Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ferry alternative

My little jab at the state of the ferries in the province in this month's Northeast Avalon Times. Pick one up if you're in the area. If you're not up on the story, it's a reference to Sheilagh O'Leary's recent "Tickle Swim for Mental Health" from Portugal Cove to Bell Island.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Some Good Market

Made a new copper "Trout Zepplins" this week which you can check out in person this Saturday at Some Good Market at Canonwood Hall in St. John's, 10am-4pm. Grand puffin prints, Alphonse Moose linocuts, Arthur the Stout Cod embossings, hand-screened shirts... a whole yaffle of crafty, arty goodness...  and that's just my table. There's 60 quality vendors! If you're in town, drop by!

More details and list of vendors here.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Age of the Paper

I came across Félix Vallotton's ‘L’âge du papier’ on my Tumblr feed the other day. I'd seen his work before but this one stuck. I guess I was feeling sentimental about newspapers. I spent 12 years in the newspaper industry. I don't think I'll ever work there again, but I do miss it. I think the inky smell at the plant gets in you. And lingers.

Vallotton's image (see below) is an etching. Mine is soft pastels on paper (above). Approximately 12"x13". The soft pastels are chunky... probably the wrong medium for such an image. Tough to get fine detail. It's a bit rough but I'm happy with it. Colours are Van Dyke Brown and Naples Yellow. I simplified the background at the top. And added some puffins. :) Can't wait to hang it in the house.

Félix Vallotton, ‘L’âge du papier’, published in Le cri de Paris, 23 January 1898


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