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The Mystery of Time


Onlookers


An important part of the process is being seen by those who share and care for the space with us.

Meeting Whale


The exhibition 'Primary Journey' has evolved to 'Meeting Whale'. Whale is a painting done by me (deborah harris) some fifteen years ago. In this reiteration it is in relationship to the boat figure and represents a deepening of the journey already begun.

Inside


The Leaves Are Telling Time


Meeting with the Degas Dancers


Wondering Where We Are Going


All Soul's Day


The day we remember those we love who have passed.

Between the Worlds


 

 

Halloween began as the ancient festival of Samhain.

It was believed that at the end of summer and the beginning of winter (november 1)

the barrier between the worlds of the living and the dead became very thin.

Disguises were worn to make oneself unrecognizable to the spirits,

negativity was released to make way for new energy to enter.

 

 

Red Music


 

 

Today Vivian suggested that we respond to a painting of Gauguin using collage.

It was a very challenging task moving from complete chaos to what you see above.

 

 


Erasing the Surround


When we erase what is on the periphery of our attention we lift what is our focal point out of its context,

in so doing what is perceived  may become an entrance to what seems to be another world.

 

Mags in the Bags

...just have to get our hats!


MEMBERS ONLY

      Today Sae and I walked with our friend Floyd 

      to the Old Man's Club, where the cigarettes are cheap.

      When we get old we are going to open an old women's club

       and serve good coffee and Earl Grey Tea in pots and all

       the women have to wear hats!

 

 



Listening


Like A Bird On A Wire


On Our Way to the Weekend


What is it to wait?


 

Waiting is not an idea living in the head

waiting occupies the whole of us,

all of our body and senses, our inside and outside must agree

to become receptive, to be ready to receive

what we are waiting for

whenever it finally comes to us.

Puddle Gazing


Today's Meeting

This is what we do when we come together,

how we challenge each other and communicate who we are.

Speed and attention is necessary.

No time for fussing over details.

 We all appreciate this way of working together.


Happy Thanksgiving from All of Us Here


A Red Flag Day

deborah harris


Sae  Kimura


Floyd Kuptana


                               These chalk drawings, done today, are copied from the same section of Salvador Dali's painting  'Burning Giraffe'.

Into The Woods


Which Way is Up?


                                                               Same perspective... different orientation

                                                                               Does that mean that we only have to

                                                                        stand on our heads to view things differently?

Mirror, mirror on the ground... (better late then never)

what reflections to be found.


This blog was meant to go up on Friday... we forgot to push the button so it is up now as well as whatever we blog for today.

Sorry we missed sharing with you on the weekend.

Constructing A 'Plane' Language




 

Two different artists,

two different days,

sharing an understanding.

 

                                            An artist creates a visual language.

                                            In the beginning it is unknown even by the artist but over time with repetition there is recognition and vocabulary expands.

                                            But the language is not only visual it is also spatial, consisting of shapes and dimensions.

                                            It communicates direction and movement, inward and outward.

                                            Postures and gestures convey mood and complex subtle qualities.

                                            When we give our attention to a piece of art we are learning a language,

                                            one that touches the memory of our senses.

                                            We may be surprised that we understand.    

On One Side or the Other


What is Art?


Pruning the big plant in the window, five leaves that were on their way to be discarded...

hung on the door handle they appear exquisite. The gift of discovery can happen anytime.

It is always a surprise.

Trying to Remember Who Am I


                                                                                                      Painting by Floyd Kuptana

Light is Woven Through the Darkness


Looking Out from Inside


                                                     Can you spot the two sisters, each perched on a window ledge?

A Journey

                     We finally completed the current exhibition. The words above are those which helped to inspire and shape this work.

         They are from three different sources which seem to weave together very poignantly. Below is a photograph of the boat in the space.



Singing the End of Summer Blues


                                                                                                           Warm socks but summer dress!

GONE FISHING


 

Today we completed what is now the current exhibition in the main gallery, hanging fish which multiply with shadows

and move in such a joyful way that one could stand for hours and be mesmerized by them.

Such a simple beauty.

Stepping Out


                                     Today was a visit to the top of the CN  Tower just for that unobstructed, distant view. A need for another perspective.


Sometimes there are no words


Wondering what next to do with cardboard


                                                                                                                        Little cows are easier to get into boxes.

Not stepping off the triangle, not taking any risks...


Recovering from a 'small' mistake can be very intimidating.

But mistakes are our best teachers and if we are willing to learn

something great can come from them.

Today we discovered the magic of creative solution.

Summer Returns

Just as we were unpacking our sweaters...!


Trying to Make it Float


Today our friends, Joan and Dominique, visited the gallery on their way back to France. Dominique was inspired to help us make a simple, light and beautiful frame to support our boat. It was very exciting to see it come off the table. We are almost finished.


Wind Blown


Putting Out the Fire

                             These collages will be donated to the 100th anniversary celebration of the Alumnae Theatre in their fire hall home.

 

                              The artists from left to right are Sae Kimura, Eron Boyd (2nd and 3rd) Vivian Felsen and deborah harris.


Today Sae'n'I are Ship Building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Sae is taking the photos

so she's not in them and Captain Floyd is overseeing)


The world is even more mysterious than anything we can imagine

                                    but what a beautiful imagining


 

Celestial globe

by Jodocus Hondius Junior and Adriaen Veen, 1613.

National Maritime Museum, London.

Make sure to play your cards right.

   Card collages by Eron Boyd


Open to Interpretation

 

 

 

                                     This is Sae's version...

