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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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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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Old Window Treasure – Portraits

For some time now I have wanted to draw portraits of my three children and  incorporate these portraits into a rustic window frame.  Well, I have the frame and have completed one portrait.  The challenge that I have is what style do I want these portraits to be?  Which look will satisfy my eye?  Soft?  …maybe heavy, or loose?  What style would complement both the window frame and the artwork? There is never any harm in doing multiple portraits.  In fact, the process of pairing portraits with the frame is a great exercise.  With endless combinations and many questions to be answered, the best way for me to learn is to jump right in and try a collection of different styles.

Softer Style Window Portrait

window frame portrait
Daydream

The use of graphite  in this sketch complements the dreamy nature of the pose, creating a gentle feel.    I also chose to keep the background (negative space) light to help create a balanced softness.

The Window Frame

Window Frame

This well-preserved old window frame will make a great addition to my decor.  Little needs to be done to this treasured piece, however, removing  a bit of the white paint will keep the frame and the artwork from competing for the viewer’s attention.  I am very excited to try a variety of styles to see what will unite the window and artwork into a beautiful composition.

As the summer progresses I will post updates with the different styles and pieces I create.   Feedback is always welcome and may be helpful in my decision-making process, so feel free to comment below.

Also check out:  Summer Days,

  … a deeper richer feel.

 

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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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Portrait Time

 


Engaging


Drawing and being engaged in creative activities gives hope, spurs productivity, and elevates mental alertness.  Every time I work on a new art piece I find this to be the case.  So, if this is true, why am I not drawing more?  That is a great question.  I guess I am just too lazy to pick up my pencil.  No, really, life just gets super busy sometimes.  When I do have time to become absorbed in a new art piece it is a great treat.

Working on this portrait for my niece was a refreshing break that seemed to come at the right time.  Usually I need to give myself permission to relax and draw, so when I have a commission to work on it allows me to ease up on my self-imposed obligations and duties.  After all, immersing myself into a creative space enables me to be more productive.
 
 
 Backphto
 
 
 15 x 12  Charcoal

 
 
Thank you, Karly.  I had a lot of fun reliving the past.
Now on to the next commission.
 
 
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Portrait Time

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”   – Helen Keller

The Volunteer

One of the things I enjoy about portraits is that it gives me the chance to get to know people’s stories.   I did this portrait for an amazing lady whose love and adoration for her husband was so beautiful.  I could feel her love for her husband when she spoke about him.  This drawing was an honor to do.  🙂

Once again the challenge for this drawing was photographing it after.  Getting better though.

 

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Vintage Style

Summer

Vintage Series - 13.5 x 17 Graphite
Vintage Series – 13.5 x 17 Graphite

14 x 17 Graphite

A piece I completed while visiting Vancouver Island this summer.  The weather was so beautiful that I did not have a lot of time to draw.  In this case that is a good thing. Most of my time was spent outside playing and enjoying the Canadian Pacific coast with my family.

This piece, Summer, is the first drawing in a series of Vintage Style pieces that I will be working on.

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Life Song

Life Song

Charcoal 17 X 14

 

The Cowboy’s Life

(excerpt)

 

                                                           The bawl of a steer,

                                                           To  a cowboy’s ear,

                                                           Is music of sweetest strain;

                                                           And the yelping notes

                                                           Of the wild coyotes

                                                           To him are a glad refrain.

                                                                                  -James Barton Adams

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Little B

Even though the food and presents are always good, it is the time spent with family and friends that I look forward to every Christmas.  I love watching the emerging personalities of my nieces’ children.  Each personality is very unique and strong, it makes for an entertaining evening.   This sketch of Little B is from a photo my husband took on Christmas Eve.  I am not sure what she was doing or thinking, but boy is she cute.

Little B12 x 15 Charcoal Sketch on tinted paper

For this sketch I experiment with different methods of applying and blending charcoal – a definite learning experience.  I found the hair more difficult with this type of paper. Once the charcoal is worked deep into the tooth it is not easily removed to create highlights.  Mental note made for next time :).

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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!