Darcy Oake is not a great illusionist.

Darcy-Oake Darcy Oake is not a great illusionist.  On Canada AM (May 5, 2015, repeated today:  Victoria Day) he gets the host to name 6 numbers between one and ninety-nine.  The end of the trick – he produces a 6/49 lottery ticket with the six numbers.  The host is astounded!! 

The only problem is it is called 6/49 – and your 6 numbers must be between one and forty-nine.  Two of the host’s numbers were 50 and 69. Continue reading

Free Bird

I have painted animals that are not in the wild, but in captivity.  I usually bring a sketchbook to a zoo.  In the 80s when my parents wintered in Florida (on the old people’s side, Pinellas Park, near St. Pete’s) I would use my school break to spend a week down there, and at least once per visit, I would go to Busch Gardens in Tampa and sketch all day.  

The most complete sketches are of alligators (they don’t move much) but I have favourite sketches that may not even be recognizable to most, yet I know they represented a challenge of drawing most are not aware of.  Capture the single most important line of all FIRST.  and so on.  It’s poetic to even try. Continue reading