Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Betwixt and Between, But Who Cares? I Won!

I am betwixt and between - I have half-finished drawings and unfinished paintings. I have a new set of paints that I haven't touched yet because, you see, transitions are hard. I'm thinking about trying all kinds of things - new techniques, new colored ink, using pencil with my watercolor sketches, and I'm trying to sort it all out. I am squirming, vaguely dissatisfied, and anxious to try more.

The result is that I have nothing to post.


And then comes Alex and presents me with the Over the Top Award! Thank you, Alex!

It's funny, you know. We develop friendships online. How does that happen? Sometimes I think you get to get past the body and dig straight to the soul and - pop! - there you are.

Cyberspace, ticket to the soul? Hmmmm.

Alex is a wonderful artist - so talented. The latest post on his blog, rainbowbox, is amazing, and his best yet! You have got to see it here!

But I have to work for this award, you see. The rules are: I need to pass this award on to five people, post on their blog to let them know I left this award, and then I need to answer a list of questions in ONE word.

Truth be told, I think Alex is trying to limit me to one word.

Only today, Alex, only today.

So here goes:

1. Where is your cell phone?… Roaming
2. Your hair?… Combing
3. Your mother?… Sunrise
4. Your father?… Twilight
5. Your favorite food?… Burrito
6. Your dream last night?… Hazy
7. Your favorite drink?… Nectar
8. Your dream/goal?… CREATE!
9. What room are you in?… Office
10. Your hobby?… create..
11. Your fear?… Loss
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years?… Painting
13. Where were you last night?… Abuelo's
14. Something that you aren’t?… Green
15. Muffins?… Puffins.
16. Wish list item?… Lottery
17. Where did you grow up?… Sunshine
18. Last thing you did?… Digest.
19. What are you wearing?… Down.
20. Your TV?… Barren
21. Your Pets?… Mosquitos
22. Friends?… Mosquitos
23. Your life?… Interesting
24. Your mood?… Interested
25. Missing Someone?… Firstborn
26. Vehicle?… Writing
27. Something you're not wearing?… Shoes
28. Your favorite store?… Pearls
29. Your favorite colour?… Blue
30. When was the last time you laughed?… Tonight
31. Last time you cried?… Today
32. Your best friend?… Wife
33. One place that I go to over and over?… Einstein's
34. Facebook?… Occasionally
35. Favorite place to eat?… Q'Doba

It was very difficult to narrow this list to five.
And [drumroll please] I present the five awards to:

1. Casey Toussaint of rue Manuel bis - I just love the loose and splashy style of her watercolor and ink sketches.

2. Katherine Cartwright of Katherine A. Cartwright Studio - She is my guru for art philosophy. Ohmmmm.

3. Myrna Wacknov of Creativity Journey - She is the boldest, most experimental artist I have encountered. She will try anything, and succeed!

4. Wil of Carving Paper - He sketches all over his wonderful city (Toronto) and produces wonderful watercolor and ink/pencil sketches.

5. Paul Heaston at three letter word for art - He is a phenomenal talent. I am in awe of his consistently wonderful drawings.

Honorable Mentions - (that means you get nothing..), but only because you were chosen first by someone else!

Oh shoot - I was going to choose Ellen of She's An Artist, She Don't Look Back but Raena beat me to it! Ellen is very talented, creates beautiful art and is a lover of language. Her creative blog bonds art with the music of Bob Dylan. (And I have a feeling that she doesn't realize just how good she is!)

And, of course, I would have chosen Raena too of Raena's Sketch Journal because, well, who wouldn't? But Alex chose her first!

And, dear reader, I would have chosen you too if I could! I am so enormously impressed by all of you EDMer's! Keep drawing!

Thanks again Alex. It was fun!


  1. Congratulations, Dan! I love your sense of humor and your answers to these questions. You deserve all sorts of special recognition, including this one. I'm honored to be your guru for art philosophy, but hardly live up to it.
    I look forward to seeing your future work, and understand these periods in between when the artist is trying to advance and find new focus. I go through it all the time and am, in retrospect, very glad I took the time to reflect and plan. Have fun with it!

  2. Dan, you are always amusing to read! This time it was also a pleasure getting to know you a little bit better. Very creative answers. Sorry to hear about the loss of your firstborn.

  3. Kathy, there is so much modesty going around. You are a great teacher. And thank you for your kind and supportive note.

    Whoa, Krista - my oldest son is merely away in Virgina - looking forward to him coming back for the holidays. Just didn't want to name him, for privacy purposes.

  4. Hahahaha... it wasn't me who set the rules Dan ^^ But I am glad you had as much fun as I did =) See, now you know you can give one word for an answer of a question... another skill right?

  5. Hi Dan: I joined EDM's group two days ago and have been reading posts on the yahoo group to see what this group is all about. Congrats on your award! Not sure how this all works but I'll figure it out. I enjoyed your post.