Friday, April 30, 2010

Paris under Snow at Canada's National Gallery

I loved this painting of Notre Dame on a dull, snowy day by Fauvist Albert Marquet. His brushwork is so accomplished!

Marquet has captured the gloomy atmosphere of a dull winter day with sombre colours painted in muted tones. Note how the human beings and horses are represented by simple and gestural brushstrokes to convey form and movement.

Albert Marquet Paris under Snow


Visited family in Ottawa for a few days. Checked out an exhibit at the National Gallery while I was there.

Around the world in 80 seconds


Crossword Comics


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The magnolia blossoms are 3 weeks early

Impressions of Expo 67

Expo 67 opened 43 years ago today. Wow!

Impressions of Expo 67 by William Brind - NFB: "This short film served as an invitation to the World's Fair that was held in Montreal in 1967. It was largely considered to be the most successful World's Fair of the 20th century with over 50 million visitors. The film presents impressions of the event and of Montreal at its liveliest and most exciting moment in history."

Under The Influence

Via My Own Private Book Club

History of art

Blame it on the voices
(Via my Facebook friend Thomasina)

New Yorker Jigsaw Puzzles

Jigsaw Puzzle: Magazine Covers : The New Yorker


GRAFFOMAT will supply you with all of your favorite state of the art graffiti supplies such as markers, caps, gloves, and everything else that the graffiti writer needs. Including ski masks!Cakehead Loves Evil

They don't make 'em like they used to

La Loi - trailer

Red Light Properties

"Written and drawn by Dan Goldman, Red Light Properties is the first in a series of graphic novels about a small real estate office on Miami Beach that specializes in exorcizing and listing “previously-haunted homes” targeted towards victims of foreclosure in the post-mortgage landscape."

Watch mini-documentary on how RLP is created

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Crayola Thanks the Tea Partiers


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More Young People Trading Cards from my friend, Don Mills

The Problem with Young People – Trading Cards Fun for the whole damned family.

Over 30 different cards available! Buy them today, collect them tomorrow and trade them with your friends for years to come.

A new collection

I am a collector. I collect tiny liqueur glasses, Waterford whiskey glasses, depression glass, Inuit sculpture, Staffordshire dogs, Victorian watercolours.... Now I have three charming old dog photos and I think I want more.

A hand coloured photo of a collie

An Irish setter. He looks dark in the photo but the little thing in the lower right hand corner is a lock of red dog hair.

I got this little doxie yesterday. There are 3 first place prize ribbons from the H & W Kennel Club dated 1922 enclosed with the photo.

Domestic Transformer

Gary Chang’s tiny Hong Kong apartment with 24 hidden rooms on
"Hong Kong apartments are known to be quite small and Gary used a series of sliding walls to conceal different room configurations. With a pull of a handle here and there, Gary can transform his bedroom into a kitchen, a living room, or even a bathroom."

My Facebook friend Thomasina posted this. It's ingenious but I can't imagine living in such a heavily populated area. I'd be claustrophobic.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010

Seuss Army Knife

Popped Culture

Comic Fonts and Lettering

"Comic book lettering has some grammatical and aesthetic traditions that are unique. What follows is a list that every letterer eventually commits to his/her own mental reference file. The majority of these points are established tradition, sprinkled with modern trends and a bit of my own opinion having lettered professionally for a few years now. The majority of these ideas have been established by Marvel and DC, but opinions vary from editor to editor, even within the same company. I'm often asked to bend or break these rules based on what 'feels' best, or more likely, the space constraints within a panel."Blambot


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Malcolm McLaren's funeral

"British music impresario Malcolm McLaren was laid to rest in north London on Thursday 22 April 2010. Hundreds of people lined the streets for the funeral procession of the punk pioneer. The former manager of the Sex Pistols died of cancer on 8 April, aged 64"More

Alby the 13-year-old...

Mark's Scrapbook of Oddities & Treasures

How to Name a Volcano

The Oatmeal

William Burroughs and weapons

"William Burroughs demonstrating how to use all sorts of weapons."Libraryland

The writing is on the (water) wall

"Solidarit├ęs International built an extraordinary wall of water right in the heart of Paris to generate public awareness about the devastating ramifications of unsafe drinking water."Frogsmoke

For Earth Day: Recycle, Compost, or Trash? A Guide.

Welcome. As a citizen of a "Zero Waste" community, you must learn how to distinguish between items that may be recycled or composted, or those that must, regrettably, be placed in the trash.

Expired prescription drugs

To prevent drugs from entering the water supply or being used for illicit purposes, open the container and mix well with one cup of kitty litter and two tablespoons of coffee grounds. Then urinate on them, reseal, and dispose.

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Light bulbs

What color is your light bulb? What shape? What wattage? Halogen, Incandescent, or Compact Fluorescent? Is it broken or intact? If you are unable to answer all of these questions, you haven't earned the right to part with your light bulb.

See more at McSweeney's Internet Tendency

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Kayla Guthrie, Ocean Song


Maddin’s Night Mayor

Maddin’s Night Mayor - From the Current - The Criterion Collection: "a film of psychotropic, collagelike beauty, one that vividly illustrates its own concept of “ordinary things combined and made miraculous.”"

It won't be long....

Things are beginning to happen in the garden. I'll be taking a few days off work next week to get on top of things out there before the job gets too overwhelming.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Canine as Canvas

"Angela Kumpe, who has become the groomer-to-beat at contests like this, spent more than six months turning a poodle into a buffalo, but changed her mind after her mother, Linda Smead, died Feb. 24. A week ago she began grooming Missy, a friend's poodle. The design, which she called a ''grieving angel for my mom'', included a reclining woman and delicately shaped flowers. Kumpe took home first place."More here

Manet Vs. Monet

The Daily What

Howdy Doody/Andy Kaufman

Via MetaFilter

Feline Naval History

"The US Naval Institute (@navalinstitute) shares some great photos of Cats in the Sea Services…"

Lots of great stuff here

European Starlings In Rome

Many thousands of birds wheeling through the sky above Rome at sunset prepare to roost together for the night, providing both breathtaking aerial displays and a public nuisance in the form of noise and bird droppings.

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