Live Painting at Nuit Blanche
Toronto 2014

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Live painting at the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto, October 4th, 2014

The Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is an annual all night arts festival (7pm – 7am!) that attracts over one million attendees. Art installations of all kinds pop up for one night throughout downtown Toronto. I was invited to perform live digital painting by Nuit Blanche sponsor Scotiabank at this year’s Nuit Blanche. Scotiabank had an art installation,”1nspired Night”, set up on a main street called Spandina Avenue. There were two banks of seven 8’ x 8’ LED screens spread over 100’ length.

Photo by Elan Eisen

I created a live digital painting using Corel Painter 2015 and a Wacom Intuos Pro pen tablet that was displayed in real time over the seven screens (my artwork had a 7:1 aspect ratio). I continuously worked on a single canvas, taking it through many many stages. I painted themes and motifs connected with Toronto, including the iconic skyline, the neighborhoods, the bluffs, the street cars, the new and old City Hall, the city logo, and so on. I worked with a mix of pure paint, photographs, patterns and textures. My ever-transforming canvas and mixing of images paralleled the music mixing of the DJ.

The audience reaction was great. Here are a couple of the notes I received afterwards:

“Hello Jeremy,

I had the pleasure of speaking with you and watching you at work in the cold night hours of Nuit Blanche.

Between the Earth and the Sky was the theme of the night and you fulfilled the mandate perfectly! It was a wonderful example of the meeting of the earth, up to date technology, and the heavens, the inspiration for fine art. It was a delight to see the classical art of fine drawing and it’s contemporary digital application. It was also one of the most successful installations of the whole event in my opinion. You lit the night sky with those fabulous, bright screens in an avenue of radiant colours. And of course the subject was delightfully metropolitan.

Congratulations.

Best wishes,

Julian M.”

“Dear Jeremy,

Thanks so much for sharing the video of your Nuit Blanche performance which was marvelous. I’m so glad you braved the cold night to share your vision of our city with all who passed and stopped to watch. Of all the portraits of Toronto that I have ever seen yours captured the dynamism and beauty of what I think is one of the best cities in Canada. The movement and light, colour, the all encompassing total of what you saw and gave back to us was mesmerizing. I will look at the video whenever I need a lift.

Take care,

Sharon C.”

As I painted I captured various stages of my ever-changing artwork. Here are a few of the stages. You have to imagine these split into seven 8′ x 8′ square LED screens spread over 100 feet!

On October 2nd I performed live painting at Scotiabank’s Pre-Nuit Reception in their historic banking hall which is in a beautiful Art Deco style building. I used some of the fabulous reliefs in the building interior and exterior surfaces as paper textures and repeating motifs in the transforming artwork I created. “I couldn’t take my eyes off your painting all evening!” said one guest. Here are a few of the stages of the artwork from the Pre-Nuit performance:

Here are some photos from the Nuit Blanche evening. Thanks to everyone who kindly shared their photos with me.

Photo by Steve Bolt

Photo by Steve Bolt

Photo by Steve Bolt

Photo by Carl Armstrong

Photo by Carl Armstrong

Photo by Ilona Posner

The display screens were right next to the street car rail tracks…

Photo by Andrew Lam

Photo by Carl Armstrong

Photo by Carl Armstrong


With Steve Bolt, Lead User Experience Designer for Corel Painter, the painting program that I used throughout this event (along with a Wacom Intuos Pro pen tablet and the Wacom Cintiq 24 HDT you see on the easel)

Here are comments that onlookers wrote on my comments sheet during the Nuit Blanche evening:

“beautiful! very good!” ~ Alice B.
“wow!” ~ Greg R.
“love your work!” ~ Christina S.
“AWESOME!” ~ Pedro
“Excellent” ~ Carver
“WOW!” ~ Carrol vS.
“Very cool!” ~ Lisa W.
“interesting!” ~ Eric N.
“A+++++++++” ~ Lynn G.
“nice work!” ~ Paul P.

Here are some photos from the Pre-Nuit Reception at Scotiabank.

Photo by Taha Muharuma

Photo by Andrew Lam

Big thanks to Scotiabank and kbs+ for hiring me to perform at this wonderful festival. Thank you Galant, Toni, Mary and the great team who made everything run so smoothly and were so hospitable to me! I love Toronto!

Visit these links (below) to see more photos and images relating to my performance at Nuit Blanche:
Corel Painter on Facebook
Best of Toronto promo
BK on the Scene

3 Comments

  1. Deanna Nodean
    October 7, 2014

    Jeremy,
    Your paintings are fantastic!!. I love your pictures and all the bright colors and exciting creative work and scenes of Toronto. I’m sure the people of Toronto loved them as well. You have a wonderful creative gift and it is great you are using it for others to appreciate and enjoy.

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  2. soumaya
    October 22, 2014

    looks like a blast , sure you enjoyed yourself and the people .always love to see what you’re up to . you definitely inspire . all my best . soumaya

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  3. Kimber
    October 23, 2014

    You are way awesome, my friend!

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