Archive for the ‘ruttan’s place’ Category

February 12, 2014 0

Coreopsis Profiles Jack Ruttan

By in montreal, ruttan's place

This online magazine, Coreopsis, based in Berkeley, California, has an interview with me, also a gallery of my work. Quite thrilled with this. Above is the image I did as a “cover.” Still quite cold here, and this is appropriate, because there are three skating rinks in the park across the street. May have to […]

December 20, 2013 0

Scary Test post

By in ruttan's place

Hoping this works. My blog was destroyed, and this is the first post on the new server. Yay! Success!

January 14, 2013 2

Off the Record

By in ballpoint pen, black and white, men, ruttan's place

While meeting a contact at the Cagibi coffee house in Mile End, Montreal, I drew this gentleman. He was sitting across from me at his own table, giving furtive looks in my direction and at others around him. He wasn’t actually a customer, just seeking a warm place to eat his sandwich. Later on, my […]

November 27, 2012 1

Steve Luxton at the Atwater Library

By in ballpoint pen, black and white, men, montreal, pen and ink, ruttan's place, sketches, women, writing

Years ago, I had the notion that I would make a drawing of every author or poet I heard read, and make some sort of collection. That pledge went by the boards years ago, but I still enjoy drawing people at readings. Not even necessarily the reader. Also the people listening, if I can sit […]

November 24, 2012 0

Vet Bill Blues

By in cats, ruttan's place

I’ve set up a contribution page to help me deal with a big vet bill rescuing a sick orphan kitten. Link to page about Gaston the kitten. Or, is he now called “Jack Bauer?” Not something I’d normally do, but friends expressed interest in contributing when I told the story, so I thought I may […]

October 11, 2012 0

Morning Things

By in cats, color, pencil, ruttan's place

Morning Cats: Morning faces:

September 14, 2012 0

More Heads, and Trees

By in black and white, cats, color, dogs, heads, men, pen and ink, ruttan's place, sketches, women

I’m getting back into the thing of posting what I drew lately, as long as it’s not too dreadful. It’s been hard for me lately, because I’ve been trying new things, and am not totally comfortable with them. Or even convinced that I should be trying them and not doing things more useful. But life […]

August 27, 2012 0

Jack Ruttan hits Coolopolis

By in montreal, ruttan's place

I wrote an article for the estimable Kristian Gravenor’s blog about true crime and good times in Montreal, Coolopolis. [link] It’s part of a series about people’s first apartments. Let me know what you think! Writing for someone else’s blog is like writing for a magazine, except that you have to be your own editor. […]

August 17, 2012 0

Adventures in the Family Tree: My Grandma, Loveny Skogheim Ruttan at Camrose Normal School

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I get a little teary-eyed when I hold and look at this: A gentleman in Vancouver who works in real estate sent it to me. He saved it from a pile of stuff, then googled, and found my page dedicated to my grandmother. [link] So he e-mailed and graciously sent it to me. It’s in […]

August 10, 2012 3

Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Garlic Festival

By in color, montreal, ruttan's place, sketches, watercolour

Garlic is fun stuff, and good for you too, they say. A friend of mine is co-organizing a festival devoted to it in the Quebec riverside town of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Read about it here: My connection is that I drew the bulb which made it on the festival T-Shirt: Another friend said it looked like […]

July 19, 2012 1

Work on the Ruelle Verte — Neighbours in Action

By in ruttan's place

Here are a lot of my charming neighbours, at a get-together we had this last Tuesday (July 17, 2012) to work on building planting boxes for the Ruelle Verte (“Green Alley”) around my corner in Montreal. The folks from the Sainte-Marie Eco-Quartier built the boxes, and then everyone celebrated with a BBQ in the alley. […]

March 29, 2012 0

Sherwin Tjia Cat

By in cats, ruttan's place

As the artist promised, Sherwin Tjia has sent me this sketch of a cat. The postman folded it, of course, but I am flattening it out.

March 29, 2012 0

Hey Look, It’s Me!

By in digital, ruttan's place, sketches

I wasn’t liking how in the other paintings the hair seemed to have little to do with the rest of the face, so here’s a try in the direction of dealing with that. One also has to pay attention to colours. I like the impressionistic thing, and the brush marks. Those are made with very […]

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February 10, 2012 0

Dropped Dip Pen

By in ruttan's place, watercolour

This always happens when I drop one of those dip pens. It sticks into the floor like a dagger in an Indiana Jones movie. Bye bye nice nib!

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