“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)
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.
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.
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
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.
Jade received a beautiful letter last week from a guest drawer !!!
Ziggy Short Crust is on a quest to revive the lost art of letter writing.
This is her post about Jade’s letter.
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During Christmas, we set up a pretend mail box.
Jade couldn’t believe it … A real letter for her !!!
After the letter, Jade demanded some lady bug puddle jumping!
Thank you so much Ziggy for brightening our rainy day!
“What should we draw today?”
Often, Jade and I brainstorm funny or weird scenarios before we doodle.
“Wouldn’t it be funny if …”
We created mom as a “cat-bicycle” chasing a mouse.
The mouse really wants some cheese.
“Make the drawings come to life.”
After we doodle, sometimes Jade likes to act them out.
She’s loves adding drama to life (haha).
“You be Momma and I’ll be the mouse … the stuffy will be the cheese.”
Thank you Jade for your wonderful smiles and imagination.
We make beautiful nonsense together ;P
Little known fact …
These are the famous Toilet Roll Galapagos Birds (image above).
Darwin originally linked the evolution of birds with common toilet rolls.
My wife presented and unearthed this startling, new discovery today!
Remember, DON’T throw away your old toilet paper rolls.
Give them the love, care and creativity to evolve into a beautiful bird.