Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"Fall at Earl Bales Park"

This is an 24" x 30" acrylic painting on wood panel of fall time at the beautiful Earl Bales Park located south of Sheppard and east of Bathurst. In the esplanade at the entrance of the park there is an important monument to the memory of the Holocaust victims. This great area of the forest is always quiet, beautiful in all seasons, rarely with more that a couple of people and a dog.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

St. James Cathedral, Toronto

A new interpretation of St. James Cathedral where
I go back to my old style of more detail, 
although not too much.
This image is 26.7 x 34.3 cm., the previous one 24 x 19 cm

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"St. James Cathedral, Toronto"

"St. James Cathedral, Toronto",
watercolour, 13.5" x 10.5" painted area.
I'm truly amazed how loose is this watercolour 
when I think of previous paintings, so many of this subject,
so many where this cathedral appears.
I think this area is one of the most beautiful
areas of Toronto for artists.
Well, somehow, the way that my signature came 
seems to subject to me that I like it!

Monday, April 7, 2014


Today, reading a newspaper,
I saw an interesting article called
MuseumMemories and here are 
some of the ones it mentioned:

-Monet's "Waterlilies"

-"my favourite was curating and installing
my first exhibition"

-"Seeing my all-time favourite painting 
in person at 1999 Sargent exhibition."

-"Standing owed and mesmerized 
by the swirling blues and green 
only inches in front of
Van Gogh self-portrait."

I have memories of emotional tears when,
visiting the dreamed
Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando,
in Madrid, I was in front of this self-portrait of Goya. 
The great  painting "Fusilamientos de la Moncloa",
also called "El 3 de Mayo, 1808", is another one.
I never forget the white strokes which 
defines the shirt of the man to be shot.


"St. Mary's Church at Bathurst Sreet, Toronto"

These are watercolours that I did some years ago.
I thought of them as many christians celebrate
Easter and Holy Week.
St. Peter's, located at Bathurst/Adelaide, 
used to be an Irish community parish.
Today it is Portuguese.

"St. Michael's Cathedral, interior"

Situated in the heart of Toronto, 
this Roman Catholic Cathedral was consecrated
 in 1866. It played an instrumental role 
in the founding of nearby St. Michael's Hospital 
with the Sisters of St. Joseph.

"Bloor St. West"

My last watercolour where I am experimenting 
with a much looser way of brushwork
in watercolour and in painting in general.
In a way, it leaves out the details for the mind 
to work at completing the picture.
It is Bloor street where people expose themselves
to the invitations or temptation of shopping.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

"Green onions"

My oil "Green onions".
There is something about this painting 
that attracts people, and a Spanish friend 
said that it reminded him of this other 
painting in the Granada Museum of Fine Art
by Juan Sánchez Cotán, from Orgaz (Toledo),
1561-1627. He died as a monk in Granada.

"Hart House" #1

Interesting how I painted "Hart House" 
many years ago
in a very much photo-realistic style 
and in a much looser way now.
This watercolour sold many years ago.
A pity that it is gone!, 
that is the life of the artist.
I still think of it.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

British watercolour artist John Hoar

Why is this watercolour in my blog? 
Well, I like very much the way John is able to simplify so dramatically.
It makes his work so fresh, the brushwork is so obvious and intense.
It happens that it surprised me how similar is his subject 
to my painting "Heart House" tower at the University of Toronto.

A new Bronze Medal

This is my watercolour "Shadows at Bloor St, Toronto"
 that was awarded the Bronze Medal at the Toronto
Watercolour Society 29th Annual Spring Show, Aquavision 2014
Exhibited at the Aurora Cultural Centre.

New watercolours / March

"Hart House, Univ. of Toronto"

"Queen St. at Yonge, St. Michael's Hospital"

"Dominion Public Building, Front St."

"Osgoode Hall"

"Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Queen's Park"

These watercolours are part of my series 
"Views of Toronto".
They are 7.5" x 9.5" or 10.5" x 13.5" 
and painted in a little bit looser way,
away, not much, from photo-realism. 
And I like it!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Noah at George Lake, Killarney

This is a 24" x 24" acrylic painting of my grandson.

  • This iconic 645 square kilometre wilderness landscape showcases the wild Georgian Bay Coast of pink granite; the La Cloche Mountains’ white quartzite ridges and over 50 exceptionally clear, sapphire lakes set among Jack Pine hills.
  • The area has long captivated artists including The Group of Seven’s A.Y. Jackson, Franklin Carmichael and A.J. Casson, so much so, that they persuaded the Ontario government to make it a park.
  • Extensive backcountry canoeing and sea kayaking experiences.
  • Outstanding hiking including the 80 km, looped, La Cloche-Silhouette Trail, as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter.
  • George Lake campground, with access to beaches, trails, and canoeing.
  • Yurt accommodation available year-round.
  • Historic Village of Killarney, founded in 1820 as a fur trading post on Georgian Bay, 10 km from park and home of the famous Herbert Fisheries fish and chips.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Snowstorm at Sheppard & Yonge, Toronto

This Xmas 2013 was an incredible wintery, snowy year. And much icy, broken trees and fallen cables. Zero electricity for few days!!! Tough one!
It is  a full size watercolour, 20" x 28"

Shadows at Bloor St./ watercolour

One of the few paintings of 2013. This is the second one of bicycle shadows which I love
as they project on the road.

King Street West - Toronto

Hi, It has been a while since I have blogged. Here is the latest painting. I will start adding more of my work soon. Alejandro