Well, I just spent the weekend off work in Medicine Hat, Alberta. My brother’s been living there for the last four years as he attended the Medicine Hat College. He just graduated this year with his degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communication (or something like that).
Anyway, Medicine Hat is a lot smaller than Saskatoon, having only about 60,000 people living there. It’s a quiet little city in Southern Canada, not too far from the border to the USA. Now, Medicine Hat is known as the sunniest and hottest city in Canada, and now I know why. While nearly all of Saskatchewan and most of Alberta still have quite a bit of snow on the ground, this is what Medicine Hat looked like this weekend (from my brother’s apartment):
It’s just not fair. And even less fair is the fact that, right before my brother came home for Christmas last year and Saskatoon looked like this:
They practically had NO show all winter, and if it did snow it never stuck around. Now, they get to enjoy spring while I still have my winter tires on.
The only comfort that I can take in all of this is knowing that my brother is now, once again, living in Saskatoon. I hope he enjoys winter here this year as much as we all did last year….
But before I run way to my martial arts class, I figure that while we’re on the subject of my brother it’s only fair that I show you some of his artwork. He’s actually quite good, and has a bit of a unique style.
He loves painting chickens and roosters:
He’s drawn me a few pictures of Superman over the years:
And here’s my personal favourite piece of his. He gave it to me when I told him how much I liked it.
He’s done tones of other stuff, too. All of these are at least two years old (all his newer stuff was with him in Medicine Hat and has been packed away for his move back to Saskatoon. Maybe someday I’ll share some more of his work, because in the last couple of years he’s gotten even better (I guess the schooling helped – go figure).
There’s one last piece of art he created that I’d love to show you all, but most of you have probably seen it before on this blog.
Yes, he designed the cover for my novel, Perspective.
Well, that’s about all of the time that I have today. I better go get some exercise after the HUGE burger I ate this weekend at this awesome, locally owned restaurant that I WISH was in Saskatoon.
Thanks for reading!