I Wonder……

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines who you will be when you can’t help it (Oscar Wilde)

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Between the Santa Parade and the Town Tree Lighting, we popped into the little comfort centre to warm up. That’s where this sweet old print found me. Someone donated it to a fundraising sale, and it was destined to come home with me.

I wonder what stories it could tell.

When I turned the frame over, I saw that it came from Eaton and the date is 1928. Does that mean it is from the former Canadian department store, Eatons? Or some other Eaton?

I wonder who originally bought it, and where did it hang? A child’s room? Across from a window, perhaps, as the colours appear faded. And if so, who grew up in that room? And how long did it hang there? Was it still there until it was donated earlier this month, or tucked away somewhere?

I wonder who the two little girls are in the print? Are they the artist’s models, or purely imaginary? I love that the girls are sharing one book, even though there is a stack of books beside them.

I wonder when the original painting was created? The print might indicate 1928, but the clothing on these little girls looks more like early 1900’s.

Such an engaging little scene…..and one that raises so many questions.

Triumph

“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph

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Not only does this surfer get “up” on his board, he does it on his head! As you can see, there was very little surf on this particular morning…..the other surfers are just floating around. I was impressed! Another small triumph here is that I had the presence of mind to catch get this shot. ;). Sun, waves, surfers……sigh.
I took this photo last February, on the beautiful island of Barbados.
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Over the Edge

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“The Edge – there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.” – Hunter S. Thompson

I took this photo in Toronto several weeks ago. Since I have a fear of heights, watching this window cleaner slide over the edge of the building was absolutely terrifying.

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Landscape

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Landscape – The easiest assignment, I thought; just point and shoot. Right? But that’s not how it played out. I started taking photos early this morning. But each time I looked again, the change in light had completely altered the scene. (Reference last weekend’s assignment) I’ve finally settled on this latest shot, taken in the late afternoon. I love this golden afternoon light! And how nice for those lovely clouds to show up as if on cue. I didn’t need to crop at all, but I did focus on keeping that horizon level.

Swarm

This hauntingly beautiful piece is part of the Northern Exposure group exhibit at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Tania Kitchell’s installation “Occupy” is made up of a series of sculptures that represent invasive plant species in the arctic. They are made of ABS plastic on a 3-D printer.

I really wasn’t expecting to find a subject that would satisfy the theme “swarm” when I dropped into the AGNS, but then, this! The physical installation coupled with idea of invasive species swarming the fragile arctic struck a cord with me.

As a painter, I like to think that I am always looking about my world with an appreciative eye. Today’s find has shown me that when I have a particular theme in mind, that theme can be found in the most unexpected places. It’s a really interesting exercise.

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The Northern Exposure exhibit is on display until January 5, 2015
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