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!