This morning I got out the oil paint and brushes again and got back to working on the portrait I’ve been commissioned to do. It’s a surprise gift for someone so I can’t show you my progress on this one!
The Olympics have started and I’m trying to catch as much of it as I can. I’ve always loved the Olympics – you get to see sports you don’t often have access to and I love hearing the stories of the athletes. Some are just incredible. In December 2009 I had the pleasure of being part of the committee organizing the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay Community Celebration for Lindsay, Ontario and it was one of the best events I’ve been involved in. There truly is an energy to the Olympic flame and seeing the torch just gave me chills.
Although people think of the Olympics as mainly a sporting event, there is a large cultural component as well. There are a number of projects that have been done for London 2012 and I thought this one was pretty neat. In ‘Art Drive! BMW Art Car Collection’ 16 BMW cars were painted by international artists.
For two weeks only the ICA takes over an off site space in the East End with ART DRIVE! – an opportunity to view BMW’s unique collection of ART CARS for the first time in the UK. The Collection, initiated over 35 years ago, consists of BMW cars transformed into artworks by leading international artists, using the form of the car as their canvas.
ART DRIVE! BMW ART CAR COLLECTION artists:
Alexander Calder, Sandro Chia, Ken Done, Ernst Fuchs, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Matazo Kayama, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Esher Mahlangu, Cesar Manrique, M.J Nelson, A.R Penck, Robert Rauschenburg, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol