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Sketch of house in Port Elgin, New Brunswick

Sketch of house in Port Elgin, New Brunswick

This pencil sketch is of an abandoned house next to the Village Office in Port Elgin, New Brunswick. There are so many beautiful houses like this around, but they won’t be for long.

Working from my reference photo on an iPad mini

Working from my reference photo on an iPad mini

Eliot Porter on knowledge

Our knowledge, which we set so much store by, helps us mostly to further our exploitations, to extract from the environment what we value, and to destroy that which, in our present state of ignorance, seems to have no utility.

—Eliot Porter in Maine

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Dan Mangan live at the Vogue Cinema

Friday night my friends Kelly and John and I took in Dan Mangan’s live show at the Vogue Cinema in Sackville, NB.

The show was, in a word, amazing.

As it happens, I was first in line, so I was able to get front-row seats. Having had good luck recording video at Garnet Rogers and U2, I thought I’d give my new iPhone 4S a whirl. Sadly, I missed the first song (stupid, stupid, stupid), but I got the rest of the show in 1080p.

After the show, Kelly and John met Dan, got autographs, and had a chat. I asked Dan if he was okay with me posting these clips to YouTube, and he said you can’t stop it these days. I pointed out that if he didn’t want me to, then I wouldn’t post them. He said he appreciated that, but to go ahead.

So I have. I shot 18 GB of video, and it took almost 48 hours to upload. Hope you enjoy it. If you get the chance to see him live, do not hesitate.

Dan Managan: Sold

Dan Mangan: Oh Fortune

Dan Mangan: Post-war Blues

Dan Mangan: Basket

Dan Mangan: You Silly Git/Road Regrets

Dan Mangan: If I Am Dead/Daffodil/Starts With Them, Ends With Us

Dan Mangan: How Darwinian

Dan Mangan: Some People

Dan Mangan: Rows of Houses/Regarding Death and Dying

Dan Mangan: The Indie Queens Are Waiting
The Crackling: Keep Me Drunk

Dan Mangan: Robots/So Much for Everyone

1st-year drawings, from 1991/92

I recently came across a bunch of drawings in an old, water-damaged portfolio, from my year in Fine Arts at Mount Allison. This batch is mainly things from my drawing portfolio along with quick sketches that, by all rights, I should have discarded.

First year drawing was taught by Prof. Virgil Hammock, who retired in 2004.

Most of these figure studies would’ve been completed in somewhere between 10 seconds and 3 or 4 minutes. The more detail, the longer the pose was likely held. The architectural pieces were done from my photographs.

Mainly drawn on throw-away newsprint, about 18×24″, they’re just simple exercises, having no merit as art. In keeping with that, these reproductions were hastily shot on an iPhone with available lighting with no effort made even to remove folds, wrinkles or avoid shadows. But for me, they’re a snapshot of what I was doing, in another life, twenty years ago.

male nude, standing (white conté pencil on black paper)
Male nude, standing (white conté pencil on black Mayfair)

female nude, arms folded
Female nude, arms folded

abandoned buildings (part of what is now the Campbell Carriage Factory museum)
abandoned buildings (part of what is now the Campbell Carriage Factory museum)

homes in Middle Sackville, corner of Main Street and School Lane
Homes in Middle Sackville, corner of Main Street and School Lane

self-portrait, drawn while looking in a mirror, without looking at the page
Self-portrait, drawn while looking in a mirror — but without looking at the page

self-portrait, drawn with eyes closed
Self-portrait, drawn with eyes closed

female nude with easel
Female nude, with easel

plaster bust (white conté pencil on black Mayfair)
Plaster bust (white conté pencil on black Mayfair)

female nude, standing (the next drwaing is on the reverse of this sheet)
Female nude, standing (the next drwaing is on the reverse of this sheet)

female nude, standing (verso of previous drawing)
Female nude, standing beside stool (verso of previous drawing)

female nude, standing with stool
Female nude, standing behind stool

Thomas Williams' House, Park Street, Moncton, New Brunswick
Thomas Williams’ House, Park Street, Moncton, New Brunswick

male nude, seated (white conté pencil on black Mayfair)
male nude, seated (white conté pencil on black Mayfair)

County fair equipment in winter storage on the Tantramar marsh

Watercolour of county fair equipment in winter storage on the Tantramar marsh

Watercolour of county fair equipment in winter storage on the Tantramar marsh

This painting was made from a collage of black-and-white photos (and a couple for colour reference) I’d taken in the winter of 1992–93 on the Nova Scotia side of the border, between Fort Lawrence and Ahmerst.

About 16 × 6 ½″ on 300 gsm Arches Cold Press watercolour paper.

MV John Hamilton Gray departs Cape Tormentine

MV John Hamilton Gray leaving Cape Tormentine terminal [sketch]

Marine Atlantic’s MV John Hamilton Gray leaving Cape Tormentine terminal

This March, 1990, sketch was done on location with a blue, felt-tip pen of some sort, on paper that’s clearly full of acid given how much it’s yellowed (probably generic typing or note paper). Probably a Pilot Fineliner. Measures about 6 ½ × 2 ½″.