Thursday, December 30, 2010

• A home of your own? How about a converted Martello tower? (The Guardian)
• The decline effect in science. (The New Yorker)

Peterson Creek Trail, Kamloops 
oil on canvas 61.0 cm x 76.2 cm (24" x 30")

This is a summer painting from Kamloops, B.C.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

• The prison library. (The Boston Globe)


8.9 cm x 12.7 cm (3.5" x 5")

If you can think of a caption for this cartoon, please send it to me and I'll add it to the image.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

• " Hopper is a painter without any sense of humor, which is a troubling fact. He paints without wit, without self-awareness." So thinks Morgan Meis. Agree or disagree? Or does it matter? (The Smart Set)
• The decline of America? (The New Republic)
An Old House
oil on board
15.2 x 20.3 cm (6" x 8")

For Winnipeg, this is an old house. Although I'm no expert, from the style of the house, I would guess that it was built sometime between 1900 and 1914.

For anyone in Winnipeg the house is on the corner of Boyle St. and Dewdney Ave. in Point Douglas.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Hallelujah Chorus: Chorus Niagara

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! (This choir is a good reason to live in southern Ontario.)

Friday, December 24, 2010

7 Seconds: Youssou D'Nour

Not exactly a Christmas video, but for those celebrating Christmas tomorrow, Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

• Mystery sculpture appears and disappears in Boulder, Colorado. (dailycamera)
• The American plutocracy. (Plutocracy could apply to many countries, including Canada. ) (The American Interest)

Grey Hair

45.7 x 30.5 cm (18" x 12")

Grey Hair, or Gray Hair?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

• I feel like singing today. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
• Which (famous) artist do you want to follow? (MutualArt)
• A different Dickens? If you're in Winnipeg tonight or tomorrow night check out Ian Mozdzen's version of A Christmas Carol at the Dalnavert Museum.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

• The Andrew project, for better or worse. (CBC News)
• More dumb art thieves. (CBC News)
• New architecture in Tasmania. (The Guardian)

Electrical Outlet with Girl

35.6 x 27.9 cm (14" x 11")

I'm running out of titles.

Monday, December 20, 2010

• Scientology. (The Humanist)
• I knew that PhD was a mistake. (The Economist)
B. in Profile
22.9 x 25.4 cm (9" x 10")

This drawing isn't much; though it seems to be a good likeness in spite of lack of time that went into it.

Friday, December 17, 2010

• Know your market: more career advice for artists from Ed Winkleman.
• The virtues of gossip. (The Globe and Mail)
• Mao. (The New Yorker)
Kings Hotel
oil on board
15.2 x 20.3 cm (6" x 8")

The Kings Hotel is a familiar, if not terribly attractive, landmark in Point Douglas, a neighbourhood bordering Winnipeg's downtown.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

• This from a review of Katharina Wulff's work at the Greene Naftali Gallery: “Works proceed unpredictably to their completed state, leaving figures fixed in visual moments throughout the psychological and material experience of committing them to canvas; these are interrupted always by a ‘hysteric whimsy’ that productively fails to seize Wulff’s mannered subjects in a uniformity that might be recognizable to the self-identifying techniques routinely unquestioned by contemporary culture.” Got it. (Art Baloney Blog)
• Art forgery in Portugal. (The Wall Street Journal)
Rear View
22.9 x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")

Despite the view I like this.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

• Ever heard of Darwin's rival, Richard Owen? (The Telegraph)

Pink Portrait

22.9 x 17.8 cm (9" x 7")

Monday, December 13, 2010

• A decent community is one in which a crazy old lady can wander the neighborhood without fear of being put away, or so thought Paul Goodman. (bookforum)
The Killing of Crazy Horse. (The Wall Street Journal)


oil on board
20.3 x 15.2 cm (8" x 6")

Not one of my better efforts.

Friday, December 10, 2010

River Road, Summer
oil on board
15.2 x 20.3 cm (6" x 8")

This is from last summer. The view is of River Road, north of Winnipeg, where it borders Larters Golf Course.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

• The rise and fall of foreign films in America. (The Book)
• The truth about unauthorized biographies. (As as aside, are there any unauthorized autobiographies?) (The American Scholar)

K. Reading

45.7 x 30.5 cm (18" x 12")

This was a five minute painting. It shows, I know.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

• Punctuacon and the octothorpe. (The National Post)
• The most beautiful(?) public libraries in the U.S. (Flavorwire) (via things magazine)
Winter River
oil on board
15.2 x 20.3 cm (6" x 8")

This is the Red River at the beginning of our street.

Monday, December 06, 2010

• Perversion isn't subversion anymore, so pity the poor artist. (The Wall Street Journal)
• Francesca Woodman, a unique photographer. (The Telegraph)
• The golden age of comic book sales. (Fine Books)
• The science of literature. (Sounds scary.) (science progress)

Black Strap

45.7 x 30.5 cm (18" x 12")

I somehow neglected finishing the model's right eye in this painting, as well as his fingers on both hands - not to mention that I cut off his legs and couldn't be bothered to do anything with the background. But give me a break. Time was short and my eyesight isn't so good.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

• Who says the Japanese are crazy? Crazy for vans, that is. (Speedhunters) (via things magazine)
• Architecture as seen from Toronto. (No Mean City) (via things magazine)
30.5 x 45.7 cm (12" x 18")

I think that I must have missed something when I was doing this drawing. The model couldn't have been as pregnant as I've drawn her.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

• Do Jeff Koons and Versailles deserve one another? (The Art Newspaper)
• Stefan Zweig. (Slate)

Woman Looking Down

ink and watercolour
45.7 x 30.5 cm (18" x 12")

This woman had strong looking hands. I might have overdone them a bit, particularly the the left hand, which looks not only odd, but too large.