drawing

tick tock

 

“Tick Tock!”

“Who’s there?”

“Wanda.”

“Wanda who?”

“Wanda what happened to the other 793,800 tickets.”

national day of mourning


 
Drawing in the studio today allowed me to spend a few hours in quet reflection on this National Day Of Mourning, a day that perhaps has never been more meaningful, as we remember and honor those who have lost their lives or been injured from their time in the workplace.

I would particularly like to honor the memory of Dr. Lorna Breen, a New York City emergency room doctor, a true hero, and send heartfelt condolences to her family, colleagues and friends.

The drawing was inspired by a photograph taken by Marco Bertorello in the Covid-19 ward of Maria Pia Hospital in Turin.

Lookback Vancouver 2010 🇨🇦

The Winter Olympics in Vancouver took place 10 years ago last month with the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron on February 12th 2010. Over the past three weeks I have been celebrating all the amazing athletes and events in the studio bringing back so many great memories. Here is a selection of some of those moments and remarkable athletic achievements.

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two champions

In celebration of two inspiring female athletes

Simone Biles

US Gymnastics Champion 2019
The first American woman to win six titles, and celebrated last year in my post
the power of teal.
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Bianca Andreescu

Roger’s Cup Women’s Tennis Champion, 2019
The first Canadian woman to win the title since 1969.
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joy to the world


 

Oh what a joyous day, with the birth of our first grandson this morning.
Congratulations to his mummy, daddy and little sister,
and welcome to the family beautiful boy.
❤️❤️❤️

encapsulating the essence

“I’ve always loved the dry landscape gardens of the Zen Temples. In these tiny gardens a small rock in a raked area of sand may represent a mighty mountain in a vast ocean,
which in its simplicity encapsulates the essence of all mountains.”

Tony Smibert in Chapter 11 of Painting Landscapes from your Imagination.

loti19i

This second exercise in Chapter 11 was entitled “Using rocks to suggest mountains.” Tony describes how he developed a great affection for Japanese gardens during his travels in Japan and suggests using interesting rocks to create imagined mountainous landscapes. It just so happens that some years ago I produced four drawings of the Sino Himalayan Garden at VanDusen Botanical Gardens here in Vancouver.

Van Dusen ib    Van Dusen iib

Van Dusen iiib    Van Dusen ivc

Inspired by Tony’s exercise today I thought I would create an imagined landscape of mountains, sky and water using the drawings as a starting point.

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loti19iii    loti19vi
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loti19iv    loti19v

Fortunately I didn’t leave these drawings behind thirty four years ago and it has been a treat to revisit them today, thanks to Tony’s exercise.

Worldwatercolormonth Day 19

go figure

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In Part Three of The Photinia Story I described how drawing with the photinia branches reminded me of my figure studies from over thirty years ago and led me to burrow through my bottom drawer in the studio and bring out old friends I hadn’t seen in years. It also provided an opportunity to photograph and document them, the results of which I hope you will enjoy.
 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Face

face ii

Paul Schofield in The Captain of Köpenick (1971)

face iii

Laurence Olivier in The Dance of Death (1967)

Drawing the faces of these two giants of the English stage revealed to me the power that they could generate with either a distant glance or thunderous frown. Both of their performances live on in my memory as unforgettable evenings in the theatre from many years ago.