Monday, July 14, 2014

A Dowling House

Although Toronto is comparatively a small city, she has packed in her many different neighbourhoods. One very interesting one being PARKDALE.

Brimming with Tibetan/ Indian food joints, hipster bars, hidden patios, outreach and community centres, cafes, cockroaches, immigrants, druggies and hobos, Parkdale is a flavour-filled area of contrasts. The rent's cheap, and the houses are old, big and beautiful!

This is one on Dowling Avenue.


Friday, June 6, 2014

Overhearing Conversations

Two nice old ladies met on the bus for the first time, and they talked for hours on end- one more than the other.

Clarification: She was actually talking about white foods- as in white rice, white sugar etc. Amazing how inappropriate things sound when taken out of context.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Sunny Sunflower

My sister says I should have been a sunflower...


Monday, May 19, 2014

Crammed and Cramming


In Columbia, MO- A university town filled with young, promising, twinkly eyed undergrads. It was finals week last week, and everyone seemed to be in the campus library.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Improv!

It all started on a dark winter afternoon. I wanted to take a course in something, and chanced a glance at improv classes.

Theater? Acting?  MICHAEL SCOTT WITH A GUN??

This was all that I associated Improv with.

Just the idea seemed very alien and scary.
So I dove in, and did it.
Improv classes at Bad Dog Theatre Co.
Turned out to be a very good decision.

An 8-Giraffe Man and Guy at Bus Stop: Sully and Jimmy

In one class we did an exercise which involved incorporating an animal's mannerisms into our own character, from a range of 1 to 10, (1 being ourselves, and 10 the animal).  The overall setup may be simple, but the animal factor creates an interesting dynamic, bringing the scenario to a whole new level!

This scene, played by classmates Sully and Jimmy, turned out really well, and I was inspired to draw it like in a children's book. So I took out a couple of books from the library, and merged their illustration styles to make this.

After taking improv classes, I now associate it with:
Theater, Acting, Michael Scott with a gun...
and A- WHOLE- LOT- OF- FUN!

An awesome teacher and enthusiastic bunch of classmates made for a fantastic experience.
From these classes, I learnt tips, tricks and techniques for character acting, cooky story telling and EVERYTHING ELSE IN LIFE.

If you have the option for taking up improv in your city, DO IT!


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Pot of Gold

Instead of pretending to work after a big sleep-inducing meal, I spent the afternoon in my sunshine-filled room, catching up with an old pal.  


Hanging out with a friend 
on the internet,
basking in a pot of gold.