The Google+ musings of

Jan McCartney

Art photographer, Nikonian, Wordpresser, Artistic Googler, Lives in a Velvia world.
August 24, 2014 0 comments 1 shares 16 plus ones
View comments
View post on Google+

"Drift Ice, Hokkaido" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Abashiri Bay blues. Topaz Adjust and Alien Skin Snap Art Impasto.

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/BqA9t

VIEW 0 COMMENTS
August 16, 2014 1 comments 0 shares 21 plus ones
View comments
View post on Google+

Infokaster: “Informkast to Marshall Antares…”
Urik: “Save the formalities and report, lieutenant !”
Infokaster: “We’ve got a breach in the command decks, sir - invasion bridge locking on to deck blocks 30:39 !”
Urik: “Damnit ! Anybody in the area ?”
Infokaster: “No one but the enemy squad crossing the expanse , sir !” 

http://theredstar.com/pages/about-us/

My image: Art Gallery of Ontario Galleria Italia from Dundas Street

VIEW 1 COMMENTS
August 16, 2014 1 comments 0 shares 18 plus ones
View comments
View post on Google+

A B&W version of the iconic Gehry staircase at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

VIEW 1 COMMENTS
August 16, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 14 plus ones
View comments
View post on Google+

One of the most distinctive architectural features of the Frank Gehry-designed Art Gallery of Ontario is this staircase, photographed from below and tarted up in NIK Color Efex.

The (beige) Douglas fir-clad sculptural staircase rises from the second floor of Walker Court, through the glass ceiling and extends to the fifth floor Centre for Contemporary Art.

VIEW 0 COMMENTS
August 15, 2014 5 comments 0 shares 15 plus ones
View comments
View post on Google+

After the 1997 Russian film of that name, directed by Aleksandr Sokurov, depicting the relationship between an old, dying mother and her young son. The cinematography of the film featured images distorted by filming through painted glass panes, mirrors, and special lenses, together with sounds of "whispering wind, crashing waves, and sea-gull cries," creating an elegiac mood. The dreamy landscapes have been compared to the work of Caspar David Friedrich.

http://edmundsiderius.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/caspar-david-friedrich-the-vista-artist/

A lovely slow film if you enjoyed Visconti's "Death in Venice" or Bergman's "Cries and Whispers".

VIEW 5 COMMENTS
August 15, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 20 plus ones
View comments
View post on Google+

What you find in your neighbourhood. Just up the street, there's a fabulous sunflower plant. I've seen people posing in front of it taking selfies. I caught a few snaps of the blossoms now that August decay is starting to set in on the gardens. Here on Canada's south coast, we batten the hatches early compared to lovely parts of the world where gardens last most or all of the year. Oh well, hunger is the best sauce, as my old dad used to say.

#floralfriday

VIEW 0 COMMENTS
August 10, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 19 plus ones
View comments
View post on Google+

Will Davies, Canadian illustrator. I took a fabulous illustration course from him at OCAD in the 80s where we learned to work with underpainting and application of ink glazes and ink/acrylic mixes. I recall that Will loved women and collectible cars. He illustrated magazine ads with cowboys, Jeeps and cigarettes, and also Harlequin Romance covers.

This piece is a departure from the commercial illustrations - a life-drawing sketch of an Ophelia, one of many drawings that Will pitched. From https://www.facebook.com/leif.peng

"Over the years, Will and the other illustrators at 63A Yorkville held weekly lifedrawing sessions, sharing the cost of hiring a model. Cropped from one of a hundred or so bristol board sheets rescued from the trash."

Weeps...

VIEW 0 COMMENTS
August 09, 2014 6 comments 0 shares 15 plus ones
View comments
View post on Google+

Spent the past week in an Experimental Drawing course to get back into traditional art. It took me to the edge of my comfort zone and beyond. No pencils allowed!

This is a portion of a northern lake image made by laying down Vaseline on watercolour paper, then applying Dr. Martin inks and finally India ink/powdered graphite/clear gesso.

"...resist the deadening ambition of the modern world to control everything" (Scully)

VIEW 6 COMMENTS
August 09, 2014 0 comments 1 shares 19 plus ones
View comments
View post on Google+

"Land of Dreams" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

A reprise for the Chicago album:
South Lakeshore Drive, heading into Chicago, birthplace of Artistic Google.

Land of dreams, land of dreams
Come and find your land of dreams
And it's closer than it seems
Come and find your land of dreams

Rosanne Cash sings "Land of Dreams": "Land of Dreams" Full Length Video

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/byPW0

VIEW 0 COMMENTS
August 09, 2014 3 comments 2 shares 34 plus ones
View comments
View post on Google+

I can totally understand an addiction to typography and to antique typewriters. The iron porcupine in the image below is a beauty.

From the oztypewriter blog at http://oztypewriter.blogspot.ca/2014_08_01_archive.html

'This rusty Blickensderfer 5 (with two keytops and a spacebar missing) is, despite its deficiencies, proudly owned by (Monty) Python team member, comedian Terry Jones, director of Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life. Jones said he"picked [it] up in a secondhand shop. It’s very elegant and sits on the windowsill in my study. It was patented in 1893 and features a rotating typewheel. It’s not very practical because it has a pad that you have to keep inking, but I bought it because my comedy hero, Buster Keaton, used to work on one..."'

Many many years ago, I had a tin Mettype Junior toy typewriter that had a printed keyboard. You actually made the marks by rotating a wheel with impressed letters. Later, I graduated to a matte black Smith-Corona portable whose stiff keys gave me iron fingers that made future keyboarding a snap. 

h/t +Chryssa Kotsanidou who sent me down this Saturday rabbit hole with her post about the Model 4 “Mignon”. #Typewriter  

VIEW 3 COMMENTS
PREVIOUS PAGE  
  NEXT PAGE