Friday, October 17, 2008

Upcoming projects

It's been a while since I've posted anything. I've been battling a cold, and it's rather difficult to be inspired to create art when I feel under the weather. But that seems to be improving now and life shall return to normal shortly.

Some upcoming projects of note.... I'm starting a new art class this Sunday at Emily Carr University in alternative drawing. It should be a great opportunity to create art in alternative media than what I normally do. I'm very much looking forward to the course and will of course, blog about my progress and projects.

I'm also getting further involved with the Drift society and am possibly teaching some art workshops at Riley Park Community Centre in the Spring of 2009. I'm looking forward to developing the programs and moving forward there. There are also possible plans for a community mural project, which is something I have lots of experience in and passion for doing.

More immediately, I will be working on a small piece, as a gift for Cam's nephew's first birthday. I will be starting that this weekend and posting the results soon here!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Maple & Mehndi

Self explanatory? This one was a doodle I did the night I was invited to go on Chai Time to promote the Drift Festival. Yes, it ended up being a late night, with tired eyes the next morning. It was an evening of questioning my connection to my heritage - how much of me is "Canadian" and how much is "brown" or, more appropriately, "South Asian", and how each of those are interconnected.

It's funny because when I was first introduced to the idea of the texture factory technique, I thought about mehndi, and how I've always loved the patterns. But I couldn't visualise the patterns. So here I experimented, keeping in mind that the designs are often floral and/or resembling lace. And I'm pleased with the result of the doodle. Every wedding I've attended where I've been able to watch the mehndi artists do their thing, I used to think, "I could do that!" But of course, never tried. Anyway, here's a doodle, and the hands are my own (yes, I traced them). I think future texture drawings might incorporate mehndi designs, to give that extra South Asian flavour to it.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

A few changes to the Drift details

I had originally thought my art would be displayed at Front & Company (Main and 22nd) until October 15th. Well, that's no longer the case. Things have changed. My work will be there from now (Oct 2), until end of the work day on Sunday, October 5th.

I also have less display space than I thought I would at Front & Company so to make up for it, I am displaying some work at my friend and fellow Drift artist, Surrinder Bring's home / art studio. She's been gracious to give me a wall in her gallery space to display my work with hers. If you wish to see that work too, she can be found at 475 Aubrey Place (near Main and 29th Avenue).