This is called “Community” – it’s about being in a place where one feels safe, accepted and at ease.
I’m moving the day after tomorrow. Boxes and papers are everywhere and everything feels half-finished, pending the dismantling, shredding, fixing, folding or packing of something else. There’s no end to the mess – which is why I’m sitting here at my computer – taking a break and doing my best not to look away from the screen.
This sketch is of a regular on the streets of Parkdale. I don’t know where he lives, but he’s often crouched on the sidewalk at King and Dufferin, quietly doing his thing.
The swaths of mostly monochromatic colour that she lays down with her palette knife really capture a sense of place and time.
And evoke a mood about what she’s painting. This isn’t easy to do – it certainly doesn’t happen often in my work. I’m still too focused on recording what I see rather than capturing the essence or feeling of what I’m looking at. Pratt’s work is inspiring!
What I saw is a series of sketches of people and situations that I encounter in the city. I’ll be posting once a week.
I’ve been looking at the work of South African artist, William Kentridge. I could look at his drawings and prints endlessly.
He makes short animated films from his prints and drawings. In the video below, he talks about the artist’s role in observing and depicting pain and suffering.
For more videos on Kentridge’s work – and for videos about other artists’ work – see the Art21 website (great resource).