January 2019 – a year behind, a year ahead

so here it is! the first installment of my new monthly digest blog.
This will be collection of images, ideas, thoughts etc. basically a ‘month in review’ of everything i’ve been working on.
Since we all have ADD now thanks to technology i’ll try and keep it word-light, image-heavy as best i can, but there will be some ramblings for sure.

December and the holidays are always busy for everyone but for me with my birthday falling four days before Christmas its particularly overwhelming. (i actually had an idea to change my birthday to june or something.. longer days, warmer, i think it’s for the best)

hohoho

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Happy holidays everybody. Hohoho

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The month started off with a december 1st 5-7 at Bloom Gallery in the old port.
(sidenote – a ‘cinq a sept’ is an old montreal tradition that translated into english means ‘after-work drinks’. Over the past 10 years living in Montreal though i’ve come to realize that ‘cinq a sept’ should really be called ‘cinq a trois heure le matin prochain’… these things never end at 7)
All the artists that the gallery represents had a few pieces in this group show, it was really fun and great to meet everyone.
Here’s a shot of me in my finest evening-wear in front of my painting “Half Circles are Semi Circles 48×60”.
As one guest said.. ‘you don’t look like an artist’ 😉 Thanks again to everyone who came out!

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Down at the @galeriebloom vernissage last night!

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(this painting is currently available through Galerie Bloom – https://www.galeriebloom.com/)

Upcoming Show – March 29 to May 2, 2019
The past few months i’ve been very busy on a body of work for an upcoming show at Sivarulrasa Gallery in Almonte Ontario

I typically work on a few paintings at the same time, letting layers dry on wet paintings while i work on the dryer ones, rotating through them like that.

There are still a few im finishing up but most of them are now complete. here’s a few.

Things best left remembered, 36×48

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Things best left remembered, 36×48

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I haven’t had a proper ‘show’ in quite a while and wanted to create a body of work that strung (loosely) around a common theme.
So there’s a few ideas in here that i won’t get into too much right now (i’d need way more chardonnay) but basically its about relaxing, slowing down, and my completely inability to do so.
I’m trying to learn though. It’s hard, but i’m trying.

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a few very important decisions, 24×36

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Find the place you stop. 24×36

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Studio shot – early december
I’m currently sharing a small corner of Holly Friesen’s awesome studio space in the Complex Canal Lachine in st. henri.
https://www.instagram.com/hollyfriesenart/?hl=en
It’s literally a block from where i live and so i spend most nights walking a few dark streets, to and from. A lot of these locations are depicted in these recent paintings.

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Saturday morning, back to work

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some of these paintings are really big (like the one below – 60×60!) I’ve been loving this format and the amount of gesture that goes into panels that size. Man, they are logistical NIGHTMARES though. i need to figure out a way to the easily get them around, my car won’t do the job anymore.

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Heart did, head did not 60×60 on wood panel

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Another 60×60 for the show

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Remember this part 60×60

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In addition to those monsters I also did a handful of smaller format paintings for the show. i used to work primarily small format but haven’t in while. It’s really bizarre switching from large to small. Changing formats is like starting again – the entire process changes and it’s a completely different thing. Painting is nothing like riding a bike. Bob Dylan once said if you’re not busy being born you’re busy dying. Jeremy Price once said if you’re not busy painting you’re busy forgetting how to paint. Here’s to re-learning:)

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Finger to finger, 16×20

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Wrist to wrist, 16×20

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A funny story about this next one.. funny in hindsight i guess:)
after finishing up the painting one afternoon i was moving the easel and it fell forward, onto.. me.
my shoulder and head effectively erased a good chunk of it. I was able to redo it, and it came out mostly the same. mostly. it was easely the highlight of my day

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Where it starts to fall apart, 16×20

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And one last one…
a nocturne that is now available through Gallery Muse in Toronto .
https://www.musegallery.ca/
After packing and shipping the painting with a local courier i realized i didnt attach any of the shipping papers to the box. oops.
luckily it made it unscathed but it was a stressful couple of days.
i’ve only ‘lost’ a painting in the mail once. it’s a terrible feeling.

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Head did, heart did not 36×48 oil on wood board

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and that’s december in a nutshell! i’ll see you in February with more.
stay warm and practice your slav squats.

-jeremy

3 thoughts on “January 2019 – a year behind, a year ahead

  1. Great Post! Thx for the shout out!

    Part of your 2019 goals? 😉 (I’ve been thinking a lot about goals since we last talked.)

    “Easley” the highlight… Intended pun? Love it!

    So I actually managed to spill paint on my head today – it was a good one, too bad you missed it! It made me laugh out loud!

    See you soon!

    H

    http://www.hollyfriesen.com 514 713-6583

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  2. Hi Jeremy.

    I believe you have a faulty link on your exhibitions page. GALERIE PIERRE SEGUIN should be https://www.pseguin.com

    Thanks for keeping me posted. Happy New Year.

    Cheryl _______________ _Reforest Earth_

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