Monday, April 9, 2012

Regaining My "Second Wind"



In February of 2010, I underwent surgery for hip replacement. This was my final semester for the three-year art school program at the Art Centre (http://www.ctsartcentre.ca/) here in Toronto. Though I was unable to attend classes I was able to complete my class projects at home, keeping in contact with my teachers and submitting various assignments. My independent project was completed in time for the graduating class exhibition in a gallery at 401 Richmond (http://www.401richmond.net/) in the spring of 2010.

The project, is a book/portfolio in Greek and English called, "My Life in Greece" and it contains my photographs taken in Greece along with numerous prints created in my last year in the art program. Some prints were lino-cuts inspired by photographs of my Greek husband's family and others were etchings, some hand painted versions included, of images, also shown in my photographs of my life in Greece.

Since that time, I have continued to develop my skills in printmaking, taking evening courses throughout the year and a summer class, all at the Art Centre. I have established a studio in my apartment and have been working to build an online gallery for my work. Fifteen of my works done while attending the Art Centre can be found here, on my website
(http://astralsite.com/Art/Portfolio%20-%2015%20Works.pdf).

I continue to teach an online course at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (http://www.oise.utoronto.ca) at the University of Toronto, "Holistic Approaches to Information Technology"(http://astralsite.com/1799).

Much of time these past two years has been spent concentrating on rehabilitation. I still use a cane when I'm out and about. I continue to visit a chiropractor, physiotherapist, two massage therapists, fitness and Tai Chi classes, and the MindBody Pain Clinic (http://mindbodypainclinics.com/) where I practice meditation and Chi Kung exercises. I am also working to Learn Serenity (http://learningserenity.com)

Slowly, but surely, I am regaining my "Second Wind"!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Art Centre: January 2010

Central Technical School Art Centre:
Year Three: Weeks Sixteen - Eighteen
January 4 – 22, 2010

Art History - Weeks Sixteen – Eighteen
End Semester One


Conceptualism - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conceptual_Art


Joo Youn Peek

New Realism - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_realism


Chuck Close

Neo-Expressionism - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neo-Expressionism


Keith Haring

Post Modernism - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postmodern_art


William Wegman

Tuesday Week 15: Photography

Completion of the photographs related to sculpting class:
A series of models related to the abstract sculpture.
The urban and rural settings for the abstract sculpture.

Work on the self-portrait project using layers. Here is a rough draft of images to use in the creation of the project, “Big Fish: Going Below the Surface”



Wednesday Week 15: Sculpting

Completion of the social commentary sculpture – a constructivist project.
The image below is missing the final touch – yellow twine binding the folded cardboard in recycle box #2. If any of my neighbours see this piece, I hope they get the message regarding recycling boxes in our building!



Submitted the proposal for the body of work to be done in semester two.

Friday – Weeks 15: Printmaking

Printing and submission of the first two series of prints for the book on Greece:

Chapter One – Thanassi and his family.


Lithograph: Thanassi

Three lino block prints:


Mother in the kitchen


Mother and father in the garden


Mother at the market

Chapter Three – Later Years (Part 1: The Women)

Three dry-point prints on Plexiglas”


Reflection


Shopping


The rose

January 25 – 27: Exam period at the Art Centre.

Classes resume February 4 for Semester 2. However, I will be away from campus on medical leave (total hip replacement) and will not be posting a blog until I return though I do plan to be working in the rehab facility and at home.

Images not taken by me are found at http://images.google.ca

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Art Centre - December 14 - 18, 2009

Central Technical School Art Centre:
Year Three: Week Fifteen
December 14 - 18, 2009

Art History - Week Fifteen

We were treated to a docudrama starring Art Centre teacher Michael Porco in his portrayal of the artist Jackson Pollock.

