I left off with some of my very early drawings and a painting completed as part of the Creative Process course. As part of that course we were tasked with designing a sculpture for a public park in Courtenay. We had to design the sculpture, create a model (aka "maquette) of the installation, price out the work and present it to a panel of our instructors. It was a great process. I decided to create a sculpture of a herring ball. Each Spring we experience the herring run when millions of herring migrate down the coast and while doing so, spawn the eggs which results in turning the ocean a milky blue/white colour. It brings hundreds of sea lions, seals, eagles and thousands of seagulls. It's an exciting time. During the process I discovered that the herring are now returning in greater numbers and it is believed this is due to work done by stream keepers in Squamish. They had discovered that the creosote coating on the majority of piers in the ocean were toxic to the herring. The started an initiative to coat the pylons and low and behold, the herring numbers increased. Most interesting. At any rate, the following pictures are of my maquette for this project.
Another project in Creative Process was to create a triptych of our lives. The first picture ion the dandelion reminds me of my childhood when life consisted of lying on my back, finding shapes in the clouds and blowing dandelions to the wind. The second one is symbolic of a transition stage and the dandelion fluffs represent friends and family who are no longer with us and finally, the kite represents a sense of freedom. Now that I'm retired I can pursue different avenues like my artwork.
Here's another version of a similar story done in my Drawing class. It's more specific with references to school, technology, photography and art.
And here's another version of the same story, created in my second year painting class. The shows a fish (I'm a Pisces), swimming upstream, through shards of glass yet always protected by the witch's ball, a book of travel and a map and finally finding the ocean.
I am trying to document my experiences in a chronological fashion so the above image is a little out of order. It was completed in my second year Painting course. The following image was created in honour of my parents. Both their ashes are in West Bay in West Vancouver and this painting shows my sister, brother and me spreading my mother's ashes and rose petals. My father's ashes had been spread several years earlier but his presence is represented by the freighter and if you look closely, you'll see the Norwegian flag off the stern of the ship in honour of my mother's heritage.
There are two other first year courses. Introduction to Print Making and Introduction to Ceramics. I really enjoyed the print making classes. I had done nothing like this before. We did a wood cut print (you carve the image onto a piece of wood), an etching (you carve the image on a copper plate) and a silkscreen. We use hazardous materials and the picture below shows me decked out cleaning a screen. Not very elegant! In my next post I'll share the results of my print making class.