Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Seven: A Deconstructed Italian Flag?

See T'Hed Fifty-Six for more... Ok, so maybe I'm reaching with my title question... a red stripe... a white stripe... where's the green stripe? Perhaps the yellow and blue floaters have the answer... if they combine... Yes, I'm reaching! The rough and raw feel (ie: messy) that I love works on this one and gives … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Seven: A Deconstructed Italian Flag?

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Six: The pros and cons of small faces

See T'Hed Fifty-Five for more... It works... I think it works, right? The crayons spread the China marker and muddy the colours I choose for the skins... it shows less on larger faces, but adds some volume to these smaller ones. The subtle background colour choices really helped with allowing the gouache to make more … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Six: The pros and cons of small faces

Working out an Inspiration – T’hed Fifty-Five: Using Mistakes

See more at T'Hed Fifty-Five... I think the use of more subtle colours over the surface is allowing the black outlines to jump forward. As I went through a couple of inches of China marker making them, regardless of my fruitless attempts at not breaking it. I might have to retry charcoal with other materials... … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’hed Fifty-Five: Using Mistakes

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Four: Trusting the material a little more…

See more at T'Hed Fifty-Three... I feel this might be the best of the five I did this same day. Maybe it's the bigger face that allows the contracting colours to sine individually, or it's that I was using the materials a little better to cover the surface, or my colour choices just worked better... … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Four: Trusting the material a little more…

Working out an inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Three: push to conclude an experiment

For more explorations, see T'hed Fifty-two... First let me say I did the following five pictures on the same day... the purpose was to push an experimentation with the previously prepared papers (collaged with wallpaper and music sheet paper, and painted with gouache)... When I last wrote on T'hed, I wanted to get away from … Continue reading Working out an inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Three: push to conclude an experiment

Pride in my Students’s work: Assembled Identities – Legacy Mural project – Part Two

Please check out Pride in my Students's work: Assembled Identities - Legacy Mural project - Part One for the students' reflections and processes... What follows are the students' artwork as they are displayed in the common spaces of the school.

Pride in my Students’s work: Assembled Identities – Legacy Mural project – Part One

The graduating class (Grade 11) of visual arts students at Pierrefonds Community High School were given a particular challenge this year… To leave a piece of themselves behind that will both express their growth while here and inspire future students coming to our school… It all started with the following statement & question…”In a few … Continue reading Pride in my Students’s work: Assembled Identities – Legacy Mural project – Part One

Artists draws hyper-realistic drawings using only a Bic pen

youtube.com/watch A good friend sent me this and I have already added it to my art resource library for teaching. As a bonus, the journalist mentions how much money this amazingly skilled artist can make, which would probably incentivize some of my more cynical teen students. But the teaching magic comes in the way she … Continue reading Artists draws hyper-realistic drawings using only a Bic pen

Making A Promise Of Growth

Here We Go... I've started reading The Artist Way by Julia Cameron on the advice of a an excellent Life Coach. I had complained that I was having a creative block and it felt tied into much of the transitions I'm going through on my growth journey right now. She's not only understood what I … Continue reading Making A Promise Of Growth

500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #400 – Paper Shadows #16

Paper Shadows #16 Mutterings of the Muses: After the great sigh comes an intake of life. The lightness of this figure is exactly on that cusp of elation. The stars are becoming clear to him and the world is once again a place of possibility. How does that old saying go? "Only in darkness, can … Continue reading 500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #400 – Paper Shadows #16