Archive for October, 2011

the Squeeze is ON!

well here it is the day before the show!  the good folks at Debajehmujig want the pieces in there tomorrow morning and i want them in there bright and early as i’m on the road to the good city of Ottawa and those grand Halloween parties as soon as the paintings are delivered.

of course none of the pieces are ready.  i have three 24×36 inch pieces and one 30×40 on the operating tables plus a bunch of smaller ones, all in the 60 to 85% complete stage…  there might be an all nighter coming up!

even out here in the boon docks sometimes its tough to stay focused.  i have the work all over the living room but these windows!  there really is something to look at out of each and every one.  out the north window i have these 2 big bluejays hustling Shelley’s feeders.  they’ve been going to work on those sunflower seeds all morning.  when you can see them up close like this, well, i for one can’t help but stop to watch.  then there are two large hawks circling, hovering, swooping in low, scaring up the meals ready to eat in the tall grass.  these hawks are big ones!  and they have that hovering action working for them this morning which, i know its bird watching, but hey, that’s quite a scene unfolding out there.  then there is that giant east window and the river flowing past…  all of this with the classical music backdrop pouring in from the upstairs sound system.  oh boy what a day at the office.

now if you’re in the Cannington area, this weekend is the last chance you’re going get to see “A Self Portrait on November 30th”, 30×40 inches, live and in person.  that war horse is going to be officially retired.  the next stop for that one, outside of here on the range, is going to be the National Gallery of Canada in which case you’re going to have to pay to see it!  right now you can see it for free at the Cameron Street Co op.  “Feeding the Evil Wolf”, 36×48″, is now long gone to an address way out west and in factola, most of those 2008 series paintings are now long gone.  i can’t believe “November 30th” made it through 3 years of shows without anyone getting wise.

well here it is in postage stamp size.

@ Debajehmujig Theatre Group

aanii!  i just came from the cobwebbed town of Manitowaning where at 1:30 in the Monday afternoon about all you’ll see is tumble weeds blowing down the main street!  tumble weeds and a couple wrangled pages from the Manitoulin Expositor…  (i guess the local natives have taken their money someplace else!)

anywho.  i was boo’n through cause i wanted a quick snap shot of that entry of mine in Debajehmujig’s 6 Foot show, a short term group show full of surprises!  we stopped in with some friends visiting from England, this was on Saturday, and got the tour.  beauty works hanging and some dandy 3D in the main space.  tricky too:  some of the work was further along the line than my standard issue acrylic on canvas, and the way the Debajehmujig folks had it displayed, at times very tricky!  i walked through the display and came upon some black chairs stacked in a black and dark corner, with one black chair standing alone, in front of the stack.  i looked it over and thought genius!  and they way it was displayed too, in the corner, at the back, in the dark, with no lighting.  i looked for the artist info card and it wasn’t to be seen anywhere.  so i asked one of them, whose the artist?  they replied: dude its just a stack of chairs…

oops.

well anyway.  i was surprised to see my pieces hanging in a public space.  that big one is “Killers: A Self Portrait on January 24th”, acrylic on canvas, 36×48 inches, c. 1990.  the other is a sketch, “Presence”, acrylic on canvas board, 8×10 inches, c. 1985.  extremely freakish when you consider where we are today.  i don’t know if you’ve ever read the book “The Secret”, but there are pieces in that book that ring loud and clear around this camp.  loud and clear in that Halloween spooky kind of way…

here is a photo of the display.

Debajehmujig Theatre Group

Interesting color schemes on an old design

aanii, boozhoo and halloo there!  well folks i guess you could say round one of Indio Summer is in the books!  that stretch of perfect sunshine and super warm climes over Thanksgiving Weekend…  out here on the range, whew!  What a glorious place to be, out here in the country, barefoot in the river with the salmon swimming past, or barefoot in the fields with the full moon blazing, or down by the river bed with a blaze after dark.  Wow.  Peace dudes in every direction.  Unlike today, Saturday, Oct. 15th:  the wind is howling, the rain is blowing in sideways and the colorful leaves are flying over and through the fields, gone!

here is a painting full of warm colors, 24×24 inches, Stevensons Acrylic on canvas, painted over the summer and…  well.  it is a new color scheme for an older idea.  i’ve painted this character in blues and greens often but here it is in warmer tones and we’ll play with the idea between now and Easter and see what comes of it.

hope you like!