Wednesday, 10 August 2016
My pal David sent me an amazing set of watercolour paints from Japan last month. The colours are strong and most are opaque. I have been doing some experiments with hem on a nice little pad of 6" x 6" high cotton content made by Papier Canal in Montreal.
I find it surprisingly difficult to just choose colours and do splotches of colour as an abstract painting and after a few peices, chose to work from something I could see. This was the view from the boat moored at Mohr Island on the Ottawa River, complete with the navigation buoy off the sandbar.
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Thursday, 19 May 2016
Monday, 16 May 2016
I have a great little library just down the street. Its free - no library cards, fines, or need to be quiet. I first saw one of these on Toronto Island and attributed it to the Islands' strong cultural identity, but have learned that Little Free Libraries have been springing up all over the continent. I check it out on the way by on my various dog walks and have slowly left two boxes of books that I've been carting around for decades. There is always something of interest there and it's rarely depleted.
The other thing I appreciate is the design. I've never talked to the owner, but clearly the cabinet was designed by a professional - an industrial designer, I'm thinking. Very thoughtful detailing and skillful fabrication. Kudos to the designer/builder.
I consider one of my strengths to be the ability to synthesize. Maybe that's what's behind this sketch/cartoon I did last weekend, while helping out at Wintergreen. Wintergreen is a retreat centre which offers a quiet, natural, place to go a little deeper into whatever your "community of interest" might be.
So, last week end as I chopped vegetables and washed dishes, I listened into a group from a local church taking the Alpha Course on Christianity. I took a few minutes, between runs to the compost pile, to do this sketch and then added the captions back at home.
I sent it on to the group and hope that they see it as intended - a sort of blurred time-frame snapshot of their session.
This aligns my life-long desire to be an editorial cartoonist and attraction to urban sketching as story-telling. I think I'll use this device again.
Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Something to remember for next time.
draw the drawers.
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
My interest is urban sketching and I try to be evocative rather than precise. So, in last weekends life drawing workshop, I stood with a small notebook and my trusty Lamy fountain pen, as standing and going straight to ink yields more energetic drawings. When I sit, my drawings tend to become overly detailed and stiff, and some people even say that standing is a more representative point of view of how we experience urban spaces.
These contour drawings were some of the warm up sketches - 2 minutes each, which is why the model could hold such dramatic poses. These short "gestures" are my favourite, as it's really fun. And also because, I'm less interested and patient to work on detailed studies, although I would like to do more portraits and it's an excellent opportunity to practice hands and feet, which are really difficult to get right.
Monday, 25 April 2016
This is an interesting way to study and record a place, as you must look beyond what you can see from one static, point of view. It's drawing what you see, but not the way you see it, with the exception of myself, of course.