Saturday, April 12, 2008

Lost and Found


I was looking for a particular grammar usage book when I came across a box filled with memories. There were CDs in there that I had been searching all over for. There were presents from students I had forgotten about. There was a Japanese wooden toy, a traditional Mexican calendar (I think that's what it is!), several Korean magnets and bookmarks, as well as a glass portrait of the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus (with a wooden stand) given to me by my Mexican students. At first, I wasn't sure if my Mexican students were kidding me when they gave it to me, but they were serious :) Being an ESL teacher, I get some pretty interesting presents!

What surprised me the most was unearthing these next few oldies! It was a bittersweet moment. I found oodles and oodles of art work that I had done. Funny... I noticed how I only feel inspired to draw, sketch or paint when I'm experiencing conflict in my life. I haven't doodled, scribbled, painted, drawn or sketched since I left the city. Odd.
Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist (it's one of my favourite books). I went through a stage where I was having a rough time drawing hands accurately and proportionately, so I did a lot of drawings with hands either as the subject or in the background.
Yonge & Eglinton was my subway station. I used to sketch while waiting for the subway.
A few years ago, I spent Thanksgiving in Georgetown, Ontario with my college buddy, Stephen and his family (and friends of the family). Georgetown is a lovely place. The Highland Games = a must see!
I called this one Inseparable. Back in the city, I always had my cell phone in hand. It was rare to not see me texting or chatting with someone on my cell. Rude. Sad. Inconsiderate. Of course, I didn't think I was being all those at the time!
Portrait of Richard, an artist friend of mine in Toronto.
Portrait of my lovely cousin, Jey.Of course, I always wear my heart on my sleeve.

21 comments:

Sandy C. said...

Wow! You are such a wonderful artist :) What hidden treasures these are. Do you still paint or sketch? You clearly have a talent for it!

fancypansy said...

C I had no idea you had such talent!!! Those are wonderful...perhaps when it is time you'll do a pregnancy portrait for me?!?

C said...

Sandy:
Thank you :) It's always been a hobby of mine. I don't think I'm that good at it though. It's more a means of expression for me, really.

Fancy:
Thanks :) I actually got a copy of a photo of you and your hubs from Dina when you guys were newly engaged and intended on doing a portrait of you and The Man for your wedding. I worked and worked on it, but I wasn't 100% in love with how it turned out, so I didn't end up giving it to you for your wedding. I still have it. Maybe I'll give it to you next time I see you :)

Jeanna said...

I love the ones of your cousin and the first drawing best. Nice work. Hands are hard to draw. You should put your art work up.

Palm Springs Savant said...

very impressive, I like the one of jey, it speaks volumes

japanmanpete said...

She was lost, and now she's found. Continue on with your art work, Chrissy.

-Pete

Ms. Mamma said...

Chrissy, you're so amazing. Very cool photo post. I really enjoyed it. You never cease to amaze me with your beauty and your talent! XO

Ms. Mamma said...

Chrissy, you're so amazing. Very cool photo post. I really enjoyed it. You never cease to amaze me with your beauty and your talent! XO

hotmommy said...

i knew you were talented chris, but i never realized just how amazingly talented you are! we have the painting you did of us for our wedding and the one of our oldest girly up in our livingroom.you never did one of our other two kiddos tho' :0(

C said...

Jeanna:
Thanks for that! You know, I think you have just inspired me to draw/sketch/paint again! :)

Palm Springs Savant:
Thank you ;) Did you get a chance to check out her site? She's shooting a video in Switzerland soon.

C said...

Pete:
Thanks ;) Hey, how was your weekend in Osaka? What did you guys end up doing (aside from drinking)? *sigh* Seems almost all gaijin in Japan are boozers! Just kidding! LOL! Well, sort of kidding! I know what it's like. I lived there for two years, remember? You're still cool. Boozer. :)

Ms.Mamma:
Awwwww! That was quite possibly the nicest thing anyone has said to me in the longest time!
I <3 you! LOL! (as Jeanna and Jimmy would say, that sideways heart looks like an "I less than butt you")

Thanks again! You are so awesome :)

hot mommy:
Argh. I fully intended on doing a painting for your two other kiddies, but to be honest, I just didn't feel like my paintings were any good. Actually, I felt that they totally sucked!!! Seriously. If there's anything I do know about me, it's that I have zero confidence in my art work. LOL! Hey, at least I'm honest! If you do want me to sketch your other kids, I will though :) XOXO

Uncivil said...

Omygosh! C
I love every single one of your drawings!
I enlarged the one with the cell phone and you had "11:45 P Jul 25, 01" on the screen!
Is that the date you drew it?
I was astonished at the detail!
What a gem you are! You never cease to amaze me and brighten my day!

C said...

Uncivil:
Awwwwwwww! Okay, that was one of the sweetest things anyone's ever told me! You and Ms.Mamma got me all choked up! LOL! ;)

Yes, the date on the cell phone screen was the actual date and time I did the sketch!!! Pretty crazy, eh?
I can even remember the person I spoke to and what we spoke about.

P.S. Jeanna and Ms.Mamma, I'm movin' to Cheese Land! Not really, but I would love to live in the same place where that delicious Barabou Chocolate place is!!! Mmmmmmm...Cow Pies! LOL! If you didn't know they were chocolates, that would have sounded really gross! ;)

lisa marie said...

You don't draw now? I have this thought that different places bring out different parts of us. When I was in Arizona for a while I felt compelled to draw. I would drive to a peaceful place and draw in the silence of nature. Now I photograph it.

C said...

Lisa Marie:
You raised a really interesting point! I used to draw, paint, sketch all the time! I always carried a sketch book in my bag. I'd sketch on the subway, on the bus, in the park, at a coffee shop while I waited for friends and 'people watched'. Now, I find myself taking photos of everything more than sketching them. It's amazing how digital cameras changed things for me. It wasn't until you mentioned that you now take photographs of your subjects that I realized that I take more photos than I draw now.

Deb said...

oh, I love them! you are soo talented. i bet there are great scenes on your farm that you could draw!

finding items from your past is always fun.

Fruitful Vine said...

Those sketches look good.
Jenn

VE said...

Very nice! I wish I could draw even close to you.

Jeanna said...

I always thought if got my drawing table back...well, I'd probably paint, not draw, because I can't draw worth shite, but I can trace the hell out of something and bring a world of color to shades of gray.
They were going to shoot that Johnny Depp movie in Boo, C., but I guess they weren't as wowed by cow pies as you. And apparently Abigail. Or were those horse pies.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

How I envy you that talent. Truly impressive.

Karen MEG said...

Wow, wow, wow C!!! You are an mazing artist?! What other hidden talents do you have girlfriend?
You need to do more; I'm sure there is so much inspiration on the farm (but I suppose it's finding the time). But you definitely need to make the time.

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