CLOUDSPINNER
CLOUDSPINNER
Dedication Page
Dedication Page
3.The Cloudspinner Conjures
3.The Cloudspinner Conjures
4.Conjuring to the sky
4.Conjuring to the sky
5.Surrounded by the Light
5.Surrounded by the Light
6.Into the World
6.Into the World
7.Gathering Storm
7.Gathering Storm
8... and all is beauty
8... and all is beauty
9.From Golden Highs
9.From Golden Highs
10.She is full of Light and Beauty
10.She is full of Light and Beauty
11.A Peaceful Place
11.A Peaceful Place
12.Up and at 'em
12.Up and at 'em
13.Measuring the Misery
13.Measuring the Misery
14.Through Glass She Rises
14.Through Glass She Rises
15. The Vase and the Decanter
15. The Vase and the Decanter
16. A break before he faces the darkness
16. A break before he faces the darkness
17.Mount Pleasant
17.Mount Pleasant
18.The Man on the Street
18.The Man on the Street
19.Watching
19.Watching
20.Your Subscription to the New York Times is Due
20.Your Subscription to the New York Times is Due
21. Jump
21. Jump
22. Together We Rise
22. Together We Rise
23.The Light through the Trees
23.The Light through the Trees
24.The small and the MIGHTY
24.The small and the MIGHTY
25.A Risk
25.A Risk
26.Radiance Unleashed
26.Radiance Unleashed
27.The Observer
27.The Observer
28.Exhaustion?
28.Exhaustion?
29.A Beautiful View
29.A Beautiful View
30.The Advisors
30.The Advisors
31.Mechanical CloudSpinning
31.Mechanical CloudSpinning
32.Together they Struggled
32.Together they Struggled
33. Towards horizons he rose
33. Towards horizons he rose
34.  The better angels of our nature
34. The better angels of our nature
35. A Prince's Dream
35. A Prince's Dream
36. Waiting for Rebecca
36. Waiting for Rebecca
37. Let us be the angels of this world.  The devils have had their day
37. Let us be the angels of this world. The devils have had their day
38.  Against time
38. Against time
39. Nero's other options
39. Nero's other options
40.  Forward
40. Forward
41.  Reclining in dreams
41. Reclining in dreams
42.  Rolling in dreams
42. Rolling in dreams
43.  Stomp it
43. Stomp it
44.  Consensual Pleasure Wrestling
44. Consensual Pleasure Wrestling
45.  Bellringing
45. Bellringing
46. Otherworldly embrace
46. Otherworldly embrace
47.  Roar
47. Roar
48.  Pondering the past
48. Pondering the past
49.  Pierce
49. Pierce
50.  Ariel Escapes again
50. Ariel Escapes again
51.  The drowned tree
51. The drowned tree
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CLOUDSPINNER
CLOUDSPINNERThis is the cover page for the Improvised book, "Cloudspinner". The primary image is one which I conceived many years ago while living in the Windermere Valley and looking up at the enormous mountains which surrounded us.  I imagined that there were beautiful beings who lived at the top of the world who spun the clouds which fuelled my imagination.  
Dedication Page
Dedication Page"The pages of this book, like you, change with the light."This book is dedicated to Dave Horak and Bridget Ryan.  It was begun in Calgary, Alberta in February of 2018.  Each page is 9"x12" and painted with Acrylic.  I have added iridescent colours which bounce light around and give the impression of depth and glow.  This effect is not terribly well captured in the photographs here, but you get the idea...
3.The Cloudspinner Conjures
3.The Cloudspinner ConjuresShe gathers the energy of the earth and spins the clouds that fuel our imaginations.  I had imagined that the Cloudspinner was a beautiful woman - a Gaia figure - in tune with the earth and the sky, the water, the air.  There is no judgement in what she spins, only joy and wonder.
4.Conjuring to the sky
4.Conjuring to the skyShe sends her love into the world.The model for this picture came to pose for me on Toronto Island, Valentine's day, 2017.  It was the first time I'd ever paid someone to expressly model and it was a big day for me as an artist.  A step in some direction, you might say. 
5.Surrounded by the Light
5.Surrounded by the LightShe moves in brightness
6.Into the World
6.Into the WorldThe Clouds are reflected in the world.This was painted in Whitefish, Montana where I spent a couple of weeks following the run of "undercover" at Vertigo Theatre in Calgary.  There was great peace in this place.
