Ice continues to be a focus for my photography. Over the Christmas break I was able to get into the river valley and saw the most beautiful ice. It was like fabric, floating on the surface of the water, able to fold and bend in ways that I had never seen before. Unfortunately my phone battery died after only a couple of shots. The next day the temperatures dropped and the ice changed again. One of the things I love about this subject is that very thing – it is always changing.
Winter light is something else that I love. The light is softer and shadows are longer. What time of day you are taking your photos matters a little less. That works for me as I am never out and about at the same time of day. There is still much for me to learn, but I enjoy the experimentation and I am always excited to see what I can make of the photos I take.
As I look outside I see it is snowing. Time to get on the hiking boots, hit the trail and enjoy.
I will be participating again this year in Harcourt House Artist Run Centre’s Art-o-Rama. Come and purchase art for you or for someone you love December 7th to December 9th at Jake’s Framing + Art Gallery 10441-123 Street, Edmonton, AB.
The show offers original, small format works in a variety of media, including: painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, glass, ceramics, jewellery, metal design works, and mixed media compositions by leading and emerging artists and designers from Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto. Excellent as Christmas gifts for big and small budgets!
I will have 3 pieces available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds supports Harcourt House’s art exhibitions and education programs.
Friday, December 7th : Preview (with sales) from 12 pm – 6 pm
Friday, December 7th : Opening Reception (sales continue) from 7 pm – 10 pm with food, cash bar, and music by Bill Damur and the White Cats
Saturday, December 8th : Art Sale continues from 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday, December 9th : Final Day of Art Sale from 10 am – 4 pm
It’s fall, the leaves are now on the ground and although it feels like I haven’t done much in the past months, I do have some new work to show you. Fall is an exhausting time for me, so I find it hard to get motivated to create when I am just so darn tired all the time. We did have some early snow (in September!) where I live and while I hoped we would get more typical fall weather for a while, I am ready for the white stuff again. Once the mould is buried life gets a lot better for me. One of my symptoms of overactive mast cells is an unexplained uptick in anxiety. I hate those moments when I feel it rising up through my body and I have no reasonable explanation for why its happening. There is no discernible trigger, just a sudden feeling of things not being right, followed by a wave that colours the world with dark shadows, sounds that no longer seem familiar and somehow tinged with a sinister edge. Thankfully those moments do not linger for more than a day and I know how to get back on track. They are a reminder to me that I always need to be diligent in managing my chronic illness. You can’t take a break, as much as you’d like to sometimes. I think it’s the same with creating. It’s important to keep at it, even if it feels like whatever you’re doing is no good, because in the next moment it could transform into something amazing.
Making time for art was challenging over the past month. Wrapping up summer activities, getting started with fall ones, it seemed there was not enough time. However, we all know that’s not true. Time was taken up fretting about various things and getting stuck back in old ruts. To bust out of my ruts I picked up Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk. And Other Truths About Being Creative. by Danielle Krysa at my local library (Danielle Krysa is also the author of The Jealous Curator, a blog I like to follow). A few chapters in and I was feeling inspired to get off my bum and make time to be creative.
It was a beautiful sunny day in my part of the world today (a rarity this month, which has seen more snow than I remember for September in a very long while). On the trail I could actually hear the leaves falling off the trees. So my entreaty to you is to go find somewhere where you can hear the leaves falling, let yourself settle in to the sounds of the woods and just enjoy.
There are many kinds of endings in our daily lives, with some more significant than others. Of the different milestones in life, dating, career, marriage, kids, divorces, and deaths, death is starting to rear its ugly head more often. Another friend of mine recently lost his father, which puts life in the forefront of my mind. Walking in the river valley today, I looked at this tree with different eyes. It immediately struck me as an embrace. The last living limb wrapping around the dying trunk.
Hug your people. Life is short, even when it isn’t.
It being summer, work is a bit more sporadic, but I thought I would share some photos. Now that the bulk of the pollen that bothers me is done for the season, and before the forest fire smoke starts to drift our way, I am out and about more regularly these days. I’m in the process of researching a better camera, which would allow for more details when I crop and abstract my photos. Interested in the newer mirrorless cameras? Check out this review.
There is a pond I visit and I am in love with the plants that are growing in it. I love the whole space really, sitting and watching for frogs, snails and leeches. Sometimes birds will flit in and out of the reeds. Just a great, quiet place to slow down, be still and watch nature.
This is a quick post with a few photos from a recent trip to the mountains. It was a nice break and the weather was wonderful while I was there. Not sure if I will try to abstract some of my photos or not… or rather not sure if I will show you my abstractions or not! For now I will I will leave them be.
What’s new? What are you working on? Is something I’ve heard over the past couple of months. Here is some new work and an update.
It’s been a challenging winter to get outside to get new photos. We’ve had many severe cold snaps here (below -25C), which is too cold for me and my iPhone (the colder the weather the unhappier it gets). Here is some new work from some trips I did make into the river valley. Looking forward to getting outside more now that we’re in the bumper winter/spring season…. Sprinter? Wring? Whatever it is, it brings warmer temperatures while not being quite warm enough to melt the snow. It’s a lovely time.
Besides being under the weather in January and February, other things that kept me busy were my art show at the ArtPoint Gallery in Calgary, and I devoted time to writing this blog post about using applications to make art. If you get the opportunity to visit ArtPoint, do! It’s an inspiring space full of artist studios, with member artwork in the hallways and four gallery spaces to check out.
Where I live we are experiencing a winter thaw. It’s not officially winter yet, but this season in particular has no regard for the calendar, and we’ve been enjoying winter for a while now. Here are some new photos from my weekend. The last photograph I kept in colour, as it captured a lovely bit of winter blue sky as a bit of rain and snow rolled through. I hope you are staying warm and embracing the season.
Sometimes what you see is what you get… a real, honest to goodness landscape photo. While I am primarily an abstract artist, there are times when I find it difficult to abstract an image. That is the challenge with working from something tangible, that I can see, versus what I generate from my brain. With certain photos, I just like them as they are and I find it difficult to separate from that. Here are a few from my walk this weekend, with one abstract thrown in for good measure. It’s a beautiful, sunny day today. I hope you get outside to enjoy the outdoors wherever you are.