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Jan McCartney

Art photographer, Nikonian, Wordpresser, Artistic Googler, Lives in a Velvia world.
August 10, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 19 plus ones
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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...

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August 09, 2014 6 comments 0 shares 15 plus ones
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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)

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August 09, 2014 0 comments 1 shares 19 plus ones
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"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

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August 09, 2014 3 comments 2 shares 34 plus ones
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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  

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July 26, 2014 7 comments 0 shares 48 plus ones
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h/t +Paul Brown for introducing me to Simply B&W for iPad. 

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July 25, 2014 3 comments 3 shares 39 plus ones
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"Pilgrimage" for +Artistic Google's tour of Chicago, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

A little dystopia on the pedestrian bridge. End times!

Musical accompaniment: Eurythmics - I Saved The World Today

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July 20, 2014 1 comments 4 shares 24 plus ones
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"Quintana" for +Artistic Google's tour of the Gulf of Mexico, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Headed on down to Galveston, TX looking for storms and there weren't any. Just this beach scene from Quintana. Just endless silence except for the surf. Nirvana.

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July 13, 2014 1 comments 0 shares 19 plus ones
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"Comanche" at the Herschell Carousel Museum in Tonawanda, ostensibly in the style of Toulouse-Lautrec.

h/t +Paul Brown - Thanks, Skip, for the hint about Jixipix's Aquarella for iPad!

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June 22, 2014 1 comments 1 shares 7 plus ones
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Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the art world: How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography?

http://boingboing.net/2014/06/10/vermeers-paintings-might-be.html

http://goo.gl/1ZJ5HQ

Johannes Vermeer - A Photographer from 350 years ago - DIY Photography

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June 19, 2014 1 comments 3 shares 12 plus ones
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"Stray Dog, Heraklion" for +Artistic Google's tour of Greece, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

As they were speaking, a dog that had been lying asleep raised his head and pricked up his ears. This was Argos, whom Odysseus had bred before setting out for Troy...In the old days he used to be taken out by the young men when they went hunting wild goats, or deer, or hares, but now that his master was gone he was lying neglected on the heaps of mule and cow dung that lay in front of the stable doors till the men should come and draw it away to manure the great close; and he was full of fleas.

As soon as he saw Odysseus standing there, he dropped his ears and wagged his tail, but he could not get close up to his master.

When Odysseus saw the dog on the other side of the yard, dashed a tear from his eyes without Eumaeus seeing it, and said:
'Eumaeus, what a noble hound that is over yonder on the manure heap: his build is splendid; is he as fine a fellow as he looks, or is he only one of those dogs that come begging about a table, and are kept merely for show?'

'This dog,' answered Eumaeus, 'belonged to him who has died in a far country. If he were what he was when Odysseus left for Troy, he would soon show you what he could do. There was not a wild beast in the forest that could get away from him when he was once on its tracks. But now he has fallen on evil times, for his master is dead and gone, and the women take no care of him. Servants never do their work when their master's hand is no longer over them, for Zeus takes half the goodness out of a man when he makes a slave of him.'

So saying he entered the well-built mansion, and made straight for the riotous pretenders in the hall. But Argos passed into the darkness of death, now that he had fulfilled his destiny of faith and seen his master once more after twenty years.

— Homer, Odyssey, Book 17, lines 290–327

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