The taste of sulphur coated my tongue and the air clung to my skin as I emerged from the Beijing Capital International Airport on an unseasonably hot October night in 2007. I was on a whirlwind tour of the Asia-Pacific region as part of my work on an online network of universities. I was touching … Continue reading Made in China: new mixed media
There is something other-worldly about Catherine Paleczny's work. The organic shapes belie the underlying ceramic structures – whether arranged on the floor or mounted on the wall they beckon you. When I was invited by Lauren Judge, founder of the Maven Project to photograph Catherine hanging her current show at the Burlington Arts Centre, my … Continue reading Something about Catherine Paleczny
I've been taking classes with Kitchener artist Alan Daniel. Alan is a master of technique and a marvelous illustrator. You can see his illustrations in the much-praised books The Story of Canada and recently in Fireside Al’s Treasury of Christmas Stories. One of the tasks that Alan set for me was to learn how to … Continue reading 1+1+1 = All Mixed Up
New Painting: Reflections 2009 -- I'll start 2010 with good intentions to post here more often. Despite my best efforts I was unable to keep a consistent flow of ideas in 2009. Perhaps this painting is an appropriate image to start with. Reflections 2009 is a piece I struggled with over the summer and fall. … Continue reading Turning Reflections 2009 upside down
I just finished this painting. Acrylic on masonite with found objects. Click here to see a large image. Comments welcome.
Yes, a year in the making! How can it take that long to enshrine a tree root in a concrete arch? Create a cardboard form; cover it with a chicken-wire armature; apply a 2 cm. layer of mortar mix concrete; add a finishing coat white Portland cement; polish it with a rotary sanding disk; and … Continue reading A Year in the Making