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Visited by Jack Frost

Looking at something off the page

What is she looking at?

Something that we cannot see,

something that is not found on the page she occupies.

that lies outside the edge of the board.

The subject of a painting or collage points with their

gaze to somewhere or something that often remains a mystery.

'Carved with a Brush' the third Kuptana book begins

For the Love of Flying

Leonardo da Vinci drawings


Sae Kimura flying figure.

Gifts From Our Visiting Friends

Today we had visitors. This is what we did together!!

Walking in the Twilight Zone

Life is a Slippery Fish

It's the Light that Unites Them














                     These are our first collages done together in 2022

A Triad (without the middle note)

collage by Sae Kimura
collage by Sae Kimura
collage by deborah harris
collage by deborah harris
collage by Eron Boyd
collage by Eron Boyd

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

collages by Eron Boyd

Two Heads Are Better Than One

collage by Sae Kimura
collage by Sae Kimura


One of our team is at home with a cold

and the other one is doing her best

Standing Tall



to be brave, proud,


without retreating from hardship or adversity

confident in one's ability to meet

whatever may occur

Vaulting into the New Year (best played at one minute to midnight)

Reflecting on Moments of the Past

Home is where the heart is

Trying to catch the big one

Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house...

                                                                                                                                                    ...a creature was stirring but it wasn't a mouse

An Alternative to Disney

During the Christmas season we are posting earlier videos for you to enjoy. This is the first of six.

If you have time over the holidays and would like to entertain yourself with more videos just click the link here.


May you find the magic of christmas

tHReE sPiriTs oF cHriStmAs

In the Box / Out of the Box

Looking for a Cave to Curl Up In

Intersecting Unknowns

Shopping can be fun with a friend

The evolution and fine tuning of a space

                           ...so it can be received and enjoyed by our visitors.

Inviting you further into the space

Where World Maintenence is an Ongoing Concern

...the title of the painting by E.J.Gold that we hung today amidst the plants in the library.

Branching Out and Staying In

Street Life




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The Clouds Look Like They Have Somewhere To Go

A Shelter From the Storm

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas la la la la la

What Kind of Story is This?

Looks Like a Pocket Dial

We never moved off our stools today

Holding and Letting Fly

We Meet Here on Tuesdays

As the moon sets the sun rises

Tempestuous Melody

                                                                                        Collage by Eron Boyd using a copy of the painting by Edward Burne Jones

Between the Covers

We have copies of this book available for viewing and or  purchase 

at the gallery for our discounted price of $55.00each.




Things Are A Little Bit Clear A Little Bit Blurry

Cloudy with a chance of teapot

Somewhere not too far from here

It is easy to forget that we live on a lake with a sky above.


Photo by Barbara Kellam on her morning walk

Turning the Page

Creating a Reading Room

Now that we are taking on the making of books

we are creating spaces within the gallery where

the books can be enjoyed, spaces where the one

reading does not feel too exposed at the same

time they feel part of something bigger.

A Work in Process

Feet are what keep us grounded

We didn't want to do it but we had fun

Today we took down the old and hung

up the new in the collage gallery.

There is always resistance to take down

something that you love but once started it is very great to rebuild the space.

Trying to Balance

We Can Finally See the Light!

5:45pm we just uploaded the book for publishing.

    No computer screens for the whole weekend!

The Second of Three


This is the second book that we are publishing about Floyd.

It should be ready to send out to publisher tomorrow and

we may see the hardcover by next week. Soon as we have the link for the finished book we will post it here.

The third one will follow.

Riding the Fast Train

Spontaneous Decomposition

The Palette of Winter

MoVing BaCkwaRds THrough TiMe


Today both Sae and I were very focused trying to recreate the happenings of the gallery through 2019 til the end of 2020.

Sae collecting images and I recording the dates and actual unfolding of exhibits. It is a strangely disorienting task

to go back in time but we seem to have survived. We agreed that this image conveys a sense of the experience.

Visiting Picasso

The Blue Period meets the Rose Period

"Who Are You?"

