Sunday, December 30, 2012

Artisans Interview with Claudia Urbach

I kept on and kept on trying to get this video, and I finally got it through the help of a friend!  So here's my talk about art with Sterling Lynch for Rogers TV in August of 2012.  Enjoy!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

"The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence; not silence, but restraint."
       --Marianne Moore

Friday, December 21, 2012


Looks like, after months of begging, I will finally use my own means to obtain my TV interview, by taping it using rather unorthodox means.  So by next week or so, hopefully I will be able to post it here...

Heard this this morning--cool!

Some more poetry while the canvas waits

John Masefield 1878-1967

from "The Seekers"

I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy
To the gull's way and the whale's way where the 
     wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long
     trick's over.

Edgar Allen Poe

 To F------

Beloved! amid the earnest woes
     That crowd around my earthly path-
(Drear path, alas! where grows
Not even one lonely rose)-
     My soul at least a solace hath
In dreams of thee, and therein knows
An Eden of bland repose.

And thus thy memory is to me
      Like some enchanted far-off isle
In some tumultuous sea-
Some ocean throbbing far and free
      With storms-but where meanwhile
Serenest skies continually
      Just o'er that one bright island smile.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Rolling Stone Book

Last week I happened across (how strange!) and spent a good 1-2 hours perusing an ancient volume of the Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll book (I think that's what is was called!).  Anyhow, among the Rock and Roll greats were rather longish bios of Bob Dylan (didn't know he broke his neck!), David Bowie (wow, what outfits!), and Cher (gee, she looked normal back then!).  Anyhow, it made for a very interesting read, and made me realize that rock is here to stay.

So I have found one example of Mr. Bowie to amuse the visual spirits--how artistic (?!):

Quite a Day

Well, I just happened to run into former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien yesterday afternoon, and ended my evening listening to a Christmas Choral Concert with some excellent German soloists.  Life never fails to amaze me.  Here I am, all super smiles, with Mr. Chrétien:  (Thank you, Mr. Chrétien!!!!)

Friday, December 14, 2012

I thought I was done posting images for a while, but this is too much fun, I can't stop, I would like to continue, I hope I can, and here are some poignant images I found in a fat book about New York Museums some weeks ago:

Drawing Restraint 9 2005.jpg

"Drawing Restraint 9: Shemenawa," Matthew Barney

"The Black Sun, " Odilon Redon ca. 1900

"Drowning Girl," Roy Lichtenstein

"Diary of a Seducer," Arshile Gorky 1945

David Alfaro Siqueiros, "The Sob," 1939

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Woohoo video!

The Walk Off The Earth video in which I participated in August in Burlington is up!  Unofficially!  Yipee!  I got my 3 seconds of fame!  Woohoo!

I've meticulously marked the exact seconds where I'm dancing my brains out:

3:39, 3:54, 3:57, 4:00

It's an awesome song, I love it!  I'm listening to it over and over!  Let's celebrate the small victories, and laugh about ourselves at last.

Cheers, world.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Figures catching up

Some pics of the last few figure sessions--got some neat views of some couples intertwining--looked like Rodin sculptures--loved drawing them--what a challenge!!!


Here we meet Norma--I met Norma this past summer on a jog through the neighbourhood--such a nice lady!  She tends a beautiful garden on her front lawn all summer long.  When I asked her if I could take a few pictures to do a painting, she graciously accepted.

Norma stuffed my pockets with home-grown tomatoes of all sorts of varieties--chocolate tomatoes and ones I've never heard of before, and then sent me off with a jar of real homemade grape jam.  Yum!

So here's Norma, tirelessly working in her gorgeous flowers:

"Norma in her Garden," Oil on Gallery Canvas, 24x18 inches

In real!
I like this song, and the video's pretty neat, too!

Trying to figure out how to sign a wet painting!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

One of those days

One of those days where I got locked in an inevitably long lineup of cars trying to leave a downtown parking garage.  Thought I'd be there for life, as the pay machines didn't work on any level.  Faint memories of strange horror movies.  Now to go and attack my large mural in the out-of-doors with loads of turpentine.  Wish me luck.