Friday, February 26, 2010

Pink Orchids

A painting I made for my friend as a wedding present. It was a photograph she had taken when we were in Singapore that she loved so i made it into a painting for her new place.

Call for Submissions: A Multimedia Group Exhibition @ Mill Street Studios, Dublin

Submissions are required for a multimedia group exhibition that will take place at Mill Street Studios in May 2010.

The exhibition will seek to represent a visual interpretation of the intangible as artists of all disciplines will be asked to create a piece exploring the ability of music and the spoken & written word to conjure visual interpretation within the mind.

Expressions of interest should be forwarded to

Please include a preliminary proposal and at least three images of most recent work and/ or a link to work.

Closing date for applicants Friday, March 5.
Participating artists will be notified by Wednesday, March 10.

Stuck in a moment...

Here's a neat short animation called 'Pivot', by (Dutch) il Luster productions - some very good sound design in here too, if you have 5 minutes to kill (so to speak)...

Pivot from Pivot on Vimeo.

Antartica never looked so good in plastic...

Hi all, plastic bags have never looked so good! These are photographs taken by architect Francois Delfosse using layers of plastic sheeting. More images up on my blog.

André Gottschalk's Portfolio

Berlin-based designer and Illustrator André Gottschalk has a wonderful variety of work. LINK

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Alice in Wonderland

Hi All, posted on this over on my blog but said I'd leave a few images here as well, you might appreciate them. Can't wait for the film, love Tim Burtons stuff.


Piece similiar to Hogan's Exhibition piece apart from a few words, minutes to draw a lifetime to manifest - A Drawing Rant

Some day I will buy a scanner maybe it will help with my rage issues although I think it may just add to it

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A simple coincidence

On the way to Cavan...
Hi folks,
I saw this art co-op ideas thing and thought that it looked pretty interesting:

Warm wishes!

A happy accident

Hawaiian holiday meets Cavan church

Monday, February 22, 2010

Nuit Blanche

Nuit Blanche from Spy Films on Vimeo.

A short film set in Noir Paris Directed by Spy Films Arev Manoukian, an ultra slow motion, beautiful fantasy.

What do you do to beat creative block?

Alex of ISO50 asked some of today’s most exciting artists and creators what they do when the ideas aren’t flowing. He left the question fairly open ended and asked, What do you do to inspire your creativity when you find yourself in a rut? As expected, he was presented with an array of strategies, ranging from listening to Boards of Canada in a forest alone, to cooking up a storm (recipe provided) and waiting for the mind to clear: Overcoming Creative Block

Bright and Positive Paintings by Leonid Afremov

Came across the artist Leonid Afremov the other day, beautiful oil paintings! Also the site itself has some really nice stuff.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Learn Something New Every Day

This site is both cute and educational!

new work

I am posting this piece here although its already been on my own blog .
It felt really good because altho it was a commission , I was able to bring it along as my own work is developing , the piece didnt feel untrue as it is virtually the same as what I am preoccupied with .
I was lucky , because the person who wanted me to make this drawing just trusted me and it was a joy to do (and it has all the symbols within it that were important to her)
I love this music from the original alt \folk genre. it is from the pretty wacky but ultimately image overload fest that is the 1973 ..... the wicker man film
I hope you enjoy it and that you are all getting loads of amazing work together for the show !!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

WTWO Design Research

Just finished a branding job for WTWO Design. Research and experiments on my blog but here's a few random images from the process.

Beata Boucht Swedish illustrator

Here's an image from Swedish illustrator Beata Boucht. Have loaded more of her stuff onto my blog

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

scott anderson

I can't stop looking at these paintings

StorySketch February 18, Central Hotel

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Meet the Woods...

Working on these characters for a project, so far I have Annabelle and Beatrice but I'm busy drawing their family don't want them to be orphans, it just wouldn't be fair!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Exhibition in Hogans Tonight

Just a reminder of the exhibition in Hogan's tonight (DJ's start at 7). Hope to see some of ye there. For those of you who cant make it I'll take lots of photos tonight and put them up during the week. Hopefully this is going to turn into a regular event so those of you who didnt get to exhibit this time can do so at the next one.

Friday, February 12, 2010

'Everything' my first screenprint. Available to buy.
Featured on

some new ideas I've been working on

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hello All, I'm looking for votes for "A Load of Rubbish"!

Hi all, as some of you already know, I have written a childrens book called "A Load of Rubbish"and without a clue what to do with it, I loaded it onto a site called run by the publishers Harper Collins. It is a site to spot new unpublished talent. Anyway the book flew up the charts and is now no.7 out of over 6000 books. The top 5 at the end of each month are put forward for consideration to editors in Harper Collins UK and US. It's not a definite towards publication but it's a good step in the right direction.

I have uploaded the synopsis and voting instructions onto my blog in an effort to entice votes. Please have a read and if you have time pass on a vote.

The sketches above are of some of the characters in my story.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Who Loses Lost


The Who Loses Lost zine are currently looking for submissions for their next online publication. The theme is crowds but is fairly open to interpretation and is open to talented writers of poetry, prose, music, film and photography.

Here is the link.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Ólafur Arnalds video

Ólafur Arnalds - Ljósið from Erased Tapes on Vimeo.

Me and my Rothar Competition

Rothar in collaboration with CandyCollective and LeCool is calling all artists, photographers, graphic designers and the like to join their “Me and my Rothar” competition.

