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Canada’s Music Greatness – Michael Bublé

Exploration of Music Greatness

As I continue on my journey exploring Canada’s Music Greatness I am astonished as to how many amazing musicians have helped create the Canadian musical landscape.  I know we have an abundance of great musicians in Canada but was not mindful of the vast numbers until I starting exploring the Canadian music world.   Just when I thought I had compiled an extensive list, I would receive a message or email with a couple new names.  That is amazing, and I love it! 

Music Greatness – Michael Bublé
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Charcoal on Tan Paper – Sketchbook

 

At some point in an artist’s career, they are unknown. What is that pivotal moment when they move from just a singer to a household name?  Singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer, Michael Bublé had such a moment. 

 

Michael Bublé
Hand lettering – iPad

Michael Bublé was born in Burnaby, British Columbia in 1975.  As a child, he had a passion for singing.  His musical talent allowed him many performing opportunities and even talent show wins.  He recorded three independent albums.  The wheels of change were set in motion when Michael McSweeney, a former aide to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, saw one of Michael Bublé’s live performances.  He played one of Mr. Bublé’s independent albums for Prime Minister Mulroney, who then decided to hire him to play at his daughter’s wedding.  As it just so happened, Grammy-winning producer David Foster was also in attendance at the Mulroney wedding.  Meeting David Foster set a new trajectory for Mr. Bublé’s career.  Many albums, hits, tours, television appearances, awards, and specials later,  Michael Bublé is a household name known worldwide. 

Michael Bublé has been a favorite singer of mine for years.  His soulful and classical jazz performances are mesmerizing, helping to reinvent and keep the classics alive. 

Thank you for joining me on my journey as I continue to celebrate Canadian Musicians.  Please feel to comment below who you would like to see next.

 

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Canadian Musicians – Diverse, Rich

Celebrating Canadian Musicians

Canadian Musicians
Charcoal on Tan Paper, Sketchbook – Leonard Cohen

Diverse and rich, Canada celebrated its 150th birthday this past summer.  This focus led me to explore many facets of Canada’s history.  As I journeyed through some of its histories I was reminded of the countless Canadian musicians that have laid a rich musical foundation for our society.  I love music – all types of music.   Celebrating some of these musicians through drawing seems like a good fit. 

Working with Tan Paper
Canadian Musicians
Charcoal on Tan Paper, Sketchbook – Gordon Lightfoot

With a variety of subjects in mind and a goal set out, I have decided to explore the warmth and tone that tan paper can add to a drawing.  After purchasing a new Strathmore Toned Paper sketchbook and grabbing my charcoal pencils, I set out to sketch and learn more about the various artists that have enriched Canada. Three Canadian Artists portrait’s that I completed this summer include Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, and Terri Clark.  Each of these musicians has helped shape Canada’s musical landscape.  I will post more information on each artist in the upcoming weeks.

 Canadian Musicians/Hand Lettering
Canadian Musicians
Charcoal on Tan Paper, Sketchbook – Terri Clark

Deciding that I should continue to develop my hand lettering skills, I plan on incorporating hand lettering with each portrait in upcoming posts.  As I continue drawing portraits of more Canadian Musicians, I will incorporate hand lettering. The hand lettering will give more information about each artist.  Although Canada is only 150 years old, it is wonderfully rich and a diverse musical country which should be celebrated.  I look forward to exploring more Canadian musicians as I grow and develop as an artist.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please feel free to comment below or send me an email at eisycindy@gmail.com.  Thank you for joining me on this journey.  I look forward to seeing where it will lead.

You can also follow me on Instagram for more photograph updates at eisycindy.

 

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Charcoal Drawing – Beach Time

Charcoal Drawing
Beach Time Charcoal

 

   Sun, Fun, Sand, and a Quick   Charcoal Drawing.Lately it seems like all my art projects have been everything but drawing.  This week I really needed some draw time.  Flipping through old photographs I found a great reference picture of my little girl.  Okay, maybe she is not so little anymore, and maybe it is from fourteen years ago, but beach times were favorites of mine and I will always cherish them.

Many summers were spent sand covered, wet haired, and sun-kissed on a warm British Columbia beach.   Friends were always near.  Adventures were plentiful.  Life was simple. 

