Monday, April 27, 2009

whoa, dude!

check this out... okay. it's nuts. these:

when left to kick it in various acids, and then covered in ink, and then pushed up against some papers, turn into these:

as yet untitled...

gummy vampire

!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!

yeah. etching is so awesome. and i'm getting a little better-more-savvy. day by day. although i didn't leave the one of ben and emma in the first acid long enough... but i think i did a decent job in inking to make up for it. a bit.

oh. also done today: one mystery etch. to be shown at a later date. ooooooo! surprises!

Friday, April 24, 2009

edmonton peeps.

i've just read this on facebook, and i'm very sad and concerned...

"Gilbert Bouchard is missing.

Gilbert is a visual arts writer/critic based in Edmonton, Alberta.

Gilbert hasn’t been seen since Monday/Tuesday morning around midnight. He’s white, brown hair, blue eyes, 5′10″ and 250 pounds.

A search party is being organized for Sunday.

If you have seen him or have any further information, please contact his family at 780-761-4156.

You can also contact Edmonton police at 780-423-4567 or Crimestoppers, 1-800-222-8477."

there's a photo of Gilbert posted on

models, bees and bikes

first of all. here is the newest composition sketch for the newest painting. (okay. not a very complicated composition. i admit...) the for reals painting is just under 5 foot square.

and then. two new etchings. these didn't go SO well, and i haven't spent a lot of time trying to print them as best they can be printed. because the print shop shuts early, so i got kicked out. sigh. but. this time i did the whole process all by my self with no help from my mentors jon and justin. so. yay me! (oh, and the photos of them are not super rad either. i swear the second one IS straight on all sides... i swear. but.)

i heart bikes

waitress for the bees

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

new term new skill

okay, yeah, i know. i KNOW. i know. i make fun of printmakers a lot.

it's my job. as a painter. because i don't understand what they do. so. i mock it. makes sense to me!



i learned how to etch. i made an etching!

i haven't printed it yet. but justin taught me how to prep the little sheet o' zinc, and put the ground on it, and then i drew on it with the etchy-needle. or. scribe? tomorrow i will put it in some acid (or something?) cover it with ink, and PUT IT ON PAPER! rad.

here's how it looks now. all backwards and whatnot. (please note the socktopuss in the top corner.)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

BPoo Award

so, not surprising but still disappointing, i have not made the shortlist for this year's BP portrait award. sigh.

but. according to flora flicker, the exhibition manager, there were over 1900 applicants and only 56 shortlistees. so. i suppose i can't be too upset, now can i? no. i can't. i'll just have to try again next year.

and the next year.

and then again after that.

until they realize i'm best ever portrait painter extraordinaire.

i can handle that.

and i DID get the applicant's discount on the exhibition catalogue. so. that's cool too.