Monthly Archives: June 2012

branching out

wandering through the woods

at night listening to the rain

my direction for my Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2012 walking sticks was revealed

two sturdy branches, used to get me out of the woods, complete the collection

as NBO12 announces its artists i am setting to work on the sticks

along with “walk with me” heARTbeatgal is collaborating with artist Rob Brazeau, and others, for his twenties prohibition era Nuit Blanche photo project at Social

my excitement for the night is starting to grow

…how many days left?



we did it

it rained, but we shone

the sun did poke out once or twice

PERFECTLY alone in the woods

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at night we could hear the wolves howl


i also crossed paths with two lovely walking sticks to add to the collection

without whom i wouldn’t have made it out of the woods

we will go back just as soon as i can move my shoulders again

thank you to all our well wishers


deep woods

best cure for an unchallenged spirit

take two six-year-olds into the backcountry


for a few nights

(this may still be my concussion talking…)

kickin’ into girl guide mode!

prepare for rain, hope for shine

i am sure to come out changed

wish me luck!

hBg (the happy wanderer)

p.s. i suspect my nuit blanche walking sticks to be on the brain. there will surely be found at least one stick and heaps of inspiration to add to the project. “I love to go a-wandering along the mountain track, and as I go, I love to sing, my knapsack on my back…”


i do



…and, a satisfied customer t’boot!

“florence” mixed media 2′ x 3′

for a centretown office

made from a centretown newspaper, an old picture of centretown, roman-esque scuplture as a nod to my italian client (ha!), many bits of personal reference and the pole is real tree bark.

it is a happy painting for a happy person

made with heART


modern art

my MoMA Techniques of Post-War Abstract Painting course is near ended

abstraction and i remain wary friends

though, as with any art history i digest

it is the artist’s personal story that is most satisfying

getting inside their minds

to find similar comforting twisted thinking

or humour

or honesty

or clarity

Ad Reinhardt’s tree “How To Look At Modern Art in America”

i am particularly fond of Ad Reinhart’s take, in which i find all

i like a strong voice alongside a strong image

take for example Adam the Great!

(my affectionate name for artist, instructor, friend Adam F. Davidson)

Adam F. Davidson – Palette Knife #12   2010  above my staircase

before i was familiar with his work Adam introduced me to his discourse

thoughtful honest clarity

after, his work and i were introduced

it went very well

then to learn some of Adam as an artist, some of his technique

my acquisition has depth of meaning

what a treat!

thank you to my mentors, both online and in the real world

for their knowledge

i am grateful and better for it on many levels


p.s. i see MoMA has added some new courses just in time

…Modern and Contemporary Art: 1945–1989?


what is on the other side of them?



she hopes loudly to the universe



the snaps don’t show

 in the sunshine today

my path home sparkled

chose to see it that way

i like that


…and so you don’t think i am completely off my rocker: “cement is primarily made up of calcium carbonite, some of which is in crystalline form and can reflect light. Smaller chunks regularly end up in cement. After being ground and heated these crystals are evenly dispersed, making the cement sparkle”.

long walks

…in the rain

…down the tissue aisle

feeling quiet