My recent drawing activities are primarily using a touch tablet and drawing into photographic images. The engaging thing about this act is that there are a few options of how to proceed and they include drawing into, with, against and through the image. Sometimes there are lines in the photo image that function as drawing. The image with the coil of white xmas tree lights is a good example of this. My drawing contribution to the image was more of a background support.
thethought; digital drawing
cavelight; digital drawing
virus; digital drawing
zone theories; digital drawing/collage
attempted; digital drawing
up&downtown; digital collage
metaconstructiononglass; digital drawing
constructing; digital drawing
provisionalexterior; digital collage
cagedman; digital drawing
scramble; digital collage
flower; digital drawing
habituate; digital collage
thinkingthruthings; digital collage
An ongoing fascination with the multi-varied qualities of glass resulted in some photographs exploring these qualities. The reflective nature encompassing both inside and outside; surface texture such as scratches, wear, grime, cracks, condensation or rain drops; fogging and translucence create a wide palette of elements for play. Focus and depth of field contribute to a game of nuance and emphasis. Most of these photos have little post production but a few have a second exposure dubbed into the scene.
Since the fall of 2010, the iPad & camera have been my primary art making tools. Without the time and space to paint in a focussed and serious way, I found that with the iPad and the rich apps that are available that I was able to engage in the kind of creative image making that I enjoyed with painting. Here are some of the pieces that I was satisfied with. They all started from photographs, but, in some cases, not much of the original photo was left.
conditions of hope; digital image/drawing
Not thought) No (Think; digital image/drawing
scaliform denuding; digital image/drawing
wounded grove; digital image/drawing
obstacle; digital image/drawing
psyche renovation; digital image/drawing
contortions; digital painting
cast out; digital image/drawing
this time it will be different; digital painting
el ingenioso; digital drawing/painting
Playing with the positive and negative by reversing.
Bewitched Street; digitally altered digital photo; 2009
Auto Repair 3; digitally altered digital photo; 2009
Car Hatching 7: digitally altered digital photo; 2009
Leaf Car 6; digitally altered digital photo; 2009
Exercise Machine; digitally altered digital photo; 2009
Girls, Girls, Girls; digitally altered digital photo; 2009
Gothic Break Out; acrylic on canvas; 24x48 in; 2009
Returning somewhat to the style of a painting from 1989, I painted this canvas at the request of my son. He wanted a black and white painting that had dance figures. I wanted to do an abstracted figure shape in a horizontal multilimbed pose. Kali as a gothic break dancer. We were both satisfied.
Ice Field Shapenings; acrylic on canvas; 54x72 in; 1989
Definitely not a technically trained photographer, I usually do the point and shoot thing with a pocket camera. For these photos, I used a professional dslr and shot St. Paul’s Hospital reflected in the Wall Centre in downtown Vancouver.
Warped Hospital 1; digital photo; 2008
Warped Hospital 2; digital photo; 2008
Warped Hospital 3; digital photo; 2008
Warped Hospital 4; digital photo; 2008
Gods House; digital photo; 2009
This is a high-rise reflection captured in downtown Vancouver around noon. It was altered in Photoshop to slightly distort perspective.
These watercolors are from 2006-7 when I was involved in a process of flooding colour onto paper and scrawling lines to delineate space.
Blotter 1; watercolor on paper; 16.25 x 11.5 in; 2007
Blotter 2; watercolor on paper; 16.25 x 11.5 in; 2007
Blotter 3; watercolour on paper; 16.25 x 11.5 in; 2007
Blotter 4; watercolour on paper; 16.25 x 11.5 in; 2007
Blotter 5; watercolor on paper; 16.25 x 11.5 in; 2007
Blotter 6; watercolor on paper; 16.25 x 11.5 in; 2007
Blotter 7; watercolor on paper; 16.25 x 11.5 in; 2007
Blotter 8; watercolor on paper; 16.25 x 11.5 in; 2007
One of the psychiatrists in the hospital where I work called this photo a “metaphor for the mind.”
UnderBridge - photo - 2009