PostArctica: Late Summer Melancholy of An Arch

Rolling on foot into Westmount today and took a pic which reminds me of Giorgio de Chirico’s Mystery and Melancholy of a Street. Here is Giorgio’s version. And here is mine. Maybe I am just crazy, getting old, but I see paintings in photographs, or, but its not a problem. The interesting thing is that ...

PostArctica: Unmanifest At BBAM! Gallery

Stopped in last night at the opening of this show at BBAM! Gallery featuring the work of two excellent young artists, Lana Filippone and Adam Giroux. From the Facebook page… THROUGH THE PAST INTO THE FUTURE : UNMANIFEST This is probably one of the most ambitious exhibitions we’ve ever attempted at BBAM! Gallery. Painter Adam ...

mark a rayner: Congo: a chimp, an artist, a cautionary tale

Congo began his artistic career when he worked with Desmond Morris, anthropologist, TV presenter and writer of such books as The Human Animal, The Naked Ape, and Chimps-r-Us. Initially, Morris gave Congo the paints just to mess with the poor ape’s head, but after a couple of years, Congo got the hang of it, and ...

cartoon life: Frenzy

   We go through waves. The last months, in retrospect, have been tired, depressive, laden with gut pain. In the last weeks, not only have I felt better, but, as can be seen, fallow is over and creation begins. As always, just make a mark something will happen. Auryn Ink and Procreate.  Filed under: art, ...

cartoon life: Oh, poor Jocelyn.

   Here, a perfectly lovely drawing driven insane. Filed under: digital, painting Tagged: troubled Deep Dreams

cartoon life: The Sunburn

From a figure drawing session today at The ArtsProject here in London Ont. Some warm up drawings shared at the Tumblr are extended in app with colour after the fact. A previous version of The Sunburn was shared at Google+ and the Tumblr because sharing is so easy. Drawn and coloured in Procreate. Incidental non-direct ...

cartoon life: The rain

Paper by 53 to Waterlogue to Sketches app.   Filed under: art, digital, painting Tagged: apps working together

cartoon life: Forlorn cat

Whatever comes up, comes up. CT Scan clean. EEG clean. MRI today. Blood work excellent. Cholesterol low to non-existent. No risk of diabetes. My weight and condition is very good, aside for someone turning 61 years old today. The drawing around the eyes, the shape of them in this cat suggested some sadness and self-absorbed ...

Art Threat: An open letter to George W. Bush, the artist

Dear Mr. Bush, I was heartened to learn of your recent exhibition of paintings at your own Presidential Library in Dallas. Some may have considered this a crude display of the vanity of power, but I happen to think such crudeness has its own aesthetic merit and honesty. It is crucial that world leaders such ...

Art Threat: Hugs With Arms will put affordable art on your walls

After seven years of putting political art on your computer screen, I’m now hoping to put some art on your walls. We started Art Threat in 2007 because we felt that artists creating socially-engaged work weren’t getting the attention they deserved. After 1200+ posts over the years (and many more to come), I’d like to ...

cartoon life: Where can I find your free ebooks and stuff? Hmmm?

I can haz free cat books? I’m switching out stuff from Dropbox to Google Drive. The eight wallpapers I posted earlier have a new home, and all the free ebooks, cats and landscapes are also there. The 100 cats (nearly 150 cats only $0.99!) ebook is still at iTunes, along with the also free ebook, 20 ...

Art Threat: Painting, Resisting, Giggling: An Interview with George Littlechild

I first stumbled upon George Littlechild’s art at the Comox Valley Art Gallery in my hometown of Courtenay, British Columbia. After reeling from the emotional turmoil and historical reopening, rapprochement and reordering rendered in his bold and colourful brush strokes and integration of collage through archives, I was delighted further to learn that Littlechild resided ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Thag not talk much!

Thag’s year with the Drunka Grunka was drawing to a close, and he was almost ready to head back to his own tribe, the Thunka Grunkas. His relationship with the slender and beautiful Twigla was blossoming, and his artwork was … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Thag not grok big bottoms!

The trip back to the Drunka Grunka’s lands would be a long one — of all the Grunka tribes, the Drunkas lived the farthest away from the place of the Great Gathering. But Thag was happy. For at least one … Continue reading →

cartoon life: My eyes hurt. Close them.

More scrounging and cross app application of tools. Filed under: art, digital, drawing, painting Tagged: Cat, Paper, pattern, procreate

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Before the Attack of Herr Doctor Dimensia

Many will no doubt recognize this oft-parodied painting by Edward Hopper. It’s use of perspective, lighting and color is well-known in artistic circles, and it is rightly considered an American classic. Painted in 1942, it represents a fictionalized diner in … Continue reading →

Art Threat: Art at War surveys creativity under Nazi occupation, from Picasso to Dubuffet

“History isn’t the lies of the victors … I know that now. It’s more the memories of the survivors, most of whom are neither victorious nor defeated.” – The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes On the last Sunday in the year, the Parisian bourgeoisie were out in force. The queue for the Impressionism ...

Art Threat: A visit to Josh Keyes’ dystopian zoo

If Josh Keyes’ paintings don’t take a bit of your breath away, I suggest you visit an optometrist. Each one sits as a stand-alone diorama, a moment caught in a fictional time, with beautiful realistic paintings of animals in a world so strange that it is most likely caused by human error. While his work ...

cartoon life: Erased De Kooning

Filed under: art, digital, drawing, iPad, painting

cartoon life: On a Victorian pillow

Filed under: art, digital, painting Tagged: Cat

cartoon life: I think “Woof” is a perfectly good answer.

It’s best to just draw. Make some marks. Scribble some lines. Don’t edit. Don’t criticize, just make marks. Make it ‘better’ later. Filed under: digital, drawings, illustration, painting Tagged: dog, humor

cartoon life: Skeptical kitty

Filed under: art, digital, drawings, painting Tagged: brushes, Cat, skeptical, suspicious

cartoon life: Cat in startling sky

A combination of apps: Zen Brush, for the responsive and loose brushwork, and Procreate for the colour. Filed under: art, digital, painting Tagged: Cat, procreate, zen brush

cartoon life: Holy cats! 100 cats is live on the iTunes bookstore!

100 cats: What a fast turnaround! I thought I would have some time to set up a page for the book before then. Filed under: art, book, comment, digital, drawings, good stuff, iPad, painting Tagged: 100 cats, art, Cat, cats, digital, ebook, humor, humour, illustration, iPad

cartoon life: After Hockney 5

Filed under: art, digital, drawing, painting Tagged: 100 cats