Monday, January 16, 2006

Toronto back alleys pt 2





Another 2am posting, this time more Toronto alley sketches. As I mentioned previously, I like going for night time walks in the summer. And I've always been drawn to that orange street light colour. That glow has a particular emotional quality for me. Orange streetlamps always make me think of empty mall parking lots and back alleys and a kind of teenage lonliness and angst. Maybe I just remember too many nights walking home late and alone and cutting through side streets...

These sketches were drawn in the summer. They were done very small, in ink and brush with some Dr. Martin dyes for the colour.

4 comments:

Mel said...

These are really beautiful Mike. You should have a show. You do something very special with Toronto's distinctive urban landscape. Your pictures are the Toronto I grew up in. They're honest and unsentimental. Are they for sale?

Rob Elliott said...

More back alleys! I love those walls of pokey little garages, everyone hiding a mystery (or, more truthfully, a 50-year-old Portuguese man working on a Ford engine).

m cho said...

Thanks for the kind words, both of you!

Mel - I dunno if they're for sale, they're just from my sketchbook. I keep meaning to do some more of them for a series of drawings to maybe show sometime...

Rob -- how true how true...

Mel said...

BTW - the famous Mr Elliot should start a blog (hiya Rob!)