Category Archives: June 2017

Memories or honouring a spirit

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is.

Ellen DeGeneres

I recently watched Moana, and I found myself really missing my grandmother. In trying to find a quote that would express that, I found the one above by Ellen Degeneres. I think it would have made her laugh.

In other posts I talk about about skies and, being a prairie girl, how I am drawn to them. Give me a big sky and a field of grasses and I am happy. My grandmother was also drawn to skies and took lovely photos of sunrises and sunsets. She had a great laugh, was a great cook (I miss her cake with sauce and coffee cake, among many of the delicious things she made), and loved to play cards. From her I got my eyebrows and my lovely (early) grey hair. I remember walks on the dusty roads near her home, looking for old railway spikes and picking up rocks. She was always patient, kind and accepting, and we always felt loved when we were with her. I was lucky to have her in my life for a long time, although there is never enough time with those you love. I think of her often as I take photos these days, especially when sunset begins. In the film, Moana’s grandmother’s spirit is a stingray. I like to think my grandmother’s spirit is the sky in all its beautiful forms.



In the studio or what studio?

Today I saw a post from CanadianArt about photographer Joseph Hartman, who photographed artist studios all over Canada. I love, love, love this kind of subject matter. I am that person who gets excited when people leave their curtains open at night and you can see inside the home. I don’t care about the people, I just like to see what the home looks like on the inside. So photographs of artist studios are in the same vein for me.

As someone who works digitally I don’t really have a studio. Every once in a while I get organized and set up the spare room as my space, only to take it down because someone is coming to stay. I am a visual person and I love my piles of papers, etc. No one would be able to sleep on the bed covered with my test prints, books, etc. Right now it’s also full of picture frames as I am starting to get ready for my solo graduating show in October.

I recently went to an artist talk by Paddy Lamb, an Irish-Canadian abstract artist that I greatly admire. He spoke about needing his artist space to be filled with objects, and how he rearranges them and sits with them there for a long time before they become something (a drawing, painting or sculpture). I have seen some lovely collections of drawings and objects in artist studios that I find inspiring, but somehow it never really happens in my space. Being more mobile makes the collection of things difficult, and I already loathe dusting, so not sure if I will ever achieve a truly artistic space (the way I envision it anyway).

These days my art-making spaces are a spot on my sofa, and the corner of a bench in the coatroom at the pool. My collection is my drawings in my app. I sometimes sit and make lots of scribbles and grounds (artist speak for backgrounds) with a few marks. Then I leave them for a while until I decide to scroll through and see if there’s anything that sparks my interest. I might add a few marks to something and then leave it, or I might sit and complete a full drawing, as I did the other day (see below). Those days are great, because when you have a few too many scribble and leave it days, you start to worry that your creative side is on hiatus.

Today the photos are of my two drawing spaces. There are others, if I have a spare moment I might draw on my iPhone in various locations, but these have been my main ones for the past few months. I think they show that you don’t have to have a fully dedicated space, or a really large space to be creative. It can help certainly, but it’s not an absolute necessity. Take note though, if you don’t want me checking out your space, close the curtains 🙂


Keeping my eyes open

In my last post I wrote about taking the time to look around and appreciating the landscape, whether it is picture perfect or not. In my day to day travels I keep my eyes open to my surroundings, and continue to take photographs. Some work out and some not so much. I try not to worry too much about those that do not work out and just keep taking photos. It’s interesting to see if the image I took matches the one in my mind’s eye. I have a lot to learn! That’s ok though, as I am always happiest when I am learning. Today I am sharing two photos from the past week.

In other news, three of my digital drawings were accepted to be a part of Visual Arts Alberta/CARFAC’s Ten Voices 2017 show. One of them is the diptych Overwhelm/Overcome. I am excited and thankful to Visual Arts Alberta/CARFAC for the opportunity!

above: ©Deann Stein Hasinoff Rooftop flock 2017, photograph

©Deann Stein Hasinoff Energy 2017