Archive for June, 2017

June 28, 2017

life is like an empty frame

Posted in creativity, drawings

Yes, boys and girls, life is like an empty frame.
You’re either content with the crappy picture it came with,
or you fill it up with your own creation.

I moved into this apartment in July 2013. Somewhere in 2014, I bought 8 frames at Dollarama — 3 bucks each — to decorate the hallway. Up until yesterday, all of them had remained empty except for the crappy pictures they came with. My hallway was a reflection of my life: Bland Uniformity.

And then yesterday, I made a small step towards the eradication of blandness: I filled the first frame with the first of a long series of drawings I’ll be creating now that THE THRILL IS BACK, BABY!

So that’s 1 frame down and 7 to go.
Stay tuned for more!


June 27, 2017

Hope Gangloff, artist friends, essential tremor, and my lunch with Kindle

Last week, thanks to my friend Marta Szabo, I *discovered* Hope Gangloff, an American painter who lives and works in New York City.

It was love at first sight.

As part of my ongoing series “ART du jour” on Facebook, I posted several of her paintings and my friend Nancy McBride was immediately captivated by Gangloff’s style.

When I posted the following piece on Monday, June 24…

“Serious Snack”
Hope Gangloff — 2011
acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

… Nancy commented about how she loved “the implied texture/depth, yet done with line and lack of shadow.”

She also challenged me to do a line drawing.

Now ever since the Essential Tremor in my hands got worse at the end of 2014, I’ve almost totally abandoned drawing. I don’t tremble that much, but it’s enough to annoy me. Then there’s this health problem I’ve been dealing with since 2011 — which is now 80% cured, YESSS —, so I guess that along the way, I’d lost my mojo.

Nancy’s challenge was shaking my cage.
Oh no.

The thing is, I was perfectly fine living in my comfortable lazy rut, sharing other people’s art, thinking about drawing now and then but never taking action on account of my “condition.”

All good.

As I was about to refuse the challenge,
Nancy posted her drawing.

And then she posted this second one…

“Whimsical tedium” — Nancy McBride

… and that’s when I jumped in!

I didn’t follow the “line drawing” style.
I just drew.

It was 12:30 pm when Nancy challenged me.
At 8:06 pm, I posted my drawing:

“PHASE 1” 


Yesterday, I shared the finished product:

“Lunch with my friend Kindle”
Black ink & Prismacolor pencils on cardboard
9.5 x 7.5 inches

In tomorrow’s blog post, I’ll show you what I did with my drawing. Until then, don’t forget to visit my artist friends:

Marta Szabo — Authentic Writing
Nancy McBride — Portfolio

Thank you, Marta.
Thank you, Nancy.