illustration friday: match
Saturday, August 19, 2006, 10:30 PM - General, Art/Design, Illustration, Illustration Friday
Well they kind of match.
They have a flame too!
It kind of reminds me of some type of dust-catcher, but that's ok.
All I am thinking about is the fact that my portfolio site is not working at the moment, and they are ignoring any questions about it. Thankfully, the blog is still working so I can rant away.
That's all I really have to say, the weather has been a bit depressing today. We did finally see Volver and I think I understood almost all of it, so I am pretty happy with my increasing French subtitle reading ability.
Camnitzer 2006 : The Start
Thursday, August 17, 2006, 06:46 PM - Art/DesignSo I thought I might show you my work (all six images) that I did in Italy... in the rain, in the semi-cold, watching people crying and getting bitten by mozzies. It is losely based on "Die Zauberflöte" (The Magic Flute) using the basis of "Marseilles Tarot Deck".
Let us begin:
First Image: Le Mat
This image took me nearly 4 days, always a bit like that the first image. So this is "The Fool". It is Papageno with his glokenspiel and a bird. He has the head of one of my favourite birds (or type of birds).
Second Image: La Force
So this one looks a little like The Garden of Eden, but it is the references to Tamino. We have the snake from the first scene (I decided not to use the lion, as was the original idea), we have the beasts he charms with the flute and the flute. This image also caused me grief.
Third Image: Temperence
So at this point I was very frustrated and made a pure black and white image... the image was asking for this treatment, I was very pleased with it when I made it and printed it. "Temperence" related to Papageno and his padlock, after he tells Tamino that he killed the snake. The words on the other card are the main virtues needed for Tamino and Papageno to pass their tests.
Image Four: La Justice
This image has the influence of the time that The Magic Flute was written. The French Revolution had just happened, supposedly the three boys represent (in the context): intelligence, justice and patriotism and Tamino is the people that they are leading. Plus we have the door knocker (kind of hard to see in the scan) with III below it and a dice with only threes on it sides. This is the reoccuring number three in the opera, and its importance in Masonic symbolism. The dice was also a representation of Mozart's dice game.
Image Five: Le Monde / Le Jugement
I think this is my favourite. We have Pamina in the center and the other four images around represent the four elements, kind of, but they represent four main characters and forces of "La Flûte Enchantée" (had enough of the different langages yet?).
Le Jugement (Judgement) has the 77 strokes for getting into the temple.
Sixth and last Image: The Cork
What does this have to do with "The Magic Flute"? Absolutely nothing.
I was at my last day, and I had this little piece of cork from one of our wine bottles that has Lucca printed on it. So it became the representation of the time outside of working... eating and drinking wine.
If anyone wants to know more, wants me to explain the ideas more or send you the sources that I read. This idea is not finished, it is just the start.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 08:05 PM - General, Relationships, Art/Design
So, I know, I know, I left Lille on the 1st of August, but I was slack and a little worried about my images. I haven't done any illustration fridays for weeks. BUT! Now I have a big pile of prints in different stages of dry, and stuff all over the flat, much to Eugène's disgust (he tried so hard, he cleaned the flat while I was away! I walked in and started to deposit stuff on every surface... poor VdB).
I listened to podcasts, trying to reduce and catch up while I was in Italy. My best effort was listening to The French Podclass from number 37 to 53... listening sometimes to 5 a day consecutively. It was keeping away the Valdottavo fever, as I call it.
Perhaps come back tomorrow with some more info, more photos and stories perhaps... I have a full day of work tomorrow, but so far, it is the only full day in August.
illustration friday: opposites
Monday, July 24, 2006, 09:14 PM - Relationships, Art/Design, Illustration, Illustration Friday
As I am feeling a little pressed after our weekend in The Loire/Château de Perreux for a wedding, (tired of driving places for the weekend now... can we stop now Eugène please!)... this is my submission today. This is generally the first image I have created for my photo etching to start in about a week. I have based the work on a mixture of The Magic Flute, The Marseilles Tarot Deck , and Masonic symbolism... it is still in progress and I should do a little more this week even though I have alot of that thing that we do for money type of work. Need to find myself a lion.
To add, not saying it wasn't nice staying in an old castle, but I like my bed to be honest, even if it is on the floor. Strange waking up in a room like that to be honest, I slept kind of badly.I kept thinking of the Kings and Queens that spent their lives in the public view... strange lives. I was also haunted last night by the horror of reading something about how the French guillotined Robespierre face up. I guess he kind of deserved it, but it is harsh. I guess it wasn't called "The Terror" for nothing.
vegemite... not very popular in Canada?
Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 06:36 PM - General, Food
So... some amusement for the day. I found this blog from the Gimme Your Stuff site.
Check out how much vegemite she has on that piece of bread! I haven't met too many Australians who can deal with that much Vegemite in one go. You hardcore Canadians! Eat up!
I saw a film being filmed at EuroLille this afternoon. I know the French actor by sight, but not by name. They weren't redirecting traffic, so you had to walk in front of the camera to get into the building. They were getting free extras. Cheap bastards.