Archive for June, 2010

Drawing A Day #15: T. Wrecks

June 30th, 2010

Today’s D.A.D. is particularly groan-worthy:

Godzilla had to work way too hard to wreak havoc on a city!

T. Wrecks popped into my mind the other night. It’s often in the state of half-consciousness — either falling asleep or waking up — that I have some of my funniest (punniest?) ideas.

I have to say a big happy thanks to everyone who commented — here and on facebook — on my out-of-my-element Newfoundland painting; we’ve sold 8 prints of it so far! And it also got included in this very thoughtful etsy treasury in tribute to Canada Day (with an item from each province and territory):

Oh, and it’s ONE week till we’re a month old. Have you entered our giveaway???

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Drawing A Day #14: Walking a fine line

June 29th, 2010

Have you noticed how fearless some kids can be? I recently met Ali, Marc’s 9-year old niece, who’s enrolled in kids’ circus school and loves it … what a cool way to channel her boundless energy (the type that should be bottled and sold!). I was in awe watching her effortlessly turn somersaults, buzz around on her unicycle and bounce from the backyard trampoline to hang from the basketball rim above it.

Mr. Hippo in today’s D.A.D. may not have the same energy level but he’s holding his own on the highwire – here’s Walking a fine line:

Walking a fine line
Years ago, I got to swung from a trapeze at a one-day circus class … it was fun but think I’ll leave the unicycle riding to others (I have enough challenges on two wheels).

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Drawing A Day #13: Bergs on parade

June 28th, 2010

Our parents took an impromptu weekend vacation to Newfoundland to go see the ‘Iceberg Parade’ (look up these terms on Google Images, prepare your oohs and ahhs), so I decided use this as the inspiration for today’s D.A.D. This is actually a bit of a nerve-wracking post for me because I went way outside my comfort zone for this one… and did a landscape painting — something I haven’t done since 2nd year university!

Here it is *gulp*, and I call it Bergs on parade:

Hands down, I worked on this longer than any of the other D.A.D.’s I’ve done so far; I didn’t know how best to capture Newfoundland, its beauty, and all its quirky and wonderful features. I could’ve gone with my usual style and illustrated a lobster or ‘kissing the cod’, but after a few starts & stops, this is where I ended.

While brainstorming, I posted a status update on my facebook profile, asking for people’s input. I was blown away by the response:
No shortage of inspiration, to be sure, but then I think I felt some added pressure: this place means a lot to people. So hopefully, even though I ended up diverging from most of what people suggested, and even though landscapes ain’t my thing, this will resonate with at least one Newfoundlander out there!

I’ve only been to The Rock once before and was blown away. The people, the vibe, the houses, the culture, the terrain… are all so different from anywhere I’d been in Canada; even the sky feels different somehow. I gotta get back there, and I gotta go see those bergs.

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