                                   The question goes both ways.

                It  sounds so simple but finding the answer is not.

They call it mellow yellow..that's right

"I'm just mad about saffron, mmmmmm"

The Art and Beauty of Bricks

Too Many Questions

Constructing the Leftovers

Happy Thanksgiving from All of Us to All of You

Six Feet Under

                                                                                                                                                ...  but still standing                                                             



(click on images to see them larger)

A Bird's Eye View

"She's leaving home, bye bye"

Artists Together

This week we finished the book that we have

dedicated to Floyd Kuptana, our friend and

fellow artist who inspired and worked with us

on the drawings shown on these pages.

We invite you to click on the link and enjoy.



The book will be available in hardcover, (at a discount), from the Gallery within the next month.

Full and Happy

                    The day ended with the taste of love!

Higher Up and Farther In

Practicing our Creasing

Have a Good Weekend We Will Stay in Touch

Some of us walk the line... and some of us don't

Places we are no longer allowed to visit

                                     Collages by Eron Boyd

"The looking itself is a trace of what we're looking for." Rumi

Keep Dancing

            This is dedicated to Mark and Barbara

Sending out the surprise packets

                                                           ...for the online collage workshop

A Mysterious Meeting

One and the Other

when meeting become transformed

neither obscured nor diminished

but subtly and inexplicably enhanced.

Time Travel in the Collage Space Ship

Changing Perspective

Along the lines and between the lines the story stretches

A ConVersaTion TrYing To bE A BoOk

Our Book Making Muse

The studio organized and prepared

for book making.

The beginning of a new year

and a new project.

September Morning


Consider What is Happening

                                                                                                   Actions motivated by fear

                                                                                                              never end well

Variations on the 'Cellist' by Chagall

These collages were done by the participants of the Series #9 online collage workshop. Visit our website to see more.

Being in the Right Place with the Right Book

The Architecture of Thought

The architecture of thought is a mysterious space


The architecture of thought has a noble character


The architecture of thought intersects the past and future




Death as our Advisor

Being aware of death,

our own and of everything that lives,

can frighten or enable us

 to focus on what is possible now.

THe joY of creAting BeauTy and ORder

Shaped by the Wind



soft clay on the potters wheel.

fingers of wind curled around a frozen breath.

floating weightless above the trees.


Reaching for Pears

Emergency Measures

A Bit of an Uphill Climb

We Can't Create This

Smoking May Be Dangerous to Health

Less Information More Observation

Removing most of the colour changes the way that we see, what we see. Shapes, patterns and textures stand out in a way that is often disguised  when we are overwhelmed with colour.

Celery Juice


We all had a sip

celebrating being together again.

(that's because deborah is back)


Watermelon Days


Resolution is in the treetops

A Twoness

A Bit Scary to See Through Today's Lens


The Day After The Day Before (we missed the day between)

Just Landed in Tropical Heat Wave

Sunny Skies, Underwrap and Stacked

Still, no way in.

The Rhinos Are Out!

A Little Bit Out A Little Bit In

Things are Looking Up

A Sense of Space

Social Distancing

                                                                                                                                 West meets East

                                                                                                                       The dog park at Allan Gardens

A Meeting of the Guardians

                                             from above and below

"Hello Neighbour"

Having Nothing to Say

Being Cawled to Look

Facing one way or the other

                 Looking From Both Sides

Not Quite There


This extraordinary painting by Luke Gilliam is framed under glass

  and reflects the the room it occupies.

The added layer seems to amplify the feeling of today... observing from the outside

'not quite there'

In Through the Back Door

Today we sat on a bench in small alley which surprisingly faces exactly onto the back wall of the gallery.

This back wall has many windows. In one of them we had the idea to put a painting facing out

so that those people living in the surrounding condos or, as we did, decide to sit on a bench to have their coffee,

can discover and perhaps even be inspired to visit us.

Today was a good wind...

A Small Window on the World

The Moment Lives On

And what is the moment?


It is a unity, a circle of beings,


 content in that moment.


