Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Day 8

One more cool dude to end the  challenge week. I actually painted him on Thursday and wasn't sure about him but I have decided I like him.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Day 7

Another peaceful place to visit

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Day 6

Spent a lot of time out doors yesterday. It was a mild winter day ......the trees were beautiful against the snow. Spent the day and night in Niagara Falls. It is great in the winter, no crowds beautiful views you just have to watch out for ice that seems to be everywhere. We were outside for 6 hours, great fun!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Day 5

An ensō [The Zen Circle] Japanese word for circle

Our original spirit is free and infinite in scale. An ensō is thought to be a symbol of this. A true ensō dares us to take chances.

Painted with one stroke it is an expression of the moment, when the mind allows the body and spirit to create. Only a person who is mentally and spiritually complete can draw a true ensō.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Day 4

A nice place to visit

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Day 3

Yesterdays cool dudes!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Day 2

Just a couple of bamboo sketches

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

So I missed the challenge

So I missed the challenge about doing something every day that I made last week.

Changed the days...starting yesterday I will try to post something every day!

Elvis is in the house

So as I mentioned before I volunteer at the York-Durham Aphasia Centre. I do a program called Art for Communcation with clients in Newmarket. It is designed to develop drawing skills to help with communication for people with aphasia....ie if you can't say the word apple but you could draw an apple and get your message across

It is a step by step process to tap into your artistic side and remember these people are not artists. I have them do warm up exercises for the brain and then they copy a picture that I have drawn of a person. We do the same person for a whole year. In the past it has been Mona Lisa, Winston Churchill, Abe Lincoln, and last year Marylin Munroe.

Well in honour of Elvis Presley [he would have been 75 last week] I decided that this year we would draw Elvis. Client's will draw him upside down while music is playing so that they can tap into that right brain.

This was yesterday's work for me .....Elvis is in the house!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Happy New Year

Well 2010 got off to a bit of a rocky start but things have settled down now.

I am excited about having some time to paint in the next few weeks. I am going to try again with a challenge to kick start the creative juices. I am going to do something every day for the next week and post it.

Stay tuned