Wine and Cartoon Portraits... every year Che hires me to draw at his Christmas customer appreciation evening at Baseline Wine and Spirits, in Sherwood Park. Its a wonderful and enjoyable drawing event every year. Here are some pics...
I am impressed by the amount of definitions attributed to the word "reach". How wonderful that a simple 5 letter word can adapt itself to millions of sentences, each with its own flavor of the word. My favorites:
To make an excessive effort, as in drawing a conclusion or making a joke
To have extension in space or time:a coat that reaches to the knee; a career that reached over several decades.
To succeed in getting in contact with or communicating with: They reached us by phone. Our newsletter reaches a specialized readership.
An expanse: a reach of prairie; the lower reaches of the food chain.
To try to grasp or touch something: reached for a book.
You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success - or are they holding you back ~Clement Stone
You know, I have been thinking a lot about the word "focus" lately. Since getting back from the ISCA convention in Ohio, my focus has mostly refused to return to work and instead has been wandering around the internet, enjoying the convention afterglow, soaking up distraction like a sponge, in a creative, yet undisciplined and headstrong way.
In art or more specifically in a painting, the focus is the area of the painting with the highest level of contrast or conflict. However in life, we demand our focus to be the area that we select, on any given day, at the whim of our responsibilities. The thing is, sometimes the areas in our life of bright contrast or conflict often have something valuable to teach us when we actually do take the time to really allow our attention to rest there. Sometimes we need to crawl up and snuggle right into that distraction even if its not instantly "profitable" or time "justifiable", because the elements of personal investment and/or career enhancement are not always recognizable in advance.
Now at 45, when I look back at all the things that pulled my attention away from the things I thought I should be focusing on, I realize that allowing myself to be distracted by what moves me is what has gotten me to where I am today.
Feeling alive...There are rules in art. It takes knowledge and skill to know what those rules are and why they exist. It takes mastery to know when you can break or alter them without destroying your piece of art.
Look at your feet. You are standing in the sky. When we think of the sky, we tend to look up, but the sky actually begins at the earth.
~ Diane Ackerman
I was given the Kreativ Blogger award by Belgian artist Jan Baptist. (Thanks Jan!)
Here is how it works: Remember the rules for the Kreativ Blogger award is to list 7 things about you (so we can get to know you a bit better) and pick 7 deserving artists to pass it along to.
So first... 7 things about me:
1). My arms do not straighten completely. 2). I was the president of my High School in my final year. 3). I wore large metal and wooden braces on my legs 24 hours a day for an entire year when I was 3, and if I hadn't, I would have had one leg significantly longer than the other. 4). I played basketball 3-4 hours a day between the ages of 12-20, and I was a starting player on my college basketball team. 5). I believe anything is possible. 6). My hair is naturally almost black in colour. 7). I love to be around (or talk to) people who know secret things. Now 7 blogs of people who have inspired me:
What a week! I just arrived home early this morning from Sandusky, Ohio where I attended the annual ISCA (International Society of Caricature Artists) convention. I am exhausted but still vibrating with inspiration of being around such unbelievable talent for the last 7 days. I can't deny that its also about the energy of being around people that you really connect with.
I spent 1o hours in airports and on planes yesterday and since I resolved in Sandusky to start sketching more, I started a new sketchbook... I already can't wait till next year...