Saturday, 30 August 2008

Mind Mapping – Have you tried it?

I first started to mind map in 1991 when I picked up a book by Joyce Wycoff: Mindmapping Your Personal Guide to Exploring Creativity and Problem-Solving. Mindmapping is a technique for idea organizing and was fist developed in. 1975 by Tony Buzan.

I have used this technique in my business career and in my painting. I have found this to be a really helpful tool in generating ideas or in narrowing down ideas for a specific painting. For the drawing on the right, I started with a single theme of memories and mindmapped things that suggested memories to me.

Below are some videos on how to mind map.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlabrWv25qQ&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvnbKEHOQIY

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

An Artist I Admire – Leland Bell

While I was on vacation, I visited M'Chigeeng, Manitoulin Island, Ontario. While there I toured the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation and the local church Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. The works of Leland Bell were displayed in both locations.

I have seen his works in books before, but this was the first time I had the chance to see them in person. His work is based on the traditions and stories of the Anishinabek (Ojibwe/Chippewa) people. The Circle is important in his work. "The Circle is what my paintings are based on. The rounded lines are deliberate ... what I create is something simple and serene and peaceful."

http://www.manitoulin-island.com/communities/westbay.html
http://www.whetung.com/bell.html http://www.nativeartmanitoulin.com/details2.php?record=Bell,%20Leland

Friday, 8 August 2008

Return Trip - By Road

Well I’m back from my trip and it’s a good thing that I drove back. I would have seriously blown the luggage limit if I had flown. I bought more drawing supplies, plus I had to buy more clothes to replace the ones that I left at home.

I did get some drawing done. I like this one which I drew as we drove back through Saskatchewan.