Friday Night Flicks: Doghouse

Today’s animation isn’t a typically romantic flick, but it seemed to me to be appropriate to the season.



I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

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How To Make A Heart Bookmark

or a whole bunch of them! After all, Valentine’s Day is coming.

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Friday Night Flicks: Thinking About Spring

It is just approaching the end of the first week of February, and I have been encountering harbingers of Spring. The chickadees have been singing “Spring’s here!” and engaging in small territorial squabbles around the bird feeder, Punxsutawney Phil forecast a short winter after not seeing his shadow on February 2, and garden catalogues have been arriving. Since some of us are already thinking about the growing season, here’s a short video of Susan Mills‘ Garden Ledger.



Of course, where I live the groundhog’s prediction of spring beginning in six weeks is unlikely to come true. (It has happened, but not recently as the weather patterns seem to have shifted to later springs and longer autumns.) Reflecting the spirit that keeps Canadians going through the winter, here is Rick Mercer’s take on The Seven Day Forecast.



Perhaps if we all spend the weekend wishing for it, Spring will come sooner.

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Alphabet Collecting 4

My alphabet collection has grown again. I received two alphabet-based gifts for Christmas, and last Friday I bought a stencil book, so here they all are.

One of the Christmas presents was a set of magnets:

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Friday Night Flicks: Nature of Language

A number of contemporary artists use lettering in one form or other in their paintings. It is not a particularly new thing. Recent calligraphic paintings can trace their roots back to the late 1960s and early 1970s. Their predecessors are painters like Joseph Kosuth and Cy Twombly.

Joseph Kosuth, (Art as Idea as Idea) [Nothing], 1968

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1968

Contemporary paintings also often exhibit influences from tag art and graffiti.

Today’s video shows José Parlá painting Nature of Language on location in the Hunt Library (SNØHETTA), North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. Part of the artist’s statement that accompanies the video states:

I found inspiration in the essence of words and their combined power however abstract within a landscape of gestural forms and characters that serve as carriers of meaning. Within this meta-landscape a viewer is welcomed to read into or feel the Nature of this universal language putting grammatical forms on hold.


With patches of extreme weather occurring around the globe, I hope your weekend is meteorologically boring.



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Slightly Foxed —but still desirable

When I began to read as a child, I had a favourite uncle who always gave me a book for Christmas. I am not sure whether he gave me books because he was my favourite uncle, or if he was my favourite uncle because he gave me books. Now that I am an adult, there are still books given and books received at Christmas. One of the delightful additions to our library this year was Slightly Foxed —but still desirable.

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Friday Night Flicks: Self-doubt and Vincent

Tomorrow is the final day of the Dimensions exhibition (including my work In Winter) at the Affinity Gallery in Saskatoon, so I thought I would share a couple of videos about being an artist.

Most people who are not artists have little idea of the stresses and frustrations of making art. I once described my working life to a non-artist and she found it incredible that anyone would put themselves through that kind of experience over and over. (Perhaps it’s some kind of sickness?) The hardest thing to deal with is the small voice in your head saying “Your art is shit.”

Here’s video number one: Your Art is Shit. (If you are an artist in the throes of self-doubt, you absolutely must watch the second video as well.)



The second video, Painting in the Dark, is about Vincent van Gogh, and provides insight into how one artist continued to work with little or no positive re-enforcement from the outside world.



Wishing everyone a weekend full of positive thoughts.

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Winter Candles

I mentioned in a coupled of previous posts (Another Pyramid Box and Two Enclosures) that I have been working on a swap book. The big exchange took place on January 9, 2016, so I can now show you my book without spoiling the surprise.

The book is called Winter Candles. It tells a short story about candles and Christmas Eve when I was a child, and it comes with extras.

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Friday Night Flicks: Lobulo

This coming Sunday’s blog post will mostly be about the book I made for the CBBAG Saskatchewan book swap. Since that book involved some paper engineering, I thought you might like a look at the work of Lobulo, a Spanish illustrator based in Barcelona and London, who creates 3D images using paper and simple tools.

The first video is from one of his recent workshops, and shows student work. The second is the trailer for a longer feature on him and his work.




After all the rapid fire Spanish, I hope everyone has a nice slow weekend.

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Feathers: another DIY artist’s book — part 2

As promised, this week’s post is a free printable version of a cover for Feathersand instructions on how to make and attach it.

You can download the pdf here. When printed on 8.5 x 11 ” paper you will have something that looks like this:

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