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Crystal King Chocolate Milk painting digital sketch by Happy Sleepy

Crystal Kings new paintings digital sketches

30 August 2018

Crystal King Chocolate Milk Here are work-in-progress images from the making of a new set of Crystal Kings paintings for Nuit Blanche 2018. This series of art objects is a combination inkjet print on canvas, 24K gold foil, and acrylic gouache on some of the colors and for all of the velvety black. The final paintings are 18 inches wide by 22 inches tall and 3 inches deep. These images highlight the front face of … >> read more

Lovely geometric designs from new Crystal Kings art glitches

23 May 2018

This set of images was generated from an accidental arrangement of shapes in the process of making new Crystal Kings digital images. The goal was to line up a few pixels, but instead all the shapes in the whole image collapsed onto each other. A tweak of the opacity and a few quick deletes to tweak the composition was all that was necessary. After that – zooming and panning and looking for treasures in the … >> read more

Yellow forsythia kaleidoscope photography mandalas

20 April 2018

Waiting for spring with some forsythia branches blooming on the kitchen table, cuttings brought indoors last week to force the blooms.

Embroidered mandala with blue beads

Sunny yellow and bright blue embroidered mandala details on a grey day

15 April 2018

Here are some detail shots of one of the embroidered mandalas that were completed last year during our time in Mexico. This mandala has a face of white linen and a crisp yellow and turquoise color palette. This seems just the thing to look at in this very grey day in Toronto – April 15 and there is 2 inches of snow on the ground and a blizzard in full swing as I write this! … >> read more

A Voice for the Dead.

20 February 2018
Pen and ink illustration with digital color, Jewel of the Boreal by Marc Ngui

“Jewel of the Boreal”, an illustration of a sunset view over one of the bays of the futuristic city of Central Shield

8 January 2018

When we invent the future, the most important thing is to capture is the feeling so that we can make a connection to that time space and then climb up and forward just like a mountain climber who uses safety ropes on a sheer cliff wall. So what is it like to live in the future, in Central Shield? The animated gif cartoon above was created by taking vignettes from one of Marc’s latest panoramic … >> read more

Spiny cactus mandala

Mandala from cactus photographed with a kaleidoscope filter

2 August 2017

One of my favorite things to photograph with the kaleidoscope filter are cactus because the spines arrange themselves nicely into elaborate mandalas.

Blue and white mandala embroidery in progress

15 July 2017

The photographs show work in progress on a monochromatic blue embroidery on white linen mandala. This embroidery is destined to be pressed into clay to make a relief pattern for glazes to pool and reveal the slight indentations left by the embroidered pattern. Ceramics are a new medium to both me and Marc and it will be a while before that work is ready to merge with the embroidery. For now, the work proceeds in … >> read more

Circular paper grid

Paper grid in the round pattern for an embroidered mandala

15 July 2017

In one of the early stages of embroidering a mandala I print out a paper pattern to regulate the stitches, sometimes just a plain grid-in-the-round like this one. This mandala is 34.5 cm in diameter (about 13 inches) and the grid had to be printed in pieces that here are joined with fun neon pink tape. In the next stage this pattern will be stitched to the fabric stretched on an embroidery hoop. See more … >> read more

Wet clay bowls

First day in the ceramics studio of Alejandro Sanchez, Tepoztlan, Mexico

14 July 2017

Last week we started private classes in the ceramics studio of a local artist called Alejandro Sanchez. Alejandro’s family is from nearby Cuernavaca and has for generations produced ceramics, focusing primarily on the casting method. Alejandro himself expanded his craft over decades into every different type of ceramic, including with workshops in Japan and the USA and primarily with experimenting. His vast knowledge and gentle demeanor are a delight in the studio. Alejandro’s studio is … >> read more