Monday, January 12, 2015
This is one of the million beautiful viewpoints on our daily dog walks. As I sat and sketched this I found myself signing 'Another Grey Morning' by James Taylor. It ain't exactly a tropical beach scene, but Vancouver has its own kind of beauty this time of year. Plus it's good practice capturing a full range of greys. The tiles in the foreground were fun. I didn't relish the idea of slavishly trying to capture the pattern, so I grabbed one of those red plastic netted bags that you buy oranges in. I twisted it into a formation I thought might work, anchored it with random objects and pounced a loaded brush on top of it. Voila, one million tiles in 20 seconds. Works for me :-)
My show at the Cultch came down today. It was a great experience all around. Many thanks to those of you who came out. I'll keep you posted for the next one.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Friday, December 12, 2014
In prep for my upcoming Spain trip I've been reading Patrick O'Brian's biography of Picasso. It's so well written, and they actually knew each other well which provides for some good perspective. I'm reading on my kobo, so no pics, which I think will make it feel like even more of a discovery when I get there and see his work and legacy in the 'for reals'.
We had such a great evening at The Cultch on Wednesday night; what a crowd! All my party favorites were there, and lots of great new people I'm so happy to have met. Thanks to all who came out, to artists Atty and John who are showing there with me, to Jenn at the Cultch, and a special big thanks to those of you who are taking home a new piece of artwork. Show is up until January 8th. 1895 Venables in Vancouver.
Here are a few snaps:
Saturday, December 6, 2014
A huge part of the fun of any adventure is the anticipation that fills the gap between deciding to go and getting on the plane. Well, I’m happy to announce that I’ve entered that phase. My art residency in Spain is booked! I’ll be leaving on February 16th, spending 2 weeks sketching and traveling with my favourite trip buddy/husband, then spending all of March at Estudio Nomada on the outskirts of Barcelona exploring different methods and creating a new body of work. I've confirmed with Estudio Nomada who offered the residency through www.resartis.org, we booked an adorable flat in Madrid through www.airbnb.com, and traded our house with a couple who live in the heart of Barcelona through www.homeexchange.com. How did we do these things before the magical interweb?!
So here’s how the pre-game goes for me: First I do up a reading list. It’ll cover some history, geography, culture, travelogues and the like. This time it includes lots of Hemingway and Michener, and books on Dali, Velasquez and Picasso. I started chipping my way through it when I first got the invite from the residency, so I’ve already hit some big stuff like Don Quixote (it may be heralded as the first modern novel, but it’s still a bit of a slog in spots).
Then I make a language study plan. In this case it’s easier than past trips, since Spanish is my strongest ‘non-english’ language. I’ve been reading my fave Spanish books (el Alquemista, Cuentos de Eva Luna) and listening to audio books in Spanish like ‘El Monje Que Vendio Su Ferrari’. I’m also using www.notesinspanish.com audio podcasts and worksheets from Marina Diaz and Ben Curtis. They’re an adorable Spanish/British couple who make great learning tools at all levels. They discuss really interesting topics, anything from environmental concerns to the Heroes TV Show. She corrects him when his Spanish isn’t perfect, and together they explain any unusual terms or idioms. Super effective. I’m watching my way through every Spanish movie Netflix has to offer. There is a January session at www.holaspanishcentre.com right around the corner from my house that I'll be attending, and www.meetup.com has Spanish meet-up sessions at the bar a few blocks in the other direction. Que conveniente! I know when I get there there’ll be lots of people who speak English everywhere, but it’s far more fun to torture them in their own language J
Now I get to plan the art part: what supplies to take and what tech-y tools I’ll need. I'm envisioning tucking into the streetscape, capturing wild Gaudi structures, old Moorish buildings and contemporary marvels all jumbled together. I'm so excited about this destination!
Then comes the promo stuff. This time I’ll be using something like Indiegogo to raise funds to cover the trip. I’ll do up a video sharing my dream, showing my methods and what people will get if they invest in my adventure.
So, I hope you’ll follow along. Empazamos!
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The East Side Culture Crawl was this past weekend. Some 300 plus studios on Vancouver's East Side throw their doors open for 4 days. The biggest wow for me this year was 1000 Parker Street. There are well over 100 artists all showing under one roof. The work is varied and fantastic. There were a few printmakers, and everything else from the most serious of oil painters to a guy who'll make you a classic replica camper scaled down for your dog to call home. I could have stayed there and wandered the building for days. In fact, stay tuned and see if I don't happen to find a studio sublet in there at some point this year. Could be fun :)
Friday, September 12, 2014
Their dog treat bar is filled with wonders, many of them herbal. It's like an organic canine candy counter. I decided to reference that on their 'specials' board.
These guys are above the kids play area
And of course Yogi (who's watching me write this post)
These cuties populate the board above the pet feed, primarily because they are (or are related to) the animals found inside the cans and bags. The irony of a person who doesn't eat animals who were factory raised drawing cute animals because they will be eaten by cuter animals is not lost on me, but honestly I loved doing this board. And, if anyone cares, my dog is a carnivore. I never put much thought into that. I'd make a terrible activist/politician.
Here's Molly-Moo, Yog, Laughlin of Pandosy Vet fame, Lulu and Bones.
You might recognize one of these guys. If not, there's this new thing called the internet you might want to look into. I hear it's really catching on.