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Dear Diary: Brian Donnelly (The Canadian One)

Toronto based artist Brian Donnelly took us through his typical day of painting, Degrassi High and Canadianisms.

You can follow him:
www.briandonnelly.org
@bbbriandonnelly
www.degrassipanthers.com
batl.ca

Today starts with a 6km run.  I maintain this impressed look on my face for the next 2 or 3 hours, so that's it for selfies.

Today starts with a 6km run. I maintain this impressed look on my face for the next 2 or 3 hours, so that’s it for selfies.

After I stop sweating it's into the studio to answer emails, check Twitter, and try to convince myself to quit Facebook.

After I stop sweating it’s into the studio to answer emails, check Twitter, and try to convince myself to quit Facebook.

A cup of Earl Grey, some music that really says, "9am", and down to work.

A cup of Earl Grey, some music that really says, “9am”, and down to work.

Packing up the latest sold in a series of eBay pieces to help me raise some money for some equipment for an experiment

Packing up the latest sold in a series of eBay pieces to help me raise some money for some equipment for an experiment

Work in progress for a group show in DC this fall.

Work in progress for a group show in DC this fall.

In the afternoon I'm on my bike to gather images for degrassipanthers.com.  Everyone needs a summer project, and mine is documenting shoot locations from a 26 year old Canadian teen drama.

In the afternoon I’m on my bike to gather images for degrassipanthers.com. Everyone needs a summer project, and mine is documenting shoot locations from a 26 year old Canadian teen drama.

A lot has changed in downtown Toronto since 1986 when Wheels met his biological father Mike, but this is one of the good locations.

A lot has changed in downtown Toronto since 1986 when Wheels met his biological father Mike, but this is one of the good locations.

It's a detail oriented project.  I've been mapping it for 2 years on and off, and now I'm trying to reshoot before and after in a 26 year gap.  I can get a little difficult.

It’s a detail oriented project. I’ve been mapping it for 2 years on and off, and now I’m trying to reshoot before and after in a 26 year gap. I can get a little difficult.

Closing out my day on a high note; Learning to throw axes with some friends at B.A.T.L.  Because I never committed to hockey or lacrosse as a kid I feel like this balances out my Canadian...ness?...osity?...ism?

Closing out my day on a high note; Learning to throw axes with some friends at B.A.T.L. Because I never committed to hockey or lacrosse as a kid I feel like this balances out my Canadian…ness?…osity?…ism?

Pretty good huh?

Pretty good huh?

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