Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Illustration Friday: Clandestine

Clandestine collage on plywood

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Illustration Friday: Voices

Dissenting Voices: collage in sketchbook
I didn't have much time this week, what with the holidays and all that. I ended up pasting this up in my sketchbook today, not wanting to miss the deadline.
If I had time, I would have made this a sculptural piece of automata, with the top of the head flipping open and spring-loaded protesters popping out. I may still do that.
Saying "No" does not always come easy. Sometimes it feels like you have to muster great power from within to utter a tiny little "no".
Wishing you all a safe and Happy Holiday!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Illustration Friday: Rambunctious

Rambunctious collage and paint on cereal box

Another cereal box collage. I used images from some old encyclopedias, my old Cub Book, and incorporated a cancelled cheque written by my grandfather in 1974 which I recently came across in an old copy of The Journals of Kierkegaard.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Illustration Friday-Similar

The Common Nail collage and paint on cereal box

There are almost as many types of nails as there materials to nail them into. Be very careful in your selection of the proper nail as an incorrect choice may cause weak joints, instability and loss of sleep.

Monday, December 1, 2008

101 Frames at Gallery 101, Sat. Dec. 6

Here is my piece for the Gallery 101 fundraising auction 101 Frames. The gallery provides the empty frame and it is up to the artist to fill it. The topic for this year is LUST. I chose to use the wholesome Quaker from the Life cereal box, who has popped up in previous collages. The words that are partially obscured by the chain, read goodness inside. I got to use the security chain from my old apartment and behind the crack in the door there is a mirror, so it looks like there is light and movement behind the door.
The auction takes place this Saturday night at 301 1/2 Bank st. (upstairs) and proceeds go to this non-profit, artist-run centre in downtown Ottawa.

NaNoWriMo 2008, We did it!

National Novel Writing Month is done for 2008 and Karen and I both completed our 50,000 words before last night's deadline. Karen finished up last week and I limped over the finish line yesterday thanks to her encouragement (it helps having a real writer in the house!). My approach was to write the minimum number of words per day and after missing three days in a row twice in the month I thought I was beat. It was a very busy month. I started two new jobs, had a solo art exhibit, two Christmas Art and Craft sales, started math tutoring at the school where I also volunteer 2 part days a week and took a Knitting for Men workshop at my friend Carol's store Wabi Sabi among othere things, so I'm glad I was able to perservere.

What I didn't do was keep up on email, or blog posts. I planned to put in a few progress reports along the way and that just didn't happen, so thanks for checking in!