A close up of a large outdoor sculpture in downtown Montreal, is one of a group of photos offered for your viewing pleasure this week. As promised this includes quite a few photos of the Chihuly exhibit we luckily happened upon at the Museum of Fine Art, as seen below.
More pictures of Montreal, including photos of downtown, old Montreal, the old Port and the Jean Talon market can be found here.
For those of you who can’t get enough Chihuly more of the exhibit can be seen here.
Wishing everyone a spectacular weekend!
Melting popsicles and dreams
August stars race past
Summer is still upon us, though these days it seems to be breathing its last breath. While the sun valiantly heats up our days the coolness in the shade augurs Autumn’s eminent arrival. Here on the west coast the evenings are always cool but while cloud and rain are the norm for much of the year, the summer skies are awash in stars in the summer months. And there is no better place to view the evening sky then by the sea where the stars and moon send down a rain of diamonds onto the water.
This print is an early one of mine, when I first began to experiment with monotype. Monotypes are prints made from working paint on a smooth surface; usually plexiglass, metals or prepared mat board. The paint is then transferred to the printmaking paper through the pressure of a press. A monotype is unique in the world of printmaking in that it is a unique, non editionable print, for once the paint is removed from the original surface there is no etched image left to create further prints. Why not work directly on the paper you may ask? The answer is that working on a plate gives you a sharp edge and indentation to the image, and more importantly, the process of squeezing the paint onto the paper with the press results in wonderful textures in the work unobtainable with direct painting. This print was worked mostly with a palette knife and brayer, with a bit of softening of edges with a brush. The little rectangle with kanji on the bottom left corner was a piece of mylar inked separately and layered on top. The kanji is “umi” which means sea or ocean in Japanese. I wanted to portray the shimmering light on the water from a night sky, though it just as easily can be seen as light after stormy weather. I hoped to render it abstract enough to let the viewer’s imagination take him wherever he sees. Where do you find it taking you?
Sea, a 10″x12″ monotype, is offered this week for $180 unframed.
A salad is one of my favorite meals; light, crunchy, sweet and tangy flavors exploding in your mouth, and always easy on the digestion. They’re very pretty to behold too. The other evening when I prepared this salad and placed it on a countertop with the sunlight streaming over it I had to photograph it…a lot! I think I took almost 200 photos of it from various angles, playing with the shapes and shadows formed by the sun. D was very kind to let me use his camera while waiting patiently for his supper, which he said was very delicious.
Below are some more pics from the salad shoot.
Of course I had to shoot the emptied bowl as well, a lovely one with dragonfly motif by local potter Ann Semple at Clayfoot Crockery.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend full of light and good eats!
I flew home today after a two week holiday out East. While I had a wonderful time on my trip (images and report to follow in a later post) I was very happy to come home. And while there are many beautiful places in this world, the sight of my island from the air always brings a big smile to my face. Whether day or night, sun, fog or rain, the view always fills me with a sense of wonder and gratitude that I can call this enchanting place home.
Naturally I had to choose these prints to present today. They are mixed media pieces based on photographs of Vancouver Island and the surrounding sea taken from the air.
Both pieces are photopolymer gravure prints on paper wrapped around a wooden board and then waxed for protection. Over A Swift Sunrise has the edges of the image showing on the sides of the board, as seen below.
A Far Green Country and Over A Swift Sunrise are offered this week at $350 each or $600 for the pair.
Ps, the titles are inspired from the passage below, one of my all time favorites in a book. Kudos to anyone here who can tell us where it’s from!
“And then it seemed to him that as in his dream … the grey rain-curtain turned all to silver glass and was rolled back, and he beheld white shores and beyond them a far green country under a swift sunrise.”
Cheers to all who wander! May they find their way home to friendly shores, be they old or new.