Nothing New In E-Town

The sketchbook for 2012 has been uploaded thanks to all the hard work from the people at the Art House Coop.  Check the page as they have done a fantastic job of displaying the images using a fancy photo plugin.  Here is an excerpt from the second page of the sketchbook. I will also be uploading the work onto this website in the portfolio section.

Cheers!

Ordered Sketchbook 2013

This will be my third sketchbook that I will complete for the tour in New York.  They have actually changed the categories to differemt media categories that people use rather than solely base the topics on subject matter.  For example…I choose sketchbook.  There were other options such as alminac, photography. 

This past week I recieved a notification that someone had taken out my 2012 sketchbook to view.  It is amazing to think that someone half eay around the world now has my sketchbook in their hands.  Usually my art would be sitting in a book somewhere…never to be viewed by anyone really. Those images have still to be posted on the site but there are literally thousands of sketchbooks from 2012 that need to be sifted through.  In a couple months the images should be posted.

I realized that I did not put my site in the Limited Edition 2012 sketchbook but I could add details later I believe.

Sketchbook Completed!

Completed the sketchbook!  The images look cohesive enough for a really good series.  I am fairly pleased with the finished product!  Had a great time out at my parents place working on it for 6 hours.  I don’t think I ever really did art in front of them before.  It’s great that I was in the zone and I am wondering if being around others helps me focus.  Enjoy!  I am off to my Robotics class that is 12 hours long for a full week!  Nervous but excited.  On top off building robots out of lego…I am the only female out of the 15!

Well…guess I better put my order in for the 2013 sketchbook tour!

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These images are before I worked in the details/ color…just to get an idea of how the work came together.

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Pictures for Sketchbook

We’ll see how this goes!!!  Two days until the submission! Brillant though how I found one of my lost pens for sketching in one of my bags, pretty pleased that I have more line to work with.

Absolve

I imagine there are times when people have this urge to scream but choose to contain the matter within themselves. There was one night where I sat on a park bench not far from my home. Despite the urban location I allowed myself to yell.

This set occurs in the early morning. From the light that fills the cool background, to the shots of soft colors, there a sense of simply freedom. The expanse of the concrete architecture echos the notion of letting go..yet at the same time.. embracing. Through several gestures, honesty begins a relationship with the surroundings. Pigeons come and go as they please and my breath takes on a spirit of its own. However there is a tension felt through the sounds of the unaware overhead traffic. I have been absolved.

 

 

 

This video poem was completed for the EDES 404 course offered at the University of Alberta in the Winter of 2012.

University of Alberta Drawing Session

These model sessions today went surprising well.  The lines and proportions are not too bad.  His chest is out too much though and realized this as soon as I took the pen away.  How I do the sketching is second nature to me and is about as weird to describe to you how I go about capturing what I see as to explain to you how I breathe.

Check out the second sketch after this one.  Both were completed in 45 minute sessions.

University of Alberta Drawing Session

The sketching session at the University went really well this afternoon.  I’ve realized that if someone were to ask me how many nudes I’ve been in the physical presence of…I wouldn’t be able to say.  Then I began to wonder if this was a terrible thing. In the summer of 2005 I participated in a portfolio preparation course offered at Grant MacEwan University.  That was the first nude session.  It is nonsense when people complain, “I can draw this but I can’t draw that.”  The whole is a sum of it’s parts.. break it down.  In your line of vision is line, shape and color.

It was strange being in the drawing studio above Dewey’s on the University of Alberta campus again.  The studio is terribly dirty.  The vinyl flooring is stained from vast amounts of charchol dust that has been acquired over the years and there are plan-chests and mirrors hugging the walls everywhere.

This was the second pose from this Saturday’s session.  45 minutes.

Sketchbook Limited Edition 2012 2-3

First sketch completed for the Limited Edition.   Going with the automatic drawing and going to see where it takes me.  The 32 pages have inspired me to an good direction I believe.  There will be no names though!

 

Brainstorming for the Limited Edition Sketchbook

Coming up with an idea for the sketchbook tour is difficult. The topic I chose is “Create and Capture”. I would still like to explore further the idea of What is a home. After looking at several artists who are more or less sketching (surprise surprise) I am wondering if I should let loose and embrace the automatic style and let the unconscious side completely take over.  Automatism may quite a great experience!

While looking for inspiration I came across an artist Scott Wayne Indiana who had an interest in the metal rings on the sidewalks of Portland. These rings were used in the early 1900’s when people were using horses as their means of transportation. As it goes, when he began thinking of public art, it occurred to him to fasten toy horses to the ring. The project grew and many people embraced this new expression of art in the streets.

Thus The Horse Project was born!!

As I look at the various styles of graffiti in Edmonton I wonder about the history that we have.  Are there objects from our past that we are completely unaware of?  How do we begin to take notice of this history that we have?