More experiments with mark making and motion.
The recent polar vortex resulted in some burst pipes around here. Phase two of the renovation has begun a bit sooner than planned due to water damage. My first winter in Canada has been a doozy!
The cold weather makes me want to stay inside, play with art supplies and drink tea.
Sometimes tea = art supplies.
I’ve been drawing a lot of faces lately, usually encircled in swirls. If you happen to be in Kingston this evening, stop by Modern Fuel for the opening of Home is Where the Art Is, Annual Members’ Show & Sale. When I saw the title of the show, I immediately wanted to submit some of my recent drawings. I’m so glad I did! The above and a couple of my other drawings are in the show. I stopped by the gallery yesterday and saw so much amazing, inspiring work! The show runs from Dec 6 to Dec 21.
Our move has made life extra busy this year! There have been so many new things to get excited about. I have met so many wonderful people! I have, however, neglected my blog. As a matter of fact, I’ve taken a break from posting to most social media. Sure, I still check facebook, wish people Happy Birthday and “like” pictures of cats, but for the most part, I have resisted posting all the day to day details of our move and the renovation of our new-old house. The above photo will give an idea of how deep into it we got. Today I am happy to report that phase one of the renovation is done! Much appreciation for our fabulous contractor and crew. We are now in the home-stretch of unpacking. My studio is almost set up. I’ve resumed my daily art making practice and that feels great! I’ll have more news on that front very soon…
My sweetheart and I are apart this Valentine’s Day but, thankfully, we are in the home stretch of our year in two cities!
I was drawing a map of Guadalajara the other day, for no particular reason, and discovered a bird walking in the streets. Do you see it?
He reminds me of a fella who took a long walk on the beach with me in Puerto Vallarta.
My sketch was just a small section of the city. I checked google maps and, sure enough, there are more streets that look like tail feathers. This can’t be a coincidence! Is it my imagination or were the city planners having some fun? I added the “tail” streets to my sketch and colored the map to highlight the bird, a creature I’ve named Birdalajara.
The areas in green are actual parks, the rest of the colors were inspired by the Mexican ceramics and tiles that I love so much.
I was just finishing up this map when I received an email announcing this week’s Illustration Friday prompt, ocean. Perfecto!
It’s become a family tradition to ring in the new year in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. One of the many things that we love to do while there is go out on a boat and explore. The orange lines on this map show the approximate paths of some of the trips we’ve taken. Over the years we’ve gone whale watching, snorkling, bird watching and have seen manta rays the size of a bed sheet. This year, we took a night time boat trip. There is something so exciting about being out on the water in the dark under a sky full of sparkly stars. I can’t wait to do it again! Feliz Ano Nuevo!