Revisiting Some Unpublished Photos of 2020 – Life Cycles

Dandelions and other similar flowers in their family have a special magic to them, at least for me. On the same plant, we can witness the entire life cycle at the same time. From the burgeoning nib on the stalks to the flower bud, onto the blossom and past to the seeding and decay of … Continue reading Revisiting Some Unpublished Photos of 2020 – Life Cycles

Revisiting Some Unpublished Photos of 2020 – Inside Burgundy

I find myself attracted to Lily-like flowers. It's not so much the shape of the petals, but the wald range of deep colours, the luxurious texture of the petals, and the dramatic structure of the inside of these remarkable plants. All this becomes interesting to me only because I get really close to them and … Continue reading Revisiting Some Unpublished Photos of 2020 – Inside Burgundy

Revisiting Some Unpublished Photos of 2020 – Rooted In Beauty

I seem to always get stopped in my tracks by exposed roots. These very old cedar roots are a perfect example. I see the inspiration for many fantasy landscapes and cityscapes, hiding places for monsters and inconspicuous doorways into the Faerie realms. Blur the focus, change the contrast, remove the colour and the whole scene … Continue reading Revisiting Some Unpublished Photos of 2020 – Rooted In Beauty

Painterly Perspectives

I guess I did a good job because I can't really remember what the original colour of these flowers was. They may have been blue, but they might also have been yellow, or orange. I'm not sure. I played with this image about a week ago and it's been an incredibly full week. I just … Continue reading Painterly Perspectives

The Root & Foot of the Issue

I'm starting to wonder if I'm obsessed with tree trunks and why that might be? Sure, I love everything Wabi-Sabi: the colours, subtle tones, textures, naturally occurring patterns... all making the work unique and impossible to reproduce (easily). But, why all these gnarly stumps? There was a time that I thought I was looking for … Continue reading The Root & Foot of the Issue

Mrs. Roopy is the kind of teacher I want to be!

Book Review: My Weird School #3: Mrs. Roopy is Loopy! by Dan Gutman  I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Teaching is all about inspiring the love of learning, in my books. 😉 The illustrations complement the writing charmingly, and the writing... well, it's perfect for the kid in all of us! Every child has something special that … Continue reading Mrs. Roopy is the kind of teacher I want to be!

Persistence and Heart

Book Review: The Boy Who Never Gave Up by Stephen Curry What a beautiful story. Stephen exemplifies what we want all our kids to know... they can be whatever they want, if they never give up wanting it and work to get it. There's a second valuable lesson here... Follow your dreams with all your … Continue reading Persistence and Heart

Building a Creative Community – Presenting Víctor Mauricio Rodríguez

Let's encourage and support our fellow artists! I recently connected with an inspiring artist and art educator: Víctor Mauricio Rodríguez on LinkedIn. We embraced what social media allows us to continue, where isolation has left us wanting... sharing creative passions! I'd like to share a little of what he shared about himself and his work, … Continue reading Building a Creative Community – Presenting Víctor Mauricio Rodríguez

Foibles of the Judge Called Jury

I'm pretty sure I saw this as a drawing somewhere, well, actually not so sure. However, the image seems to pop up in my memories from Monty Python skits, Star Trek TNG scenes with Q, and strange Kafka-esque gothic films from the 1960s and 1970s. It's all from that mess of what an old friend … Continue reading Foibles of the Judge Called Jury

Study Of A Sky Spirit

Inspired more from one of the stories from the Hopi, but also from descriptions of the Manitou. The funny thing is I found this curious book and the back cover said it was written from the perspective of a crow and I'm sure that's part of this too. All these creatures come from an amalgamation … Continue reading Study Of A Sky Spirit