Saturday, May 13, 2017

detailed new painting + exclusive art book + exhibition


My Indiegogo campaign is NOW LIVE! Click here for more info!

Want to get involved in my painting process and see my new large detailed painting get created from start to finish? Want an exclusive copy of a new book that will show all the states of the process? Want to attend an exhibit where you can see all the work in person?

Click here to find out all the details!


Monday, March 20, 2017

Till The End - the reveal

So here at last - in it's entirety - is the final acrylic painting 'Till The End'. If you made it to The Artist Project art fair in Toronto, you would have gotten to see this piece in person. Of all the original works in my booth - this one was by far the most popular painting.



THE STORY: 

The idea for this painting was inspired by a documentary I saw about the ecosystem Big Cypress National Preserve ('Big Cypress Swamp: The Western Everglades', 2009, directed by Elam Stolzfus). Though I have yet to visit in person, it's visuals lingered in my mind as such a mystical place. I wanted to convey that mood as well as nod to the documentary's conservation efforts (it has been declared as a National Preserve since 1974). The painting serves as a cumulative environmental parable.



The central figure is Kermit the frog, (who most closely resembles a Green Tree Frog, a native species of the swamp) is depicted as a sage in the image who has sworn to protect his habitat. I chose a frog because according to National Park Service: "Amphibians tend to be highly sensitive to environmental changes, for that reason scientists often use them to determine the overall health of an area." He holds a book labeled 'nisi' - the Latin word for 'unless'. It is a reference to my favorite Dr. Seuss book, 'The Lorax' (the celestial character appearing in the smoke) and law. In law, a decree nisi, a ruling that will become absolute unless evidence is presented as to why it should not pass prior to a certain date. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decree_nisi

The title is borrowed from the Yann Tiersen song of the same name from his 2010 'Dust Lane' album (listen to it while looking at the painting for best impact). 

Amazingly, the original painting is still available! Contact me if you're interested.

'Till The End'
acrylic on masonite
22.25"x19.25" (including frame)
$ for sale

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

In need of a Crazy Minute? I am.

So how are you feeling today? Superb? Or just a shade above normal? Perhaps what you need is a crazy minute! 

'Awaiting Crazy Minute', acylic on masonite, 13"x14.5" (including frame)

An aid to getting through the lesser fun parts of life is spending time being silly.

Years ago, I created such a silly break with my youngest sister (who was much younger at the time) called 'crazy minute'. Crazy minute is the last minute of every hour (9:59, 10:59, 11:59, etc...). At every crazy minute, you would do a dance, wave your arms up, do gymnastics, or some enthusiastic variation over the next 60 seconds to recuperate your energy. 

Visually, the panting is made to look tranquil with lighting based on the late afternoon sun beaming in. Typically, it is a lazy time of the day when there's still work to be done and less interesting things seem to happen. Cuckoo clocks are quiet until every minute of the new hour when the silence is abruptly broken. And that is the whole point of crazy minute - it's meant to disrupt stagnancy.


Have tickets to the art fair yet?? If not, click here or the image above to receive a discount on regular admission tickets.  


See you in  just over 2 weeks! Stay creative,
 
-Jono





Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Huckleberries

Wow! The Artist Project art fair I've been preparing for in Toronto is now less than a month away! I hope you are planning to come. (If you still don't have tickets yet, click the header image above for a discount on regular admission tickets.) 

I want to share another painting I did for the upcoming event with you:


                                           Huckleberries, acrylic on masonite,
                                    8"x10" (image) 13.5"x15.5" (including frame) 



There is a George Carlin routine where he talks about how there is no blue food that isn't naturally occurring. (And YES, he mentions blueberries aren't actually blue. Well, yes & no: they appear blue before consumption, but once you put them in a recipe they turn a distinct purple or a lavender color.) Huckleberry Hound is blue (cyan if you want to be specific), and not actually the same color as huckleberries. I think of blue food as some sort of mythical treat said to exist, but no-one has ever seen or tasted... 




You probably wouldn't have believed me, but the customized ornate frame came after I already completed the painting! 

