Hope everyone had a great summer this year. Now with the whole summer vacation out of the way, things can get busy again.
So far this summer is becoming a good one this year, don't you think?. It's not as worst than last years with all that rain.
I would like to announce the Grand Re-Edition of the MARKDMULLENART website - now open.
A lot has been happening for almost 2 years now. My website was unavailable for the public but now it has been revived once more.
There has been many changes since the last version. It has now become a Portfolio website for I no longer do commissioned work. Once in a while, I will add a new piece to my new Portfolio Gallery.
I will also be blogging every now and then on my Blog Page. I will bring in more details about the new website contents and updates soon.
Feel free to check out my new website for now!!
I can’t believe it’s been 4 months since I’ve posted in my blog. It seems like a lifetime has passed with everything that has happened since August.
Summer was going great. I have been working hard on developing my main characters for The Adventures of Aspie Andy. I’m about to embark on a large scale project which will include Andy and his antics. I’m still going to keep it under wraps until the finished product is ready to unveil. I’m very excited about this as Andy is going to be the one who can speak for thousands of kids with Aspergers and will be helping those who don’t quite get it, have a better understanding on how we think and view the world.
The beginning of November brought a lot of changes to me and my family. I am proud to say that my little brother Mikel (affectionately known as Buzzy) has embarked on a life changing adventure. He has just finished his 6th week of basic training and working his way to graduating and becoming a Weapons Technician Specialist in the Canadian Navy. I’ve had the chance to talk to him a few times and I don’t think I could ever comprehend the training he is going through. It sounds rough but the pride in his voice is something I can hear. I can’t wait to see him at Christmas and see the transformation in him. I’ll be sure to post a picture of the two of us.
November was life changing for me as well. I became very sick and was hospitalized for a couple of weeks. Without getting into the nitty gritty, I have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and ulcerated Colitis. Since my hospital stay I’ve moved back home with my Mom and find it less stressful on my life and I’m able to concentrate on my art and take on projects. I’ve created a few pieces since my last posting and have decided to sell copies of them. I’ll post the prices as well.
My 2 cats are now happily living at my Dad’s house. They still have each other but better yet, have a yard they can go out and explore. It was quite funny seeing them come nose to nose with their first squirrel. Being the city boys they are they had no idea that a country cat would immediately chase them. Their curiosity was in figuring out what it was and that’s as far as it went. They happily live in harmony with nature, especially the squirrels.
Now it’s December and Christmas is soon on our doorstep. I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and all good health and happiness in 2015. I know I count my blessings every day and after a rough 4 months can hardly wait to see what exciting and new things the New Year will bring.
With warmest wishes from me, Mark.
It’s been a couple of months since I’ve written anything in my blog. My summer has been a pretty busy one. I’ve helped my brother move into his own place, my Mom and her husband move to a small town and me, still settling into my place and getting acquainted with the community.
One of the biggest changes, I’ve adopted 2 cute little fur balls that keep me busy and on my toes. These black kittens were picked up after an event I went to with my mom, a motorcycle ride for Autism. I donated a set of my limited edition Sons of Anarchy prints for their silent auction and set up a small tent to introduce myself. It was a pretty cool location called Docville.
A replica of a western town and it had everything, from a saloon to a livery stable. If you ever get the chance, check it out. It’s located in Newcastle Ontario.
I was only going to get one kitten but it didn’t seem right to leave his brother behind so off we went with Zoli (my Grandfather's name) and Curious George (George for short). I figured if I’m ever gone too long they would have each other. It was the best decision I made. They sleep together, eat together, sit in the litter together, but most of all roll around like a couple of demon cats together. They are into everything. They’re so bad, they’re cute, and they make me laugh. I can go out for a bit and come home to my pencils being knocked all over the floor, papers pushed off the table, and almost anything else they can muss up. The problem is I never catch them in action so it’s tough to discipline the boys when they’re always sleeping by the time I get home. No doubt from the amount of energy it took them to attack anything and everything in the apartment. I don’t feel lonely
when I’m home with them. One or the other is always getting my attention. I can't help but smile as I watch them.
There comes a time in life when you reach a crossroads and a state of confusion kicks in. I just experienced this myself. Most people who are in a position of authority have the upper hand and can make or break you. I always thought that those who are in place to educate were there to guide you and not knock you to the ground. I have experienced the latter. Not only do I feel like I was knocked to the ground, I was made to feel an outcast. I had 2 choices. I could accept the beating and hide away and think I was less than what I am, or I could plan a new route of possibilities. This is where I am now. I feel more independent, self aware and all around happier because I have chosen my own road to walk down and I'm not turning back or paying any tolls.
I was asked to be the inaugural court artist for the Partners in Prevention Health & Safety Conference and Trade Show which took place April 29 & 30 at the International Centre in Mississauga. The Ministry of Labour hosts a mock trial annually at this event. The trial is about a serious injury or fatality in a workplace and the actions taken. There is a Judge, Crown Prosecutor, Defence Lawyers and supporting cast who actually stage a full trial. Being an Aspie, it's not easy to sit in a crowd and there were almost 400 people in the room watching this. I sat at the front for 3 hours and focused on the cast. Having OCD and only 3 hours to draw is not an easy thing. This was great practice for me and I have to admit, the results are pretty darned good. I think I nailed it. From what I understand, WSPS who owns the show will be printing thank you cards with the drawing on the front. Once they've done this I'll make sure to post a copy on my site. I can only hope to be asked back next year.
At the age of 18 months, I was diagnosed with Autism and it was then my life began. My parents did all they can to find help for me in Canada but there was none. They found it in the U.S. and my family relocated to the bright neon lights of Las Vegas. By my 3rd birthday I was in school full time, receiving an intense program that would change my life forever. From the time I was 2 I had a propensity for coloring and drawing. I especially enjoyed paints and created my first masterpiece at the age of 2 1/2. It was soon recognized by my parents and caregivers at school that art calmed me and kept me focused. After 8 years, my family moved back to Ontario. The remaining years in elementary school were filled with ups and downs. It was difficult to make friends and be like the other kids. I found I gravitated more towards a solitary existance and I found solice in my artwork and my new found talent, playing the piano. When I was ready to enter high school, I was accepted into the arts program at Huron Heights Secondary School in Newmarket. I began to understand my Asperger's and became more involved in the Autism community through fundraising. While in high school I created my first one-of-a-kind piece which was auctioned off at a motorcycle ride my mom was organizinig for Autism Service Dogs, dogs which are specially trained for children with Autism. I called this piece "The Guardian and his Angel". You can figure out who is who. The picture is a part of my gallery. While in high school I was asked to create a piece for another autism fundraiser and motorcycle ride. I decided to draw a couple of the characters from Sons of Anarchy, one of the top series on television. A family friend, Skyler, was working on a film with 2 of the shows main stars and took my pictures in to have signed. We knew that with signatures, we would raise more money. Not only were they signed, but the star of the show, Charlie Hunnam, invited me down to the movie set to meet him. He asked me to draw the other cast members and that he would take the pictures down to Los Angeles and have them signed by the actors themselves. He did just that. The originals were auctioned off and I created 25 limited edition print sets that I sell and donate to fundraisers. I believe in paying it forward. The entire set is also available to view in my gallery. People have always felt sorry for me because of my autism. I don't want people to see what I can't do, but what I can do. I am an artist. I hope one day to work with Tim Burton, who is my inspiration. I call my artwork "Asperational" because that is what it is. It is who I am, and it is what I hope you see in it..... Mark.