             (Sae's angel caught a fish and swam to shore)

 

 

 

 

The assignment was given by Floyd

to draw a swimming angel...

(Floyd's angel is a shape shifter)

 

 

                      and this is deborah's

(deborah's angel is just swimming)

                                 (she's a little bit boring)


Big Little Landscapes


Well, the plants are happy...


Savouring the Last Bite


                                                                                                               water melon season is almost over

L o y a l t y

All of these dogs are waiting for their persons to get coffee at Sumac Espresso Cafe.

I was at a table drinking mine and drawing them.

Different dogs, different days, different postures,

  same expressions. (with one or two exceptions)

Dogs have more variations than any other species

but it is always their nature to be loyal.

 

Drawings by debroah harris

Unwinding


This is How it Looks Today


Sunny with the chance of cloud


The Passion of Red



Almost Full


Meditating on the Wheels of Life


                                                                    ...using the materials on hand to create a shrine,

                                                                                         a protected place to be quiet and contemplate

                                                                                           with a sense or reminder of another being

                                                                               or another existence than the one we usually engage with

                                                                                                        

 

                                                                                                      'in the world but not of it'

La la la, la la


Stepping Carefully Through the Day


                                                                                                      ...while trying to juggle the red ring.

Stations of a Cross


Hawk Landing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a gift to have a hawk land in our backyard. He stayed here on the fence for at least 30 minutes. Hawks have great overview, flying high and seeing far and wide. In many native traditions they ask us to rise above the details and expand our perspective heavenward to embrace the spiritual element. Today we have received that message.


A Circle of Inspiration

 

 

This circle began with Floyd Kuptana's charcoal drawing in response to a Picasso painting of figures on a beach.

The sculpture on the right is by Sae Kimura.

The sculpture on the left is by deborah harris.


Today We Meet Cezanne

 

Vivian Felsen interprets Cezanne collaging her own watercolour painting of his sitting figure.

Paper sculpture is by Sae and deborah.

Small piece upper left by d using Vivian's leftover fragments.

All were done and put up in the gallery today!


Feet on the Ground


Holding On By A Thread


Waiting for the Calm to Enter


Not Sure if I Should be Walking or Flying ???


Being Inside of Something Bigger


Playing the Ivory Keys



Breathing Under Stress

                              An attempt to find balance


Receiving what Comes

                                                                    ...with gratitude


What's Next?


Seeing something in the distance


                                                          Seeing close up


weather



we may try to predict its expression
to hide from it inside cool or warm spaces
but eventually we step outside of our own creations and risk
being surrounded by something bigger something unwieldy
how we move through that atmosphere
sense it, welcome it,
disagree and complain
agree and receive direction

we cannot change the way the wind blows.


Hot


Two Sides of the Same Story


From the Stairwell to the Gallery

Artists Together

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We at the gallery, Sae, Floyd, Vivian

 

and deborah have been drawing

 

together using copies of paintings by

 

the masters as our shared subject.

 

Picasso, Modigliani and  Francis Bacon

 

are the originators of these works. We

 

challenge ourselves to complete a

 

drawing in approximately 5 minutes. It

 

is an extraordinary way to enter into

 

their work and to see how each of us

 

interprets the work in such different

 

ways, ways that make every drawing

 

unique.


Today we welcome our two friends from France... Welcome!


Making progress but somewhat slowwwwly


Waiting for the week to end


It has been a very good week

but too far from familiar.

Today The Three Girls Go To The Water Park

 

 

 

The Three Girls ready for take-off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drains in the sky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shadows in the sand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children in paradise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wonder Woman.


Building a Place To Be


                                                                           The beauty of simple shapes and balance

Waiting for the Parade


To and From / Arrivals and Departures


 Going towards Ward's Island from the city harbour                                                                                          Returning to the city from Ward's Island

 

                                                                                          

                                                                  Sun and Moon are passing figures of countless generations                                                     

            and days coming and going wanderers too.

              Each day is a journey and the journey itself home.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                Basho

Flying through Water, Swimming through Air

Floyd Kuptana's most recent sculpture.


Folded Paper


The Book of Shows Past


 

 

Every year at this time I am asked to write a summary of all the exhibits that have happened in that year.

I try to remember just how each show has evolved from the previous one. I am reminded of the continuity leading to

this moment now. It is a challenge to return to the past but a good way to enter into the present.

It's a long ride from Japan to Toronto..


Inside the plane, trying to be comfortable,

Sae's mom has a cup of tea.

All Things Growing

      A visit today to Allen's Gardens


Artists Reunion


Working together again after time away

it's a good way to find out who we are

surprising!

Preparing for Visitors


Keeping an Eye on the Girls


                   Eron is often the only guy at the collage table

                   an interesting challenge

                                                                                               that I think he enjoys

If it Keeps Raining...


                                                                                    ...Plans for the Ark

The Trojan Horse


How did this mysterious horse enter into the city

resembling the legendary Trojan horse

with the scaffolding of its making still in place

a painting of the Greeks before they hid inside merges with Sae's photo

a magical meeting of  gestures

                             Trojan Horse

    by French artist Jean Guillaume Moitte  1790

             drawing with ink and guache


Hiding in Plain Sight - A Weekend Retreat




Knock, knock, who's there?


Timelines


Fragments of images

from other times, other places

gestures recognizable, interchangeable

placed to alter each other's stories,

complete an incompleteness.

 

Unexpected meetings

surprise us to look.

Windswept...


...but feeling lucky


Have a Weekend


Finally!