Monday, January 26, 2009


I'm taking a painting course! I love it, it's great fun; a friendly group of people and an enthusiastic and encouraging instructor. We're jumping right into Cubism, as you do, to explore colour and composition.

I think all that I'm doing is re-exploring the ugly mosaic mural found in a circa 1970s gymnasium in southern Ontario... memories of jungle gyms, dodgeball and floor hockey...

But! It's fun! And Ms Painting Instructor Woman (Hazel Medlyn) says that these sorts of Cubist paintings always start off looking 'quite ghastly'. Haha... confirmed!

This is how the pseudo-Cubism goes --> Find a bottle, glass, pepper mill, whatever... sketch it. Find another... sketch it but think about the compostion but don't put one object infront or behind, draw right through each object. Repeat until happy. Fill in the shapes with colour... again thinking about compostions and experimenting with colour relationships. Then 'add life' to each colour shape. Not there yet... but here's where I'm at:


  1. Even at this early stage, your painting has a certain je-ne-sais-quoi. The Ms. Toast Burner stamp, for sure. :-)

  2. I thought about this again....

    Your juxtaposition of a cubist still life of drinking vessels and kitchenware against real kitchenware blurs the boundaries of the still life. The painting and the kitchen become one, the photograph is now the art work.

    I claim immediate elevation to pseud's corner.