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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.

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I Am Gingerbread Chewbacca

Chewbacca

A goofy creation of mine during our “Art Time” with my nieces and nephews at Grandma’s.

Jade’s Hotel Transylvania Birthday Party

Hotel Transylvania / 1

Happy Boo-Day !!!

My daughter Jade absolutely adores the animated movie Hotel Transylvania.

It made a super fun theme for her 4th birthday party.

Enclosed are a few memorable pics from the day.

Hotel Transylvania / 2

Group Mural

The party craft was a giant 8 foot wide poster.

Each kid drew a monster and decorated their own bat.

Even some parents joined in the fun.

In the end, the mural was like a HUGE card for Jade.

Hotel Transylvania / 3

Group Photo

Everybody smile !!!

Jade and her happy friends with their finished product.

Hotel Transylvania / 4

Pin the Head on Frankenstein

Jade was the 2nd closest.

The game was a “monstrous” hit with all the kids !!

Hotel Transylvania / 5

Birthday Cup Cakes !!!

Of course, no party is complete without some sugary goodness.

Jade had a great time but was COMPLETELY exhausted by the end.

She went to bed at 4:30 that afternoon … And didn’t wake up until 5:oo the next morning !!

Jade’s Cool Chalk Drawing

Jade's Cool Chalk Drawing

Jade drew the fun character and then I thickened the lines (above).

We made a bunch of drawings and Jade danced around (below).

Cool Chalk Doodles

Love Explorer ♥

Love Explorer

My daughter Jade, my lovely little astronaut ♥

Still Jumping Moons

Still Jumping Moons

Some cows will never change …

Another fun drawing with Jade.

And The Cow Jumped Over The Moon

The Cow Jumped Over The Moon

Hey Diddle Diddle !

… the little Jade laughed to hear such sport …

Jade and I really love listening to nursery rhymes together.

This nonsensical ditty might be our favourite.

Halloween Night !!!

Halloween Night

Time for some Trick or Treating !!!

Haunted Halloween House

Halloween Haunted House

It’s spooky, but I heard they give out  CHOCOLATE BARS ;P (haha)

Scattered Light

A coloured masking tape activity with Jade at StrongStart.