Stick Figures—The Reveal!

June 12, 2010

I’ve been holding back for months but I’m finally ready to come clean; come out of the closet as it were! I admit it, I’m a visual artist—a painter! My relationship to my art has been sketchy (no pun intended) at best but over the last few years my true passions have begun to emerge and they are now at the point that I can’t hold back any longer. Over the past few months, if any of you have been following me on Twitter I’ve been tweeting a lot of visual and performance artists. I guess it was my round about way of getting to a place where I was willing to put my own work on the line; if others were doing it I could too.

My theme of choice is the human form and although I make forays into other areas I always return to the body as the most fascinating subject bar none. Stick figures have intrigued me for years and when I’m writing my notes for Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons I use stick figures to draw each movement in the sequence I’m studying. To actually get seven lines and an oval to move is much more difficult than drawing a fully fleshed figure. I have probably drawn thousands of these little guys by now and they are starting to take on personalities. I've included a photo of my notebook so you can see what I mean.

In my home town of Kelowna, I have joined the Livessence Society whose mandate is to promote figurative drawing and painting and provide a venue for local artists to access live models on a weekly basis. This year the theme for our juried exhibition just happens to be Stick Figures. Next week I’ll be submitting my efforts on this front. Just so you don’t think that all I can do is draw stick figures I’ve included one of my paintings here. It's called Shadow Dancers. First inspired by the cave paintings of Lascaux it fit right in with the Livessence theme.  

Stick figure images have been popping up all over the place. Check out this animated video that uses stick figure shadow puppets.  


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