February 24, 2015

Sketches of Naked People

A few shots from my sketchpad these days. They involve nudity, so close your eyes if you have to.

February 17, 2015

GCAA Family Day Workshop

Thanks to the dedicated bunch of artists that came out to the workshop I had the pleasure of facilitating this weekend, on probably the coldest two days of the year. Thanks also to the Guelph Creative Arts Association for hosting, providing coffee and food, and get the entire thing off the ground.

I can't say how happy I am to see artists getting together and mutually supporting themselves through these sorts of events, without all the pretensions, exclusivity, and cynicism you sometimes get with "scenes" in the arts.

I look forward to seeing your future creations on display in the area.  Keep the creative juices flowing!

February 6, 2015

From Tytler in Snow - The Demographic

So my kid's brand-new school wants to install a half dozen portables on its grounds. Kids from other over-capacity schools need to be shifted around and blah, blah, blah.

Of course you know how it goes with portables: once they're in they're in, because anything after that is moving against inertia and expensive and who wants to go there in this day of economics-is-the-only-thing-you're-allowed-to-talk-about.

The real kick in the pants is that the grounds on which the giant Lego blocks will likely be placed was just greened at a considerable outlay of voluntary time and expense, raised privately by the school's parents, with little support from the school or board.

In the ensuing panic, a community meeting and an online forum were hobbled together and one of the suggestions to emerge was to place the redundant pupils at Tytler, a recently decommissioned school which now houses a neighbourhood association and just a few years ago was a functioning primary school, in fact, the oldest in Guelph.

That didn't go over well. Some parents chimed in with laments over the "demographics" around Tytler, trying to impress us all with their use of such a big word.

It's true, I did have to look it up but I felt hurt. Just because we're all on welfare and make bathtub gin do they have to be so mean? Don't tell me they don't make love to the occasional chicken, too. Or flash people for sport once in a while.

I thought I'd commemorate the great moment of parental vigilance with a sketch in watercolour of the view from Tytler these days, with an unsavoury type (yes, he doesn't taste good, I tried) looking around all confused.

"From Tytler in Snow"
Watercolour on paper
11" x 15"