Friday, August 27, 2010

Posting will be off and on for the next two weeks. Work is getting in the way.

Unfinished Nude No.2

45.7 x 30.5 cm (18" x 12")

I had both a limited time and a limited palette to work with for this painting. Too bad. It could have been quite decent.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

• 19th century prize fighting in America. (The New Republic)
• Debt and American foreign policy. (Guernica)
• The jazz photography of Herman Leonard. (Slate)

Green Pillow

30.5 x 22.9 cm (12" x 9")

If I'm not mistaken the green pillow was actually a green bathrobe.

Monday, August 23, 2010

• Copyright law and industrial expansion in the 19th century. Not what you think. (Spiegel)
• Cultural property be damned. (review)
Black an Green
22.9 x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")

This pose didn't last long. The model had to abandon it after about twenty minutes. Her neck was killing her.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

• Molière's life after death. (Humanities)
• How to write good fiction. (The Atlantic)
Dying Gaul
ink and charcoal
27.9 x 35.6 cm (11" x 14")

The model for this drawing had a knowledge of art history. This pose was modelled after the Roman copy of the Dying Gaul.

The model had a slightly different hair style from the original Gaul. He did have the same moustache, however.

The original (the Roman copy, that is) is posted below.

Dying Gaul


Roman copy of a Greek original (circa 230-220 BC)

Monday, August 16, 2010

• Who owns stolen art? (HistoryNet)
• Daily coffee enemas prevent cancer, or at least, according to Prince Charles. (The New York Review of Books)
• Abolish academic tenure. (Slate)
digital image
20.3 x 27.9 cm (8" x11")

Using Photoshop I transformed a rather uninteresting sketch of some buildings into this rather uninteresting digital image of some buildings. Incredible.

Friday, August 13, 2010

I've been rather busy the last couple of days. I hope to get back on track next week.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

• Life after death. We can hardly wait. (The Chronicle)
The Worst of Perth. The worst of anything usually deserves a look. (via things magazine)
• Visually documenting a flight from New York to Berlin. (The New York Times)
Mike with a Pole
21.6 x 27.9 cm (8.5" x 11")

I don't think that I flattered Mike at all with this brush drawing.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

• Literary last words. (The Guardian) (via C-Monster)
• Norman Rockwell's models. (The New York Times)

Man Wrapping His Hands

ink and watercolour
35.6 x 27.9 cm (14" x 11")

Weird colouring.

Monday, August 09, 2010

• Geoffrey Hill, Oxford Professor of Poetry. (The Australian)
• Bad Sex in Fiction Award. (Lapham's Quarterly)
• British brutalism. Architecture, that is. (arch daily)(via C-Monster)


11.4 x 8.9 cm (4.5" x 3.5")

A pretty simple drawing today, one that was done during a visit to an aquarium.

Pencil drawings don't always scan well. In this case the subtlety of graphite was lost in the scan.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

À Ton Étoile: reprise à la kalimba par la chanteuse du groupe eve-r. (Gracias a Eduardo Alvarado en El pintor de hierro para el vídeo.)

Friday, August 06, 2010

• The decline of French cuisine. (London Review of Books)
• The mystery of the river sculptures in Toronto has been cleared up. (The Globe & Mail)
Country Lane
oil on canvas
61.0 x 76.2 cm (24" x 30")

For those in the Winnipeg region this lane is a service road which runs off Waverley Street along the La Salle River. The field in the distance is part of La Barrière Park.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

• Scrap metal dealers and the theft of sculpture. (artknows)
Telephone Pole No. 2
20.3 x 27.9 cm (8" x 11")

The building fragment on the right of the pole seems out of scale. It probably isn't. It just seems that way.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

• Conrad Black: My Prison Education. (The National Post)
• Allan Sanders superheroes. (strawdogs)
Cityscape 3
ink, charcoal, and pastel
22.9 x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")

The buildings in this drawing are very familiar to Winnipeggers. The steep roofed building is the Fort Garry Hotel. The building with the two stage turret is a new addition to the hotel. The Fort Garry is one of the many grand Canadian railway hotels from the turn of the last century. When it was built in 1913 it was the tallest building in city.

Monday, August 02, 2010

• Agnosticiam vs. atheism. (Slate)
• The baker and J. Malcolm Garcia. (Guernica)
• Huge budget cuts are in store for the arts in Britain. (The Guardian)
Cityscape 2
ink and charcoal
20.3 x 27.9 cm (8" x 11")

The shading for this drawing was done without much care. It doesn't seem to give the requisite depth to the drawing.

Does the central building look a bit like an open book? Or is that just me?