Friday, June 29, 2007

my green life

This is a page from one of my art journals. I pasted a used greeting card envelope and scraps of other paper to the page, then coloured everything with Crayola crayons. A scrap of graph paper with a floral illustration sits inside the envelope.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

yellow stars

This collage is from one of my art journals. The Post-it Notes contain lists of people I had to call. The image is coloured with Crayola crayons and black china marker.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

starry sky #2

The curious child's eyes began to droop, and the Grandparent gently carried the curious child to bed.
This illustration changed part-way through its creation. I started with a magazine photograph for the grandparent's face, but didn't like it and pasted an inkjet print of one of my drawings over top (you can just see the remains of the first face in the upper right corner). The star is a scrap of envelope. Everything is coloured with Crayola crayons and black china marker.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

starry sky

The curious child stared up at the heavens and asked, "Are there more?"
The child's face is a photocopy of a magazine photograph, and the stars are drawn on scraps of paper. Everything is coloured with Crayola crayons, plus black and white china markers.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

neptune

The Grandparent replied, "There was another planet named Neptune that was discovered with a telescope in 1846. It was named after the Roman god of the sea, because it was so blue. It is the eighth planet in our solar system."
Neptune is a scrap of blue construction paper, and a scrap of photocopied music makes of part of the sky. The image is coloured with Crayola crayons and black china marker.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

grandparent

The curious child stared up at the heavens and asked, "What are the names of the other lights we can't see with our bare eyes?"
This collage contains scraps of construction paper, a photocopy, and a magazine page. I was getting tired by the end of the story (I created most of the illustrations in chronological order), and started getting really inventive with my colours (hence the brown sky).

I love the elderly woman's face with her kerchief tied around her head. She has timeless eyes...

Friday, June 15, 2007

grandparent and child

The curious child stared up at the heavens and said, "Grandparent, there are fast lights, bright lights, reddish lights, and large lights... but are there slow lights?"

This image contains a scrap of a photocopy (the face, from a photograph in a book), and an old Post-it Note. The background of the grandparent figure is blue construction paper. The head of the child and the hands are scraps of white paper. Everything is coloured with Crayola crayons and black china marker.

It was important to me that the figures of the grandparent and the child not be gender-specific. Sometimes they seem to be female, and other times male. Curiously, most of the children I taught assumed they were male.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

jupiter #2

The Grandparent replied, "That is the largest planet, named after the kind of the Roman gods, Jupiter. Jupiter is so big, it is more than twice the size of all the other planets put together. It is the fifth planet in our solar system."
Jupiter's face is an inkjet print of an earlier pen and ink drawing of mine. There are scraps of an old poster (the green background) and some gold mylar (Jupiter's crown). The image is coloured with Crayola crayons and black china marker.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

jupiter #1

The curious child stared up at the heavens and asked, "Grandparent, and what is that light over there?"
This illustration contains scraps from magazine pages (Jupiter and the grandparent's face), and is coloured with Crayola crayons and black china marker.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

sun and mercury

"There is a light that moves quickly across the sky - it is the planet Mercury. It lives closest to the sun, and it moves so quickly because its year - the amount of time it takes to travel once around the sun - is so much shorter than our earth year."

This illustration contains scraps of construction paper (Mercury and the sun) and is coloured with Crayola crayons and black china marker.

Monday, June 11, 2007

the earth (everything)

I was visiting my sister in Smithville, Ontario this weekend, and she played me a song which I can't get out of my head - Everything, from Michael Buble's latest CD Call Me Irresponsible. (Listen to a sample here - scroll down to track nine.)*

It's a real feel-good song; I was dancing around my sister's kitchen with my five-year-old niece, swaying with her and spinning her around.

The chorus goes, "And in this crazy life, and these crazy times it's you, it's you. You make me sing. You're every line, you're every word, you're everything."

I remembered the lyrics incorrectly, and thought it said "in this crazy world." Which made me think of the earth... which made me think of this illustration.

It's another one from my solar system series. The earth is made with a scrap of Ontario roadmap, and the moon is a scrap from a magazine ad. It's again coloured with Crayola wax crayons and black china marker.

In a funny (strange) twist, one of the students in the class looked at the illustration and said, "That's where my cottage is." I hadn't picked the Parry Sound area on purpose - I just wanted a piece of map that included land as well as water. In an even stranger twist, when I showed the illustrations to my friend Mary Hamilton, she also commented that her cottage was in that area.

*And in an even stranger twist, when I Googled Michael Buble to find a link for the song sample, I found his homepage - where Everything was the track of the day.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

sun and planets

The Grandparent replied, "Not all of those lights that we see are stars. Some of those lights are called planets, and they also spin around the sun - the star at the centre of our solar system. The planets are like mirrors, reflecting the light of the sun, and so we can see them."

This illustration contains scraps of map (the earth), pink construction paper (Mars), and a used Post-it Note (on the sun). Again coloured with Crayola crayons, and china markers in black, green and red.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

sunset

They watched the sun slip below the horizon, and slowly the lights of the night appeared.
The curious child stared up at the heavens and said, "Grandparent, tell me about the stars in the sky."

This in another illustration from my solar system story. There are many collaged elements: an inkjet print of an old drawing of mine (the sun/face), a scrap of magazine page (the blue advertisement) and some yellow construction paper (the star). Again the image is coloured over with Crayola crayons and black china marker.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

the sun #3

This illustration is the title page for my solar system story. There are collaged papers (blue contruction paper and a scrap of a map) coloured over with Crayola crayons and embellished with black china marker.

Monday, June 4, 2007

the sun #2

Another illustration from my solar system series. This image includes a collaged scrap of manila envelope and a torn photo from a magazine. I coloured over the entire page with Crayola wax crayons, and emphasized the shape of the tree and the outline of the sun with black china marker.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

the sun

This is another illustration from the series I did for my solar system art class. It's the last page in the story, when daylight again returns.

The image began as a collaged scrap of brown kraft paper on the page. I wrote the text from this page of the story over top of the kraft paper, then coloured over everything with Crayola wax crayons. Black china marker emphasizes the outlines of the shapes.

Friday, June 1, 2007

apple #2

This apple was actually created before apple #1; if you look closely, you'll see that the apple image in the latter is actually a computer-generated print of this drawing. I frequently use a print of this original image on the front of my handmade art cards.

The drawing was one in a series of coloured pencil works I did of fruit. I stopped half-way through, unhappy with the way I'd rendered the reflection in the lower half of the apple, and made notes to myself about what I would have done differently.