More Painting

May 29, 2015 by  
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I have one more painting to add to the collection of stuff I painted based on photos friends have uploaded to facebook.

This one is of Port Chevalier, Auckland New Zealand.  The photo is, again, by variety performer, musician and pretty great photographer, Kim Potter.

I don’t really like painting landscapes all that much, but if I can find something to treat like a character, I’m happy.  These trees have a lot of character.

Kim's Port Chevalier

Kim's Port Chevalier

Photo by Kim Potter

Photo by Kim Potter

And now I must pack away the paints and easel and move to Toronto.  Here’s hoping they come back out again when I settle on the other side.


May 13, 2015 by  
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I’ve had a little time off between one job ending and a move back to Toronto to start new work.
This time has been painting time.

I always fancied myself a cubits and some of my past paintings have leaned in that direction, but I’m trying to just let stuff come out the way it wants to come out, with no expectations.  It’s not nearly as cubist as I’d hoped it would be, but it feels right anyway.  At least for now.  I’m basing all my paintings right now on photos friends have uploaded to facebook that have caught my eye.

Here’s what I’ve done so far, along with the photos they’re based on:

Josva's Kissing Apples

Based on this photo by Josva Halseide:

Kim’s Boots

Based on this photo by Kim Potter:

Lia's Treasures

Lia's Treasures

Based on this photo by Kimberly Naranjo

Kim's Dinner Plate 1

Kim's Dinner Plate 2

Based on this photo by Kim Potter:

Kim's Luggage

Based on this photo by Kim Potter:

Kim's Room


Based on this photo by Kim Potter:
UPDATE:  Here’s another –

Digging up Old Memories

April 3, 2015 by  
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I’m packing up my belongings to, once again, move far away.  I’ve learned I can enjoy it a little if I take control of the situation by pulling out all of my belongings, reorganizing and pairing down.  For some reason I have tax returns dating back to 2008.  I don’t need those to come with me.

In this process I found some old sketch books as well as a bunch of loose papers I’m surprised survived all these moves.

Here are some I had all but forgotten existed.

First is a design of a girl who kind of looks a little like me.  The head rotation isn’t the greatest (especially the profile that seems to be all nose and no chin), but I really do enjoy a lot about her.  I’m especially fond of her hands.  It’s a shame she ended up in the bottom of a trunk.

I also dug up some drawings that were from a book of Steve McCurry photography (the National Geographic photographer famous for “The Afghan Girl”)

The photos I took are a little grainy, but I couldn’t muster the energy to boot up the ol’ scanner.

FOUND ~ A story board

March 29, 2015 by  
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Here is a story I wrote in pictures.

There are all sorts of jump cuts and bad boarding throughout this piece, but I feel the story is worth sharing!  I’m currently cutting together a second round, fixing all the problems.

…I like action sequences.

Minty in the Circus Show

March 27, 2015 by  
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A novel and series in development

Minty in The Circus Show is a science show for children ages 5 to 10.  There is also a young readers series in development, for the same demographic.

Minty is a creative little girl who loves inventing and doing acrobatics. She and her best friend, Chump, the baby chimp in a diaper, have escaped from her home village of Umptious because of a villainous plot schemed by Vinnie Casino, a greedy factory owner! Minty must find her legendary Great Aunt Houser Von Hokenson, who travels the world as a renowned circus acrobat and is said to be the cleverest Umption ever! Minty knows all about her Great Aunt from the exciting stories Minty’s mom tells the children of Umptious. Minty has a homemade journal full of drawings and diagrams from every invention and science experiment her Great Aunt has used to get out of pickles, binds and jams! Minty loves these stories so much that they seem to come to life every time she opens her journal.

As they set out on their quest, Minty and Chump meet some unique friend with unique talents (and problems). Together, this new eteam travels from circus to sideshow to carnival, looking for the Great Houser Von Hokenson. Along the way, they find themselves helping different circus folk solve their own dilemmas with science and creative problem solving. Minty’s great aunt seems always just out of reach, while Vinnie Casino is always one step behind, trying to stop Minty from succeeding!

Cutey Cut-Outs

January 23, 2015 by  
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New design, commissioned for a studio’s series pitch.  I like construction paper!

Franken Toy, Ahoy!

September 7, 2014 by  
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Here is my first Franken Toy in the last two or three years since they blew up all over the internets!
I didn’t have time to give him a name, because he was being gifted at a baby shower minutes after he came to life. …But I have more parts.  Brace yourselves for more franken cuties!

Faun Doll

August 3, 2014 by  
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Forgive the horrible photos, but I’m very excited about a doll I’ve sculpted.  When I find or make a box to hang her in, I’ll take another photo. This is my little faun doll, made from Sculpy and acrylic paint.  I credit the inspiration to create her to my procrastinating serious projects!

Now that I’m finished making her I have no excuses… except that I just started re-watching Cheers and there are 11 seasons.  Oh, and you can’t finish Cheers without moving on to the 11 seasons of Frasier…  Well, I guess I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me.

It’s MATH!

May 20, 2014 by  
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WHY oh WHY oh why did no one ever even think to TRY to teach me math through pictures?!  I feel royally ripped off.

Watch this video:

El Gleno, the Ostrich

May 10, 2014 by  
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I just found a drawing I did a year ago of my friend, El Gleno Grande. He says he looks like an ostrich (he does has a very long neck).


El Gleno Grande, circus Ostrich

El Gleno Grande, circus Ostrich

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