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Photo Fridays – Toes R Us


Toes in The Sand

Toes in The Sand

Two years today and I am feeling very blessed.

Photo taken last month while kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park on New Zealand’s South Island.

Wishing everyone a great weekend!

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Tuesday Tales – Two In The Wood


 Two in the Wood

Two In The Wood

Today is my birthday and as I count my blessings, not only do I run out of fingers and toes, but one of them stands out shining brightly. So I dedicate this post to D, who shelters me in his home in the woods and in his warm, abiding heart.

This piece was created several years ago when I first began exprerimenting with monotypes. It is primarily brayer and palette knife work with added collage of printed handmade papers. The contrasting light and dark elements is a study of opposites attracting and complimenting each other, allowing each to shine against one another. It has special meaning for me today as I was gifted with this beautiful quote.

“I will love the light for it shows me the way. Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”
Og Mandino

Two in the Wood, a 10″x12″ monotype on 15″x20″ paper, is offered this week at $200, unframed.


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From a Poet’s Heart – for the late bloomers


for the late bloomers.

A beautiful poem by Sirena Tales  that couldn’t have arrived on a more serendipitous day for this late blooming November child!

Thank you, Chloe, for the continued magic of your poetry.


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Tuesday Tales – Up In The Air


A Far Green Country

A Far Green Country

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.

Over A Swift Sunrise

Over A Swift Sunrise

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.

Over A Swift Sunrise, detail

Over A Swift Sunrise, detail

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.


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Two Thumbs Up For Kindness


Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Today I read an article in The Chicago Sun Times about the passing of Roger Ebert, probably the most well known movie critic ever to grace the media. It was quite a long, well written article about the man and his life, well worth a read. Many of us will remember his long running weekly show along with Gene Siskel, Siskel and Ebert At The Movies, where the term “two thumbs up” was coined. I loved that show and often decided on what movies to watch depending on their reviews.

The article had much to say about his life, quite an amazing one, but what struck me the most what was Ebert  himself wrote in his autobiography. The words brought tears to my eyes for their profound observation of life as a human. The sentiment is one I agree with deeply and so I wanted to share it with you here.

“‘Kindness’ covers all of my political beliefs,” he wrote, at the end of his memoir, “Life Itself.” “No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.”

It is instinctual with me, to want to contribute joy in this world with my artistic pursuits, but sometimes other motivators get in the way which often lead to frustration. I was glad to be reminded of this essential directive today. Thank you and may you rest in peace, Roger Ebert.


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Tuesday Tales – Water, Water Everywhere


Cascade I

Cascade I

cascade II

Cascade II

Water, Water Everywhere

 

Water—it rains down on the earth, seeking every nook and crevice, cleansing and bringing forth life.

 Water—it surrounds these hard lands we live on with vast oceans of sustenance for our souls.

 Water—it separates our world into islands of diversity, while providing passage to wonderment and discovery.

 Water—it brims within us, bursting forth through effort and emotion, to be borne away by cycling winds.

These two monotypes were created for a show entitled Water. They represent the flowing, circling life force that water gives our world. The second one ‘flows’ from the ghost imagery of the first, which also contains ghost imagery of a previous print.

They are offered this week at $150 each, unframed, or together for $250.

What are your thoughts on water?