Monday, November 28, 2011

Blown away...

I came across this on a study break, (who am I kidding, I've just been watching tv shows for the past couple of hours lol), and I was super impressed. It's a short commercial advertising the Faber Castell Artist pen - with emphasis on its precision. I love how unique the idea was, and I think the campaign was pretty successful. I'd buy their pen. Besides the videos, I included some other drawings taken from this site

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

High Flight, a Novel in Pictures 1929

Looking through the Montreal Herald in April 1929, I stumbled across an ongoing story that lasted the month entitled "High Flight" written by Ruth Dewey Groves. A quick google search will show you that it was made into a book (though I think it may be a little difficult to find a copy)-

What I loved about this weekly romance, was that each excerpt was accompanied a lovely photo, with a short caption. I personally did not have a chance to read the story, so the images were especially interesting when taken out of context. The captions become insightful or comical, and it's also interesting how the some of the narrative comes through...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Volant depuis 1821

Last weekend was beautiful, so warm and sunny, just a great day in general to play Quidditch! Yes, that is right, the game from Harry Potter, Quidditch. The team has been around for a while now, but I still always chuckle when I see them practicing around the McGill campus with a broom between their legs. My favourite part would have to be how the Golden Snitch is an actual person who runs and hids at the beginning of each game, and the two Seekers on either team have to run around and try to find it. 

Because it was such a beautiful day, I found a nice shady spot on campus underneath a tree, and started to catch up on my readings for a class. Out of the corner of my eye I see a girl in yellow woosh by and leap into a tree not too far from me. She climbed higher and higher, and then crouched down so she was hidden in the leaves. The two Seekers followed soon after, and managed to glimpse the yellow in the tree. The braver of the two began to climb the tree in pursuit of the Golden Snitch, but apparently due to the rules of the game, you must be on your broom at all times... even when climbing the tree. I have to admit it was the funniest thing I'd seen in a while, but also horrifying because a fall would have surely been quite painful from that altitude.

I snapped some photos of the game in progress that you can see below- 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Chad Wys's fragments

Stumbling across the net tonight, I came across an artist who really struck me with his beautiful, traditional portrait paintings done with a twist. Chad Wys is an artist in his late 20s, originally from Illinois. I recommend checking out his website to see a wider range of his works but I've posted a few of my favourites below.

His digital works from the Nocturne series are quite astounding as they are so reminiscent of classical portraiture and yet are retooled into something new, something unfinished, yet the drama still exists. Eyes take on a prominent position as these distorted figures gaze out of the canvas at you, the viewer. The empty spaces that are created instils a simplicity that intensifies the emotion of the sitter. In writing about his own work Wys has explained,

My artwork is also, at its core, an experiment in composition, color, and form. Through a variety of mixed media I have chosen as my inspiration a color palette that is at times complimentary and at other times destructively contradictory. The literal destruction of an object is secondary to the overall effect created by color (dis)harmony and the overall aesthetic of the reclaimed and reinvented object/experience. I openly play with the allure of foreign and aggressive new colors and forms into otherwise familiar and traditional settings. Barriers and obstacles are thereby created between the viewer and the object through which one must negotiate an understanding of what is both present and hidden.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Boiling Eggs by Electricity? Oh my!

On May 10, 1890, the Hamilton Spectator reprinted an article that appeared in the Cincinnati Times Star about a marvelous new invention. Apparently, someone had discovered how to boil eggs by... wait for it... using electricity! How quaint! This article really is a window into a different time, and sometimes its funny to think that something so insignificant sounding to us was such big news 130 years ago.

Boiling Eggs by Electricity.
Cincinnati Times-Star.

The novel experiment of boiling eggs by electricity was tried this morning in the office of the Electric Supply company, in the Masonic Temple, on Third Street. Of course they were boiled in water, but electricity was the heating agent. Luke Lilley, the city's assistant electrician, was the chief cook. Charley Marshal, the underwriter's agent, ate the first egg boiled by the agency of the subtle current.

It required six amperes (quantity of electricity) and ninety six volts (pressure or force) to accomplish the operation with about two quarts of water in a huge tin cup, the electrical current being connected through the handle of the cup.

The news of the egg boiling spread quickly, and as it was about lunch time, brokers, bulls, and bears, bankers, insurance men, and lawyers crowded the office. About three dozen eggs were consumed, the only disappointment being that a drink did not go with each egg.

(The beautiful egg-themed collages are from here)


More shots from my trip home, this time featuring the outside of our darling house that has finally been covered in ivy after so many years. 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

In progress...

 I was home this past week for a bit before my final year of undergrad had begun, and it was great to see the progress of the renovations of our living room! New windows have been installed, crown moulding now lines the ceiling, new hardwood floors laid. I've got some great in progress shots of the room that I'll share below-