well as process in a way.
The peice on wood is for my class with Dan Solomon, I might reproduce it for thesis in color and on canvas, maybe. Tommorow I am going to go to the studio for about an hour after classes. Just work more on the series I started, I might cut some paper and bring it back here to work on it. I really don’t know. Nina is coming along slowly, which is the general idea since I’m trying to expand my vocabulary in techniques.
The series I started seems a bit vulgar and rude, but I guess that’s the point. I’m thinking of doing 20 of them so working on them back home would be good as well. I bounced some ideas off of Amanda today and I think I will let this peice go and do what ever needs to be done with it (the one on wood). I think it has potential for a series of large works, meaning I might have to get that 3 feet by 6 feet piece of stone henge paper out. It migth just mysteriously disapear to the studio this weekend.
Although that would happen AFTER seeing some galleries.
I should sleep now, I’m beginning to ramble. Goodnight all

Past Work


Thought Id go over some past work before running off to put the laundry in the machine AND maybe buying a porn magazine for reference (Seriously…).
So this series was done last year in April. Cathy titled the project “Fear” and I really dislike the idea of being pregnant. This is the various stages of the fetus through pregnancy, done in Chinese ink on rice paper. 20 in all , each peice is 9 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches.

The next series was done again with Cathy, this time on childhood memories. When I was trying to learn “Cats Cradle” I continued to fail at it, getting to one point then getting stuck. I just really wanted to learn at the time, even now , sometimes, I will try to get past that point but I always fail. Chinese ink on Reeves paper 10 x 10inches roughly each.

This Diptych came from a sketch of a Tengu (Japanese mythological being). I came up with a story in my head about this captured beast and a young woman falling in love with this creature. Does it tear her to shreds? Does it love her back? Does it know what love is? Does it understand her? Many questions went though my mind of this strange relationship. It reminded me of how my girlfriend and I are seen by others, as she has transitioned and looks gorgeous (I guess people are jealous of me for having her?). Perhaps I understand this woman more than my peers did in my class, no one liked it , except for Cathy if I recall correctly. The second peice next to it, with the creature being absent, shows how maybe she imagined it. Sometimes I hear Elizabeth’s (My girlfriend) voice, but how can I when I am in Toronto and she is in little Bowmanville? So perhapse this woman’s longing for something “abnormal” or “new” made her dream up this creature (which personally I think is awsome by the way). Also Chinese ink on paper, and tissue paper. 18 by 20? I think.


I am currently trying to work on this series. I am attempting to depict the stages of transition for FTM, but simplified. The last one is ment to be a post-op chest or Male chest, I have not decided what of those two yet.
Charcoal/pastel +oil. on NO idea what size canvases (their at the studio).


Very graphic depiction of what I refer to as ” misconceptions of Sexual reassignment surgery”.
That’s pritty much all it is, to me, but I guess it could be about feminism as well.
Acrylic on 18x 18 inch canvas, with collage.

Last one for tonight- Remember. This was done last year in October in remembrance of those who died. All of the subjects are trans or went outside of gender roles in some way or form, subjected to hate crimes. Remember Our Dead was my refrence for this series of portraits done in acrylic. 20- 4×4 inch canvases. I am deciding still if I should do more or not. I think my goal would be to do a whole wall of them.

Anyhow I hope those of you who check out my blog enjoyed that. I’m off to do laundry, (yey) and make tea. Hope your night is well.