A photo of some of our Seyvel Blanc grapes on Harvest Day (October). I’m looking forward to re-uniting with them next summer on my deck, when they will be in my glass of Tidal Bay. Gone, but certainly not forgotten! 😉
“If all be true that I do think,
there are five reasons we should drink.
Good friends, good times,
or being dry, or least we should be by and by,
and any other reason why” – a toast
“My only strength is finding something where most people find nothing” (Mary Pratt)
I made a bit of a pilgrimage through the weather on a rainy, windy November morning to the take in Mary Pratt's, one of Canada's most beloved realist painter, 50-Year Retrospective at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
It is her tremendous ability to ennoble the everyday, to elevate it to the near sacred that sets her apart. As a wife and mother of four living in rural Newfoundland, Pratt's finds beauty and difficulty in the everyday; from breakfast time ("Eggs in an Egg Crate", 1975) to Sunday dinner ("Basting the Turkey", 2003), to bathing a baby ("Child with Two Adults", 1983), her imagery is a powerful reminder of the rich and complex feelings that hover around what might be considered mundane.
But, wow! It is "Jelly Shelf", 1999 that makes us stop and inhale sharply. It is extraordinary.
Something where most people find nothing, indeed.
It is fabulous show! In the company of these rich, lively images, I quickly forgot the rain, dripping from my umbrella.
What if you did something you’ve never done before? What if you did it this week? What if it was awesome? What if it wasn’t as scary or weird or uncomfortable or hard as you imagined?
Swarm: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Architecture: Reflection on the Hancock Building, Boston
Treasure: Family Heirloom
A Pop of Colour: Unexpected
Nature: Forest Floor
Landmark: Canada’s Parliament Buildings, Ottawa
Bliss: Anticipating a Day to Myself
Street: Fifth Ave., NYC
One photo, every day! This was such an interesting exercise. It’s one thing to point a click when I see something I like and want to record, but the challenge came in focusing on a specific theme every day.
When I read the assignment, the first thing that came to mind was, of course, bees…..or atleast some insects. But this is November and all those guys are tucked away. I certainly did not expect to find a “swarm” in an art gallery exhibit. But, voila! There it was.
And that is what I have taken from this workshop. It’s all about keeping my eyes (and my mind) OPEN. 🙂
I’ve gathered a few of my favourite photos here, taken this month. But I am very happy to report that I did manage to rise to the challenge every day….even the weekends. It was fun!
Thanks for coming along with me.