'A Gourmet Poetry Salon' Sep 27th 3-5pm at Urban Gallery!September 16, 2014, 10:23 PM
A Gourmet Poetry Salon
at Urban Gallery
hosted by moi. Featuring Sonia Di Placido
and Heather Babcock
, with a cameo spot by Angel Torres
. Open Mic sign-up at 3pm. Delectable, delicious, convivial and warm and welcoming.
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014
400 Queen St East, Torontowww.urbangallery.ca
A Gourmet Poetry Salon this month @ Urban Gallery - prepping for aposter!September 11, 2014, 10:46 AM
This month we have a Gourmet Poetry Salon at Urban Gallery
in honour of the 30 year anniversary of Urban Catering. We have some delectable offerings. The beautiful and über talented Heather Babcock
and the sumptious poet, Sonia Di Placido are featured and a cameo by the graphic artist and writer Angel Torres
, who has two photograph paintings in the show (that's his work in a photo of moi at the Opening Reception). There will be eight or so 5 min open mic spots too - sign-up at 3pm. Urban Gallery, Saturday afternoon, Sep 27th, from 3-5pm. 400 Queen St E. It will be a wonderful afternoon! Everyone is invited!
Beautiful and über talented Heather Babcock.
Me posing in front of Angel Torres photograph painting at the Opening Reception of the Art of Food group show at Urban Gallery Sep 2014. (Photo taken by Angel - great angle huh.)
Sunday Life-Drawing at Bampot Bohemian TeahouseSeptember 8, 2014, 03:27 PM
Yesterday's life-drawing session at Bampot Bohemian Teahouse
. We put the model on a table against a wall in the centre of the small room and perhaps I was a bit too close because I never felt I got a handle on drawing him. The brightly coloured one was the last pose of 45 min and yes, while I added those colours to the drawing during the session, I worked a bit more on the colour in my studio this morning. I think it is quite lurid. It is perhaps almost too much, un-viewable. I wrote the writing in it during the night last night (and in part refers obliquely to my conversation at break with the model who is a filmmaker about to begin production of his first film):
"A new country with new rules. Green figures hallucinate underwater, their mustard bodies. The Noir look, shadows and slats, but not the story. The story is interlaced in twelve sections, nestled within each other. When I open one sheaf, eleven others slide out. Crimson moon, stars of fog. Rain at midnight. Hunting for love in the orange harvest, disappearing into black, the lit cigarette, amber ashes. Blueberry brandy, the moon, streams of dream waters, gloss. You are impregnated with your shadow
link to life-drawing album
Sunday Life-Drawing at Bampot Bohemian Tea House in TorontoSeptember 3, 2014, 02:05 PM
Last Sunday afternoon's life drawing at Bampot Bohemian Tea House
. I tried some black InkTense blocks with a water brush but didn't like the effect – it went on a bit too thick and I wasn't able to modulate areas of accentuation the way I can with water-soluble graphite. I also used an ink and water mixture in a brush and it did not work that well. Towards the end I returned to using my ArtGraf and the InkTense ink in little bits and that seemed to work. Overall, fighting a cold bug, I didn't feel up to going that afternoon but went anyway and wonder if that has an effect on drawing itself. The last time I went to a life drawing session when I really was too tired the drawings were so bad I threw every single one out.
I did finish the second one, the one in shadows in my studio - it was the model's favourite of mine and it is also my favourite (hence the large size) - and because the third one was too wet and I had to dry it for transport home, I re-added the ink later too (I like that one too). Otherwise, these are untouched. In a few of them, I did return to using the ArtGraf and used the permanent ink only in places, which worked better.