There is something pure and refreshing about working with a charcoal pencil and a blank sheet of paper.  Maybe it is the rhythm, or maybe it is the break from the focus of daily life. Whatever it is, it is good. 

For this drawing I used Meridian Drawing paper by Pentalic.  The paper is a beautiful soft white color which helps give the drawing a warm look.  It also has a great tooth which is perfect for charcoal work.  It is one of my favorite papers.

 


 Art Piece:

Beach Time  11 x 14 Charcoal Drawing

Who doesn’t like sun, fun, sand, and a little beach time?


 

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Moments – Summer Charcoal

“Life is a succession of moments, to live each one is to succeed.” -Corita Kent

 

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13 x 19 Charcoal –  Moments

The older my children get the more I find they talk about childhood moments, and many times I am surprised by the moments that have had the most impact, or the ones that hold the greatest memories for them.  It is those moments and the moments with other family and friends that mark time and have helped me become the person I am today.

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Snow Leopard – A Time for Rest

Breathe

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Charcoal 24 x 19

When life gets busy and schedules seem to spin out of control just breathe.  Remember life is pretty good – actually, it’s pretty amazing!  Each day will always be too short for all of its ambitions.  Slow down and breathe in the rhythms of grace.

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Whimsical Realism

Sketchbook Charcoal – Ram and Bear Cub
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Working on the ram and bear cub this week reminded me of the larger bear cub charcoal Hide-and-Seek, which I did a couple years ago Similar to this drawing, it was a story piece, incorporating expressions to bring about character of the subjects.

All those years of teaching writing have etched the all-too-familiar questions that help develop setting, character, motives, plot, etc. into my brain.  What is the relationship between the bear cub and the ram?  Is the ram annoyed, mischievous, or affectionate?  How did the bear cub or ram end up in his current predicament?  What happened just before? What will happen next?  That is the general idea anyway.

As I was working on this sketch I came up with a couple storylines, however I have purposely left it untitled.  Please feel free to come up with your own story idea.  If you do send me an email at eisycindy@gmail.com.  I would love to hear your story.

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Sketchbook Sketch Break

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Bald Eagle – Charcoal 

Jumbled, cluttered, whirlwind… If I could look inside my brain, I think I would see that exact chaotic mess of too many thoughts crashing around, each one vying for my attention. Okay, it’s probably not that bad.  It is, however, essential for me to stop, breathe, prioritize, and refocus daily.  Picking up my sketchbook helps me to regain this focus and be more productive.

This weekend I decided it was time for a sketch with less detail, using only a charcoal stick and eraser I set out to sketch a bald eagle. I blocked in most of the page with charcoal, being careful on the areas I knew would remain lighter.  With my kneaded eraser I removed the excess charcoal to bring out the highlight areas.  Easily completed in one sitting, this free-flowing method of drawing with charcoal is a great sketch break activity.

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Time Well Spent – Family

“All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to us.” – Gandalf

Time

Do you remember being in high school and thinking that each minute, day, and year moved at a snail’s pace?  I remember thinking that. Then I got married and started a family – time sped up a little. With each passing year time seemed to go faster and faster, until… Here I am with two adult children and another quickly approaching adulthood. When did that happen?

This week, as I worked on the above drawing, I was reflecting on the simple times of childhood.  Life wasn’t cluttered with schedules and electronics.  Time seemed to move a little slower.   The constant flow of rocks and mud into my house has been replaced by the constant flow of my family, with devices in tow, heading out the door.  Each day seems to clip by, sometimes at breakneck speed.  Those little moments, like when everyone is home for supper at the same time, have become very precious.  I find myself looking for opportunities to declutter life so I can linger in each moment and enjoy time spent with my family.

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Mercedes – White and Black

Mercedes Elegance

If you grew up in the same generation that I did, you will probably recall stories told by your grandparents of horse-drawn wagons, or the purchase of the first ever family automobile.  My children would consider horse-drawn wagon rides a novelty, and purchasing a car is something everyone does.  As the stories of four-legged transportation slowly fade away, it is nice to remember some of the early generations of automobiles.

Mercedes Museum, Stuttgart

White Charcoal on Black Paper

Mercedes (17″ x 12″)

This white on black drawing was inspired by a recent trip to the Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.  The old Mercedes car will not be found burning down the autobahn, but it is still a car lover’s delight.  Simple yet elegant, I find this car more visually appealing than the modern car.