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Intensity of Icecream by Joe Godin (Modified Flemish, 1956..)

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As an Artist, I strive for a calm amidst the intensity of light and shadow. During a conflict or balance of tint and tone.

During over 50 plus years of painting I have had the luxury to be able to draw from artists and creators throughout Canada.. , Street
Artisans in the Middle East, China and Europe. My painting technicque is drawn from the Baroque time period as a modified Flemish Style.. (this century.. hashtag) contempary realism, a North American style of painting.


Latest.. Shows and Exhibitions

  • 2020<2014 Sooke BC Canada
  • 2019 London England
  • 2019 Seattle Washington

Pending.. Shows and Exhibitions

  • 2021 New York
  • 2021 London England
  • 2020 Esquimalt BC Canada

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To help explain when there is no words to do so. Why Flemish art compels me to paint.

Peter Paul Rubens
 (Flemish, 1577–1640)

A look into Technicque (modified Flemish)

1) prep the raw canvas:
(A few hundred years ago best practices) Rabbit glue heated and pressed into the surface, ridges sanded flat.. creating a barrier between canvas and paint.
– to effect the “like the surface of an egg shell”.. todays off the shelf product “model paste” applied in layers each layer sanded flat.
– primer (usually white) applied for the medium (oil paint) to adhere.
2) the sketch is transfered to canvas and then lines are enforced by inking in with a shellac resin ink.
3) the first stain
– mixed with refined turpentine and an umber. Matching the mid tone of final work. In a thin layer to cover the white, is applied.
4) Now, the monochrome layer can begin in grays, greens or browns.. in as much detail (with a small brush) as one would have in the final work. (and so on)
5) first color layer
6) second color layer
7) glazing, scrimping and sign

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Baroque period of artistic style that started around 1600c in Rome , Italy, and spread throughout the majority of Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries. In informal usage, the word baroque describes something that is elaborate…


Flemish painting flourished from the early 15th century until the 17th century, gradually becoming distinct from the painting of the rest of the Low Countries, especially the modern Netherlands.


A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful attempt to put on to canvas what is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing.

Giorgio Morandi (artist)

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Artist Joe Godin

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