The frame directly above was the first frame I put it in. I customized it and it did suit the job, but later on I came across the other frame with the berry motif. It was PERFECT - as if it was made for that painting! 

I removed it from the previous frame - after it had already been mounted and everything. I thought it would be cool to show you the difference. Can't wait to show you the painting in person!  


See you next month! Stay creative,

-Jono

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Taking responsibility

Here is the final painting of 'Responsibility'. (I finished it up before the end of the year, but had to wait after the holiday to get it scanned.) 

'Responsibility'acrylic on wood panel, 12"x16" (framed)


The subject matter of this painting was inspired by a quote from neurologist and psychiatrist, Dr. Viktor Frankl: 


"Freedom, however, is not the last word. Freedom is only part of the story and half of the truth. Freedom is but the negative aspect of the whole phenomenon whose positive aspect is responsibleness. In fact, freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness. That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast." 

Viktor Frankl was also the founder of logotherapy - a theory holding the belief that human nature is motivated by the search for a life purpose. -

The Peter Pan statue in the painting (which mirrors the poise of the Statue of Liberty) holds a story book (instead of a tablet) that reads 'PUER AETERNUS' - Latin for 'Eternal Boy'. This is also a term in psychology to describe an individual (mostly attributed to adult males, but not necessarily gender specific) who has remained socially immature. -

The more we age, the more responsibilities we inherit. When I think about the fictional character, Peter Pan, I see him as synonymous with irresponsibly in his efforts to protest adulthood due to his residence in a fantasy land where he never ages. This disdain would also counter Frankl's logotherapy theory as one can not learn what our purpose is if we do not give ourselves an opportunity to discover what we can become. The spiraling galleon on the right has sailed from Neverland only to go out of control with the crew's inability to navigate in a world with accountability. 

The painting will be for sale next month at Toronto's 2017
The Artist Project art fair

















Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year!


Happy 2017! I hope you and your friends had a wonderful holiday.


I've had a very productive year (2016) and have made what I feel are some of my best paintings to date. (All the images above are new paintings that were made this year. Since it's 2016, I thought I'd do a recap of the best 16 images.) While I do receive a lot of enjoyment in creating art, I retain equal enjoyment in seeing the response my work has on others. Making images is a way I've chosen to communicate with individuals and I'm honored that you're one of them. 


I look forward to sharing more new art with you this year and hope you will join me in February for the 2017 The Artist Project in Toronto.

-Jono

Monday, December 05, 2016

Reward & Punishment

Take a quick moment and think about a work of art you've really enjoyed. (Got one? It can be a painting, a movie, a play, a song, or something else you can think of.)

Now that you can think of an example, there was a tremendous amount of work before it got to the version you experienced.


Indeed, every work of art you've ever enjoyed is a cumulative effort of thousands of decisions. 


Just like life.

Not a new concept, but it did inspire the idea for a new painting. Take a look:




So, if your life is made of your decisions, how do you make the ones that are in your best interest? 
Well, if you imagine there is two wolves at your side: one representing procrastination, the other representing productivity, and at all times you're feeding one... which one are you feeding?


The painting also has the 'carrot or the stick' alegory embedded into it. Are you motivated by gaining rewards or avoiding punishments? 

In my version, the wolves have been fused together because, although they might fight, only one decision will be made at a time.   

Parables and antonyms are reoccurring subject matter in my work. The painting above, titled 'Reward & Punishment' is just one of the new pieces I've been working on for The Artist Project 2017. I can't wait to show you other works available when you come to the event!

In the meantime, if you would like to check out originals that are for sale, you can see a selection here.

Stay creative,

-Jono

Friday, September 30, 2016

The Rainbow Salesman


I was thinking about all the opportunistic umbrella salesman who appear - seemingly out of nowhere - to dispense their inventory at the sight of rain. But what about the rainbows? You didn't think they got there by themselves, did you? Enter 'The Rainbow Co.' who deploy their salespeople to rain swept communities desiring post rain atmospheric aesthetics. LOOK at that smug smile, double bounce strut and go-get-em attitude! Where some people see rain drops, HE SEES dollar signs! Now get out there 'an sell!
'The Rainbow Salesman'
acrylic on wood panel
8"x10"
$ for sale

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Memory Thief - wood panel print pre-order

Back in August, I revealed a new painting I completed for Gallery Abyss' 12x12 group exhibition, that has touched the lives of many people. It's been humbling to hear from others how something I created has connected with them in such a strong emotional way. That has been a primordial goal with my art. 


