Friday, 21 November 2014

Suitcase of Paintings

Caught a flight inside the steel eagle to Ottawa, with a suitcase of paintings and a story. Looking for a publisher who will take a look at my work.
For over a year now, I have been painting during daylight hours in my bedroom/studio, as if it were a full time job. Paintings that are pieces of the pages in a story book.
This is something that I mostly kept secret until it was near completion.






            The story is inspired by my experiences in North-Western Ontario, and the First Nation Culture here. Following a single Moccasin Slipper lost in the Canadian Woodlands, the wildlife who find it, and the surprise ending of the young dancer with the matching pair. (A hint, she does not get the pair back)
It is a story of gratitude and sharing, with an inspirational female protagonist who exemplifies the pride and love of her culture. A contemporary piece without Prince's or Princesses'.

            The artwork has been created with ink and watercolour, and is stylistically familiar to antique lithographs. Similar to the Audubon bird prints. Reading category is ages 3 to 7, or bedtime story. The writing is in short versed poetry.
            Each painting was roughly a week to complete with some as many as three weeks.
This time was spent to create a work that children and adults would appreciate.
            The idea for the story came from real events in which I discovered a hand beaded moccasin slipper in the snow one evening,(it was actually Valentines Day). This real life story adds a sense of wonder and is included as a post-face.



Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Temporal Globe (2011)

Sanded down globe with burned in points locating positions in which Nuclear warheads were detonated.
It was exhibited over top of an entire year of my photographs which were cut up. Creating a personal mandala.

In the collection of Zoe & Shayne


Monday, 13 October 2014

Om Lamps/Bonfires (2012)

"Om Lamps" was an interactive installation featured in a juried art show.
A collection of items used as sources of fire sat on a stand. Each item was uniquely painted, describing an experience. Each one held a secret, one piece of a puzzle, a visual diary of my year.
Symbolically the collection that sat inches off the gallery floor symbolized; Bonfire.
To access a view of the small paintings one would need to crouch down in the same way you would to start a fire or warm your hands by one.
A magnifying glass was there as a tool to help you see the minute details, also as a reminder of the act of starting a fire by holding one between the sun. Willow charcoal (the product of burning willow) was used to draw sparks and other symbolic notes on the wall surface.



Sunday, 12 October 2014

Conte Blues Sketch



Had my sketchbook and Conte' out in a dimly lit bar during a garage blues band Keith Hallet & The Worlds Fair. This is what the energy of one song inspired.




Wild Foodism

Cast-iron micro griddle cake with wild harvested local blueberry. 
Melted butter dollop.
-75 cents


Bush Chantrelles on Wild Rice 
with Beet Tops and Wild Blues


Forage Shopping


~Average N.W.O. Breakfast~

Perfectly Poached Hobby Farm Eggs
with Roasted Purple Violet Chantrelles on Both Hands' Stone Fired Spelt Bread
dusted with grated Chaga
and finished with Raw Amethyst

Mason of Chaga Tea




 ~Local River Water~

Full Bodied & Organic

-Free
(if we protect and conserve)



Thursday, 25 September 2014

OWL

Color Pencil 2012


Friday, 25 July 2014

Giving Back to a Swimming Spot


I remember the day I found the swimming hole, it was by curiosity. One car parked on the side of a road and a slender path worn through a dense forest of cedars and moss. Ending at a cliff over looking purple black rocks and a beer colored river.
Years later I found out it had a name, "Soldiers Hole". But nobody knows why.
The name sounded rugged and mythical. Not the type of name given to attract tourists.
Just about every local from every generation in Thunder Bay, can tell you about how they went to Soldiers Hole.
Many of us have been cleaning it up of broken glass. Its a really important place for me,and in commemoration I spent an entire weekend wood burning a sign.
This is a project that is really special for me, I hope the sign stays up for a long time, and becomes as weathered and mythical as the swimming hole itself.

















Sunday, 8 June 2014

Photography

This summer I will be experimenting with Photography once again, after a period of exploring Painting. I will be combining these two studies, (Photography & Paint) for a new challenge, and new experiences. Using all century old techniques, including the developing.

Here are a few pictures from a few years ago I recently found. They feature a talented artist. Great things happen when to artistic souls meet.

I have stereo photographs(3D) from this first shoot. <3







 







 



Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Pen Pal'ing

I enjoy having pen pals, and thus also a collection of prized stamps.


Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Fantasy Watercolors

As a distraction from other artworks I began doing these fantasy illustrations in watercolor, that recall storybook drawings. Then I was able to live in that world for awhile as I made them, combining a few of my favorite elements.
Watercolor 11 x 14
Turtle Canoe by Firefly Light
Cave Painting
Avian Meditation



Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Two Hand Penned Font Types

I have always enjoyed creating my own lettering, more then often featuring naturalistic curves.
Here are two that I was patient enough in completing the alphabet.
Copper Leaf

Feather Reed