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cartoon life: A Relationship

Just a scrawly line scribble that turned into, curiously, unconsciously, gender shaped objects.

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Politics, Re-Spun: Paused Gravity

Paused Gravity

The silent accord Between the tidal bore and the falling backward Off the cliff

The fire red maple leaf Giving up clinging to the twig Which itself is about to be blown off by the frigid gusting November wind

Trying to stand perfectly still On the moss On the edge of the field On the corner of now and whenever forward Aware of the dew settling in on the top of toes

And the the moon appears from behind the cloud Shaped like the teddy bear Of childhood daydreams Lying on the lawn of the top field at (Read more…)

wmtc: dispatches from the community of readers’ advisors: r.a. in a day 2014

Last week I attended “R.A. in a Day,” an annual one-day mini-conference on readers’ advisory – that is, finding books for readers.

It happens that the manager of my own “Readers’ Den” department is one of the principal hosts of the conference, and the Mississauga Library was well-represented in the audience. More than 100 people attended from libraries throughout southern Ontario.

It was a joy to spend the day focusing on the singular pleasures of reading and the experience of people who read. Part of what makes doing readers’ advisory fun is that you’re already (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Using Turntablism to Address Climate Change

Climate change id the biggest issue facing humanity today and it’s no surprise to see artists express this through art. In Calgary this month there’s an exhibit by John Folsom which was inspired through a walk in the rocky mountains looking at sound and climate change. The way he does this is through a mixture of recordings, turntables, and Alpine horns.

Amidst a series of his two-dimensional works blurring the line between photography and painting, John Folsom’s sound installation Diminishing Returns highlights the problems associated with climate change at higher altitudes, in particular how it affects bird’s migratory zones. This (Read more…)

cartoon life: Stop waking me up I’m trying to sleep

The digitizer on this iPad has some brain dead spots, it seems, where Pencil in Paper looses its brain. Either it’s Pencil, some sensitive coding in the app or the digitizer, or memory, or processor speed on this 3G iPad. So the black line work was done in Paper with the new fancy stuff turned off, and I dropped the image into Sketches to do the colouring. Easier than fussing with the non responsive digitizer.

I dropped a small! palm sized screwdriver from a very short distance onto the screen this last Spring. Must have hit just right. Cracked the (Read more…)

cartoon life: On solving things

This still frame taken from CBC video shows Kevin Vickers, gun drawn, walking down the hall moments after the death of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau inside Centre Block. (CBC)

No SWAT teams. No bluff and bluster. No fetishized automatic weapons. Not even a whisper of concealed carry. No body armour. No armed bystanders wearing the white cowboy hats. No militia.

He went to his desk and took out his revolver. One designated licensed officer knowledgable and trained with his weapon. One old man.

I am troubled by my own admiring reaction. I say to myself that I shouldn’t (Read more…)

cartoon life: Seven little cats in the grass

It’s been a week of tired. Sometimes I despair that so much is on the edge. I have no work held back, no posts queued up, no drawings hovering.

Then you just make a mark, and something happens, and you just follow it. So this is fresh – last night – and with no idea what is over the edge of the precipice of tomorrow that I can see.

This is so damned whimsical I wish I could bottle it.

Filed under: art, digital, drawing, iPad Tagged: cats, Grass

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PostArctica: God Speaks!

cartoon life: Composite clouds

Painted in Paper, assembled in Procreate.

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cartoon life: The in-law chair #2

Actually quite a stylish chair.

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cartoon life: The in-law chair #1

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cartoon life: Big blue balloon


Paper by 53 introduced a collaborative social network in it’s latest version. Someone posts an image, someone extends it. This word balloon was posted. I added the little cat, and the tiny word.

Here are some other images I’ve been busy posting at Mix, by 53.

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wmtc: more art and culture in the suburbs: indian art activism and the baps mandir

In September my mother was here for her annual visit. I always plan some art or cultural attraction for us to take in. This time she was recovering from some knee surgery, so major walking in Toronto was out. On a previous visit, we had already done most of the cultural attractions in Mississauga – or so we thought. I’m pleased to say that the west-end suburbs was up to the challenge. At the Art Gallery of Mississauga, we saw a fascinating exhibit on the Sahmat Collective, a group of artists in India who use street art (Read more…)

cartoon life: Detail from Bonaventura Berlinghieri

I love the elegant and sophisticed stylization in this image by Berlinghieri, a relatively obscure artist of the Gothic. Pg 45 of the Uffizi Gallery by Guinti. There’s so much to see at the Uffizzi. I might like to concentrate more on these next time, if, again, I get a chance to go through. I certainly enjoyed a lot of the peripheral images, the demons, the boats, the beasts at the edges of the main work.

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cartoon life: Ghost cat

Here is ghost cat without my moaning.

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Things Are Good: Peru Is Using Art to Change the Climate Change Debate

Happening alongside the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change is an event in Peru that is connecting locals with artists to make nature inspired work. While politicians at the UN are debating the future of our planet artists will be reframing the debate for others using art in rural Peru. The event will culminate in an exhibition from December 3, 2014 through January 9, 2015 at the Lima Musuem of Contemporary Art.

Over the course of ten days in October, HAWAPI 2014 will take a group of approximately 20 artists, researchers, organizers and local community members 13,000 feet above (Read more…)

cartoon life: Ghost cat. Links and thoughts

working in this desktop post box is troublesome. I want to put this text BELOW the image. I can’t seem to place the image after the fact, or insert my cursor below it to put text there.

Below this is the pasted link to this same image on G+ and Tumblr, which is very extremely easy to post from mobile, both through the G+ app, and the app, Paper, in which the drawing was made.

15:46 The Google+ link

Photo The Tumblr link

More and more I am sharing directly to other places from my iPad. This is far more (Read more…)

cartoon life: Joni Mitchell in concert 1970

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cartoon life: Unsatisfied women in art history

Oh, this is a lot of fun

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cartoon life: My sister in Mauchenheim

a bit of personal history from my mother’s side.

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cartoon life: What dogs do best

Filed under: art Tagged: dog, sleep, stop bugging me

cartoon life: Cat is not happy with contemporaneous occurances

Filed under: art Tagged: Cat, disgruntled in fact, not happy

cartoon life: Aargh! What do you want already?

Filed under: art Tagged: dog, hungry, soulless

cartoon life: Experimental 2

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cartoon life: Experimental 1

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