Archive for January, 2011

Drawing of a building (1997)

I did this drawing in 1997 I believe; while working with my mentor and dearest friend, Colin Laird. It is one of the drawings I found while going through old files I mentioned yesterday. I saw it in a magazine or something at the office, and liked it a lot.

On Saturday my friend showed me this cool website which he described as, “Youtube for music.” Check it out: Grooveshark >>

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Speed

1995 Drawing capturing the movie Speed

This weekend while looking for an old book, I was able to go through old books, files, and documents from many years ago. I came across a folder with drawings, sketches, and water color paintings from 15-16 years ago. I took them out (all still in good condition) and decided I would post a few of them.

I did the sketch above in 1995. I loved the movie SPEED and would often do drawings that would depict movies…drawings that would explain what a movie was about. I liked this drawing so much I made several copies and gave them to many of my friends…:-)

Childhood, and play is a wonderful thing. I will play for the rest of my life… in fact, I often joke that I can imagine in the future my grand-kids telling me, “You play too much!” That’s funny to me, but it’s actually what I aspire to be…a playful adult, who hopefully teaches others to keep playing. I remember in college one of my professors said to me, “I don’t know how you do it? I really don’t.” He was referring to my ideas, explanations and sketches for his assignments. What he didn’t know was that I played ALL the time. You’d never guess I did, but my friends knew that about me. I was very serious about my studies and goals, but made the time to play outside of them. Taekwondo was my means of physical release and play, sketching was play, coloring was play, laughing was play, designing was play, furniture design was play, playing was play… Is it wrong that it’s always on my mind? No. I know who I am, and I thrive on play and creativity. It keeps ideas coming and I welcome them.

It’s one of the many reasons why I was excited about living in India; to (play) fight a monkey. No lie, it was one of my goals, at the top of my list. I had to fight a monkey. Why? Because a monkey is the only animal I could think of that would have as  much fun as I would in this fight. Sad to say I never got the opportunity. People would warn me that the monkeys there made no joke, and would bite the hell out of me. I still hope to get the chance to monkey around with a monkey one day.

So today, why not be a kid again…just go PLAY!!! PLAY, PLAY, and PLAY again… please… if you have a monkey on your back…EVEN BETTER!

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Visual recipe mango papaya salsa thinking insomniac

Visual recipe - Mango Papaya Salsa

Today’s Visual Recipe is a Mango Papaya Salsa by Aaron McCargo Jr. from Food Network’s Big Daddy’s House. The colors and lightness of it shouts “refreshing!” Try it.. I bet you will like it… Thanks Aaron!

Any suggestions on what you would like to see for a Visual recipe? Let me know, send a link.

Links:
Mango Papaya Salsa recipe courtesy Aaron McCargo Jr. >>

Hope you enjoy today’s Visual Recipe, and most of all….

ENJOY!!!

Previous Visual Recipes:

Visual Recipe – Bread Pudding >>

Visual Recipe – Pelau >>

Visual Recipe – Pommecythere (or Mango) Chow >>

Visual Recipe – Trinidad Ponche de Creme >>

Visual Recipe for Trinidad and Tobago Christmas appetizer – Pastelles >>

Link to 2011 Thinking Insomniac Calendars >>>

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Thinking Insomniac

Thinking Insomniac in light

Last Thursday was my first time light painting (Painting with Light – my continued experiment), and last night I was at it again. Jumping up and down, running side to side, on and off furniture. Yikes! As my experimenting continues and grows, I will experiment with other tools, ideas, etc. It’s a work in process, one that I enjoy.

Design in light

Design in light

Live in Light

Live in Light

Love in Light

Love in Light

Infinity

for Infinity

“Design in light, Live in Light, and Love in Light…for Infinity”

Explode with creation

Explode with creativity

“Explode with Creativity”

See more on my Flickr Page >>

Look out for my Visual Recipe tomorrow. Any suggestions on what you would like to see a Visual recipe on? Comment and let me know; send a link to the recipe if you can.

Link to 2011 Thinking Insomniac Calendars >>>

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Culture of Creation and Hope

I did the sketch above while living in India. I am fascinated with mehndi and my friend, a mehndi artist, mentored me in the artform. The sketch above was one of his many assignments for me…so that my hands understood the craft and techniques. Thanks again Mishal.

One of my favorite shows on television is the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Stewart is a game changer, very funny and most importantly very intelligent. On Monday night’s show he had Anand Giridharadas, an online columnist for The Times and the author of recently released “India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking.”

In his interview with Jon, Anand spoke of India and its “cultural upheaval, as a new generation has sought to reconcile old traditions and customs with new ambitions and dreams.” Jon asked him about the success and growth of India (China included), and he attributed their success largely because to their “culture of hope and creation,” and that stuck with me. He was absolutely right!

