43. rue Saint-Jean

On our travels through Quebec last year, my partner and I were exploring the Saint-Jean Baptiste neighborhood of Quebec City. Late one September afternoon, just as the lights of the city were coming on, we came across a charming storefront – a grocery called “J.A. Moisan”. Something about the scene caught my eye. The green awnings, the orange brickwork, the flower planters in bloom, the bustle of people window shopping down the sidewalks. It was one of those moments travelers experience where the wonder of being in a place opens up something inside of yourself. I took the photo, always with the idea to try to capture the magic of moment in art.


I’m continuing to experiment with brushwork with this piece, something new for me, and is uncommon when working with pastels. I smudge (a mix of several) oil pastels onto a piece of plexiglass; then I load the brush with enough mineral spirits to stir into the smudges, making a mixture with the consistency of ink. The brush lets me paint much finer lines than I could otherwise draw using paper stumps.


This piece is part of my #ArtForGood project, where all proceeds from the sale of this piece are donated to a good cause. For this piece, I will donate funds to a youth ultimate team from south Seattle – SOUF – who recently qualified for the 2019 USA Ultimate Regional playoffs.  My teammates and I are helping to defray the travel expenses for these young players.


  • Medium Sennelier oil pastels on Canson Aquarelle Rag, 240gm
  • Dimensions 10″ x 8″, mounted, double-matte (in colors, as shown), 11″ x 14″, unframed, cello-bagged
  • Donation US$75, excludes shipping
  • Availability Date September 12, 2019
  • Status SOLD to a private collector

~ by Delfino on 2019/02/28.

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