POP Art - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_art


Mark Rothko - Red, Orange, Tan and Purple

Mark Rothko - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Rothko
Helen Frankenthaler - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Frankenthaler

Minimal Art - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimal_Art



Bridget Riley – Blaze 1

Bridget Riley - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridget_Riley
Victor Vasarely - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Vasarely

Tuesday Week 15: Photography

More about masks using Photoshop as we prepare the sculpting/photography assignment…

Masking Out Difficult Images - http://www.photoshopcafe.com/tutorials/masking/masking.htm
Quick Mask Tutorials –
http://www.graphic-design.com/Photoshop/tutorials/quickmask.html

Mask tutorial - http://www.phong.com/tutorials/mask.tree/

Wednesday Week 15: Sculpting

I worked on the enlarged model of the abstract sculpture project. Time spent constructing my design for the social commentary constructivist sculpture – the next project. Thanks to my neighbours for inspiration – I am hoping to get across the message that their boxes (of all sorts) can be broken down to take less space in our apartment building’s recycle containers.

My inspiration…


Friday – Weeks 15: Printmaking

Lithograph of Thanassi submitted.



Christmas Break until January 4….

Images not taken by me are found at http://images.google.ca

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Art Centre - November 30 - December 11, 2009

Central Technical School Art Centre:
Year Three: Weeks Thirteen and Fourteen
November 30 – December 11, 2009


Art History - Week Thirteen



Rene Magritte. Carte Blanche

Rene Magritte - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/René_Magritte
Andre Breton - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/André_Breton

Art History - Week Fourteen


Visual Arts of the United States - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_arts_of_the_United_States


Mary Cassatt. The Bath

Mary Cassatt - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Cassatt




Robert Motherwell. Two Figures

Jackson Pollock - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_Pollock
Robert Motherwell - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Motherwell

Tuesday Week 13 and 14: Photography

Beauty Theme photos reviewed in class.
Also – a demonstration regarding the use of masks in Photoshop.

Masks tutorial -
http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshoptutorialsselect/Working_with_Masks_and_Making_Selections_in_Photoshop.htm
Using Layer Masks CS4 - http://www.viddler.com/explore/mcpactions/videos/26/

Wednesday Weeks 13 & 14 Sculpting

Worked on enlarged model – abstract sculpture. Constructing my design for the social commentary constructivist sculpture – the next project.

Friday – weeks 9 & 10 Printmaking

Plexiglas series of Greek Men commenced. Layout plan for book. Photographs to be used both as inspiration for the 19 prints and as additional illustrations scanned and put into slides. Started etching for the Greek Cat series – the first one is based on the photo of a young cat in a flower pot taken in Monemvasia, a cliffside village on the Mani (Peloponnese).



Images not taken by me are found at http://images.google.ca

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Art Centre - November 16-27, 2009

Central Technical School Art Centre:
Year Three: Weeks Eleven and Twelve
November 16-27, 2009

Art History - Week Eleven

Umberto Boccioni – Self-portrait

Futurism - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futurism

Giacomo Balla - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giacomo_Balla
Umberto Boccioni - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umberto_Boccioni
Gino Severini - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gino_Severini

Art History - Week Twelve


Kasimir Malovich

Suprematism - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suprematism
Kasimir Malovich - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasimir_Malevich
Piet Modrian - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piet_Mondrian

Constructivism - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructivism_(art)
Naum Gabo - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naum_Gabo
Vladimir Tatlin - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Tatlin

Bauhaus - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bauhaus
Walter Gropius - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Gropius
Paul Klee - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Klee

Tuesday Weeks 11 and 12: Photography

Beauty Theme photos project continued:




Wednesday Weeks 11 & 12 Sculpting

Worked on enlarged model – abstract sculpture. Sketched design for social commentary constructivist sculpture – the next project.

Friday – Weeks 11 & 12 Printmaking

Plexiglas series of Greek Women series revised. Zinc etching plates are prepared for the Greek Cat series – filed and hard ground was applied to nine plates. Began the filing of the six additional Plexiglas plates.

