Transformations with Life #8 – The Forest Floor

After planting the four maple seedlings I added some garden moss to keep the soil moist and then I put it in the sun. A few days later other plants started to grow. It looks very much like the floor of the forest with the trees high about and tons of life struggling fort a … Continue reading Transformations with Life #8 – The Forest Floor

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Transformations With Life #7 – The Barber’s Story

One of only a few remaining of my long face vessels, this one was originally meant to be a prototype for s beer stein. At that time, I had yet discovered the versatility of porcelain, so this earthenware is thick and weighty. Still, it fits nicely in the hand and could have been used as … Continue reading Transformations With Life #7 – The Barber’s Story

Transformations With Life #6 – Summer Flowers

Please take note that there are two different pots shown here. I planted a flower from my garden that returns every year. I've always known them as snapdragons. The become a bright orange-pink and look like a cross between a crocus and bird of paradise. The goblets they are now living in were from a … Continue reading Transformations With Life #6 – Summer Flowers

Transformations With Life #4 – Little Trees

I have all these little maple trees growing all over my yard. At first I wasn't sure what to do with them. Now I have a few ideas. Always fascinated with Bonsais, I thought I could possibly do my own with a Canadian twist. Taking some of my electric-fired, Raku-styled tea bowls and using them … Continue reading Transformations With Life #4 – Little Trees

Herritage Architecture in Montreal

I believe these silos are part of the Five Roses flour mill on the Old Port of Montreal and there's discussion of it's future, as well as the landmark Silo #5 close by. I'll let you do your own digging into the architectural significance of these silos, as my report would be quite long. I … Continue reading Herritage Architecture in Montreal

Weather Report – Chance of Mondrian Skies

I was intending to give it a uniform sky colour, but my focus kept going to the geometric shapes seen in the tower and between the buildings. It reminded me of a Mondrian painting, so I thought, why not...? I'm still uncertain the white user-sky was the right choice, but I sometimes have that fear, … Continue reading Weather Report – Chance of Mondrian Skies

Jaded Bird

I looked up at the roof and what did I see? Some big bird staring down on me and the crowd of tourists I was with on this visit to Les Forges de Montreal. I imagined it was shaking its head disapprovingly. I really have no idea what it was thinking, or even if this … Continue reading Jaded Bird

The Old Sky Walk

The skywalk is part of the Five Roses silo complex, and the stone building on the right-front side of the picture was once Montreal's water pumping station. It is now the residence of Les Forges de Montreal. A non-profit metalsmith school. It's part of a return to valuing hand-crafted objects that seems to be popping … Continue reading The Old Sky Walk

As A Matter Of Fact

I'm on the fence about this one. While she seems to have a fixed thought in her mind, I get a sense that some uncertainty remains. Perhaps it comes from the loose use of coloured charcoals and how I rubbed them with a lighter touch than usual to get a grainier finish. In the photo … Continue reading As A Matter Of Fact

Gus

Imagine a business supper, where colleagues are toasting one of their own for an important award, only this time the winner of the award is one of the offices stranger occupants. In fact, he is almost unknown by anyone, because of his closed and solitary demeanour. Imagine his manager is now speaking and obviously struggling … Continue reading Gus