A Meeting in Shadowland


Not reflected

We see our selves most clearly, most truly, in the eyes of those we communicate with.

We reflect each other.

Looking at the world upside down

Looking for Direction

Waking Up


Sorry we were late.

Moved by Wind

This is a gift of spacious



  Castillon writes:-

« Listening to Hania's music over and over, I began to dream of a single sequence shot that would follow her music floating in the wind of an unreal Icelandic landscape. I asked each dancer to give a personal interpretation of Hania's song. We were very lucky to succeed in this insane artistic performance despite the great cold (minus 7 celsius), it was such a moment of truth. Shot in Iceland on February 23, 2020. »

Directed by Neels Castillon
Music by Hania Rani
Dancers — Mellina Boubetra, Janina Sarantšina, Fanny Sage


Connecting from a distance

Sidewalk Art

Stretched into the Blue

"Caught in a web of contending forces..."

                         "Caught in a web of contending forces, he is at once a protector of good and a doer of evil;
                           a builder and a spoiler; a man of principle and an opportunist; ..."
                                                                                                                                   William Shakespeare, Henry V

If Only We Were Pigeons...

"I guess a lot of people are feeling that" says Sae.


"Yes, a lot of people are wishing they were pigeons!!!" says I.

For the new blue flowers

Tis is the season for raking leaves and some of us are very enthusiastic about this task.

Unfortunately, the city has suspended the pick up of yard waste and so....

This morning we made a platform for the bags to sit on so that the grass and small flowers

will not be crushed while waiting, wrapping them with canvas in case of rain and tying them

'round with rope so that they will not fall and spill all over everywhere. Practical creativity.

Not particularly beautiful but somehow satisfying.

Sending Our Prayers on the Wind

In the Twilight Zone

                                                                                                                        ...trying to find the light

For Our Dear Friend Eron...

...in memory of his beloved mother Georgia Boyd - December 1939 - March 27 2020

Reconnecting 'Round the Table

It seems that what can be expressed through art cannot be translated into words.

None of us spoke while we were working today

even though we have not seen each other together for many days.

But the work speaks for us in inexplicable ways.

It is a mystery.


Today we made this flyer for Stuart, the proprietor of our neighborhood cafe in hopes that he can stay open and solvent through this shutdown.

If you want to pick up a truly great coffee drop by B U L L D O G.

Hold On...

The Outside Beckons Us

In the World But Not Of It

Don't Be Scared It's Just Us

It seems we are all a bit confused and shy to follow the directions for COVID 19 but it is our duty to be responsible

not only for our self but for those who share the world with us, those we love and care for and those who are unknown.

Many lives depend upon our correct action,  this situation may be the shock needed to shift our awareness.

It gets easier if we are all in this together.   (that's why Sae and I are practicing and trying to get you onboard)


                                                                                                                                  ...it's not all bad

Remember to Step Outside

Today we walked and walked and remembered how good it is to breathe the air outside.

We are being asked by the conditions at hand to stay close to home and avoid crowds and travel.

A moment or two of this is advisable.


Today was a difficult day

...confusing and messy

ragged and sharp edged

There is a lot happening that we have not encountered before

inside and outside

we are challenged to be balanced

to use our common sense

to remain calm and disciplined

Today we were not quite there yet.

Where Is Home?

How Differently We Each Interpret The World!

Often we think that it is important that someone share our opinions but not so with art.

In art we can appreciate our differences, in fact we celebrate them.

Maybe it is not so vital that we all think and say the same thing.

Maybe we can look and listen and learn.



A Different Blue A Different Circus

The objects and subjects of the gallery basement.

The World is a Blue Circus

Marc Chagall

Blue Circus


Pacino di Bonaguida

The Creation of the World

1309 - 1347

How the Body Remembers

After using collage with this Medieval set we went out on the street and photographed an old building in the state of demolition and salvation

and found that we had somehow created almost exactly the same construction as in the painting, (seen in our Feb 27th blog).

This was unconscious and therefore surprising, the way we take in impressions and remember them in our bodies.

