The Bike Chronicles Continue

[First off, did anyone notice that my website is now self-hosted (ie. no more .wordpress.com in the site URL so they’re not the boss of me anymore! wooowhoo!!). I took the plunge last night, and man did that take a lot longer and more brain power than those step-by-step tutorials have you believe it will. There are still some glitches, and I would really appreciate it if you could let me know if you come across any. I will be redesigning the whole website soon so stay tuned. Also, now that I’m self hosting I can post videos, so I plan on posting some tutorials in the near future too. Anything specific you want to see, just let me know!]

Now back to our regular scheduled programming…

The story and accompanying painting I’m about to show you comes from last Thursday.

Thursday was just not a good day. Remember my bike that had the front wheel stolen off of it (yes, way back in the fall)… well I’ve spent a good chunk of this week running around the city buying parts to finally fix it. Here is what I was working with:

I know, pretty bad eh?
I know, pretty bad eh?

So I bought a new chain, some lube for the gears, a new wheel, tire, and inner tube, and a new lock (since I forgot the combo to my old one). When I bought this bike 5 years ago, it only cost $199. And now I spent about $100 on these replacement parts. And about 30 hours of my time to find them all, since believe it or not, Canadian Tire does not sell all these things. Neither do bike stores, or if they do, they were sold out. My trek eventually led me to Gatineau to Pecco’s where I found a wheel.

So FINALLY today I was going to revive this old bike, and guess what. Not possible. The junker is beyond repair. The frame got so deformed during the winter that it’s basically garbage. I realized this after getting bike lube on everything. Gross.

Hmm... something's not right...
Hmm… something’s not right…

Okay. Awesome. Looks like we’re heading back to CT and Gatineau to return a bunch of parts.

My main mode of transportation is my bike, and without it, a trip to CT takes me almost 2 hours. Same with a trip to the bike store in Gatineau. And the best part is that I wasn’t given a receipt from the bike store where I spent almost $70, so I’m not even sure I can return the wheel, tire, and inner tube. WOMP WOMP

Naturally,  I came home, vented to my friends and my mom, poured myself a glass of wine (thank you for the wonderful suggestion Alex) and started to paint. I felt like my day was a shit storm, so I painted myself a giant umbrella.

The background was already done from a previous day, and I was actually planning on doing something entirely different with it, but the blue reminded me of rain so I just went with it.

One, Two, Three
One, Two, Three
16x16" - Acrylic on Canvas
16×16″ – Acrylic on Canvas
Side View - Edges are painted
Side View – Edges are painted
Displayed in my room over a Queen sized bed
Displayed in my room over a Queen sized bed

Saturday, I’m off to get a new bike. Which I obviously should have just done from the beginning.

Morale of the story. Don’t try to fix things.

On the plus side, although this bike has caused me a headache and a half, at least I’ve gotten two decent paintings out of it.

Like this painting? The original is available for sale here

New Beginnings

What is it about starting something new that makes it so exciting? I don’t know about you, but I love change. I love new beginnings. I think the unknown is far more appealing and exciting than what’s routine and predictable. This personality trait has afforded me some amazing life experiences, like going on exchange in Australia, moving to Ottawa to study engineering, as well as traveling without a set agenda.

On the other hand, this personality trait may also explain why I start paintings ALL THE TIME and then never want to continue/finish them. This is slightly embarrassing, but I think I have at least 10 paintings on the go right now, most of which are just a completed background and not much else. I started some of these at least 6 months ago.

So plan for the summer is to finish them all. I’m not going to get ahead of myself and say that I wont start new ones in the meantime because that would pretty much be self inflicted torture, but as long as those 10 from the last 6 months get completed, I’ll consider it a success.

The one I’m going to show you in this post was started probably in late November 2012 shortly after this painting below.

Guitar and Music
Guitar and Music

At the time, I had imagined I would create a whole collection of similar paintings with different instruments. After the acoustic guitar one above, I started this one below, which is an electric guitar. It’s spanned across three 16×20″ canvases (as opposed to three 12×16″ ones like the one above) so it’s significantly bigger. Bigger is better.

Background

After completing the background and adding the guitar, I added the music notes. I kept the lines straight and bold since that’s how I visually interpret the music of an electric guitar versus the soft wavy lines of the acoustic guitar. This makes sense in my head.

48x20" - Electric Guitar - Acrylic on Canvas
48×20″ – Electric Guitar – Acrylic on Canvas

And some zoomed in views of each panel:

Left Panel - 16x20"
Left Panel – 16×20″
Middle Panel - 16x20"
Middle Panel – 16×20″
Right Panel - 16x20"
Right Panel – 16×20″

To give you a better idea of the size, here it is over my bed, which I believe is a Queen size.

I even made my bed for you
I even made my bed for you

And lastly, here is a side view. The painting extends along the edges so it does not need a frame.

Rock On
Rock On

The next one in the collection is going to be of a saxophone. Hopefully I can complete it before this one sells (which will hopefully be soon) and can display them together since I think they’ll look neat as a collection.

Do you like change or do you prefer routine? You already know my answer to this, I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

Like this painting? The original is for sale here.

4th Annual Timeraiser London Recap

The 4th annual Timeraiser took place last night in London and it was a huge success! Over 2000 volunteer hours were pledged for the London community in exchange for 16 pieces of art. Also, over $8000 was invested into the careers of local artists, and I am so incredibly grateful to be one of those lucky few.

Setting up the artwork before everyone arrives
Setting up the artwork before everyone arrives
My parents with my painting that was auctioned off for 100 volunteer hours
My parents with my painting that was auctioned off for 100 volunteer hours
From left: Christie, me, Steph, and Richard
From left: Christie, me, Steph, and Richard
From left: Steph, Christie, Amy, and Keegan
From left: Steph, Christie, Amy, and Keegan
From left: me, Steph, Christie, and Amy
From left: me, Steph, Christie, and Amy
Let the bidding begin
Let the bidding begin

For a full list of artists and silent auction winners, you can check out the Timeraiser site. There was also a prize for the best artist of the night, and to see who took home the $500 prize, check out the above link. I’ll give you a huge hint, you’re reading her blog right now… THANK YOU so much to every one who voted for me. I am forever grateful. Hope to see everyone there again next year 🙂

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