7.Gathering Storm
7.Gathering StormThe earth is reflected in the clouds.I wanted to contrast the painting before this one - something darker and more ominous.  The contrast of Paynes Grey in the sky with the Naples Yellow on the horizon seemed ludicrous to me, but somehow it works.
8... and all is beauty
8... and all is beautyThe earth reflected in water.I began with Turquoise and went from there. A this point I wondered: am I the cloudspinner?
9.From Golden Highs
9.From Golden HighsA crystal descent into the valley...Inspired by the drive through the mountains of B.C. and into Osoyoos.  From blizzard conditions to desert floor in a blink.  I raced through the composition so I could get to the addition of GoldFinger (an oil-based golden paint which stinks but is fun to apply).It shimmers and shines
10.She is full of Light and Beauty
10.She is full of Light and BeautyOn the days when joy over-flows, it's best to dance
11.A Peaceful Place
11.A Peaceful PlaceAnd where shall we go now, dear heart?
12.Up and at 'em
12.Up and at 'emIf only the light could be harnessed to face the day.  A recharge of sorts
13.Measuring the Misery
13.Measuring the MiseryMy Uncle described the process of healing as a measurement of progress.  Every inch is recorded, and every tear is discussed.
14.Through Glass She Rises
14.Through Glass She RisesA flowing gesture, caught in a moment of beauty
15. The Vase and the Decanter
15. The Vase and the DecanterI had no idea that this was for wine.  I thought it was for flowers
16. A break before he faces the darkness
16. A break before he faces the darknessA moment of calm before the creative beast is faced
17.Mount Pleasant
17.Mount PleasantIn this attic room, the Cloudspinner works.  It looks out over the neighbourhood and is situated high above the street.  Just in the trees where the crows can see.
18.The Man on the Street
18.The Man on the StreetCowboy style, my friend.  He infected us us all with his peace and joy
19.Watching
19.WatchingThe spirit animal above the crowd, hoping you'll make a good choice
20.Your Subscription to the New York Times is Due
20.Your Subscription to the New York Times is DueDragged back into the DumpsterFire
21. Jump
21. JumpShe could almost fly
22. Together We Rise
22. Together We RiseAn unexpected hand up
23.The Light through the Trees
23.The Light through the TreesThey had not found the darkest of the darkest yet.  There was still a light to be seen.
24.The small and the MIGHTY
24.The small and the MIGHTYThe Giant needed a bit more reach...
25.A Risk
25.A RiskHow long could they hold on, and how high could they go?  The land got further away, but the stars grew closer still
26.Radiance Unleashed
26.Radiance UnleashedShe had much to give
27.The Observer
27.The ObserverAt some point, he may have to get in there and help.
28.Exhaustion?
28.Exhaustion?It was a good reason to hang out in the woods, I suppose.
29.A Beautiful View
29.A Beautiful ViewHe had no idea how he was going to get back down....
30.The Advisors
30.The AdvisorsThey knew just the thing to do in this situation, but had no idea if they were being heard
31.Mechanical CloudSpinning
31.Mechanical CloudSpinningThe clouds they spun will clog your lung
32.Together they Struggled
32.Together they StruggledSomeone had to steer this thing...
33. Towards horizons he rose
33. Towards horizons he rose
34.  The better angels of our nature
34. The better angels of our nature
35. A Prince's Dream
35. A Prince's Dream
36. Waiting for Rebecca
36. Waiting for Rebecca
37. Let us be the angels of this world.  The devils have had their day
37. Let us be the angels of this world. The devils have had their day
38.  Against time
38. Against time
39. Nero's other options
39. Nero's other options
40.  Forward
40. Forward
41.  Reclining in dreams
41. Reclining in dreams
42.  Rolling in dreams
42. Rolling in dreams
43.  Stomp it
43. Stomp it
44.  Consensual Pleasure Wrestling
44. Consensual Pleasure Wrestling
45.  Bellringing
45. Bellringing
46. Otherworldly embrace
46. Otherworldly embrace
47.  Roar
47. Roar
48.  Pondering the past
48. Pondering the pastRichness
49.  Pierce
49. Pierce
50.  Ariel Escapes again
50. Ariel Escapes again
51.  The drowned tree
51. The drowned tree
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