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Tuesday Tales – Fire And Wind


Fire And Wind

Fire And Wind

      Finding strength of stone
In softly bending bamboo
               Wind passes over

I’m taking a break this week from my photo based art to present a recent monotype that incorporates some of my favorite subjects and themes, bamboo and time.

Bamboo, with its ability to bend but not break in strong wind, is a symbol for resilience. I have used it often in this context. It is one of four plants called the Four Gentlemen in Chinese art because its growth character resembles those human qualities considered virtuous or noble.

Pottery is another motif that I love to use both for its beauty and its allusion to time and culture. I blogged about that in more detail here.

The two together evoke a sense of fortitude and strength through adversity and a tranquility and beauty that instill a feeling of serenity.

The shape of this vase is inspired by one that I bought at Gallery Shun in Japan many years ago, made by Margaret Frith, a Welsh potter. I have used it in several pieces, as in the one below, which includes another of the Four Gentlemen, the plum blossom.

Plum Blossom

Plum Blossom

Perhaps I should complete the set and use it in artworks with chrysanthemums and orchids?

Fire And wind, a 10″x10″ monotype on 15″x22′ paper, is offered this week at $200, unframed.


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Photo Fridays – Summer Is Served


Summer Is Served

Summer Is Served

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.

Ready to Eat

Ready to Eat

Shadow Play With Bowl

Shadow Play With Bowl

Lovely Greens

Lovely Greens

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.

After Dinner Blues

After Dinner Blues

Dragonfly Bowl

Dragonfly Bowl

Wishing you all a lovely weekend full of light and good eats!


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Tuesday Tales – The Art That Binds


Lombok Glow

Lombok Glow

Pottery is an art form that, for me, evokes a sense of history and permanence. It is a tangible reflection of a culture, often the last to remain after all other elements are lost. It also has a physicalilty in its weight, shape and texture that engages all your senses and somehow instills a feeling of connection and tranquility when perusing its beauty. That is why I love to include images of pottery so often in my work.

Years ago I lived in Jakarta, Indonesia. While there I got to experience firsthand the colorful melting pot of cultures and traditions throughout this nation of many islands, big and small. One of the islands I unfortunately didn’t get to visit was the island of Lombok, just east of Bali. Fortunately, its famous and beautiful Sasak pottery could be easily found in Jakarta.  This pottery is quite unique in both materials and design. It comes from three villages on Lombok, each having their own distinctive designs. The pots are made without kilns. Instead the clay is laboriously ground, then built up, shaped, designed and varnished with coconut oil and other clays before being allowed to dry  first in shade, then under the hot tropical sun. The results are lustrous, earthy pots ranging from deep siena tones to rich blacks. You can see some beautiful examples here.

I couldn’t get enough of this beautiful pottery and bought a wide range of it. The pot illustrated above is one of my favorite ones and is a rich mix of black and earthy red with bars and triangular patterns etched on its surface. I love its shape as much as its color and texture. It is pictured below.

Lombok pot

Lombok pot

I have used this pot as inspiration for a number of prints. You can see one example here. The pot is used here to invoke that sense of timelessness implicit in the piece.

The etching I created above  has just returned home after being part of a multi-province tour of a mini print exhibit based in Vancouver, called BIMPE. It is used here to represent history and culture, bathed in memory’s warm light.

Lombok Glow, a 4″x6″ monoprint, is offered this week at $100, unframed.