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July 5, 2017

Keith Haring, Pisa, my photographer friend, snakes, synchronicity, and a NEW DRAWING

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I’m a big fan of reptiles.

Earlier this year, I wanted to create a huge painting for my living room so I drew a few sketches of a SNAKE slithering amid rocks and cactuses.

Months later, the 48 x 48 inch canvas hangs on the wall over my couch: blank, barren, empty.

But now that my mojo’s back, I figured it would be good practice for me to start with a drawing before graduating to the Big Canvas. Last week, on Wednesday, I made a new SNAKE sketch for my Project Hallway.


I’m also a big fan of Keith Haring.

On her recent trip to Italy, my longtime friend Sylvie Robert stopped in Pisa — to see the famous tower — where she unexpectedly came across a mural created by Haring in 1989. She shared this photo on Facebook… especially for moi.  😎

Thursday, Sylvie came over for supper
and brought me THIS:

When I saw the SNAKE on the Keith Haring magnet, my goosebumps got goosebumps — amazing synchronicity!

Bursting with gratitude and boosted by Haring’s energy, I created the second drawing for my Project Hallway:

Black ink & Prismacolor pencils on cardboard
9.5 x 7.5 inches

2 frames down and 6 to go.
Having fun is FUN.


P.S.: If ever you’re in Pisa, check out the art/shop/café where Sylvie bought the magnet. They also have a Facebook page.

June 28, 2017

life is like an empty frame

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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.

April 1, 2017

Illustration for April — Bite!

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Happy month of April  😎 
Joyeux mois d’avril
[ click to enlarge ]