My Apologies To Anthropologie / Channelling Paul Klee

My Apologies To Anthropologie

“Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.” ~ Paul Klee

The Passing Time
I’ve been laying low the past while. Last month I suffered a concussion playing hockey and I’m still pretty foggy. I haven’t been able to watch TV, be on the computer, or exercise. To pass the time, I’ve been rediscovering my art books … and I created the above image.

Channeling Paul Klee
Paul Klee is one of my favourite artists and I’ve always loved flipping through his books. His ideas and artwork really connect with me. Some of the titles of his paintings are like snippets from a whimsical song and I’ve always been fascinated by his use of colour, shapes and personal symbols. Below are a few of his inspirations behind my image.

Paul Klee Images: Ancient Harmony (top left), Ad Marginem (top right), Ad Parnassum (bottom left), Comedians’ Handbill (bottom right)

Paul Klee / Inspiration
Van Gogh’s Mosaic Brushstrokes
I have a few gorgeous coffee table books of Van Gogh’s paintings. His creations of night skies are mythical and legendary. A major inspiration is his brushstrokes in the painting Starry Night Over the Rhone. I’ve enclosed the image below with a zoomed detail. Check out those big blue brushstrokes … they reminded me of pasted “collaged” squares.

Starry Night Influence

Photo Collage and David Hockney
A few years ago I also purchased a beautiful book called Hockney’s Pictures. I was familiar with Hockney’s photo collage imagery, but I was really blown away by some of his recent paintings. Seriously, check them out. It might be a wonderful surprise. Enclosed below is one of his photo collage images.

David Hockney

My Apologies to Anthropologie
My sister loves the clothes from Anthropologie and my wife started receiving their printed catalogues. I was really impressed by the art direction, photography, colours and textures. To create my image, I started snipping out swatches and glueing my colour chips together. Below are some of the wonderful imagery that I hacked up. Once again … My apologies ;-P

Anthropologie Photos

Copyright Note:
I only own the copyright for the top image. I do not own any other images in this blog post. They are shown for research and educational purposes only.

G r r r … Jack-O-Lantern Heads !!!

Halloween Pumpkins / 1

Halloween Pumpkins / 3

Boo !!! … The pumpkins are carved … And we’re ready to frighten the neighbours!!!

This is the first time we played with toothpicks for teeth. Lots of spooky fun !!!

Jade created the pumpkin with the “heart” eyes and I created the other one.

Halloween Pumpkin / 2

Sorting Leaves By Colour

10_NatureCould Have Been Kindergarten
Today my daughter was supposed to start Kindergarten. In the effort to stay positive during this teacher/BC Gov labour dispute, we created a fun project together.

1 Nature
Nature Walk In The Rain
We started the day collecting colourful leaves. Of course, there were many “puddle breaks” along the way.

2/ Nature
Beautiful Brown Snail
This was the best wildlife picture from our nature walk. We also counted eleven slugs and one pile of bear poop.

3 Nature
Drawing Seven Leaves
I asked Jade to draw seven leaves across the paper. This would be a guide to help us sort our colourful leaves.

4 Nature
Counting The Seven Leaves
Jade is double checking the amount of leaves she has drawn.

5 Nature
Colouring the Seven Leaves
Finalizing the map that will help us sort our leaves.

00 Nature
Jade’s Final Drawing
This map will help us count and organize the leaves based on colour. As one can see, Jade is still learning to write her numbers.

6 Nature
Matching A Map Out
Jade has sorted where the colours will be placed.

7 NatureSorting All The Leaves
Jade is sorting all the leaves she collected from our nature walk.

9 Nature
Stacking All The Leaves
At the end of the day, I added the leaves I collected from our walk together. All the leaves are stacked and ready for the next stage of our project.

Jade’s Little Hamsters

Jades Happy Hamsters

Jade loves it when I line up her stuffy hamsters. She loves it even more when I draw them.

Jade Loves Grandma

Jade Loves Grandma
My doodle on Grandma’s fridge.

Steppy’s House at Grandma’s House

Steppy House

Jade created a fun drawing for Grandma and hung it up on her fridge.

Chalk Drawing Shape Game

Playing Outside for Jade’s 5th Birthday !!!

Last Drawings Before Bed

Drawing Before Bed / 1

Jade draws everyday … from morning till night. Often, she wants to doodle before going upstairs for story time. I asked her about this particular image. She simply stated, “It is a big loving family.”

Drawing Before Bed / 2

Brainstorming

Brainstorming

Early morning … getting my wheels turning …

We Pretend To Be Royals

Sandcastle

Sandcastle

Sandcastle

Sandcastle

A few pics of our family having fun, getting creative in the sun :-)

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