That painting is called 'The Memory Thief'.



While the original painting did sell opening night in the exhibit, because I've had such a strong interest in the image, I wanted to find a way to offer it to people who truly identified with it. 


The company, prints on wood, transfers artwork, photos and imagery to wood panels. Some very in demand contemporary artists have printed with them in the past.

"Why a print on wood?"

-more durable
-no need to spend additional funds on framing
-the original is acrylic on wood panel, so you get a reproduction and product much closer to the original
-each print is transfered to a real piece of wood, so no two are exactly the same
-it's unique and different than canvas, giclee or poster prints

But it wasn't enough for me to just make the image available to you...

Due to the sensitive content in the painting, I wanted to support the cause too. That's why a portion of each order (10%) will be donated directly to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the leading not-for-profit health organization working nationwide to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected with Alzheimer's disease.



You can order your print here. The amount listed includes shipping for both US and Canadian residents.


This limited edition wood panel print is only available until September 27th. After that - reproductions of this image will NEVER be available again!

Click here to order your print.

Keep creating memories,

-Jono





Saturday, September 17, 2016

Till The End - gestures

I collected all kinds of photos of individuals walking with drapery and canes as reference for a painting I'm working on ('Till The End'). I looked at all the photos and did some quick gestures to figure out where the weight and major fabric folds are. It was a also a great warm up before I started the drawing the central character in the image. Each drawing above was completed in about 30 - 60 seconds. 

Want to see more of the process? click here

Sunday, September 11, 2016

I'm on Patreon!

Well, after having thought about it for a while and trying to come up with a way I can make it work... I'm officially on Patreon.

What IS Patreon you ask? Good thing they made this handy video, it's about to come in handy.




So now you know. But what am I offering YOU in return? 




Instead of the "Here it is, what do ya think?" presentation I do once paintings are completed, I want you to join me DURING the creation! 

Through Patreon's subscriber-only posts, I will be sharing my ENTIRE process with you  - step by step - as I complete each image! (A process which one of my artist friends referred to as "EXTENSIVE".) AND - you can ask me direct questions about the process. I will answer everything - right down to where the lead is harvested in the pencils I use! 

I have some rewards in place for you on the right hand side that I not only think you'll enjoy, but will allow me to get to know you too! Know that whatever amount* you choose to pledge will directly assist me with more time in the studio creating art that you love.


Monday, September 05, 2016

Goofy painting


A-huk! It's a GOOFY painting! Another painting study I did, this time of a small Goofy sculpture observing overcast lighting conditions (indoors). Note that there are minimal highlights and no deep shadows.   


Seriously, who doesn't love Goofy? I wouldn't trust the person who says they dislike Goofy. If I was conducting a job interview and it came up they didn't like Goofy, I would dismiss them and shred their resume. And since we've established all mentally balanced people love Goofy, the next logical step is for you to add this painting to yourGoofy-loving-shrine-goodness! (Did I mention FREE shipping on the painting studies to US and Canada? A-huk!)  

Monday, August 29, 2016

Till The End - thumbnails


Some thumbnail studies of a new painting in the works called 'Till The End' drawn on my animation disc. I pretty much know the composition I want now. The next step is to scale it up and start refining it. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Artist Project 2017 - painting list


Continuing on with The Artist Project 2017 preparation: compiled list of major paintings I want to complete for it. Looking forward to sharing these with you!

If you would like to know more about The Artist Project, art fair in Toronto, you are an artist and would like to apply for the the 2017 event (it is a juried exhibit), there is still time. The deadline is September 15th.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Why are YOU ignoring art galleries?


Great article by The Stranger interviewing and tracing the reasoning behind lack of (most) gallery's attendance. As an artist, this is a topic I've been battling for years. You can read the article here. 

For those of you in Montreal (the city I reside in) who want to explore galleries, here is a great start compiled by Montreal Gazette.   

