Sunday, July 29

New Work, Rocket Popsicles

I was excited to get to work on two new five-by-sevens today. I got to break in a brand new sketchbook! When I went to scan the images, I found that the seven inch height includes the space above the perforations, so I've shortchanged everyone by about half an inch, but it'll have to do. 

I've been having a rough time trying to stay sane in the heat, but the flipside of that is that I had the entire weekend off and though it's hot out, the weather has been quite nice (even nicer if it were ten degrees cooler). I've decided to list three of my current favourite ways to keep cool - all of which have been put into use today.
 First of all, these! (image)
Watermelon - I could easily eat a whole one in one go. And also - not pictured - Rekorderlig Wild Berries Cider. It's just about perfect. (The Elderflower is also very good).

Until next time.

Sunday, July 22

Don't Look Down

These two images are my submissions to this years Square Foot Show at AWOL Gallery. As indicated by the name, all work is 12" x 12" and mine are both on wood panel. I also picked up a brand new 5" x 7" sketchpad, so I plan on getting back to this blogs original purpose soon.

If you're in Toronto and want to check out the show it runs from August 4 - 19 at the AWOL Gallery at 76/78 Ossington Ave, just north of Queen St. and the secondary location is the Twist Gallery at 1100 Queen St. W. Hours are Wed - Sat, 12 - 7 and Sundays 12 - 5.

Up and Away

What have I been up to lately? Not a whole lot. I've been suffering through the heat here in Toronto. I love the character of my old fourth floor walk-up, but I do not love it's lack of air conditioning. People shouldn't sweat when they're trying to sit on the couch eating freezies and watching television. My poor cat has taken to hiding under the couch to escape the heat.
The best thing I did to get myself away from the weather recently was spending a week in the UK. The ticket was somewhat of an impulse buy back in April and I spent the second week of July in London and Belfast. Aside from the perfect weather (15 and rainy!) and the wonderful company, both London and Belfast were beautiful and a week seemed much too short. 

 As far as making new work goes, I finished my submission for The Sketchbook Project, Limited Edition (side note - the 2013 Project is currently open). I was inspired by the work that I did at OCAD with comics and zines and this book features more text and copied images than much of the work I do. I love the ease, small size, and relatively low cost of doing this type of multiple so I'd really love to make more booklets like this and self publish. The image above and three below are pages from the book. All pages are on my website here.