Monday, April 30, 2007

I have not posted anything to Illustration Friday in so long. I guess that I should “Remember” to do it more often.

Here is my submission for “Remember”.

I like to collect old stuff, letters, photographs, ephemera, and this piece made extensive use of my “old stuff”.

My idea was to put these pieces together and create an imaginary story about a person and where she came from and the people she left behind.

Friday, April 27, 2007

This is a first...I am posting something while I am at school.

These are sketchbook "doodles" that I was quite "into" for a while. I was thinking about people like Peter Max when I was doing them.

Black marker. No preconception of what it was going to look like when I started.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Well, I have been quite the slacker not having posted anything in such a long time.

But there has been a lot going on. As I mentioned in my last post I have been VERY involved in my son’s hockey.

For those of you who don’t live in a hockey culture let me give you a little background on some of the time commitments that are required for being part of minor hockey.

This past season started in September. I was one of the coaches for the Minor Atom (birth year 1997) Leaside Flames. We had what was called “Open Skates” for anyone that was enrolled in the association and was interested in playing a more competitive level of hockey. This went on for 3 weeks. Eventually we picked the team and prepared for our first games.

We had one practice a week, plus one game a week and every other week we would have an extra “power skating” session in there. Oh, they would also have house league games on Saturdays. So sometimes the kids were skating 4 times a week and we have done this from September to the early April. We would have done it longer if we hadn’t been eliminated from the playoffs.

The tryouts for next season are starting on April 26th. This is for a more competitive level of hockey then James was playing this past season.

Then of course there is the hockey that they are playing during the summer!

It almost never ends.

In between all that hockey there was actually time to do some art.

I am teaching a digital art course this semester and, as a former colleague used to say, I am usually teaching “to the backs of heads”. I trouble shoot what they are doing; “I can’t find my work!”, or “I didn’t save my work!”. There is a lot of time when the kids are working and I don’t really have much to do. I like to draw them because they are sitting still, usually, and often are so engrossed in what they are doing that they don’t notice that I am drawing them.

So here are some of my students.

This is my first submission to the Envelope Collective.

I like the idea of making an envelope into a piece of art. I remember back in my art college days that I would get letters from friends that were elaborately decorated and painted.

I started with a blank envelope and just started drawing. I did erase some but I wanted to try and do it with out preconceptions of what it was going to look like and just draw.

I will post more soon.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

I should have made mention of this closer to the actual date but...

My blog's one year anniversary and 3896 people have stopped by and had a look. Many of you have been kind enough to take the time and leave a comment and I thank you. It is always nice to hear feedback.

I will post new work before the end of the weekend. Promise!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Here is a video that was shot by a parent of my son James, #2 in the white team, scoring a goal this past season.

I have been spending a lot of time being invovled with his hockey and I really can't complain about getting to spend so much time with my own kid! But the best part is that it seems to be starting to payoff. He has had a good season. He got to handle the puck a lot and was one of our team's best players. Next year he wants to make the jump up a level and I would like to see him do it.

I think that there is a hockey player in there and, with time, he will develop.