25 April 2017

Season 8 "Street Ads"

Because of its complexity and a severe lack of time (mostly focusing on two very large portraits), I didn't get around to executing my idea for an April Fools' gag this year, but I have fun with them (my favourites being the Vaporators and Video Games gags), so I'll make sure I do one next year, even if it's a different idea.

That said, I did create some "street ads" for our upcoming Season 8 starting in May that are sort of in an April Fools' vein because they're not real but meant to appear so (just like our Season 6 promotion gag). And no, I have no idea how much it would have cost to actually buy these ads.

I started by designing a poster in CorelDraw using photos of various Small Pond scenes (the silo, bike, and the Milky Way, our first barn quilt, and a large triptych I painted last year), but the key element was the 1970s-inspired Season 8 logo to stand out front and centre. The '70s angle was to tie in the "celebrity endorsements" I had in mind (see below) –plus, I like that aesthetic.

Next, I took a number of photos of bus shelters and streetcars while on a short visit to Toronto with PhotoShoppery in mind (angles and lighting were key concerns). As usual, I shot way more than I needed so I could pick the best ones for the project.

Stopped at a red light, camera ready, I got this nice shot of a TTC streetcar showcasing the ad panels.
This narrow, horizontal layout made including the photos difficult, and since the logo and the date covered the "what," "when," and "where," I eliminated the pictures to be as concise as possible.

This was shot near our old neighbourhood at the intersection of College and Ossington (I was heading northbound). I liked the angle and street elements, but knew that the foreground glass was going to make this one a real challenge –a challenge that would end up making this one look the most realistic if my digital surgery skills were up to the task.

As you can sort of see, a lot of work went into recreating all the elements that would be in front of the poster were it really inside that bus shelter. It's never just a matter of cut-and-paste! I wasn't too worried about obscuring the poster too much (it would be seen clearly in the first photo up top) –in fact, the poster itself is a bit of a MacGuffin since the logo was the most important feature as far as legibility was concerned. 

Of course, what's a fun PhotoShop project without bizarre anachronisms? Celebrity endorsements are one thing, but time travel is way beyond our capability for now. In any case, John and Debbie seem to be enjoying the only Small Pond shirts we've ever "made."

21 October 2016

All the Scarecrows!

Our annual Scarecrow Festival is always such a good time! This year we decided to try to get a picture of every single scarecrow that was made. I think a few may have slipped away before we could photograph them, but the rest wound up in this video, which I think is pretty darn charming!

Thanks to everyone who came out and got creative with us! Join us next Thanksgiving weekend, where we'll do it all again! October 7 & 8, 2017.

05 September 2016

2016 Residency Recap!

Whaaaat? It's September all of a sudden! Summer was a whirlwind, resplendent with so many delightfully different artists. Here's a look back at just *some* of the eclectic cast of characters that passed through Small Pond in 2016:

We started off the season with our first ever Cardboard Camp, bringing together this awesome group of cardboard enthusiasts.

Nadya Eidelstein built a drawing machine and worked on some botanical designs to be screen-printed later.

This trio of kick-ass-lady-writer-friends converged at Small Pond for a week; Sarah Selecky, Sarah Henstra, Frances Philips stand in front of the naked silo.

Kelsey McNulty worked on some new tunes and could be heard playing our barn piano late into the night.

Nick Di Gaetano spent a month with us while performing in Tale of a Town: Prince Edward County with Festival Players/FIXTPOINT Theatre. Here he is recording a "silo session".

Andrew Foerster is an animator and illustrator, but used his residency to work on some sculpture projects.

Sara Knaus wanted to get some writing done, here she is hard at work in the art barn.

Ying Lee created her own writing studio in the shade of the pear tree.

Creator/performer Bruce Horak came to Prince Edward County on tour with his show Assassinating Thomson. Here he is doing some plein air painting.

Elysanne Tremblay worked on a number of different projects during her residency. Here she is building a tent structure around her actual tent - which she slept in... talk about getting into your work!

Heidi Berger worked on a series of paintings for an upcoming show in Germany.

Larry Eisenstein worked on some BIG drawings in the barn.

Lynn Chidwick is a stained glass artist, but used her residency to create some pastel drawings. A residency is a great opportunity to try something new!

There were lots of interesting outings...

Quality porch hang-outs...

And starry, starry nights.
Photo by Mile Murtanovski
It was an amazing summer! Our heartfelt thanks to all the artists that chose to spend some time with us, bringing their ideas, inspiration and camaraderie.

The nights are cooling down, and the residency is open for just one more month this season. We'll start accepting 2017 applications or our artist residency December 1, 2016. Can't wait to see what next summer has in store!