Images not taken by me are found at http://images.google.ca/

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Art Centre - November 2-13, 2009

Central Technical School Art Centre:
Year Three: Weeks Nine and Ten
November 2 - 13, 2009

Art History - Week Nine

Fauvism
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fauvism
Fauvist Art video 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z05H89r8GvM
Fauvist Art video 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgPMZ8r98Mg&feature=related


Henri Matisse - Madame Matisse (The Green Line)Date: 1905
Matisse video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m-B_15icZA


Maurice Vlaminck – Picking Up Deadwood (1906)
Maurice Vlaminck - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_de_Vlaminck

Expressionism - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expressionism


Franz Marc – Yellow Cow
Marc video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEroJSYjDwo

Wassilly Kandinsky - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wassily_Kandinsky

Art History - Week Ten

Class Field trip to McMichael Canadian Art Collection - http://www.mcmichael.com/


Pictured Above: Ningeokuluk Teevee, (b.1963)Cross Current, 2005lithograph56.4 x 66.8 cm Reproduced with the permission of Dorset Fine Arts

I visited the Cape Dorset exhibition - Nunannguaq: In the Likeness of the Earth while the class toured the Group of Seven (I attended that exhibit recently).

We all enjoyed meeting with the artist Ed Bartram to hear about his printmaking – he’s a former printmaking teacher at the Art Centre at Central Technical School.


One of the prints from Ed Bartram: The Eye Within exhibition
Pictured Above:Ed Bartram (b. 1938)O.S.A. Lake Killarney, 1998 mixed media printvariable edition, ed. 10 80 x 120 cmCollection of the Artist

Ed Bartram’s website - http://edbartram.brinkster.net/

Only one other living artist has been exhibited at the McMichael – also a CTS Art Centre teacher – Doris McCarthy - http://www.dorismccarthy.com/


Doris McCarthy: Medicine Lake, 2000, oil on canvas, 36" x 48"

Unrelated to the field trip or to the art history class – a good friend sent along the link to a video that features Vincent VanGogh paintings – there’s one typo near the end of the slide show but the overall effect is worth watching (4:44 minutes) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UFPAZWAUSw&feature=email

Tuesday Week 7: Photography

Beauty Theme explored and shot: Examples of topics - Autumn, Stones, Shells,
Angels, Leaf, Light through glass

Tuesday Week 8: Photography

Beauty Themes Film developed and Contact Sheets prepared, selected photos printed.
Below see three examples of selected photos:

Wednesday Weeks 7 & 8: Sculpting

Urban and Rural Settings for placement of abstract sculpture photographed.
The sculpture will be placed in these settings using Photoshop.
Model for sculpture and settings are shown below.





Friday – weeks 5 & 6 Printmaking

My Lithograph has been printed.
Final version of Greek in-laws in the garden linoblock is completed.
Greek Family series of three linoblocks are being test printed.
Plexiglas series of Greek Women series has been started – one is ready to test.
Zinc etching plates are being prepared for the Greek Cat series.

Images not taken by me are found at http://images.google.ca

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Art Centre: October 19-30, 2009

Central Technical School Art Centre:
Year Three: Weeks Seven and Eight
October 19-30, 2009


Art History: Week Seven



Alphonse Mucha – White Star

Art Nouveau - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_nouveau
Alphonse Mucha - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfons_Mucha
Gustav Klimt - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustav_Klimt

Art History: Week Eight


Red Maples - Lawren Harris

Group of Seven - http://www.groupofsevenart.com/
McMichael Canadian Group of Seven Collection - http://www.mcmichael.com/collection/seven/index.cfm
Wikipedia: Group of Seven - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_of_Seven_(artists)
Virtual Museum Gallery: Group of Seven - http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/English/Gallery/static/GroupofSeven15082001_page1.html
Group of Seven Videos - http://archives.cbc.ca/arts_entertainment/visual_arts/topics/754/
Lawren Harris - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawren_Harris

Tuesday Week 7: Photography


Beauty themes shot.

Tuesday Week 8: Photography


Beauty Themes Film developed and Contact Sheets prepared.

Wednesday Weeks 7 & 8: Sculpting

New models created and photographed:


Models 1 and 2


Models 3 and 4


Models 5 and 6

Friday – Weeks 7 & 8: Printmaking

Lithography and Linoblocks

Continuing the cutting of the linoblock based on the photograph shown above


I completed the litho portrait again and the first and second etch are done – ready for printing. The paper is torn. My second drawing hasn’t quite captured the original charm as is too often the case when one tries to redo a drawing. I’m eager to see how it turns out in the printing.

Images not taken by me are found at http://images.google.ca/