The terrace garden: a snapshot

Having moved into a waterside condo this past year was a big decision… where do I put my summer energy if I have no garden to play in? We’ve planted a few small things this year: tomatoes, eggplants, kale, peppers, herbs… they are growing slowly.

Why complete a diploma in Mobile Digital Photography

One of the big things these last two years of teaching has taught me is that mobile devices are here to stay and are very much ubiquitous elements in our students' lives; they MUST be part of all curricular design considerations from now on! My students, be they secondary or elementary age almost uniformly come … Continue reading Why complete a diploma in Mobile Digital Photography

Gray Sunshine

I'm always searching for inspirations with my camera in hand... I often capture sights that I have no clue what will develop from them... I only know they feel wonderful to look at and touch some cord inside... this one may become a painting, it may become a new piece of pottery... whatever it inspires, … Continue reading Gray Sunshine

Creative Blocks – Carving out an inspiration

I've been trying to get myself into a creative mood, as you know from my last few postings...One of the ways was to set up some materials for projects to do over my Summer break from teaching. So, I've been scavenging for materials and finding discarded bits and bobs, including this small chink of soapstone … Continue reading Creative Blocks – Carving out an inspiration

Creative Blocks – Grey Sunshine

We can find the most amazing things to see when walking to clear the mind. Concrete has always fascinated me, literally. The greys are almost always warm when dry and they feel both solid and ephemeral at the same time... as if they could be crumbled to dust with an unexpected tap to the right … Continue reading Creative Blocks – Grey Sunshine

Creative Block – Inspiration in unlikely places

With my last posting still whispering (more like a loud nagging) in my ears to get creative, I've been trying to take my quiet moments to see what's around me. Not just looking and not searching... letting myself see what presents itself. Of course something presented itself in the bathroom. If your reaction is "YUCK", … Continue reading Creative Block – Inspiration in unlikely places

Invasion of the Triffid-Snatchers

Are you a fan of the old black and white, alien invasion, b-movies of the 1960s? Take a look at The Day of there Triffids and try to figure out what the artistic director must have been thunking whence created the Triffids. They were supposed to be some plant-like aliens. In the book, if my … Continue reading Invasion of the Triffid-Snatchers

Puddles of Sulphurous Yellow

Every year my wife picks some typical flower for her outdoor flower pots; usually geraniums, daisies, chrysanthemums, etc... I tend to like weirder flowers, but we compromise on colours. I love yellows, both for the vibrant joy they evoke and for subtle decay they show while dying. Also, occasionally we can catch a stranger bug … Continue reading Puddles of Sulphurous Yellow

Violet Temptations

My plantain Lillies (hostas) infestation began with only a couple of plants from my father's garden; now there are so many that I can use them as ground cover for my entire lawn... well almost. The strange purple flowers that jut out of them on impossibly long stems waver in the wind as if vibrating … Continue reading Violet Temptations

Baby Buddha in the Wabi Sabi Garden

Last summer I completed the infrastructure for a zen garden for my wife. This little Buddha found itself well placed under my dwarf Japanese maple tree. It got quickly enveloped by some ground hostas, so I moved it this year to sit on a rock near the water fountain I rigged from a reclaimed cement … Continue reading Baby Buddha in the Wabi Sabi Garden