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Colourful Handy Bandies

Handy Bandy

Having fun overlapping colours and lines. They kind of look like rubber bands.

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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.

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.

Visiting Unikitty at Cloud Cuckoo Land

Unikitty

Jade’s been talking about The Lego Movie for months now … Jade’s gone Lego Movie crazy !!!

Jade still isn’t very comfortable using scissors so we brainstormed a project. She really wanted to create something with the Unikitty character (I had nooo idea what she was talking about). After some internet research, we recreated Unikitty’s home in Cloud Cuckoo Land.

Finally, last week we purchased The Lego Movie DVD … and now I finally “get it” !!!

Awesome !!!

Jellyfish Playground

Jellyfish Playground

Last week, there was a city wide celebration called Vancouver Draw Down. Leading up to the event, were daily online challenges. The above image was my response to the Day 3 Challenge.

The Challenge:
Find a pattern in nature and fill a page by repeating it over and over, using at least eight different colours.

Breakfast Consciousness

BreakfastTime

Oh, the places we’ll go …

Vancouver has a fun celebration about the joy of drawing called Vancouver Draw Down. Everyday there are online challenges and prompts. This was my image from the Day 1 Challenge.

Lady-Buggin-Flower

Lady-Buggin-Flower

Jade says her funny doodles are “rascals” and friends.

Their friendship is based on “joking around” and smiles.

I asked for “Pressed Pants” not “Plants” !!!

Pressed Plants / Drawing

All joking aside, Jade and I had a blast at StrongStart yesterday.

StrongStart is a FREE early education program in BC, Canada.

The top drawing is a fun doodle from our pressed plants (shown below).

Pressed Plants / 2

Jade really loved being in the trails and picking leaves and flowers.

And I really liked drawing from our exploration.

This exercise helped me focus on unique details and shapes of our local plants.

Pressed Plants / 3

I Am Gingerbread Chewbacca

Chewbacca

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

Fly High Butterfly

Butterfly Chalk Drawing

Two of many reasons I fell in love:

· Her humour & imagination.

· Her incredible drawings.

She’s a wonderful mother … Our daughter is so lucky.