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Royal Typewriter in Progress

 

I haven’t shared anything on my blog in a few weeks because I’m knee deep in several complex paintings. I don’t know how some people have the time to share so much on social media. Every time I decide I should post on Instagram or Facebook it seems to take way longer than anticipated. I’d rather be painting.

Royal Typewriter / Work in Progress by Christopher Stott
Royal Typewriter / Work in Progress

Eight Penguin Classics

Eight Penguin Classics Painting by Christopher Stott

Many of these Penguin Classics are the books that you should have read when you were in your teens, but probably wouldn’t have understood fully until you were in your thirties. It is available through the Elliott Fouts Gallery.

Giving these books a try early on in life is good but I have personally found that revisiting them later makes them way more relevant. These books are written by people who had a full spectrum of experiences and knowledge and I am only now finding that I understand where they come from.  Read more

The Way To Win

The Way To Win Book II Painting by Christopher Stott
The Way To Win II / 18 x 36 / oil on canvas

I found this book, The Way To Win, and had to add it to my little late 19th Century library of books that reveal the way our people were thinking just over 100 years ago. The book is a very detailed, very long self-help style book from a John T. Dale.

The Way To Win Book I Painting by Christopher Stott
The Way To Win I / 18 x 36 / oil on canvas

These paintings are available at the Elliott Fouts GalleryRead more

HB #2 Pencils & Nineteen Eighty-Four

HB #2 Pencils by Christopher Stott
HB #2 Pencils / 18 x 14 / oil on canvas

I’ve done a few more studies, although one could be seen as more of a reach back to around a decade ago when pencils seemed to figure frequently in my paintings.

These paintings will be included in the small works December exhibition at the Elliott Fouts Gallery.

Nineteen Eighty-Four Book Painting by Christopher Stott
Nineteen Eighty-Four / 18 x 14 / oil on canvas

I found a bunch of Penguin Classics that I’ll be featuring in some upcoming paintings — this painting is the first study.

Nineteen Eighty-Four is one of my favourite books. Although it is fascinating, I actually don’t fear that the world depicted in it is the one we live in. It’s more like the one we are afraid we live in, and the truth is we actually live in a Brave New World which seems equally as terrifying.

Pleasures of Life

The Pleasures of Life oil painting by Christopher Stott

I have been painting for over 16 years now.

These past few months for me in the studio have been about making sure I keep the pleasure of painting alive. They’re about experimenting and finding new paths and directions. I’m not abandoning the paintings that have almost come to be expected from me, I’m just adding a few more ideas.

As a painter, I’ve always felt that the primary goal of what I do is to make an image that brings pleasure in a way and has a touch of timelessness.

This is available through the Elliott Fouts Gallery.

Work in Progress

Vintage Alarm Clocks Painting in Progress by Christopher Stott
Vintage Alarm Clocks / Work in Progress

Oh, summer. You make it so hard to stay focussed in the studio. The lure of the sunny beaches and trails to explore. Please grant me a few overcast or rainy days so I can lock myself in the studio for a few hours to finish these paintings.

Vintage Alarm Clock Painting in Progress
Vintage Alarm Clock / Work in Progress

Once these two paintings are complete, they’ll be heading to the Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, California.

Three & Ten Vintage Clocks

Three Vintage Alarm Clocks Oil Painting by Christopher Stott
Three / 20 x 40 / oil on canvas

These two paintings are about contrast. Above are three clocks; simple, orderly, tidy, Type A. Below are ten clocks; in a cluster, mingling, Type B. Everyone should know their comfort zone.

Ten Vintage Alarm Clocks Oil Painting by Christopher Stott
Ten Vintage Alarm Clocks / 20 x 40 / oil on canvas

Rows and Stacks of Cameras

Four Vintage Cameras Oil Painting by Christopher Stott
Four Vintage Cameras / 20 x 40 / oil on canvas

This will sound sentimental, but who cares. I like the thought of how exciting these cameras would have been to a kid who received it as a gift. Back when photography took time, it would have seemed magic. I like the thought that these lenses were the eyes on so many events.

Ten Vintage Cameras Oil Painting by Christopher Stott
Ten Vintage Cameras / 24 x 36 / oil on canvas

And then there is the fact I can present these objects in such an orderly way. The four cameras are all 3/4 turned, facing to the right. These black cubes, such simple shapes, with the circular flash from the unique Spartus camera. The stack of ten cameras makes a small architectural structure, each with a different facade. The box cameras with their shining brass art deco designs, the different materials used. Composing the cameras this way adds a structure and order.

The materials, their designs, the history and story, their utility as image making tools, cameras are deserving of a portrait.

I have been painting cameras for well over a decade. You can see 40 paintings of cameras I’ve done on good old Flickr.

As with many of my recent paintings, the subjects were found at Everything Old in Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island.