Sunday, May 21, 2017

Happiness

Simple things make us happy. Thats all.

Brush ink for variety on the lines and watercolour on rough watercolour paper. Exploring style and medium to convey simplicity and softness. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Leaves from Nature - A Study





Observing Nature is a slow and a meditative process. Appreciating and protecting Nature is part of this journey. Plants and leaves from a forest by a creek in Coastal British Columbia, Canada. Can you tell the real leaves from the art? Click on the image above to see it larger, you will see the scotch tape on the real leaves. 


Scientists like Charles Darwin made detailed drawings and painting of plants and animals, taking time to observe and reflect on variations in Nature. 


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Mama Bear and Cub Fishing



It’s mid October and the salmon are coming home to spawn, along with the rain and the storms. Grey skies and hypnotic mists are rolling in; you can feel the chill of the cold winter air in your bones. It ‘s a good change and feeling.

Art is a hobby and a passion; the images appear in my minds eye after synthesizing images and sounds from forest walks.  It is a meditative journey to explore and discover the wonder of nature.

The photos are of a black bear in my backyard and spawning salmon at one of the local rivers. Along with my many encounters with bears and salmon, these pictures served as an inspiration of the above ink brush and watercolour of mama bear and cub fishing painting.  Emily Carr inspired the trees styles.

June 3, 2017 - Added Note
The black berries are out. I almost walked into a bear yesterday afternoon about 10 meters away, me and a friend walked in the opposite direction and it followed casually as if in conversation, no people around, no way to exit the trail for a while. Little spooky as I was not interested in his conversation (or maybe her I didn't check), this big guy was unfazed and walking behind us. Had no bear spray (my placebo) on this otherwise busy pacific shoreline trail. The bear went into the berry bushes, not a good time to snap photos. Closest encounter for me yet. Its good to feel alive!


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Heron ink and watercolour



I live on the west coast of Canada and Great Blue Herons scatter the shores, lakes, ponds and rivers. Waiting for crayfish, frogs, lake trout and young salmon.  They are majestic, patient, slow moving and lone stalkers ever ready to pounce.

The above painting is ink brush first then watercolour on watercolour paper. Mostly wet on wet paint for the misty effect. Watercolour is becoming my favourite medium. Easy to work with, requiring little space, not messy or smelly and easy to clean up. Unlike acrylics or oils you need to get it right the fist time as painting on top mixes. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Creative Process for Graphic Novelists and Authors


This talk is an exploration of the creative process from concept to product. It covers key elements such as inspiration, research, observation, experimentation, reflection and revision. What can we learn from the likes of Walt Disney, Jackson Pollock, and Woody Allen?  Sadiq Somjee will share his experiences developing graphic novels, games, books and software products.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Generate a Simple LandScape with Code - for Artists?

Learn how to generate random and dynamic landscapes with Processing code. No prior knowledge is required. Click on the image below to see the class introduction video.

Link to video


I teach this class from an artist’s perspective in a simple and visual way. It covers the basics of creating shapes and colors with code.

A lot of people have asked me how I create generative art. The class will cover some basics like how to set up and install Processing, basics on code like functions, variables and logic statements. Next the class demonstrates how to create these landscapes. All your tools are available for free online.

My “home” page has some examples of the generative art, in case you are curious.

Create art, make code, live-long and prosper

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Ralf Waldo Emerson's Nature Essays

Today I read essays by Ralf Waldo Emerson on nature. He articulated our spiritual relationship with nature in 1836. Many artists such as Emily Carr, Robert Bateman, Lawren Harris and Roy Hendry Vickers also demostrate this deep connection with nature and spirituality in their work.  Emerson writes that poets animate nature with words and philosophers with truth and they are both one and the same. One of his insights with respect to our relationship with nature, Ralf Waldo Emerson said is that “the reason the world lacks unity is because man is disunited with himself”. This I believe is just as true today, if not more so.

Bluebird at Harrison (c) 2016 S. Somjee