I just spent the weekend in quarantine, ie, home alone, nursing a bad cold, feeling quite sorry for myself so I decided to find something to cheer me up. Nothing beats this awesome old lady grooving to Runaround Sue. Though it sure must be hard to get her anywhere in a timely fashion! Enjoy!
Endings are just beginnings for something new. This is the thought I hold fast to as I contemplate leaving my art studio.
About seven years ago I opened the School House Studio, forming an artist co-op with three other artists. It was in the Metchosin Elementary School, the old portion of which had been converted into The Metchosin Arts and Cultural Center. The image above is of me standing outside the door to my studio, early on, when we were the only renters and before the building got a facelift.
Since that time an art gallery and other studios have opened, and some have closed, and my studio mates have changed numerous times. Below is an image of an early incarnation of the studio.
In addition to being a place to create my own art, the studio has served as a place for me to teach printmaking and drawing classes, host art events and shows, film video clips, have photo shoots and of course, share a cup of tea with many who have visited. It has often felt like a second home and has been a refuge from the world when I needed one. More images of the studio in use below.
It is with very mixed feelings that I say goodbye to this studio which has been a huge part of my life for a long time. Just like with a home, I must put aside any dreams for a future there as I move away. But unlike a home I will take with me the community of artists and art lovers that I have become a part of through the studio into my new work space. In the end, it is this community that forms the foundation for my future more than any place.
I will be leaving the studio at the end of April. If you are in the neighborhood do stop in for a cup of tea before then.
I will also be having a huge closing studio sale on April 12 from 1-5pm. There will be tons of artwork, and other art related stuff like frames and tables, for sale. Yes, I am very prolific! There will also be an online sale on Friday, the 11th. More details to follow.
Wishing everyone a wonderful, creative weekend!
They’re my favorite band yet I haven’t posted one of their songs in a long time. Here’s a blast from recent past, These Days by Foo Fighters. The video is clips of concert footage put to the album version of the song with a few moment of live play. It doesn’t even begin to capture the amazing energy at their live shows. Having been to four I can attest that they are one of the very best live bands in the world with the most charismatic frontman ever, Dave Grohl! Enjoy!
And because this song just has to be heard live here is an awesome live version (added bonus, Dave does the wet t-shirt thing). Listen loud!
Spring is finally here and today was a beautiful sunny day on the westcoast, with lots of flowers already blooming. These blooms were shot on the island of Elba, just outside Napolean’s summer residence in exile, the Villa Napoleonica di San Martino. They look like a kind of rose but unlike any that I had seen before. It had just rained that morning so the flowers were still wearing their raindrops. Does anyone here know the name of this flower? Another photo of these flowers is below.
Great weekend to all! Hope it’s sunny and warm for you.
Fuji cools the sky
Reflected in the rice fields
I sip my o-cha
Ocha No Asa (Morning Tea) is an artist book I made a few years back. It is quite a complex piece which depicts one of my favorite subjects, tea, in one of my favorite places, Japan. The tea cups above and below are shaped after some I bought in Japan. These above are placed on a backdrop of Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest and most famous mountain. Its peak was visible from my first apartment in Tokyo, rising gloriously over the cityscape in the most amazing sunsets.
The calligraphy panels on either side are reminiscent of waka, classical Japanese poetry that is visually evocative and often difficult to decifer for the artistic rendering of the words.
The front panels of the book, see below, echoes the noren, or divided hangings, found at the entrance of restaurants. The circle is a common symbol found on noren. These panels are meant to open and invite you in for a cup of tea.
Ocha No Asa, an 8″x7″ artist book, is offered this week for $150. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further info or to purchase.
Well, they’re not four leaf clovers, but they are very green! Happy leprechaun spotting!
Not just for St. Patrick’s Day, be happy every day! This should get you in the mood.
WOTE’s awesome version of HAPPY by Pharrell Williams.
And Pharrell’s original is here.