Colours and Deer and My Life as a Quilt

ImageHowdy there, Earth Wanderers. Thanks for stopping by my lil’ old art page today. As a thank you for visiting, please behold this deer bursting forth from a flurry of colour and shape. I painted this in honour of playfulness, in honour of mystery, in honour of being okay with not always knowing things.

A good while back I drew an image for a friend’s band, to be printed on t-shirts when they sold out of the ones they had currently printed. I haven’t shown it anywhere online because I felt it was the band’s exciting news – to announce new t-shirts or some such thing – and I didn’t want to steal their thunder. But as it happened, the band broke up and the shirts weren’t printed, and that’s too bad because the music was beautiful, but it’s okay because life is better to be unpredictable than predictable; it’s good at keeping us on our toes like that. And it’s also okay because I got this cool image out of it. So below is the drawing done for the band, and above is how I played with the idea of the image afterwards, just for myself.

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And that is my story for today.

Life is such a fun collection of stories. Not every individual story is fun, but looking at the collection, it sure it a colourful, wacky, and usually hilarious assortment. Up close, sometimes it can be depressing, but scale back to the big picture, and sometimes it comforting to know that the experience just added a different hue to a most colourful quilt. Our lives are crazy patchworks. I’m going to let mine blaze like a worn and tattered banner of weirdness and beauty. Regret nothing and fly it high.

Be gentle with yourself.

Be excellent to each other.

Party on.

 

xo.

 

 

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My main art website finally has something on the main page: thanks to Granola Bear that big white space has been filled. Click here to check out my website where you can see proper galleries of my artwork and, if you haven’t seen it yet (or want to watch it again), the music video for You’re Not Beautiful by Granola Bear, featuring me making food art.

GRANOLA BEAR!!!

My friend Jay is a… geez, I don’t even know how to describe what he does. He’s a thinker, an artist, a designer, innovater, researcher, philosopher, and all ’round cool cat with the enthusiasm and delight for life of a 10-year-old. I’m rather fond of the fellow, if you’re not sure. This man is a walking party and fountain of ideas. Totally inspiring. So when we get to work on something together, I am always thrilled.

I’ve done some album art for Jay in the past, and a while ago he asked me to make some art for his newest musical creation: a digital release called Granola Bear.

He asked what he thought I might make for him. Well. Of course I had to make him a bear out of granola! OBVIOUSLY!

So I made granola. A lot of it.

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Here we have raw sprouted buckwheat granola, maple oat granola, some flavoured with ginger, some with orange, some over-cooked, some slightly under-cooked…. Lots of kinds with different shades, and various nuts, seeds and dried fruit. Mm mmm delicious.

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I brought all this down to the floor with me on a big bed sheet, put on some of Jay’s tunes, and started laying it out. I did a little drawing in marker that I kept nearby (to have something to refer to) and, basked in the delicious smell of granola, a bear slowly emerged.

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Ta da!

Wanna see the steps? Here’s how he came to liiiiiife:

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Snack break! Mmm, granola bear is damn tasty.

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Beep!

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The above is a bear eye! (the centre is a sun-dried organic apricot)

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Granola Bear does not end here – neither Jay’s album or it’s celebratory actual granola bear. There’s more to come from this friendly pile of granola, and of course Jay is always creating. Stay tuned… and check out Granola Bear on Facebook too!