Pathetic Fallacy

From high school Shakespeare, pathetic fallacy occurs when the elements reflect the mood of the character…

I walked past the shuttered General Electric plant in Peterborough just as a storm approached. GE bought the 100 year old company that employed me for 28 years (Baker Hughes), stripped the cash and put the remainder up for sale. A dark subject to sketch; I expect there are restless ghosts on the shop floor…

Sketching on the fly…

Just spent a couple of weeks in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. A ton of great old buildings and streetscapes; we could have filled six months worth of meetings and not covered it all…

For the first time I tried some twenty minute sketches; I have seen a number of our group doing them, but I’ve never had the courage. These were dashed off in a few minutes, then quickly coloured later. Really challenging with strange shapes and perspectives-some winners and losers!

People

Wandered into a “Japanese Lifestyle” shop on 14th Street in Kensington. Tons of interesting stuff, including fabulous brush pens that work better than anything that I have ever tried before (they do tend to bleed with water, though).

Anyway, it has launched me on a people drawing compulsion. Victims are everywhere!

Two Drawings in Two Days

Some sort of record for me. And, having found a place where you can sketch during happy hour, I now have a better understanding of what it means to be a tortured artist. (The barwoman was a true patron of the arts; she brought water for painting, beer for inspiration, and was very encouraging).

I would also like Jim to notice that I am capable of drawing cars on the correct side of the road…