The front/first page of my Flickr. I enjoy seeing the work at this size, like postage stamps.
Some recent art on book board. As much as I dig repurposing old and/or discarded items, and celebrating the ruin in that, I need to move on to some cleaner, sparer work. People are intimidated by the busy, I find; it’s as if they look but don’t see.
A sample of the latest library card art. I paint them over lunch these days (a cheap way to salvage any morning).
So here’s to November … the month that heralds the death knell of Fall, the forgettable opening act of Winter, and the uncomfortable waiting room for the long night of the soul that is Christmas.
… and just today I heard about this #inktober phenomenon, which is a thing made for me if ever there was one. I mean, I don’t even like making prepatory lines with pencil, because of the (a) delay and (b) nerve curdling scratching noise (in fact, I dislike all kinds of dry drawing). My instinct is always to be putting wet brush to surface.
And now that I’m drawing over my lunch hour again … well, let’s just say I may be rampant with the ‘inktober’ hashtag.
These are some of the fifty-five library card art pieces I’ll have for sale at my table this Saturday afternoon at the Made in Canada Etsy + Fat Goose Craft Fair (Grant Hall, Queen’s, 10-4). Original artworks on vintage library cards, $10 each or 3 for $20, packaged for gift giving (they’re great to tuck into birthday cards), these work both as bookmarks or miniature paintings to frame in their own right.
I’ll also have cigar-tin stories, copies of my books, and a great selection of various mixed-media artworks, all of it priced at $20 and $30. Get out of the house, go for a walk, enjoy the day and come home with an original work of art –– all for the price of a (cheap) pair of pants. My table is cash-only but at least the bills are small.
three original drawings in pencil, ink and wash on vintage library cards (the kind that used to sit in a pocket attached to the back inside cover, and would be stamped by the librarian at sign-out) ; marks from the card’s use (signatures, stamps, etc) appear in the background ; the cards with the most age (sun yellowing, stains, etc) and marks are the ones I like best; usually 3 x 5 inches; titles are: Monopoly, Victoria & Albert, and unknown (too obscured)
working in a trailer these days, and blasted by air-conditioning, to the point where I go outside to warm up, and feel strange all the way through
I made these three library card art pieces specifically for the shop. They are pencil, watercolour and whatever original marks were on the cards. As bookmarks, or tucked into Christmas cards, or framed, I really like these pieces, and thematically they’re more in line with the kind of figurative work I want to do in the new year.
As far as more corporeal events go, I will be at the Urban Craft Market this Saturday, December 6th, from 10 am to 3 pm, at the Glebe Community Centre in Ottawa (175 Third Street, 2nd floor of the venue in the community centre’s main hall). I’ll have cigar-tin stories, library card art, works on paper and pieces on masonite panel, small works priced between $10 and $40.