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slow and steady…

28 Apr

…wins the race, right? This saying would especially make sense if the race was without a definitive finish line… 


I have been {very} slowly working away at a large-scale personal piece for several months now. I seem to only find minutes, not hours, to add to it, but I am happy with what has emerged on the page.  


It has been a welcome treat to have a drawing to go to when I find a bit of free time. I think with a couple more committed studio sessions, it will be complete. If I can keep up this tortoise type pace, then this is hopefully the start of a new series. Imagine what will happen if I channel my inner hare?

skeleton & dots

11 Feb

Only one more spread left to share after today’s post and then I will be posting a video and cover shots of my 2012 sketchbook! I’m so excited to reveal the last few creations I worked so hard on. Below is an image from my lost 2011 sketchbook project and the inspiration for one of my last mixed media spreads.As you may remember from my previous post pair of paws, I admitted I am a texture junkie. Two of my favorite “patterns” to play with and draw are small intricate lines that remind me of fur, and tiny little circles that make me think of pores or molecules. I also am very inspired by animal anatomy, and find skeletal structures of all sorts of creatures to be fascinating and beautiful. Since I had already illustrated a bear, I chose another wild favorite of mine to draw: the red fox. I did a bit of experimenting with this page, as I didn’t want to just paste in my fox drawing overtop of my textured background, so I created two plastic vinyl pages with red washi tape boarders so that the skeleton could be peeled back and viewed from both sides, while also allowing all of the circular patterns a bit of room to breathe. Here are a few detail shots of the finished piece:And finally a quick video clip of me drawing a few of those several hundred circles while listening to Pretty Light’s World of Illusion. Only one spread left to share next week and then you will have seen the entire thing!

an afternoon walk

19 Jan

I’m making some serious progress with my Art House Co-op Sketchbook Project 2012, and am excited to share the first spread. As mentioned in previous posts about this project here and here, I am paying homage to my 2011 sketchbook project which got lost in the postal system. For my latest piece I drew inspiration from this existing spread:I needed to find an interesting paper or texture for the background, draw and paint the skeleton of another strong Canadian mega-fauna, and find a book page with words that related to the image. Here are my results…Big horned sheep instantly make me think of my second home, Invermere. They are everywhere and visitors are ALWAYS impressed to see them in these large groups grazing near the highways. No matter what season it is they always seem to enjoy their leisurely afternoon walk searching for food. Anatomy and animals have been my main focus of my practice for many years now; this, and other skeleton animals I draw, always have a special hold on me, I can’t help but love them. The textures of the folded and scrunched paper turned out lovely, and remind me somewhat of burlap or an old piece of parchment. The crisp graphite lines of the skeleton are soften by the white gouache which fills in the bones. The burnt edges of the book title add to the nostalgic feeling while also creating a context for the piece. I am thrilled with how well “An Afternoon Walk” mirrors the feeling and composition of “Home, Home on the Range,” what do you think?