Sculptures of Stockholm, Sweden

Posted on 1st March 2015 in explored, wandering

I always wish I knew or could remember the characters and stories that belong with each sculpture I come across and photograph. I know that a lot of them have information at their base… Perhaps it’s this public art that really makes a person feel like their walking with history.

As I wandered the ancient streets of Stockholm, Sweden I came across these pieces. Some were sculptures, some were probably moldings, and others were maybe pounded our of iron or copper. I distinctly remember saying to myself that I was going to focus on capturing as many arch details above doors as I could.

I’d love to hear if you recognize any of these in the comments below, and perhaps sharing the stories of them.

Stockholm, Sweden by Ned Tobin Click here to read more.. »

Sneak Peak of the Portrait Series

Posted on 16th February 2014 in explored

As an artist, nay, as a human my quest is to always increase my skill and ability to express what it is that I’m feeling or want to show as feeling on whatever presents itself as a canvas. In this series, this expression of emotions is coming out through facial expressions.

This portrait series is going to be fairly large and extensive, so far I’ve got 13 done or in the works, with another 17 expected.

I’m working with acrylics, spray, indian ink, pen, pencils, and sharpies which will naturally expand the further I go with this. I usually use a straight blade to paint, but as faces generally aren’t jagged, I’ve been using my rounded blade. Kind of a cool transition for me to understand.

It’s proving fascinating for me to get inside of each of these portraits, for it’s forcing me to sit down and breathe slowly and work on the little details. I’m finding the process is oddly subtractive and incredibly exhilarating diving into the details.

Advanced orders are available, with a color palette of your choice.

This is a sneak peak.

Portrait Series sneak (73 of 91) Click here to read more.. »

Graffiti in Athens, Greece | Part II

Posted on 21st November 2013 in adventure, explored, photojournalism, Street Photography, wandering

Re-visiting these photographs, I can remember one night as I walked the streets strolling down a lane with no cars allowed, and the restaurants all had their tables out in the lanes. As a walker, you had to weave your way in and out of tables and people eating, so naturally I sat down and ordered a bottle or house red.

The old world is such a beautiful experience. To walk amongst buildings that have existed for over a hundred years, some as much as 2000 years old. Hard to come by this kind of industrial history in North America.

See Part I if you missed it!

Athens - 092012 (65 of 411) Click here to read more.. »

Graffiti in Athens Greece | Part I

Posted on 13th November 2013 in adventure, explored, photojournalism, Street Photography, wandering

During my time in Athens, Greece (September, 2012) I was continually astounded by the immensity of the graffiti scene. So much so, the second day I was there I dedicated to walking around and finding as much graffiti as I possibly could.

It’s not that it was particularly fancy graffiti, but just that it was everywhere. EVERYWHERE. I think the coolest thing for me was recognizing the same artists in different places. I tried really hard to find some artists putting up, but they all eluded me.

Coming from Canada where any graffiti is taken down the next day after it’s put up, it brought a lot of questions to mind: Is it just that everybody – all the store owners – in the country are too poor to pay money for paint to cover it up? Is it that the graffiti scene is too vicious if it’s painted over it’ll be graffiti’d over again that night? What do the citizens think of it? Is it abnormal for them? Do store owners like it?

I know on some of the stores, artists were commissioned to put up some nice fitting graffiti.

When talking to the locals this scene started around 2005 when political and civil unrest began to surface. Before that, it wasn’t as covered, from what I understood. See Part II of this series.

What do you think of it? Could you enjoy living in a city like this? Does it encourage art?

Athens - 092012 (3 of 411) Click here to read more.. »

Explored: Vancouver Skyline

Posted on 12th April 2013 in explored

When I was traveling through Europe I was working on a lot of sketches, mostly due to the fact that carrying three small sketch books was a lot easier than buying/selling canvases at every destination I went to. I also sketch a lot.

I was feeling/still am feeling they’re very architecturally aligned, so I’ve been working on a way to unite these sketches with a painting. After posting Hunter’s Game, I had an inquiry from an acquaintance about possibly doing a commission piece of the Vancouver skyline, and this instantly sparked many creative juices and connected the two dots I’ve been trying to find a way to connect for a while.

Vancouver Skyline is a triptych, a three-piece meant to be displayed together, traditionally found in altar pieces with hinges and the lot. These don’t have hinges, and no religious significance, but here they are none-the-less.

Each canvas is 122 x 91.5 cm ( 4 x 3 ft).

Vancouver Skyline Painting Explored by Ned Tobin Click here to read more.. »