Image: 4”x6” coloured pencil on watercolour paper. This is an example of heavy burnishing, with the colour literally mashed into the textured paper. This was from a moment at 7:15 AM driving east on Denison Road, Markham. Flash…memorize, pay attention to the traffic, memorize, memorize, pay attention to the traffic light…hold that thought…park, take out art kit, pull off a quick aceo, get on with day…the coloured pencil here is based on the memory with the aceo as a reference.
Image: photography, bumped up the contrast to match what the eye so easily perceives. These streamers with their lacy fractal swirls preceded a large storm front flowing in from the west, taken from the vantage of my lawn chair while I lay prone and fascinated beneath these harbingers of chaos. While others may enjoy their lawn chairs under the blazing sun, or perhaps on a hot day, recline beneath a tree, nothing could match the experience of lying flat, face up staring into this complex roiling sky. These streamers swept across the entire sky in continuous motion, broadly from west to east and minutely, with every trailing wisp curling and tumbling within the greater forms. I stayed out for an hour and never got bored—more hits per minute than the latest reality tv. I only went indoors when it was too dark to see. Thunderstorms followed shortly after.
And the moral of this story: Keep your eyes open to the world around you—look up. Some of the best entertainments require no electronic gadgets, although this one provided its own electricity.