The Sublime

The other day, I had a view of the most incredible clouds at sunset. It was a huge sweeping expanse of dark greys with bright oranges and pinks reflecting upon them against a pastel sky. Even the mountains looked small in comparison. It was incredible. It was sublime. There was no better word I could think of to describe what …

The Honey Glass Dip Pen

I’ve got a new ink tool to add to my collection, and this is the most pretty and delicate of them all. This past Christmas, my parents gifted me a Honey Glass Dip Pen. It’s a gorgeous piece of art in and of itself. Its delicate nib is a piece of spiralled blown glass that holds the ink in the …

Dealing with Numbers

Followers. Fans. Subscribers. Likes. Page views. Visitors. You name it – it’s a game of numbers in the online world and they can be absolutely infuriating. It’s really quite the phenomenon how those digits can cause people to lose sight of what the whole purpose of social media originally was. For many, the numbers have becoming intertwined with self worth …

The Art of Walt Disney Animation Studios

Art of Walt Disney Animation Studios: Movement by Nature When I was in Paris last fall, I decided to explore the city in a different way this time. I chose to wander and walk with no real aim. While many visitors scramble to the Louvre (worth it of course) to catch a glimpse of the Mona Lisa, I decided to …

Painting Mushrooms

One day, with a blank sketchbook page staring at me, I decided that I was going to paint mushrooms. I had a film on in the background that prominently featured food as the lead characters were chefs and I found myself painting a black truffle. I meticulously painted in order to create the texture of the mushroom and I like …

Struggles with Gouache

Gouache. Guh-wash. Goo-wash? Gwash?  Even the name is a weird one. When I first saw it I never dared say it for fear of saying wrong. I patiently waited until I heard someone else say it first. So now that we’ve figured out how to even say it, what is it? Simply, gouache can be likened to an opaque watercolour. Whatever …

Creative Compendium 12.02.17

“Big things often have small beginnings.” -Freelance Wisdom Welcome back to this week’s creative compendium! I’m planted firmly on the couch as I reflect and write about this past week. (I’m pretty much ready to grow roots here.) I’m going to keep this intro short, inspired as I am by that quote up there. Big things DO come from small …

William Morris – Master Study

“I determined to do no less than to transform the world with beauty.” -William Morris Creatives of the 19th century always seem to be triple threats – no, quadruple threats! In any case, they often excelled in several creative endeavours. It wasn’t unusual to hear about artists who were also architects who were also orators/singers/writers/poets/politicians… You get it. There were …

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