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Graffiti Friday #32

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Embedded

Many of us return from our travels with a few mementos and trinkets tucked into the corners of our luggage. They’re great to use in holiday themed scrapbooks and travel collages, but they’re also perfect for painting like Jackson Pollock. In his 1947 oil painting, Full Fathom Five, paint is thickly layered and drizzled in classic Pollock ‘drip’ style. Put your specs on, however, and you’ll notice a variety of objects embedded in the paint including nails, buttons, coins, and even cigarette butts. It’s a very cool way to immortalize your trip and display your memories. If you happen to be in Toronto, you can view this painting at the AGO until September 4th. After that, you’ll have to head to its home in New York.

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OCAD Grad Show 2011

The Ontario College of Art and Design will be hosting their annual grad show this weekend, showcasing the work of its 2011 graduating students, from both the Faculty of Art and the Faculty of Design. Why not bring your kids and help inspire the next generation of creative thinkers. With work from over 500 students, there’s bound to be something to please everyone. For more information about  “The Show Off”, check out the website.

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Under The Sea

Create a magical sea world with a textured watercolour background, some fish, a few bones and plenty of imagination. About the bones…it’s not that I have a particular fondness for bones, but this is my second project using them, and my daughter is beginning to find it a bit odd. She’s probably wondering where I’m heading with this since I’ve now covered chicken and fish. Quite simply, I’ve always wanted to incorporate fish bits in a project. I may have been inspired by the unique art which graces the walls of Joso’s restaurant and actually includes the odd piece of fish skin, along with a liberal dose of boobs and bottoms. But since they quite possibly make the best fish in Toronto, who am I to say what they should do with the leftovers.

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Creepy Garden

This creepy little garden was inspired by Tim Burton, whose wonderful characters and swirly landscapes have always been part of a Halloweenesque world. A terrific exhibition just wrapped up at MoMA and will be coming to the Tiff Bell Lightbox in Toronto in November, offering a selection of paintings, drawings, shortfilms and so on, spanning his career. While it won’t be on time for Halloween, it’s still a great idea to take your kids so they can enjoy his work, and the many activities that will be offered.

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Fan The Breeze

The glorious days of summer are almost upon us, but let’s keep our enthusiasm in check shall we? Keep in mind the multitude of ailments the sun’s harsh rays are responsible for, leaving us to reap its benefits from pills in a bottle rather than a stroll in the noonday sun. And don’t forget those cottage visits, where hopes of a little R & R are dashed by a variety of blood-sucking insects that make the three hour trek not worth ANY amount of engaging conversation or wine. When we finally nod off, we are plagued by memories of garbage strikes, liquefied rubbish and fruit fly infestations. Back to the urban jungle and we’re forced to cross paths with humans unschooled in the fine art of deodorant use. We are worn out by relentless sweating, and subjected to olfactory distress caused by the ongoing stench. Goodness, that’s starting to sound a bit harsh. Shall we begin again? The glorious days of summer are almost upon us. Heavenly scented lilacs have just finished blooming, followed by a magnificent display of rhododendrons. Spring showers have greened the landscape and provided the perfect backdrop for the abundance of colourful flowers whose petals flutter in the breeze and provide delicate landing pads for those busy little bees collecting pollen, like the little bugger who stung me on the leg yesterday while I was sweeping… Let’s just make the fan which will enable us to cope with the heat in style.

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More Than Just A Yardage Sale

Affordable opportunities abound at the  Textile Museum of Canada’s annual fundraising event, More Than Just a Yardage Sale. It’s not quite Black Friday, but it is an amazing opportunity to elbow your way through bins, rummage through bags, and stock up on supplies at great prices. They have an eclectic selection of yarn, fabrics, notions, craft supplies, magazines, and a variety of odds and ends; all great stuff to make arts and crafts, and leave you wondering where the hell to store it once you get home. This glorious gathering takes place on May 28th and 29th, so check out the website and mark your calendars. Put your best face forward girls and be prepared to line up early for the choicest bits.

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