Today’s image: shrubs guard home entrance

Here’s a Montreal Mile-End housefront from my Spring wanderings. I loved the shrubs flanking each side of the porch and the reflections in the windows and the door. Hope you like it. Click here to access it from my Montreal gallery, or click on the thumbnail below to display a low-res jpg. Thanks!

Between Shrubs 600 x 400
Between Shrubs 600 x 400
Between Shrubs Detail
Between Shrubs Detail

New Montreal Image

A back-alley in my neighborhood (Plateau Mont-Royal), towards the end of Spring, inspired me enough to want to capture its vivacity and lushness. Go see it here. Thanks for your feedback.

I also created a preview file (600 x 400) you can view by clicking on the thumbnail. Thanks!

Plateau Mont-Royal back-alley
Montreal Back-Alley

Sydney Rocks Before-After

Here’s another before and after animated gif showing the starting photograph and the final painting. The final image is not yet available in my Sydney gallery, but I’ll download it there soon. Thanks everyone.

Before and after view of Sydney Rocks District Painting
Sidney Rocks District View

Andalucia Wallpaper

Hi everyone. For all those that asked me if any of my images were available as wallpaper, here’s a first installment. This one’s named Andalucia, and is available in both regular and wide format. The pixel values appear in the file name. I hope you like it. To download, simply right-click on the thumbnail and select Save link as…

Andalucia wallpaper, 1600 px by 1200 px
Beautiful Andalucia wallpaper regular
Andalucia wallpaper, 1920 px by 1200 px
Beautiful Andalucia wallpaper wide

Training ROI Calculator

Here’s a Flash animation that enables you to calculate, or demonstrate to a prospective client or your own manager or accounting department, the ROI on employee training. It’s self-explanatory and very easy to use. I hope you find it useful. To download the swf file, right-click on the link and select Save Link As…
Employee Training ROI Calculator

New Gallery: Whimsical

OK. So the title doesn’t say much. This gallery, in time, will contain images that simply don’t fit anywhere else as clearly as here ;o)

Go see the images here.

Only two images for now, more coming eventually. The Home Sweet Home image has an interesting history. In 1977 (I know!), with my wife, I was in Spain’s Costa del Sol on something like the fourth month of an ongoing walkabout in Western Europe and I had started to miss home, friends and family. We were at a Natural Thermal Baths facility up in the mountains and I spontaneously started making this image out of materials I found around me. I made the house like the North-American ones I know because I was missing my home. Now, the interesting thing is I had totally forgotten about taking a picture of the image after I had finished it, because I knew it wouldn’t last long. Fast forward to early 2010: I was going through old colour slides (there were no digital cameras in 1977!) when I noticed the capture of my “drawing”. When I scanned it and opened it up on my computer, I had the peculiar feeling of connecting with the precise moment in time when I actually took the still way back then. It was as if the François from that time was winking at the older one from 2010. A time capsule had just delivered its magical message. I stayed on that buzz for almost a week. This was, to me, an incredible gift. I love this image for all those reasons, plus the fact it just is wonderfully naive. I hope you like it too!

As usual, click on galleries from the image archive menu to see all available image galleries.

Thanks for visiting!

Click on Image to See Before and After Example


Young boy sitting quietly on a beach.
Meditative moment

This is a very low res “Before and After” example. Click on the image to see the original shot switch to the painting I created and vice versa every 3 seconds (breathe through the nose, say your mantra, twiddle your thumbs). It is an animated gif, which means the quality is very far from the production files, but it is enough to give you an idea of the finished painting vs. the original photographic still.

New Gallery: Sydney Images

It’s been 18 months since I was in Sydney, Australia. Can’t believe how fast time flies. These images  took quite a bit of work, but I’m happy with the results, even if they were long to come. Click here to get to the thumbnails page. As usual, click on the first image, then use the next button to see all 27 images.

I hope you like them. Let me know about it!

To see all of my available image galleries, please use the image archive menu and click on galleries. The rest is your adventure.

This may be my last post of new images for the coming 3-4 weeks since I’ll be on a walkabout through spaces in the US and Canada. I’ll keep you posted on those in the coming weeks.


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