I have lived in the Caribbean, the US and India; India has by far been my most creative and innovative experience. This was so because of what Anand spoke of, that culture of creation…all of us wanting to create, do, and be better. We didn’t care whose idea it was, all we cared about was perfecting it. I was among people – now my family – who shared knowledge and information freely. I have mentioned these people before (Share, Create, Ideate blog post). I will always be an advocate for sharing knowledge because I have seen the awful effects of living by the old method of hoarding knowledge – mistrust, little or no innovation, little or no collaboration, and so much more. I am an architect but learned from and shared with my friends who are product and industrial designers, business, and marketing gurus. They opened their worlds to me and as a result I entered the realm of product design and business, and marketing. I enter and even won a product design competition (Ecotopia) with my friend Gijsbert. I shared knowledge and vice versa. We are all better today at what we do by the mere fact that we all truly love what we do and are able to see the BIG picture…that without sharing with each other, and learning from each other, our innovations would be much less than they could be.

What kind of culture are you fostering? What kind of culture are you part of? Hoarding information and knowledge today is a waste of energy and time. Your time would be better spent sharing and collaborating…THAT sparks creative energy and invention. Start that culture of hope and creation today in your home, class, country, region, and society. The future depends on it. If you see the BIG picture and practice knowledge sharing, don’t hesitate to drop me an email. I look forward to hearing from you.

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One Woodbrook Place

One Woodbrook Place - Port of Spain, Trinidad

Thanks again for a great event SketchCrawlers! I spent some time in one of the many parks in the capital city of Port of Spain, sketching. My cousin (a Chemical Engineer) even joined me, and did a sketch. It was wonderful! I volunteered at a sporting event for the same day…so I ran away every now and again to get a sketch or two in. I sketched at 5am, during the lunch period and the evening. I hope to have the company of many more sketchers next year..

Building opposite the St. Mary's Grounds

Tatil Building

Tatil Building

Go here to the SketchCrawl page >> to see ALL my sketches or to my Flickr Page >>

Link to 2011 Thinking Insomniac Calendars >>>

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chaguaramas, bowen-marine-sm

Bowen Marine, Chaguaramas, Trinidad

I hope you had a great weekend and if you sketched, a wonderful SketchCrawler day on Saturday. Tomorrow I will post my sketches here and upload them on Flickr. The sketch above was done yesterday at the Chaguaramas waterfront. I had a great day, and of course made the time to get some sketching in. 😉

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The 30th World Wide SketchCrawl is TODAY.

SketchCrawl Logo

SketchCrawl Logo

ENJOY!!!!

Visual Recipe - Bread Pudding

Visual Recipe - Bread Pudding

Today’s Visual Recipe is Bread Pudding. I got this recipe from one of my favorite Food Network Chefs, Aarti Sequeira. I tried her recipe, with some creative license adding my own stuff…and it was very delicious. One Sunday evening my usual craving for cake or some sweet snack was driving me crazy! Earlier that day I saw Aarti’s Huggy Buggy Bread Pudding and decided to try it… It was really good. I made two sets of bread-pudding; one with nuts and one without, because one of my neighbors are allergic to nuts. Instead of figs (as Aarti used in her recipe) I used raisins, craisins, and apples…because I LOVE FRUITS (and I didn’t have figs). The coconut milk made a difference…it was sooooooo good! Definitely comfort food.

Try it.. I bet you will like it.. Thanks Aarti!

Links:
Aarti’s Huggy Buggy Bread Pudding recipe >>

ENJOY!!!

I would like to thank all of you who loved, downloaded, printed, and shared the 2011 Calendars.

Architecture Calendar – http://www.vernellenoel.com/2011Calendar-architecture.pdf
Illustrations Calendar – http://www.vernellenoel.com/2011Calendar-illustrations.pdf

If you want to post it on your own blog, or site, or email it to your friends, please go right ahead. I’ll post a list of sites that are hosting the calendars as soon as you send me the URL where you’ve posted.  Remember: no commerce.

Previous Visual Recipes:

Visual Recipe – Pelau >>

Visual Recipe – Pommecythere (or Mango) Chow >>

Visual Recipe – Trinidad Ponche de Creme >>

Visual Recipe for Trinidad and Tobago Christmas appetizer – Pastelles >>

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Thinking Insomniac Light Painting ExperimentThinking Insomniac Light Painting Experiment 

I have been practicing and experimenting with Light Painting after my close friend showed it to me and said, “This is cool…I think you will like it!” And he was right! I do not have a dark room so I experiment at night… I got my camera ready, set it to a pretty low ISO (under 400), high aperture – as high as you can get it (e.g. f/18 or f/22), and a slow shutter speed. I am still experimenting with the shutter speed. Right now I have a time of 30 seconds to write…this is a LONG time..so I am working on it and will let you all know of my progress. If you have any advice for me that will also be great!

I Love You Light Painting

Hello, I Love You Light Painting

You may be able to make out some of the words in the above photos… I am so excited at this new thing to try out…the good thing is.. I don’t sleep as you know…so the night time is perfect for me to make art and experiment. An architect and designer who dances with light at night. LOL..

Vertical Light Painting

Vertical Light Painting

Circle Light Painting

Circle Light Painting

See more on my Flickr Page >>

Look out for my Visual Recipe tomorrow.

More links on Light Painting:
Lifehacker >>
Vimeo >>


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