<![CDATA[Run Rabbit Run - Sketchblog]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:03:07 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Watson's Windows Port Hope]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:00:27 GMThttp://runrabbitrun.ca/sketchblog/watsons-windows-port-hopeThanks to the generosity of Critical Mass Port Hope and Tammy Watson, I was able to realize a dream I have had for quite some time, which was to make a large window installation of puppets, backdrops and props into some sort of magical fantastical scene.   I wanted it to be in Port Hope, but didn't know what would be available for me to work with. I couldn't have asked for a better venue than the Watson's building; on a busy corner in the centre of downtown, in one of the oldest buildings with the most incredible windows around.  I was able to build a scene with cloud backdrops, props of all sorts including mountains and misty bridges, and oodles of puppets.  There are marionettes, hand puppets, rod puppets, and finger puppets. Some are flying and some are sitting and one is even floating on the mist.  There is an octopus entangled in sparkly garland, colourful mountain goats prancing about and bowls of delicious puppet food like gumballs, hamburgers and pretzels.

If you come by Port Hope to take a look, you will find my installation at 68 Walton street, at the corner of Walton and Ontario.  If you come by after dark, it is all lit up inside.

Thank you to Critical Mass, Tammy Watson, and Debbie, Bryn and Alex for all of your help and coffee and food.  And thank you to Danette, for keeping my compass pointed in the right direction.
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<![CDATA[Birth of a Dragonfly]]>Sat, 02 Sep 2017 00:37:20 GMThttp://runrabbitrun.ca/sketchblog/birth-of-a-dragonfly
While on a canoe trip in Killarney Provincial Park, we were excited to witness the emergence  of a dragonfly from its nymph state. Dragonfly nymphs are strange looking creatures, pretty intimidating if you don't know what they are.  When the newly minted dragonfly split its old skin to come out, the discarded shell was reminiscent of a cicada shell; brittle and fragile and retaining the exact shape of its previous self.  It was thick through the body with shriveled up wings like when a butterfly comes out of its chrysalis.  It rested then pumped the blood from its body into its wings, getting thinner and thinner while its wings grew flatter and longer.  

Delightful!


 
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<![CDATA[Ghostly Additions]]>Sun, 16 Jul 2017 11:46:51 GMThttp://runrabbitrun.ca/sketchblog/ghostly-additions
Really enjoyed the challenge of building up layers in this drawing.  Watercolour, ink, pencil, erased sections, even some work with water soluble pencil.  Also, I gave one of the ghosts legs.  Maybe it is only pretending to be a ghost?
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<![CDATA[Loop + Loop + Loop...]]>Sun, 16 Jul 2017 11:35:39 GMThttp://runrabbitrun.ca/sketchblog/loop-loop-loop
Spring this year was filled with ink work and puppet making. I may have continued with my slight obsession with chrysanthemum dragons, rendering them most often in india ink.  Lots and lots of little loops.  It felt like I was writing them into existence, minus the words.
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<![CDATA[Gardens on a Snowy Day]]>Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:12:47 GMThttp://runrabbitrun.ca/sketchblog/gardens-on-a-snowy-day
Much beautiful snowfall here in the last couple of days, I am glad to see it, but equally glad to daydream ahead to April and the beginning of the garden.    These pictures were taken in our garden at twilight, with a lightsource from the parking lot next door which combines a pink light with a white-blue light.  It was kinda magical...

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<![CDATA[Chrysanthemum Dragons]]>Mon, 21 Nov 2016 19:30:56 GMThttp://runrabbitrun.ca/sketchblog/chrysanthemum-dragonsI have added some ink and brush drawings to the Drawing section above.  These dragons are very satisfying to draw, so many loop shapes.
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<![CDATA[Puppet Shoot]]>Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:55:46 GMThttp://runrabbitrun.ca/sketchblog/puppet-shootThanks to the loan of a reflecting circle thing and some black foam core from my sister  (Alex Lang Photography), I gave shooting on a black background a try.  These two conjoined creatures are part of my ongoing Twin series, currently titled Inseparable.  I love how the black sets the colours of the puppets off, but I will definitely try shooting them on a light background as well, and see which looks better.
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<![CDATA[Recent Drawings]]>Sun, 03 Jul 2016 21:21:45 GMThttp://runrabbitrun.ca/sketchblog/recent-drawings
'Cellular'  Graphite, watercolour, ink, 11"x14"
'Sky' graphite, watercolour, 11"x14"
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<![CDATA[I Lichen You]]>Fri, 17 Jun 2016 19:22:57 GMThttp://runrabbitrun.ca/sketchblog/i-lichen-youRecently we were out exploring an area near Omemee called Windy Ridge Conservation Area.  It does in fact have a windy ridge that borders a horse sanctuary.  If you stand and look at the horses long enough, a donkey will come over and stand between you and the horses.  If you want to get to the horses you have to go past the donkey first, and no one gets past the donkey. 

I do not have a picture of the donkey.

I do, however, have a picture of some cool lichen I found.

If I were reincarnated as lichen, I might want to be this lichen.


And, since it is a pretty hot day here in Port Hope, I will share with you some nice chilly pictures from February.  One is of Bryn throwing a stick on the beach, and the other is of some frost on our kitchen window.
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<![CDATA[Inseparable Series:Rabbit]]>Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:33:21 GMThttp://runrabbitrun.ca/sketchblog/inseparable-seriesrabbit
Though most of my recent puppets have been made entirely from cloth, I am working on a small series of hand puppets that have papier mache heads, which hearken back to my previous way of approaching puppet making.  These puppets are less traditional, as they are all conjoined in some way or another.
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