Archive for July, 2015

15 minute twinravens Documentary

Aanii!  Hey I forgot about this little documentary!  Its 15 or so minutes, all the details are in the closing credits.  We shot it out there on the range in I believe it was November, many moons ago.

http://www.etfo.ca/Multimedia/Webcasts/SudburyArtists/Pages/Mark.aspx

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Going down memory lane!

The gals were up to some house cleaning while I was on the road last week and one of things they found was one of my old sketch books from the year 2000 man.  Definitely a dusty old journal, snap shots of a long ago life time and my how things have changed in all departments since then.  But one thing has remained!  I am still working with the Ojibwe Woodland style of art!  Here is a page from that sketch book and its pretty clear I had been pondering the work of famed Norval Morrisseau!

Sharpie Marker on 50 pound 9x12 inch paper.  Dated September 19. 2000 man.  (a heavy duty time!)

Sharpie Marker on 50 pound 9×12 inch paper. Dated September 19. 2000 man. (a heavy duty time!)

Yes indeed,  Sept. 19, 2000 man…  Right around the time famed painting:  Afraid to Wake up was created.  We are a very long way from that point in time!

ready for the Enchanted Forest Mystical Fair: Kagawong!

hi there!  i’ve been whooping up some new colours and using up some old paints!  getting ready you see, for the upcoming weekend event in the town of Kagawong!  so here are a few examples:

Tehkummah Scenes, acrylic on canvas, 7x9 inches

Tehkummah Scenes, acrylic on canvas, 7×9 inches

i had some Hansa Orange, made in Toronto by Stevensons!  i’ve been carrying that 1.125 litre jug for years!  it ran bone dry on this series of sketches.  here is another:

Tehkummah Scenes, acrylic on canvas board, 7x9 inches

Tehkummah Scenes, acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches

it worked out!  i slipped a lot of white in there but i also slipped a spot of ultramarine blue and came up with the above colour scheme.  which of course i like very much!  (i might keep that one!)

here is another:

Tehkummah Scenes, acrylic on canvas board, 7x9 inches

Tehkummah Scenes, acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches

there is a bit more of that ultramarine blue!  that jug too, i’d been carrying since 2005 and last night it went into the outbox!  its gone!  used up!

Spirit Horse, 11x14 inches, acrylic on canvas board

Spirit Horse, 11×14 inches, acrylic on canvas board

i’ll tell you the truth.  this is only the 2nd horse i’ve painted so i have a long way to go in getting the details the way we’d love to see them.  but i’ll keep on it, and i’ll share with you too, when they are finished and warming up to the idea of me on the brush.

but most of these will be going with quite a few other new ones, to the Enchanted Forest Mystical Fair, at Kagawong, Manitoulin Island.  great place for a Saturday afternoon and i hope to see you!

and here it is:  already july 22nd…  i better get busy with making more of the most of our day!

Manitoulin Art Tour 2015

aanii!  hello there!  Saturday morning on the open range: no wind, no sound but birds!  bird song in every direction and it is quite a scene!  a grand and glorious thing.

today and tomorrow: the Manitoulin Art Tour is on, happening all over this good island.  my work is in with the folks at 4elements and you can see it today, especially this one:

Acrylic on canvas, 30x40 inches

Acrylic on canvas, 30×40 inches

and we have a bunch of smaller work today at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation in M’Chigeeng, where I will be all day today and tomorrow.  at the OCF we have pieces like this:

Teacher sketch No. 1, acrylic on canvas board, 18x24 inches

Teacher sketch No. 1, acrylic on canvas board, 18×24 inches

so come out and see us!

a sketch on canvas board, 7×9 inches

hi there!  the good news is in:  fresh new sketches hot off the range!  i’ve been playing with this landscape and tall grass idea, having a lot of fun with it, and finding one of my ways while at it.  so here are two of 6:

sketch, 7x9 inches on canvas board

sketch, 7×9 inches on canvas board

sketch, 7x9 inches on canvas board

sketch, 7×9 inches on canvas board

yes…  i like those.  and i want to see them up a bit larger, say 16×20 and on canvas.

or course we are a long way from the cool suggestions of these sketches!  instead we are on the beauty blue and green, the world out here is in full bloom!  and that river out front is ripe for the picking, rolling slowly down to the great Lake Huron.  and at times, running over the feet and toes of willing artists and would be artists!