Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Tuesday the 25th
I have started a series of ink drawings that I wish to later do in water colour, graphite and ink. This series will be called "Wax", inspired by the Greek myth of Icarus. I have only three pieces, so I will be posting its progress in the weeks to come. Here is the second of this series
Wednesday the 26th
This is a drawing of the old elm tree on my parents property in Nova Scotia. It is one of the only elm trees in the area to survive the ravaging dutch elm disease that destroyed so many trees in the 1980's and 1990's.
The image of the hand and the elephant was stuck in my head for months before I sat down and finally started drawing it. This is common, that I will have images that seem to "haunt" me till I get them out on paper or canvas, or just tell them visually any way I can.
This is the first of the "Wax" series
Friday the 28th
"In Those Waves"
This is another of my older ink works.
The series of work at this time I like to call "Folk Noir".
When I was in my late teens, I use to do a lot of drawings of sport players. I was a big baseball fan so I started doing drawings for myself and my Father and Mother. Next thing I new I was drawing pictures for all my friends.
So I decided I would do a new sport player drawing , twenty years later, of David Silva.
Saturday the 29th
This jade Buddha has sat on the mantle piece at my parents home, framed by two pieces of drift wood, for as long as I remember. It's belly worn by wishes.
Sunday the 30th
"Point Of No Return"
I will let the narrative of this picture explain itself.
So that wraps up the first month of TAR (torontoARTrevival)'s facebook page launch.
For the next month I wish to bring attention to the subject of art and the city.
The past month has been about my own work. But I wish now to discuss the city I live in. How a city changes the people, and how the people change the city.
A big part of this is how we interact and see our public art. I wish to show this in three topics.
The first ten days of posts will be on public sculpture, the places they are presented in, and the artists that have been commissioned to create them.
The second ten days of posts I wish to show and document the beautiful, dynamic but yet controversial (to some) work of graffiti artist.
Then I will finish this with another ten days on the massive change of Toronto's sky line, architecture.
These are three strong discussions that effect our lives in an urban environment.
To keep in touch daily on our face book page, please come visit TAR (torontoARTrevival)
I will be posting on this blog at the end of each topic as well.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
But first we must now finish the month of September and walk gracefully into cool and crisp fall, with cardigans if you wish, but also with a new light of wet dawn mornings, and blindingly early sunsets
Tuesday the 18th
The following pieces were done some years ago, when living in Vancouver. I called this series "Collage of Thoughts", because I created the piece panel by panel without a pre sketch or pencil drawing.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
This is a sketch of my son in my studio. I have used this as my profile pick often. Really like the way he had poised his arm behind him
This is a line sketch I did for an older painting called Solitude. I have unfortunately lost most of the photos of my work, but I still am in possession of the original painting so I will have to take some new photos of it.
Wednesday the 12th
Thursday the 13th
Friday the 14th
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
I am going to recap the week of drawings every Tuesday on my blog. It was supposed be every Monday but after a weekend doing things with the family it makes Monday morning a little challenging.
Thank you to everyone that has liked my page, I hope that you have been enjoying the pictures. I am already making plans for October, but that news will come later.
Day one, as you can see on the blog post from last week, I started with a dedication for my wife on her birthday.
Tuesday the 4th
This is a picture of my nephew that my sister sent me. There is another one of him sailing that is really nice as well, but that I will draw another time.
My parents home is full of books, it was like growing up in a library. My Mother had a few books on Tarot cards. I found the images allowed the mind to wonder, and create a story of why this scene would exist. To this day I love symbolism in art. Simple objects that can have universal and vast meanings when placed in different context.
I will let the viewer decide on this one.
Toronto has the largest high rise growth in the world, 132, and I am sure that number is growing.
So this t-shirt was inspired by the view out my back window.
This one is not a new picture, it was made last year, but week-ends, (especially this one was quite hectic), so I decided to post this and another bike picture. I will be adding to this theme in the weeks to come. I am playing with the idea of doing a bike art show, and for anyone that knows me I am an avid cyclist. I could live on a bike.
I have two pictures for this day. This one I made into a t-shirt. It was from a small line gesture sketch that I quickly scribbled off to get a feeling of someone riding a bike. I blew it up and printed a one off for myself, since then I have done the same for another half dozen people that I bump into. I have played with the thought of investing making more, but not right now.
After I sent the picture of my first tarot card to my Mother to see, I asked what card was her favourite. She said it was The Magician. So this one is for her.
If you don't use face book then just tune in to this blog every Tuesday.
I will sign out with a quote from Kurt Vonnegut that I feel fits TAR.
Monday, September 3, 2012
For the month of September I will be posting a drawing a day. I will also post on my blog the pictures every Monday of the past weeks work.
Today is my wife's 36th Birthday, and for some, you may know that she has been fight valiantly against cancer for the past six years. Because she was diagnosed in stage four cancer, she was given only six months to two years to live. Well now it is six years after that prognoses and she is still fighting and still able to enjoy our children.
So I dedicate this page and the first picture to her.
Keep fighting, and keep loving life.
Love, your husband
Randal Gordy Lee
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
In the past month I have been designing t-shirts for myself because my oldies are getting to tattered.
If you never new of and the classic CBC TV series from the eighties then here is an intro
Rob Ford Nation has just recently had its first year bossing Hog Town around. So I needed to make up something to commemorate his first year, and for us all to remember the special, and I do mean "special", guest Rob Ford had speak for him.
Question, does Don Cherry even live in Toronto?
If you have forgotten this very intelligent welcoming speech by Mr. Cherry, here is a link to remind everyone.
and a T-shirt for Don Cherry, I printed mine white on hot pink.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Like every thing in life, practice and an obsessed determination, through an aspired task, leads to the souls language.
Only through making a form, natural through determined work, can one master the intuitive nature of the medium in relationship with one’s soul.
How can the soul speak of the art, if the soul does not know the art?
The process over the product is what is the art.
Cause, statement, political emphasis, are all spoken languages that need not ART to help define.
Art is the souls language, with a medium that makes the artist one, (like a marriage), it is the vessel that speaks to the heart.
Statement, cause, and “trying to hard” are the devil to true inspired work.
To experience the moment of practice, “Erika”, it is to BE in the MOMENT of god.
Randal Gordy Lee