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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
Music Greatness
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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Rock Solid Memories

As the rock collection grows…

soapdish2Soap Dish

I like that my family enjoys the beautiful Canadian outdoors.  Sometimes, however, little bits of this beauty manage to come home with us from our hikes and other outdoor adventures.  Yes, I have rock collectors in my house.

It is a shame when hours go into selecting the rocks with the best color, coolest shape, or intricate designs only to be thrown into a box and stuffed on a shelf in the garage somewhere.  This summer that box came off the shelf.  With a little trial and error, I was able to come up with soap dishes.

These soap dishes are visible memories of our amazing West Coast adventures and a great addition to our home decor.

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Courage – Remembrance Day

“The secret to happiness is freedom…and the secret to freedom is courage.”

-Thucydides

Courage 17×12

I could not do what they do or sacrifice what they sacrifice.  I do not have the courage.  Thank you to all who fight or have fought for my freedom.

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”

-Mark Twain

I posted this piece last year and have been asked to re post it, so here it is.  The original will also be for sale in my on-line store in the next couple days.

 

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The Brawn

New Series

This is the first piece in a new series of drawings.  With Calgary Stampede and Heritage Days fast approaching it seems fitting to focus my attention on western life.  Growing up on a farm, I remember how exciting this time of year always was.  It was thrilling to see baby animals, new plants,  mud (yes, mud was fun), and the end of the school year.  Simple pleasures, it seems, but with these simple pleasures came a sense of newness and starting fresh.

 

Western Series - 13.5 x 16.5 Graphite on Bristol
Western Series – 13.5 x 16.5 Graphite on Bristol

 

 14 x 17 Graphite

The Brawn

The brawn, or muscle and strength of the horse, was my focus in this drawing. I wanted to capture the power, fortitude, and splendor that these beautiful animals possess.

“If you have seen nothing but the beauty of their markings and limbs, their true beauty is hidden from you.”  -Al Mutannabbi

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Curiosity

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.  Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

                                                                                                 – Albert Einstein

Animal - 17  X 14 Graphite on Bristol
Animal – 17 X 14 Graphite on Bristol

The Wolf

I have always appreciated the nature of the wolf.  They are not mean and ugly creatures (from a distance).  Yes, they are wild animals and should be respected as such.  Instead, words I would use to describe them would include:  playful, social, intelligent, loyal, family orientated, and curious.    Check out the Wolf at Canadian Geographic for some great facts.

The Art

When I started this drawing it was actually on completely different paper.  I have learned not to work on my sketch at the kitchen table.  Honey, paper and graphite do not mix well. So, I started over and I am glad I did.  The original piece was on paper with a deep tooth making it hard to achieve detail.  The final sketch was done on vellum paper.  I wish I would have kept the first sketch so I could have posted the difference – next time  .

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The Cooler Side

Banff, Alberta, Canada

…one of my favorite places to visit for many reasons:  beautiful breathtaking scenery for myself and my husband, quaint little gift shops for my girls, and an awesome candy store for my son.

12 x 18 Charcoal Sketch on blue-tinted paper

I am always amazed at the beauty that surrounds us, whether prairie or mountain, sky or earth, old or new – all you have to do is stop and look (or maybe I should say see). 🙂 Inspired after a trip to Banff I decided it was time to try sketch a landscape.   I have to say that it was an experiment and I never intended to finish it.  I wanted to know what effect black and white charcoal would have on blue-tinted paper. When I started the sketch I struggled with the cold feeling.  I really wanted to add brown tones to warm up the sketch, but refrained and I’m glad I did.  I enjoy the cool feel it created.  It fits with our week in Alberta – cold and snow! 🙂

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Paper Probe

Is there a right or wrong paper to use for a graphite or charcoal sketch?  Lately I have come across charcoal art pieces done on a variety of surfaces (newspaper, paper bag, MDF, canvas…)  Each has a unique look and I am sure, and new set of challenges. Time for me to try!  Thought I would start small – see where it goes.

Niska

12×18 Charcoal Sketch

I did this sketch on textured, colored paper.  The challenge was the deep tooth of the paper.

I had to include this quote this week.

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. “
Pablo Picasso

There was a lot of “dust” this week – the sketch was a great escape!

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Canadian Rockies and Art

Yesterday I had the privilege of observing and talking with a local Canadian Artist in her home town of Banff, Alberta.   Canadian born, Christine Ford has spent most of her life in the breath-taking Canadian Rockies.  Passion for her home, the beautiful Rockies; and painting, is very clear when talking with Christine.  Her passion also comes through in her paintings.  This very personable young artist was more than happy to talk about her beginnings, art techniques, struggles in art, and much more.

There is a recurring theme when I talk with artists or read art related articles (beside practice 😉 ) and that is to find ways to surround yourself with art (and artists).  This will keep you drawing, painting, and creating.  Unless art is your livelihood, where you must paint to pay the bills, it needs nurturing daily to grow.  It gives you a reason and purpose to do art.  What does this look like?  I think for me it means taking a course, setting some goals, entering competitions, being active in an art society, and  even doing some commission work.

If you haven’t visited the Canadian Rockies, plan a trip – it will be well worth it.  I have been to the majestic Canadian mountains many times, and each time I go,  it is like I am seeing them again for the very first time.

Photographs taken by Martin Eisbrenner.  Check out his website…some really cool photos!!!

If you want to learn more about Christine Ford check out her website at www.christineford.ca