The grain elevator is somewhat of an iconic image in Saskatchewan; sadly they’re quickly becoming a thing of the past, with less than 300 left standing across the province. For most Saskatchewanians, there is a strong sense of nostalgia that accompanies these rectangular wooden structures which seem to personify the shape of the province itself.
A couple years ago, with the help of my father, I made these two Adventure Time themed crib boards. I was inspired to make them after Dad showed me his great grandfather’s homemade crib board from 1896; made out of a piece of harness leather.
I started by sanding all sides of the wood with an electric sander, then routed the edges.
I digitally designed the faces and transferred the prints to the wood with carbon copy paper; then painted the faces and lightly varnished them, and then Dad began drilling the 734 holes (much more work than you would ever expect!).
I think the finished products turned out great!
I am proud to say that I have my Canadian Métis status. It really doesn’t entitle me to anything, but it does mean that I’ll have to check the Métis box on any Government forms, and I’ll have to pay the Canadian government $100 every 5 years to keep my status.
In celebration of receiving my Métis status I created this surreal sunset painting. 🙂
With the Métis flag flying proud ❤
I’m Métis on my Mother’s side; her grandmother was originally from the Red River Settlement in Manitoba. Unfortunately for Saskatchewan Métis people, since 2004 there has been a lot of provincial scandals; the most recent of which leaving Métis Nation-Saskatchewan $725,000 in debt. To read more on this issue click HERE.
I admit, I may have overdone it on the planets in this one! In my defence, the goal of this painting exercise was to practice making a starry sky with some planets, so on the one hand I did succeed; on the other hand, maybe too many planets? Kind of reminds me of that one episode of Doctor Who where the Daleks transport a bunch of planets to one place (The Stolen Earth, Series 4 Episode 12). Art Fact: The planets were painted first and the sky was painted afterwards around them.
I’ve been working on this one for about 3 months now; it’s not quite finished yet, (I haven’t decided what to put in the foreground). I painted the sky back when I made The Storm, and to followup on that post – I did get those results back and although they did find some cysts and recommended that I followup with my family doctor, thankfully there were no signs of inflammatory breast cancer (which was the initial worry because of consistent redness, and a family history).
Played with one of my new photo apps and ended up creating this bit of digital art.
Art Fact: I used one of my latest galaxy paintings as the background.
Keeping with the space theme, I decided that I needed to add some spaceships to my galaxies; so of course I went with two of my favourite space shows, Doctor Who and Steven Universe. The painting on the left is the Tardis and the right one is a Ruby spaceship, both of which contain stars that glow in the dark!
My wife and I recently went home to my parents’ northern acreage, and spent a weekend locked away painting in their basement. My wife is not a painter, but lately she has been joining my painting sessions and I can’t believe the amazing artworks that she’s come up with. I ended up creating a night scene, incorporating a starry sky and a moonlit lake which was inspired by a painting my mother tried out at one of those PaintNites where you drink wine and paint along with an instructor in a room full of 20 other participants. Mine took a good two days to complete, whereas she only had an evening to get hers done.
Art Fact: I used a stencil to do the milky way, and metallic paints for the stars to give them that extra sparkle.