Archive for May 15th, 2009

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‘doodling’

May 15, 2009

I mentioned that the turkey vultures had returned a couple of weeks ago. In these parts they’re usually pretty timid and take off if you approach them either in a car or in person. One day last week I got a close-up view of one and was surprised, once again, at just how freakin’ ugly they are up close. Their mama’s can’t even love them much – they so ugly. Anyway, that is what was on my mind when I drew this little doodle below. Once it was down on paper it reminded me of the sort of images that are included in west coast aboriginal totems. (…and yes, I ought to crop this and might yet.)

totem

totem

This image below is referred to as ‘The Flower of Life’; each circular segment is known as ‘The Seed of Life’. I’d bought a set of 24 oil pastels and here I worked my way through them (all except black) with no plan or intended design element. Next I intend to apply a colour scheme and do another two or three of them. (warm, cool, bright) **I’d like everyone to note how well I managed to stay within the lines while colouring.**

Flower of Life

Flower of Life

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Strong Lines

May 15, 2009

As I was up way earlier than I wanted to be today I cobbled together a few drafts to post when I feel particularly brain-dead; like tonight. A couple of these shots are from my digital camera (which is getting old and cranky lately); the others are taken with my cell phone. Here we go – buildings and architectural details.

Gallery Atria

Gallery Atria

 I used to do work with foster kids who were having problems with substance and generally combined counselling sessions with a recreational activity. Quite often, because of time of year and overall availability I’d wind up taking them bowling or to shoot pool before a sit down session over pop or coffee. Just to change things up one day I took young Dylan to our city’s art gallery to see what he thought about what he saw there. He had some artistic ability himself but hadn’t had much exposure to professional artist’s output. Of course I wasn’t allowed to shoot any pictures inside the gallery areas but I snuck this one off in the atria. The gallery is named for one of the progeny of the founder of the Buick line of GM vehicles. Gallery website is here:

http://www.rmg.on.ca/

Look Waaaay Up
Look Waaaay Up

 About a year ago I spent a couple of weeks working at our central intake and assessment centre in downtown Toronto. It turned out not to be a good fit for me as I didn’t care for a steady diet of assessments, endless phone intakes and data entry on the computer. The day I decided I’d had enough and would return to this facility I thought I’d look like a yokel and take a shot for posterity of the really tall building facing our offices. Guess I should have leaned back a little further in order to get the last few floors in the frame.

Symmetry

Symmetry

Wednesday night we were killing time before entering a meeting when I noticed these nice new shiny flue pipes that had just been installed on the back of the hall. I had hoped the reflection and colour of the trees would show up a little better but it was indirect lighting. Note to self – go back in the morning on a sunny day.  Actually, sitting back and looking at it – it looks like two eyes and a long straight nose.

Church Stained Glass Window

Church Stained Glass Window

Where it comes to attending church I’ve become a wedding and funeral sort of guy. (You know… despite best intentions and all.) I was surprised I didn’t get struck by lightning a couple of weeks ago when I went to PJ and Tina’s re-do of their wedding vows. The motif above was repeated along the length of the church and set diagonally in the walls. Caught my eye.