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Good Old Desk of Mine

Oh hi. You might remember a while back I tried to explain why I’m nuts. If not, you can click here. Anyhow, it’s mostly because of the fun-house that is my studio. Here’s another good example of why it’s just plain weird to be in there sometimes.

There's a bit of a glare, but you don't mind.

There's a bit of a glare, but you don't mind.

How did I paint BOTH of my hands? Magic.

Sorry but this one is unfinished, too. If you want to see it finished you’ll just have to purchase the I Am Artist book. Coming pretty soon, I promise! I also promised something to do with the Queen of England… yeeeeeah I’ll get to that. You go ahead and stay tuned or typed or whatever it is the kids are doing these days.

Travel Sketches

WHOA-HO! So I mentioned I went to Collingwood on Friday, and it’s preeeeetty unlikely that I would go on a long trip like that and not do any sketching. SO! Why not have a look-see?

This was part of the harbour in Collingwood. Ooooh. Ahhhh.

This was part of the harbour in Collingwood. Ooooh. Ahhhh.

Aaaaand then I found this place called the Osprey Wetlands, just south of Collingwood… Lemme see if I can explain. I THINK it’s a little wildlife reserve kind of area, and I know you can hike and stuff through it, but I couldn’t really find an entrance. At least not in the traditional sense. I found a few access roads that I’d be weary to take a pickup truck down, let alone the small Toyota I was driving. Anyhow, the place is PACKED with wildlife and is RIDICULOUSLY beautiful. Really glad I stopped there. Yes, I did manage to pull over for a good SKETCHING.

But my sketch really didn’t do it justice or turn out that great, so I redone it, I did! Yeah! Why not check them both out…

This is what I did while I was there...

This is what I did while I was there...

Much much much much much much closer to what I really saw.

Much much much much much much closer to what I really saw. Hahaha, big difference.

Pretty cool. Collingwood is a really nice place, too. I had a killer coffee that some kid made for me. Alright.

One Reason Why I’m Crazy

Here’s a good example of why my studio is like an optical illusion sometimes…

I was doing a painting of a couple souvenirs I bought at the Nature Museum (yes, I’m still talking about it), and I was about to go make some coffee or something when I realised what I had sitting on my desk.

The painting is pretty unfinished at the time of the phot, but REST ASSURED I finished the crap out of it a little while later.

The painting is pretty unfinished at the time of the photo, but REST ASSURED I finished the heck out of it a little while later.

At least it’s not a painting of a painting. Those really confuse me sometimes when I’m doing other stuff.

Now the FOSSIL in the painting is of Knightia Eocaena, a quite common specimen from the Green River Formation in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Why is this so cool?? Well, for starters it’s a fossil, but if for some reason that isn’t enough, the Green River Formation is one of the most unique fossil sites in the world. It was essentially an entire ecosystem that was fossilized, and therefore one of the most complete pictures of an extinct ecosystem we have. Everything from insects to plant life (quite rare otherwise) to these little fish were all preserved. And apparently since it’s such a rich site, there’s a profusion of these fossils, which I guess is why I was able to purchase one for $20. Quite a steal, if you ask me.

And it doesn’t stop there! I JUST realised after reading about the fish fossil that the ROM has a small section specifically dedicated to the Green River (“realised” meaning Jessica pointed it out to me). So the next time I’m there, you can bet I’m gonna draw the crap out of it. Learning? Don’t mind if I do.

Touch ye not the Jackaroon

So last week we had a mouse problem that we were all blissfully unaware of until just after 4am one day I awoke to this…

4am

Now I love our cat, Napoleon, but sometimes he really freaks me out.

I felt it necessary to make this painting part of my “I Am Artist” project. I’ve recently come to a bit of a fork in the road with these paintings and this one, “4am” (haha, overdramatic?), is the first entry that was not painted from life. I’m changing my approach slightly to make sure I fulfill my thesis.

Fun With Paintings of Paintings

The big thesis-type project that I’ve been working on for a year and a half now, “I Am Artist,” along with a lot of other things, is about my life as a painter. So a lot of it (83 paintings finished so far) has been about painting, so naturally there have been a few paintings of paintings. So here’s a fun one to introduce the project, you know, hype it up.

So this portrait I was working on was off and on of my easel (yes, it is in fact an old ladder) for about 13 months… I developed a bit of a love hate relationship with it, so I felt it necessary to document it’s horrible, looming presence.

This may have been painted with a tiny amount of hate.

This may have been painted with a tiny amount of hate.

But I finally managed to finish the thing just before Christmas. The painting of the painting I did in October. Here’s a photo of it finished on the easel JUST for fun…

Easel with portrait

And for the most fun we could possibly have here, here’s the portrait itself…

...Alright fine, I don't hate it anymore.

...Alright fine, I don't hate it anymore.

This project has about a dozen equally important driving forces behind it, and it would take an awfully long time to get into them all, so I’ll leave it at this for now, but there’s more to come before it’s scheduled completion in September 2010.