Flags and Visual Arts on This Blog in 2023

Another year, and another set of interests for me. These should last for a while, though, as they come in a new phase in my life where I will be able to dedicate more time to them, and have chosen them more carefully after having tried them out last year. I am also enjoying them more in being happier in life than I have been in a long time, if not ever. Last year, I finally stopped the slow spiral into a black hole I had let myself and my life spiral into over the past handful of years, reversing course just before I hit the event horizon. I made some lifestyle adjustments, immersed myself into these and other interests, and am now back on track to being the best version of myself.

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Questions for an Existential Interview for Painting

Over the next week, I will be conducting the first of what I will call an Existential Interview on someone’s painting. Basically, it’s an interview of existential questions on the meaning of painting to the artist, and paintings produced by the artist. After some initial questions on the artist’s history and style, to get some grounding and direction, will come the existential questions, like why they paint, what meanings their paintings have, what legacy they hope to have with their art, etc.

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Introducing Drawrigami, Combining Origami and Drawing for Art

This is a center spread for a sketchbook where I combined origami (Japanese paper folding) and drawing (to lay down water coloured pencils) into an art piece. I’m not really good at either origami or drawing, so I made the best of what I had to combine the two into something which’s total was greater than the sum of its parts. It also meets my mandate for origami considering “what will I bring to the game”, with the answer being a “replicable originality”, or new twists to traditional or common origami that others can try or create their own variations.

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A Canvas a Day – Painting for Charity

For every single day in 2011, Joanne Arbuthnott of Nova Scotia has been creating a painting for charity… and writing about it. Her A Canvas a Day blog shows the incredible collection of art work Joanne has created in 2011, and captures her journey in detail with an entry with most paintings.

Joanne is continuing to sell off her art work for the Children’s Make-A-Wish Foundation, but whether you are interested in buying any, I highly recommend you have a look and read! And tell someone you know!

A three minute Eastlink TV interview gives a summary of her journey below.

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