Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Doors Open Hamilton

Well, what a wonderful surprise THAT was! A huge thanks goes out to Rod Paget, whose hard work, enthusiasm and all sorts of other good things brought together a number of artists who enjoy a fascination with things industrial. Our work was mounted amongst the machinery of the powerplant of the old Westinghouse/CAMCO property, or what is now the McMaster Innovation Park.

I have about 1,000 new reference photos....and heaven knows where to start, so I chickened out on what I wanted to do (a fairly complicated structure) and started with a few simple shapes to see where that led...

Monday, April 02, 2007

Drawing is not "like getting on a bike"

Everything is crooked, light and dark have gotten mixed up - only one reasonable passage. I have been fighting with this. It's HUGE for me (3' x 3') instead of tight little sketches. The paper is really wierd - very spongy and takes an enormously long time to dry. Quite weak in spots - I've already torn it in 3 or 4 places. So I've taken to overpainting hte whole thing to get free and loosend up, and just making a bad situation worse.

Here come the iterations. I never know when to stop, except when it declares itself finished or fully wrecked. I'm finding the "creative process" is really pissing me off.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Technical Difficulties

It's been so long since I was blogging regularly that I have forgotten how to upload a picture. Or, at least I thought I did, but then it turns out BloggerBot just doesn't work, and now I'm stuck with these rather skimpy picture sizes. You can get better resolution if you click on them, but I'm not so happy about that.

Guess after all these corporate efforts to make things "easy" (Gee THANKS Google, Picassa, Blogger....), I'll have to learn html after all.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

"Annus Horribilus" ... a year of memories.

Well, I'm back. I haven't done any artwork for almost a year (and a rough year it was). I could out-do most people in a "my year was worse than yours" contest. Nonetheless, it's over. History. And today the sun is shining, however briefly.

First things first, cleaning the studio, which is housing empty Christmas storage boxes. Finding a large number of unfinished projects and an even larger number of objets d'art (or junk, depending on your point of view) requiring glue, clamps and missing pieces. I'm curious to see what will emerge -

Unless, of course, it actually snows! In which case, I'll be off with my new skis.