May 20, 2013

Spread the word, Indiegogo campaign is live!

As of last Friday my Indiegogo campaign to raise money for my art book is finally live. For those of you who don’t know what all this is about I will explain. 

For the past two years I have been working on my ‘Boroughs project’ officially titles ‘Discoveries: Montreal’. For this project I have visited and photographed each of Montreal’s 34 boroughs, driving, -biking and walking, to capture the iconic and quirky details that give each borough its distinct character in a tapestry of villages that make up the island’s rich landscape. With all these picture i have created 34 art works representing each borough on the island. 

To keep the series together I want to create a 96 page art book that will include high quality images of all the pieces as well as information about the artist and some insights in the creation process. In order to be able to publish the book Ii’m going to need some help that’s why I started the Indiegogo campaign.

Indiegogo is a crowd funding site that helps artists raise money to realize their dreams. With contributions starting as low as $5.- there are some great rewards, ranging from personalized cards and high quality prints to acknowledgements in the book and signed copies. 

I am very happy to announce that we’ve managed to get our first funds already! The campaign will run until June 23, 2013 so there’s plenty of time to get on board! Even if you can't give any money, there are plenty of other ways to help me achieve this goal. Please share this project with all of your friends, family members and acquaintances both on and off-line. Use Facebook and Twitter (or any other social media site), blog about it, talk about it with your colleagues or your hairdresser, tell as many people as you can! I truly appreciate all the help I can get!

May 15, 2013

A week in paradise...

I just came back from a trip to Tulum which is located on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. We had an amazing time! We slept in a cabana and dined on the beach, snorkelled in Cenotes, visited one of the new seven wonders of the world; Chitchen Itza, swam with sea turtles and sampled great Mexican cuisine. We took plenty of time to relax, do some reading and soak up the sun, all in all a perfect vacation!

After all that sunshine it’s now time to get back to work. This week I’ll be completing the work on my IndieGoGo campaign, which should go online early next week so keep an eye out for that. I’ve got two borough pieces that are awaiting me in the studio, ready to be painted and three more that still need to be transferred. I’ve got a couple of side projects to finish and there’s still some writing to be done for my book.

This Saturday one of my pieces will be featured on Art Bomb, a new online daily art auction. I’m very excite to be part of this! If you’re interested you can check out their site and subscribe to their daily newsletter.

Before I left for Mexico two of my pieces were part of the ‘Artium Profundae’ show at Viva Vida Art Gallery, starting off Mental Health week and benefitting West Island Community Shares. At this time some of my pieces are part of the ‘ARTiculations’ show which can be seen at Viva Vida Art Gallery until june 2. 

Only 6 to go...

As of today I only have 6 pieces to go on the ‘Discoveries: Montreal Project’, I have just finished my piece on Saint Leonard. The boroughs that are still waiting to get finished are: Senneville, Verdun, Ville-Marie, Villeray-Saint Michel-Parc Extension and Westmount and then I can start on the 36x36” compilation piece that will tie everything together. In that last piece I will combine 1 building from each borough into a collage that will truly represent the entire island of Montreal. I will be using a building that has been used in the other compositions of the project so you’ll be able to find it in the other pieces. This is going to be quite a challenge, something I haven’t really tried before but that’ll all be part of the fun. 

In this coming week I’m planning on completing the final two composition as well as a composition for a commission piece. This means that most of my time this week will be spent behind my computer. That does mean that most of next week I’ll be spending in my studio transferring all of these compositions to their panels. 

Later in the week I will also be working on the text for the art book, I have found someone who is willing to go over the text with me and help make it a bit more polished. I am looking forward to finishing that as well because then I can start working on the layout of the book. 

In other news... One of my pieces will be featured on ArtBomb in the near future. ArtBomb is a new daily online art auction. I’m very excited to be a part of this, it is going to be a great way to get some awesome exposure to a new market and hopefully sell some more work :) Please keep an eye out for the announcement on when my piece will be featured. 

Art Book Project

I am working on an art book for Discoveries; Montreal so that people can own the entire series. To help me with the costs of printing and developing the book I am going to start a crowd funding project. I had planned to do that in Kickstarter but since I live in Canada that is unfortunately not an option so I’ll start a project on IndieGoGo instead. I am currently working on the introduction video and thinking up some awesome rewards to give out to the backers of the project. I hope to have the project live within the next two weeks. I will keep you guys posted and I hope you will all spread the news and help me raise the funds for this book when the time comes. 

While these preparations are keeping me busy I’m spending time in my studio as well. I still have a couple of commissions that need to be finished and I want to keep working on the boroughs as well. I’ve finished 26 so far so only 8 pieces to go!