Self Portrait during Exam week studying at SOVA
[School of Visual Arts] in Dawson City, Yukon.
Oil on canvas.
I sold my first piece of artwork today!
The best part about it???
It was my most favourite painting I did all year at SOVA!
‘Bathroom Wall Raven &the Broken Helicopter’ is a painting I did as tribute to the horrible paint job in the bathroom at my old apartment.
I kept seeing a raven and a mysterious critter… I felt a bond with them.
They were paint stained spirit creatures.
Just like MUFASA!
When I was a kid, I saw him in the wood grains on my grandma’s wooden door. :]
Don’t call me crazy! Call me imaginative.
This evening I will be photographing and filming the official book launch for a new publishing company, Rabbit Creek Press!!
Klondike Colours is a kids colouring book that’s illustrations focus on the history of Dawson City’s gold rush era combined with present day community events.
The book was illustrated by a past SOVA student graduate, Andrée Bélanger. She studied at the art school the year before I attended.
I am normally a still-life-photo-taker. I find it hard to take good, flattering photos of people while they are standing in front of a microphone or are mid-conversation.
Today I will try something new.
I will become a stealthy photographer!
People won’t be able to act weird about seeing a camera around because they will not see me!
My goal is to set the camera up so that it takes multiple photos at once, that way I can choose the best from the photo bursts! I will also dress in darker colours, more casual than my usual in-your-face kind of style… just so people forget about my presence.
No, I am not going to stalk them or take “secret” photos.
I will be present, but hopefully unnoticed —-» LIKE A NINJA!
I will let you know how that works out… and whether I’m going to be overly confident in Program mode or stay cautious on Automatic is another story entirely.
School is over!
I have been without internet for the past month and was searching frantically for a home.
A word to you hippies:
BEWARE. MAY IS THE ABSOLUTE WORST TIME TO LOOK FOR HOUSING IN DAWSON CITY.
I got to class 40 minutes late today… but I have a good excuse!
I was at home working on a painting titled Bathroom Wall Raven & the Broken Helicopter all morning and last night. Didn’t sleep much because I couldn’t stop thinking about finishing it
Typical Samm, all I’ve achieved since I got in the studio was causing a ruckus! I dropped a painting, knocked over a light my classmate was using and … well maybe that is all I’ve done.
At this very moment I am working on an oil painting that is screaming out ‘FOREST FIRE’
Is that a title I hear???
Here’s a tune to get into painting mode.
Not for you? That’s cool… what gets you pumped and into a creating mood??
My piece Under D0G for the art exhibition “String-Theory” in Whitehorse, Yukon.
All 15 students at SOVA were given ink, watercolor, wax, fur and string as a guideline.
This is what I came up with.
What do you think?
It was pretty hard to make it all come together, but the wolf fur scraps I bought in December ended up being the perfect thing!
I feel bad for the wolf, but at least it’s spirit and the fur itself won’t be left un-loved. :]
Keep an eye out for my next post, I’ll show you what I’ve done to Samm-ify my winter gear & maybe inspire you to jazz up those black jackets too.
I am 20.
It is my first year studying art.
I’m living in the infamous Sub-Arctica.
Dawson City, Yukon is one of the most breath-taking places I’ve traveled. Although this is my first out-of-eastern-Canada experience, I can tell you my dearest readers, that this place I currently call home will forever have a special place in my soul. Figuratively speaking, of course.
The lovely borealis dances when it is so frigid outside your eyelashes freeze. Ravens click morning salutations on my walk into town. Dogs walk themselves. Drinkers have their own elite club. Locals are more than willing to share their knowledge of the land and their abundance of shed antlers.
& the art scene? IT’S CRAWLING WITH WEIRDOS JUST LIKE ME :]
So, why blog? WHY!?
- I want to spread my love for this world through art and creating.
- I want to inspire others to think differently.
- I want to question people and hear their answers.
I perform this ^ magik through sculpture, drawings, [strange] poetry, and photography…
Among other things I also enjoy sharing new, interesting things I pick up on along the way.