"Brain Scan No. 7" was used to illustrate an article by Anne Mullens in Legacy magazine. Legacy magazine is "a progress update of the accomplishments of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative", and the article, which you can read above, lists four traits in youth that could make them more susceptible to alcohol and substance abuse. A training program called Preventure has been developed to identify such children and provide them with cognitive behavioral techniques that can help mitigate potentially problematic behaviours. MORE POWER TO THEM.
I'm working on the album cover artwork for David's new CD... NEW BLUES. David wanted me to use a certain photo of him so I wasn't able to fall back on the way I've been painting in ink in the recent past, which is probably a good thing. It's keeping me on my toes... it presented a new challenge. There may be some fine-tuning to do yet, but this is basically it.
Check out David's website... I made that too! It is chock-a-block full of things to look at, as David's creative output has always been ridiculously prolific. Musician, writer, artist, and performance artist... he never stops. See the website here.
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PINTEREST. Y e e e s s s s s, that's right... Pinterest. It has had an affect on me. I find that I love it. It has proven to me, if ever I doubted it, that I am a "visual" person. I am not addicted to it as some are... for example I only have six boards, as opposed to 50, or whatever the hell some people have. And I only look at it sporatically. But when I do, it gives me great pleasure.
It is a place to collect images. Turns out that I love images. But, you know, with discretion. Pinterest has unwittingly shown me, in no uncertain terms, what I love. You'd think I'd have known, but... I guess it was never all in one place before.
I swear they aren't paying me.
I was fortunate enough to be asked to do collage illustrations for Theatre SKAM's 2014 season by Clint Hutzulak of Rayola Creative. This is what my table looked like a couple of weeks ago when I was first culling my collection of images to find those that could be used for seven different plays. The pieces of paper taped on the wall behind the table are notes on each of the plays, placed there to help guide me in my image choices.
And what a roller-coaster ride these past two weeks have been, with some of the collages coming together quickly, some coming together at the 11th hour when I thought I had nothing for them, and some going through several revisions. I have a lot of source material, but I don't have everything that the world has to offer... everything that ever was.
Or do I?
I'll post some of the collages in the days to follow. Meanwhile check out these links...
I recently received an invitation on facebook to an upcoming show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria called "Portraits Redefined", featuring the works of local artists Laura Bifano, Lee McClure, and Ben Van Netten. All three of these artists are worth a look, but while checking out the links I was particularly intrigued by some paintings by Laura Bifano, a Victoria-based painter and illustrator:
I keep looking at these, trying to decide what it is that appeals to me so much. These animals are so sculptural - monumental, actually. I like how solid and imposing they are, and the way in which they take up space in the painting. I'm usually pretty anti-whimsy, but I think I like the whimsical aspect of these paintings. Could it be the fine balance of whimsy and monument?
The opening for "Portraits Redefined" is this Saturday, October 6th, from 2 - 4 pm - admission is free. http://www.facebook.com/events/353683574718654/
These are some of the most beautiful posters I've ever seen, most of them hailing from Switzerland in the 40's and 50's (all but the wooden shoe which comes from, you guessed it, The Netherlands). My favourite is the first one, which was designed by Peter Birkhauser and won Swiss Poster of the year in 1944. Gorgeous! These posters are lithographs, which apparently accounts for their intensity of colour and detail. Sadly the use of lithography gave way to less expensive methods in the late 50's, such as photography and offset printing. Tant pis.
Back in the day when mixed tapes roamed the earth and I had time for such things, I worked on some artwork for a tape I had in mind to make. It would appear that I wanted to have a nice lady with her mouth wide open, singing with abandon. But as you can see, the abandon became a little fierce... intense? Angry even? And so I (speaking of abandon) abandoned it, and the very last image you see is the one I eventually used. (My favourite now is actually the third one down).