Shaw Centre Reflections

My friend Maxime and I are putting together an Ottawa Colouring Book featuring a bunch of our favourite artists doodling out the things about Ottawa they love. I’m working on a couple of pieces to contribute, including this funky semi-abstract tribute to the reflections in the Shaw Centre windows. I thought I’d throw a splash of colour on it for the preview but of course the one you get in the book is going to be blank for whatever colours tickle your fancy. 🙂

I love walking past this building in the summer and seeing the buildings and canal shimmering and sliding like a funky kaleidoscope.

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Ottawa in Colour

I was at Chapters talking to a friend about local arts philanthropy and how difficult it is to find arts grants in Ottawa, and we were in the (now massive) colouring book section when a bolt of inspiriation hit me and I declared “I’m going to make an Ottawa colouring book with my artist friends and sell it to benefit local arts projects!”. Ottawa in Colour was born.

So a few short weeks later we are well into production and I somehow ended up on a stage in front of the Soup Ottawa microgrant organization. We didn’t win, but it was great to be able to share my idea with an excited crowd and we made lots of amazing connections – we have really fantastic artists rolling in with amazing ideas for their pages. I can’t wait to start sharing it all with you!

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Ottawa is beautiful!

Telling everyone how beautiful Ottawa is

Sand Mandala

Prototype for a sand mandala generator. I finally have an excuse to work a bit more on this! I was really fascinated by some monks who came to Winnipeg ages ago and produced a sand mandala on the floor of a neighbourhood art gallery. Gorgeous, colourful, temporary work.

In this version of the tool, I create a bunch of “Ants” who walk around leaving sand everywhere, each a different colour. I’m working on giving the ants different “personalities”, one ant will love spirals, and the next will be really drunk, some ants will only walk straight lines. Here’s the collective work of a bunch of wibbly-wobbly ants coming back from the pub. 😉

The circular and radially symmetric forms naturally emerge, because I’m cloning the ants in quadrants and they can’t help but sometimes walk radially. (Some of them will preferentially do this in the final version.) This is fun to see in action – there’s a lot going on when you get 40 of them walking around.

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Follow the Red Dot

So that software that I wrote to track red things… now it tracks red laser pointer dots! I have a bit of finessing to do on the look of the lines, but the “system” more or less works. Below is a shot of some laser graffiti I captured by doodling 20 ft away on my back wall.

As an unintended neat side effect, I discovered I can track the blinking red lights of airplanes flying over. 🙂 With a fisheye lens and a higher resolution camera, it might be really neat to show the air traffic corridors as a series of graffiti lines across the sky. More (cooler looking) stuff coming shortly!

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