Becoming Animated

                                                                                                                                                                   ... thanks to Eron Boyd

Picasso Steps Upon the Medieval Stage

St Francis Renouncing Worldly Goods 1295

         The Mountebanks by Picasso 1905

A Reflection of Today

The First Star I See Tonight...

Today Sae 'n' I  worked on designing a new web page.

We will let you know when it's up and running, should be in two to three weeks.

Fishing for Mary

                                                                        Night Fishing at Antibes   by Picasso 1939          The Disembarkation of Mary Magdalene 

                                                                                                                                                                     possibly by Pietro Lorenzetti  1310

Collage by Sae Kimura

Collage by deborah harris

Clearing the Visual Palette

The Near and Distant Past

Vivian Felsen

Le  Duo                            The Presentation in the Temple

Georges Braque                 Giotto di Bondone

1937                                   1267 - 1337

deborah harris                                                Sae Kimura

For these collages we each had a copy of the two paintings shown above which we combined.

All in all we were able to finish thirteen collages using the same material.

These are the first three.

Not sure where the forest ends and I begin

                                                                            and home is a thought I can't quite touch

T T C Looking for Alternatives


Illuminate: To enlighten; to throw light upon; to light up with festal lamps

Cardboard is our new canvas

This strange coming together of elements to make what could be called a sculpture,

is a playful and spontaneous response to the objects and materials present in the space

but also to the inquiry itself. Irrefutable alteration provides a framework to

explore and to perceive variations on a theme. 

Looking at the different images on the blog will give you a hint of those possibilities.

Alterations # 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Opening the drawers of the past/ Turned to the future/ Drawing in the present

Alteration #8

This show that is currently evolving began as P R I M A L  J O U R N E Y

with a solitary boat figure in a tumultuous sea.The figure descended and turned, 

M E E T I N G   W H A L E.

"And then what? we asked. How does this story continue?

Even whales must come up for air. Gravity below our feet keeps us standing or pulls us over.

As you probably saw in earlier blogs we cut the boat and stood it on its end.

A ladder of sorts leaning on the ramparts, an effort to climb away from earth's concerns.

The truth is, after meeting whale one is irrefutably altered and that is the new title;-  

I R R E F U T A B L Y    A L T E R E D.

The Space Where We Work... Lit by the Sun

This is where your blogs are born.

Very Far From Here

It's either an uphill or a downhill climb

Rogue Twins

Working with Perspective

Look Out

Holding a Moment of Peace

The Story Must Continue

                    One cannot stay forever underwater with the whale. One must come up for air.

                      What was once a vehicle becomes a shelter, perhaps a home, albeit somewhat quirky.

Still Life with Black Jug

For this exercise we decided to interpret the George Braque painting 'La Table de Toilette', using collage, working from a black and white reproduction and each choosing our own pallet. We did not look at the original colour painting til we were finished. 

Sneaking out through the back door

A Winter's Retreat

Will the Real Paul Klee Please Stand Up


A CoRnucOpia of WoRk

                                                                                                                                                  ...continuing LESSONS WITH THE MASTERS

A Meeting Place

Today we all met back at the gallery again, Sae, deborah and Floyd, after a few days apart.

The gallery is a rare and special place, a place where creativity is allowed to live.

This was our second drawing based on 'The Ice House' by Lawren Harris 1923.

The house seems to represent a unique and solitary place, surrounded by the elements.

A mystery which invites one to enter.

We hope the gallery does the same.



As Above So Below

Becoming Like Children

Today Sae n I spent the whole day with our very favorite 3 year old friend.

This is what we looked like when she left to go home.

Reading Music of the Day

Body So Full Head So Empty

collage ensemble by Vivian Felsen

A Parting of the Ways

Year Ending and Beginning


We seem to organize our lives into years.

Time lines, running parallel until they don't

a sudden turn in direction sometimes takes us

where we can't imagine going

and every new year we commit to being better

a noble resolution we hope to live up to

falling down,

standing up again

some semblance of structure that we can measure ourselves against,

a path to follow.