During the mid 20th century Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada) was working hard to promote the ideal mid-century swinger lifestyle experience. Vancouver has many lozenge shaped buildings from this period. The elongated hexagon shape can be found all over the city to this day. The Electra Building was the big shining beacon over blocks of old wooden houses and started the obsession with this elongated hexagon shape. The Electra stands as one of the best examples of mid-century architecture in Canada.
This acrylic on board piece is 11x14inches. In this study of a tree I am developing the fractured effect. I was thinking of Central America not Canada with this piece. There are volcanoes in the background. I consider this piece to be a study or a sketch rather than a fully developed piece.
My studio in Halifax was shared with a fellow artist named Marc Gignac. I tacked my sleeping bag up on the wall to get a better look at the interesting lining one day. I left it there long enough that it inspired a few sketches and paintings. The painting is a 30 x 30 oil on canvas. The drawing shows the actual sleeping bag tacked on the wall and positioned behind the sofa and coffee table (which are adorned with their own checker board and polka dot patterns). The painting is mounted on the wall with the sleeping bag behind it. There is another painting (by Marc Gignac) that looks a bit like a spider also mounted on the wall, and inspired by the sleeping bag. I called the whole excercise “Elevated Sleeping Bag”
In the painting Mayan Dancer the shapes behind the dancer are the actual pattern on the interior of the sleeping bag.