Christmas manuscript for 2014


a collection of sketches and scribbles, poems and very very short essays

of course all copyright reserved to me, William J. Gibson

see  A Thin Coat

a Thin Coat 2014

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2 masks


2 masks by gnawledge wurker
2 masks, a photo by gnawledge wurker on Flickr.

my “paintings made w image drawing sw,  I don’t recall the tool.

  • The method was to use a symmetry mirror.
  • first make the base piece, then copy it and flip it,
  • I think I then used perspective correction to increase not decrease perspective,
  • basically stretching the base image,
  • I used an eraser to remove portions and
  • then drop shadow to give the impression of depth and lift off from the white background;
  • then copying and placing below the original, and
  • finally inverting it to end up with four united pieces.
  • This is two results placed together.
  • The one on the bottom to me looks like a mask for a person to wear.
  • Top is one step more abstracted beyond that.

AGO – an embarassment


After several misfires I managed to get down to Toronto for a followup eye test and got finished early enough to get over to the Art Gallery of Ontario.  My first visit since it has been reconstructed.

I was lucky enough to get a tip to grab a 20% off coupon for admission and chose to go whole hog and see the special exhibition, Drama and Desire about the cross pollination of art and theatre in the period 1789 – 1910.  I enjoyed that.

I also went looking for the photography section and had to ask a security guard if I was in the right neck of the woods.  I was right, but it was closed and empty.  He remarked that they were not sure it was going to come back, that photography would not be re-exhibited.  I found that surprising.  I have over the years made an effort to get down to see some of their special photography exhibits.

The Embarassment

I pored over my multipage guide to the AGO and noticed something called the Thomson Collection of Ship Models.  I went down to see what that might be.   There are some 130 large ship models.  Thomson’s personal collection.   He donated a lot of other art.  In fact, in a sense it is no longer the Art Gallery of Ontario but the Thomson Gallery of Art and Ship Models.   If Toronto was a maritime city, I might be able to buy this central display of stuff, but it is not Halifax of Vancouver.  I looked at a lot of the models and few seemed to have any connection to Canada.   I had to puzzle over the loss of the photographic art display and the gain of the ship models.  I am still trying to figure that out.

One thing is real clear.  I won’t be rushing back to Thomson’s hobby shop any time soon.

Abraham Lincoln – drawing



Abraham Lincoln

Originally uploaded by canuckshutterer (W.J. Gibson)

looking through my drawing images

from 2001 after I had completed my course and stopped drawing for awhile

there are lots of problems with this final result – I rushed it

patience is not my strong suit