This is my last week in Wonju. Sounds pretty final, eh? In one week from now, I’ll be flying across the pacific and the North American continent to return home to Montreal, Canada. I’ve been back in Korea since March (with 3 weeks in Japan thrown in the middle of that), and as this … More Where I’m at and Where I’m Going, + a Linocut Preview
One of the things I’m most thrilled about being back in Canada for is having access to my paints again. It breaks my heart being away from them, but it’s just not practical to lug pounds worth of oils, paintbrushes, and palettes not to mention a bulky easel wherever I go around the world. It … More A Portrait in 5 Steps, or First Oil Painting of the Year
I’ve while been hanging in cafes a lot lately, carving as much as I can with the free time I have. A few weeks ago, I was doing just that at Alex’s cafe, where he just so happened to be hosting a brunch event for our friends. One friend saw me working on my stamps … More Keeping Crafty: My First Stamp Commision!
Today I’m back in the studio – aka the local coffee shop. It’s a miracle they never kick me out for the mess (Though I do my best to keep things tidy)! I’m a little choosy with my coffee shops – the table to chair height ratio needs to be just right, plugs available for … More Keeping Crafty: Seaside Reduction Cut, Finale!
I’m back with a fresh supply of linoleum and printing ink! This is a reduction print of a rocky shoreline. These past two weeks, I’ve been helping Alex run a cafe, his project for the month. I’m in charge of food prep, but since business has been slow, it leaves me plenty of time to … More Keeping Crafty: Seaside Reduction Cut pt. 1
Sometimes I’m truly flabbergasted by how lucky I am to have such talented friends. This is one of those moments. My good friend Francis M. has been working on an album for a while now and has at last released it to the wilds of the Internet! For now it’s free to listen to on … More Let’s Leave Loss Behind: First Ever Album Release of Francis M.
One thing that I tried really hard to do in the UK was cultivate healthy habits. I tried to do this for a lot of reasons: to become physically healthier, mentally healthier, and to create a routine wherein I could creatively produce on a regular basis. That last one especially is something I’ve always wanted … More A Careful Cultivation
A few days ago I was feeling a bit out of sorts – something like half of a whole – when coming home on the bus the sky treated me with a full on rainbow. It was one of those ones that you can follow the arc all the way across the sky and see … More Good Omens and More Art
After my experiment with woodcut printing, I’ve decided to practice some more with linoleum. Lino has more in common with woodcarving than eraser carving, so it’s been a worthwhile extension of my self study! One thing I’ve noticed about my personal drawing style is an attraction to clean lines. I’m drawn to colour blocking, cross … More Keeping Crafty: Lino Sketch – Hands Pulling Rope
Here it is, the final steps to my jagalchi woodcut! All in all, I give this project a C+ for the result. The wood and ink were definitely of poor/cheap quality, which I think contributed to its meh appearance (although I can’t discount the hack carving job I did on the first two plates). There … More Keeping Crafty: Jagalchi Woodcut Finale!