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Artist Project 2017 - the prep begins



I exhibited in The Artist Project in Toronto earlier this year and will be returning for the 2017 art fair showcase - which will be their 10 year anniversary! The event is 6 months away and I'm already gearing up for it. This panel is 12" wide and 48" in length. It will be a panoramic painting I've been plotting for a while. So excited to share it with you! Details to follow...

If you are an artist and would like to apply for the the 2017 event, there is still time. The 
deadline is September 15th. Details here: http://www.theartistproject.com/application-package/

If you are a patron of the arts and would like to know more about the event: http://www.theartistproject.com

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

video of the 12x12 opening night exhibition!

Here is a short video of the opening night from the 12x12 group exhibition! Take a look:



The first wave of works have been uploaded to the official site (there are over 100 works in the show) and more paintings keep moving!

Take a look here at the pieces listed so far. You can acquire artworks directly from the site.

The exhibit is up unil September 22nd! 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Garfield - painting study


Happy Monday! Know who doesn't like Monday's? ...Well, many people, actually - but especially Garfield! (Despite the fact he has no work, school or volunteer commitments, but I digress.)

This is another painting study I did. This time of a Garfield toy sculpture. The light source is from a small flashlight. I held it at different angles of interest and took many reference photos. (No, I did not paint it from life in the dark - haha.) I liked this view: the lighting (like he's being interrogated) along with his smug face. This was only intended as a study, but I liked where it was going and decided to really polish it.

The original is for sale here if you would like to own it: 
http://jonodoironstudio.storenvy.com/

12x12, Gallery Abyss opening night photos


If you missed the opening of 12x12 this past Saturday, Gallery ABYSS has uploaded some great shots from the event on their website. You can view them here:

THE SHOW IS STILL UP! You have until September 22nd to check it out in person. fb event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1067384330002872/


Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Darth Maul painting study

Do I like Star Wars? Sure, as much as the next guy. You're the next guy, like Star Wars? 


Another painting study I did recently. This time of a Darth Maul action figure. (Among my favorite character designs and one of the coolest villains ever.) I took some photos of him standing on top of a square color changing LED alarm clock. It is the only light source. 

Sunday, August 07, 2016

The Memory Thief

LAST NIGHT was Gallery Abyss' 12x12 group show! THANK YOU to everyone who attended! 

It may not be a fun question, but let me ask you quickly:

What is the most valuable thing that someone can steal from you? 

Your signifigant other? Your children? Your pet? An heirloom? Your savings? Your mobility? ...Your iPhone?

What would you do if you lost all your memories? 

This was the inspiration behind my most recent painting, The Memory Thief, which I produced for Gallery Abyss' 12x12 group show. I would like to tell you about it.





The character in the lower left corner is a memory thief and a cerebral menace.

He breaks into the subconscious of the elderly whose aging immune system can no longer combat his advances. He steals their memories and sells the information. You may notice, he doesn't actually touch the memories encased in his lock box - doing so would infect and alter them. I also theorized that the more fond the memory, the more vibrant glow it emits as seen in the trail of his exit.

Sadly, the repercussions of his larceny are devastating. His victims are ushered into a state of dementia. 

I know it is not a fun painting... and is harder to place in a room than a basket of flowers, so why would I paint such a melancholy image to begin with? 

Well, the goal with my art has always been to connect with others in an honest manner. To create and present you with things I'm not invested in is disingenuous and unworthy of your attention. 

As I now watch some people in my life I care about very much undergo memory loss, it's made me search for reasoning. When none can be found, alternative narrations are sought (like the one theorized above).

I guess in some way I am hoping you will find something relateable. Maybe found in one of your own memories. Hang on to them.  

As an artist, you always hope that your work will resonate with people. But you really don't know unless someone goes out of their way to inform you. I received the E-mail below in response to the latest newsletter I sent out prior to the 12x12 opening last night. The facebook message was sent to me by a friend after I released the image online. (Some of the information has been withheld to retain their privacy.)






The painting is no longer available - it SOLD opening night. You can find more info about the exhibit and see some of the works available here.

-Jono