Based in Phibsborough, Rothar accepts bicycles from the public for recycling and refurbishment. This saves on the waste created from dumping bikes, and provides cheap, healthy and eco-friendly transport for those who use the bikes once they’re roadworthy again. Rothar also gives training opportunities to young people and encourages a reuse mentality. Rothar is designed to promote social inclusion in all communities.

To celebrate bicycles, environment, local artists and community, we are looking for funky, colourful, inspirational and beautiful art. Anything with a bicycle theme and a small paragraph about it is welcome. The rest is up to you, we trust your creativity and inspiration!

The three final images will be selected by a panel from Rothar, CandyCollective and LeCool magazine. The images will be printed on postcards and distributed in the cafes around the city from April, right when the bicycle season starts! The last entries should be in before March 19th . Please send your image to

So if you’re a creative bicycle freak, have a special feeling about your rusty and trusty two-wheeler or simply an inspired artist, please join the competition and get your name and work printed out there!

Jon Klassen Illustrations

Hi All,

I'm sure you already know this illustrator but I just found his work today while searching for the designer of the BBC winter Olympics advert.

His name is Jon Klassen and here's his site.

Monday, February 8, 2010

New Member yee yee!

Hello everyone. My name is Ryan Van Runkle and I'm new to Tinderbox. Really Im new to the blogosphere in general and feel like an idiot for not getting involved earlier, but, better late than never.... My own blog is here The blog is like books/art/politics stuff. Some of my work is above. Actually, I wanted to put that work below this explanation, but i couldnt figure out the formatting. I'm a total beginner. At pretty much everything. It's 8pm so sleep well tonight : be productive tomorrow. talk soon, rvr

The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival


Art in the Contempory World

The Public Role of the Critic, NCAD, Monday 15th Feb., 2010
A forum hosted by Art and the Contemporary World and Gradcam.

NCAD, Monday 15th Feb., 2010
"What is the public role of the critic? What are the expectations and responsibilities of criticism today? And is it possible to conceive of a coherent public to which critical practices would in fact be responsible? This forum will address these questions and assess the extent to which contemporary criticism, in discipline-specific or more general contexts, in written or broadcast forms, assumes and performs a public role."


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Exhibition in Hogans Valentines Weekend-calling all Tinderboxers

Hi everyone. I know its very short notice but we have been asked to be part of a weekly music event in Hogan's on Georges St, Dublin 2. Its called M.A.S.S (Music, Art, Sights, Sounds)

I think its a great opportunity to showcase some work in a good location, it's a recurring event we could exhibit at again and the people who run it seem very decent & good contacts to have. Also its an excuse for pints in Hogan's..

I'll be meeting with them either tomorrow or the next day to get more details but let me know if you are interested and what size/how many pieces you would like to put up. (Anything from past exhibitions etc...i know most people are working!) Hanging would probably be Saturday morning/afternoon the 13th feb. I'm on 087 2321411 if anyone wants to contact me directly

Friday, February 5, 2010

Art History Poster

Click to enlarge

Kells Comedy Festival

Here's some of the characters and the logo I created for the Kells Comedy Festival. I did the full branding for the festival last year, the design can be seen on my website (which by the way is under going a redesign, navigation is very bad so any suggestions appreciated!)

Anyway last year was all about Vikings, so this year I chose the book of Kells as my inspiration. Who knew there were so many characters inside it. Above are my favourites but there are loads more, lots of dragons for some reason although I have heard Kells is full of them! The full poster is on my blog

Thursday, February 4, 2010

'LIMINALITY: Different Views / Viewing Difference'

'LIMINALITY: Different Views / Viewing Difference'

An Exhibition of Photographic Portraits, Self-Portrait drawings of women with (dis) abilities in Co. Leitrim and Co. Fermanagh

Opening Friday 5th Feb at 8pm running till 23rd Feb at The Higher Bridges Gallery, The Clinton Centre, Enniskillen

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sweettalk 39

Sweettalk 39

Pecha Kucha Dublin

10 Speakers. 20 Slides Each. 20 Seconds Per Slide. 6 Minutes 40 Seconds And It's Done.

Pecha Kucha Night Dublin #4
Thursday 4th February at the Sugar Club.
Doors at 7pm. First speaker at 8pm.

Admission €5. Note: All profits being donated to the Red Cross Haiti Emergency Fund.

Pecha Kucha Night Dublin is produced by the Irish Architecture Foundation and The Small Print.

Thursday at the Sugar Club

Everything is Everything

People doing stuff!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Introducing Dan (and Canabrism)...


Just thought I should introduce myself... I'm a (part time) musician who also does some multimedia stuff... although I haven't been doing a whole lot of public performance lately, which is partly why I want to get involved with the tinderbox community.

Here's a video I made in 2005, created mostly by moving around a few photos I took in London...

I have a music technology blog, and if any of you would like to collaborate on a music-related project, then let me know!

Also, this is the month of the RPM Challenge to create an album in 28 days - a great musical exercise for anyone who needs a bit of extra motivation...

My Love For You...

Hello, just thought I'd share a link to a site with lots of interesting articles on contemporary artists:

One of the best images I found there, but I'm sure it won't appeal to everyone, was this painting, by Caleb Brown (I think there's a Dali reference in the composition, but I can't be sure):

Edit: This is the Dali image I was thinking of: