At work on Wednesday I started listening to an audio recording of Jack Kerouac's 'On The Road' which turned out to be the worst idea ever. I thought I was stir crazy before but after 2 hours of hearing about his adventures hitch-hiking across America I was going out of my mind. I turned it off after 3 hours, listened to music for the rest of the day and left an hour early because I couldn't sit at my desk any longer. Thursday I took a 'mental health' day. I drew and read at Starbucks, went to the library and painted all afternoon and evening. It was exactly what I needed and it was such a good reminder for me that I really do love painting. I sometimes let it become a job or something I have to do instead of something that I want to do. I think work sucks those good feelings from me sometimes. Anyway, here are the latest results from the studio...
'I Can't Handle Your Admiration' 2008.
'What Am I Looking For?'
And a peek at a new one I started last night called 'Anatomy of A Paper Forest'.
I also picked up a new book when I was at Chapters. This is the second book put out by Mike Perry and celebrates hand rendered patterns. His first was a collection hand drawn fonts which is really fantastic as well. A look at some of the pages...
Okay, maybe a look at a lot of the pages...
It is a seriously beautiful book.
Well that's all the news I have for now, happy long weekend all!
I love Jamie Cullum. This song is so beautiful I had to share it (although the live video is a bit strange). I think Jamie himself might be a bit of a weirdo (you'll see) but that must be the whole musical genius thing working. He is a crazy good piano player, singer and songwriter and his concert in Seattle was the best of my life; he has such incredible energy. I would marry this guy any day, even if he is short and sometimes wears soccer jerseys.
I'm not the biggest fan of Edmonton's graffiti scene. The city is currently doing a big crack down on graffiti and for the most part I am okay with it. I am tired of being told to listen by poorly rendered birds in paint marker or messy spray paint. I did like the stenciled listen birds before they got so out of control though. I think someone with lots of time and little art skill sort of latched on to the idea and unfortunately got a bit too carried away.
That said, I really love stencil graffiti. This caught my eye when I was downtown yesterday and I happened to have my camera in my bag so I was able to take a picture.
I like the idea of graffiti being something that you walk by and it catches your eye either because it makes you think, laugh, or simply because it's beautiful. There is something about stencil art that seems more deliberate and thoughtful than someone's name scrawled on the side of a dumpster. It takes time and preparation that a paint marker carried in a backpack does not (not to mention the skill factor). I sort of hope there is an uprising of thoughtful, contraband stencil graffiti art in Edmonton over the next while. But for now, all the walls are being painted with 5 feet of gray on the bottom, nice work Edmonton.
Much to the dismay of certain readers Kerry had been awarded the Eagle vs. Shark sticky note drawing. She made a valid point that I did not initially say that you had to have seen the movie to win so I had to concede. One disgruntled reader sent me an e-mail with the following attached...
Yes, that is Kerry with a shark eating her head. Sorry Joel, you have won a contest before so I can't say I feel too badly about the whole thing. Awesome drawing though. I was a bit of a slacker last night on the art front but I have a few new paintings in my head that will hopefully they make it onto canvas in the near future. Happy week all.
Despite the fact that I have possibly the most monotonous job in the world, except for maybe assembly line workers, I do for the most part try to work hard. That said, in order from my brain not to turn to mush I have to take the occasional break. My new favorite break activity is Post-it art. I have been all about drawing monsters on post-it's but the other day I did this and had to show it off...
It is currently stuck to my coffee cup at my desk but I am willing to give it up to someone who can quote me a line from the movie on which it's based... any takers?
EDIT: I am going to use the honours system and say that you must have actually seen the movie and can not just Google quotes from it. That's lame-o. Jesus will know if you're lying even if I don't.
In other news, Bethany has (upon my request) helped me appreciate just how much work I need to do in the studio before my show in November. I have been sick yes, but I am also the queen of procrastination when it comes to, well everything. That said, I am now thoroughly stressed out and I made it my goal to spend this weekend in the studio and finally finish the piece I was working on. I am happy to say I achieved that goal so here are a few choice shots from 'Chair-A-Chutes', 2008.
You'll have to wait for a full painting shot until I get a proper photographer into the studio. My camera just makes things look awful (case in point, Jesus is Hugging The Jeep ) and I have decided not to try any more full size shots.
I have also been getting things ready for my fall class. I made up class descriptors and supply lists this weekend and sent them off to Spruce Grove this morning. I was pretty happy with how they turned out so I snapped a few shots:
Well I hope everyone has a great start to their weeks and I will keep you in the loop about new things I will be working on. I'll be waiting for post-it posts...
I am a 27 year old Artist, Illustrator & Teacher living in Seattle. This blog is my way of sharing what is going on in my little world of arting and crafting. Thanks for poking around and I would love it if you left a note or comment. It seems to validate my writing somehow, ha.