Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I am still too busy to post any new work but in the mean time you can enjoy this piece done by the one and only Haddon Sundblom titled "Indoor Barbecue".

The text that goes with the ad is great, "In this friendly, freedom-loving land of our...Beer Belongs- Enjoy it!"

Beer and Ale-America's beverages of moderation. Sponsored by the United States Brewers Foundation.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

I don't really have anything of any consequnce to post today as we have been so busy with hockey tryouts and lacrosse practices/games lately.

But I thought that I would post some of the things that I have in my files. I am definitely not a Leif Peng but I do have a few interesting pieces kicking around.

Monday, April 14, 2008

A drawing out of, where else? Digital Art!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Where it all began.

As most of you know I teach high school. How I got into teaching is a story in itself, but what I wanted to talk about was how I got into art, which is kind of where it all began.

I was always interested in art and drawing. My mother, who also did art, was supportive of us, as kids drawing. I remember her playing "art" type games with us on rainy days when there was nothing to do. Games like, she would draw a line on a piece of paper and then we would have to make it into something. (I still do this game with my high school students and I think that it is an excellent creativity exercise.)

And I was a day dreamer, doodler kind of kid. My notebooks would be covered in drawings that I would do while I was at school.

But if there was one moment, one moment that made me say that art was what I wanted to do, it would have been a Saturday afternoon, at home, flipping the channels on the TV and coming across "The Hecklers", a film that was produced by the National Film Board and it showcased the art of political cartooning here in Canada. I don't know what it was about that movie but it grabbed me and I decided that afternoon that art was what I was going to do.

My favourite artist, in that group of very talented artists, was Duncan Macpherson who worked for the Toronto Star for over 35 years.

I really admired his drawing ability. What can I say, the man could draw!

The other thing that blows me away, having worked in the industry for a long time, is the amount of work that he produced. But also that he pumped it out and that much he did day after day, and managed to maintain a very high standard of quality.

Then when I was working at Central Technical School, here in Toronto, I had the pleasure of working with his son, Ian Macpherson. I never got to meet the man himself as he died in 1993 but it was special for me to meet Ian, and also Ian's mother, and tell them what an influence Duncan's work had on me.

Here are a couple of samples of his work.

Monday, April 07, 2008

This is a drawing that I had posted over at Von Glitschka's "Three Thumbs Up" gallery and I thought that I would post it here.

Like I said, it was intended as a caricature but I am wondering if it didn't end up as a not very well done portrait.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

This is a drawing that I did while I was supervising the recent province wide English test. All Gr 10 students is Ontario write the test on the same day and it is a requirement of graduation that you pass the test. The group that I was watching were Gr 11 students doing it for a second time.

Close to 3 hours of watching kids struggle. Our school's "success rate" is not very good.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

More memories of Leaf playoff appearances. This cover is from the week of April 5-12, 1975.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Goin’ old school, old hockey school that is, here with a cover of the Toronto Star’s “Starweek” tv listings from the week of April 6-13, 1974 heralding the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the Leafs inclusion in said tournament, featuring a picture of goalie Doug Favell.

How times have changed. This season the Leafs will be sitting on the Stanley Cup sidelines for a club record third straight season. And depending on what happens over the course of the off season, and next season of course, they may well be watching next spring too.