I took the computer out of my studio, and now it's just me and the paint having a conversation.
The paintings, in various stages, are growing in piles around me and up the wall, and it feels pretty good.
This is a study of Molly that I took a little farther... I like how she looked on the first day after a couple of hours - there's a sleepy quality, a younger look and expression.
The next time I put my brush on it, she changed. I mind/I don't mind. I miss certain things, I like some new parts...
The 2014 Sheridan Illustration Graduate Show is next week on Thursday, April 10th.
I haven't taught these students since they were in my 1st year Conceptual Process class, and I'm eager to see what they've been up to! If you're in Toronto, do come by and check out the work - it's a really nice night to get together and support the young 'uns!
Here's a page I did for The Walrus magazine, for a short fiction piece titled "Greener Grass" by Nadia Bozak.
The story begins with a scene of a couple and their kindergarten age daughter viewing a property for sale, one that happens to host boys in foster care, from varying difficult backgrounds. A boy with a harelip who lives there, rough and uncared for, shows them around and (it becomes clear) is resentful of the potential buyers - throws a glass bottle into the yard as they view the property and a confrontation occurs... Later, the day the family moves in, the little girl leaps into the yard and cuts her foot badly on a large chunk of glass.
Pictured here is the little girl and foster boy with the harelip - staring at each other through enormous shards of green glass, to look like grass.
There's a barrier between them, physically/economically, she's cared for, he is not. The glass makes him appear fragmented, damaged.
The Walrus hasn't quite uploaded a link to this story online just yet, but I'll add it in here when they do.