I officially have my first works of art exhibited in a public location in the city. A couple weeks ago, I was given the opportunity with a couple friends to showcase and sell our work at a local cafe, Sage Cafe & Catering, in Toronto. I use this opportunity to showcase my recent humming birds. They are located right behind the cash counter. It feels nice to “break the ice” and make positive steps toward one of my many goals. More to come soon :)
Here’s a sneak peek of another little project of mine. I felt like my previous hummingbird needed a friend so I made another one last night. I’m planning to have these two hummingbirds showcased at a local restaurant soon and perhaps make a couple prints as well. I really like how they turned out.
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I like the idea that the symbol can also represent a moment in time in the life of the artist when the mind is free to simply let the spirit create through the physical body. Apparently the symbol drawn by the artist reveals the movement and character of the artist and the ones who draw the circle with an opening suggests an openness to things. Some artists even start their day by first drawing the symbol almost as a meditative exercise before starting their work, sometimes with a quote next to it. Maybe I should incorporate that in my daily routine.
The Toronto Urban Sketchers group went to the Distillery District last weekend to sketch the scenery and I decided to bring along my new Molestkine Watercolour Notebook to test it out. I’ve seen so many great sketches using the proper kind of paper for watercolour that I had to try it. It’s always a bit nerve racking to start using new mediums but I really want to explore the various possibilities with watercolours. Since it’s a small sketchbook I had time to make three quick sketches. They are not the most accurate but it was fun to play with colours a little more. The paper takes the water very well so I’ll be able to practice wet on wet watercolour techniques in the future. Now it’s just a question of getting familiar with it and hopefully see significant improvements by the end of this sketchbook.
For the article entitle What is Money? I came up with the idea of the evolution of man and money to illustrate the text. Just like humans, the concept of money has evolved and is still evolving. We went from shells, to cattle, to coins, to paper billd and plastic cardd, and are now just starting with online systems like Dogecoins. It’s interesting to see how we’re moving away from tangible money into the virtual world. Perhaps we’re slowly moving into the utopian concept of a moneyless society from Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry was right about many ideas, perhaps this will be another one to add to the list of Start Trek concepts that are no longer fiction.
I recently started a new blog to accompany my book project : Making Sense of the Science of Getting Rich, and decided to add some quick simple sketches to go with my posts. Being very visual, I prefer to have an image with my article when I post something. The above sketch was for an article entitled Rich Artist Poor Artist. If you haven’t guessed it, it’s a play on the Rich Dad Poor Dad book. In the article I essentially touch on the “starving artist” belief system. To illustrate my thoughts on the matter, I drew two artists (one rich, one poor) with seemingly the same skill level but with two completely different attitude, which affect their body language and eventually their income.
Last night, I ventured in Iceland on Google map and discovered Svartifoss, which is a beautiful waterfall located at the Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland. The falls are surrounded by tall basal colums of dark lava. Their straight edges make them look like they were man-made. Apparently they tend to break off in hexagonal sections faster then it would take for the water to smooth out the edges. As a result, there also tends to be quite a few straight edge rock at the bottom. This is not the only site with this type of rock formation. They are also present at the Giant Causeway in Northern Ireland, at the Devil’s Tower in the United States, and at the island of Staffa in Scotland.
Road to the Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve
I recently joined a fun facebook group called Virtual Plein Air, where the objective is to share painting from sketches made based on a random locations found using Google Map. What a great idea! It’s a great way to keep practicing watercolors and to virtually travel at the same time. Of course I had to give it a try and found this beautiful place in the Yauyos Province of Peru. It interesting to see how much space is still to be revealed on Google map. This road leads to the Reserva Paisajística Nor Yauyos-Cochas (Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve) but the virtual tour stops here. Hopefully, they will continue to document this area all the way to the reserve at some point in the near future.