Last night I had an amazing experience.. I got a chance to meet my favourite author and a personal hero of mine - Neil Gaiman.
Because I have wonderful friends who know me so well, my birthday this year was rather Neil-themed. I got his latest book, a copy of his speech (Make Good Art), and a ticket to his reading/signing at the Danforth Music Hall last night.
He read from his latest book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (which was incredible.. it’s like reading it for the first time) answered some fan questions (which is how I know that if he had to be a monster he’d be a gorgon, and that Shirley McLaine once pulled his hair to confirm that it wasn’t a wig, and that eight is the largest number of cats you can have before things get unreasonable) and then read from his children’s book coming out in the fall, Fortunately, The Milk.
Now, because I am a geek, and because I treat most things with a heavy dose of enthusiasm, and because I have some small skill with a paintbrush, I made him a painting, which I got the chance to give him when I got my books signed. And because he is lovely, he thanked me and kissed my cheek, which made me go full fan girl on the inside (which I managed to keep inside until I left). All in all, a wonderful evening, and I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Indigo, for organizing the event, and of course to Neil himself, for living up to my ridiculous expectations!
Forgive the poor quality of the images.. I’ll upload a better one if the painting and post that separately later!
my, as yet unnamed, painting
Neil Gaiman, opening my gift (Note the excitement on my face)
I’m pleased to announce that I’m heading back within city limits! No more suburbia for me, the exile is OVER! I’ll be moving in with my lovely best friend, and as an added bonus I will once again have studio space! Her impressive boyfriend is building us an arts and crafts corner (I may even wield a hammer or two!) and I’m really looking forward to getting back to work, as it were!
I’ve decided what I’d like my next painting series to be! Because I’m such a creeper, I want to do a series of people on the subway. And yes, I know it’s been done before, but I really think I could put a fresh spin on it.
Truth is, I spend most of my many, many hours on the subway people-watching. I’m easily distracted from my ever-present book by the colourful array of passengers. The subway is a great equalizer. No matter your background, race, net worth, whatever, we are all subject to the same sights, sounds, and most of all, smells.
I also think this would be a fun opportunity for me to stretch my legs a little and try working in oil paints (you don’t know this yet, but I’m a pretty strong acrylic devotee) just to get a little extra softness into the work. It also means I will have to find somewhere to acutally paint, since I am currently studio-less (or bereft of studio, however you choose to put it) ….think think think.
SO, I think it would be fun to do a series of paintings of people on the subway. This means, of course, that I will be taking some sneaky photos in the near future (I told you, creeper) so BEWARE!