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Resolution is in the treetops


A Twoness


My Muffins Are Back

Do you know the muffin man,

the muffin man, the muffin man.

Do you know the muffin man that lives down Drury Lane.


There's a sky at the end of the tunnel


Meeting Again

 

6 steps apart

looking up

looking down


We are open again


We have lift off!

Preparing for departure.


Frustration and Calm (oh, she has a spike)



Healing Hands

These were done simultaneously today from a distance.


Take your cow for a walk day



Looking Ahead


Exercising Strength


 

Strength should not be confused with aggression.

Strength does not need to assert or defend itself nor does it desire to be offensive.

It allows us to be contained and to observe without reacting.

A Bird in the hand is worth two in the bush




Looking For Courage


10 Foot Ladder


Crazy Quilt


A Walk Between Downpours


Language of Objects / Objective Language



 

The ladder speaks vertically.

It allows us to climb up towards the sky.

The bike travels horizontally.

It propels us along the earth.

We know this without words.

The cards are on the table but it's time for a kiss


Happy Canada Day!


Everything in nature is authentic without our saying so

Drawings by David Sapp, Mansfield, Art Centre


It seems to me that 'authentic' is a presumptuous claim
for any of us humans to make about anything that we 'do'.
It is true to say that artists are 'touching the surface'.
It is what artists do. They choose a medium, paint, graphite, clay, glass, metal,
and they manipulate it, usually with their hands, in order to discover something.
Perhaps they do not know what they are looking for and maybe
they do not find out but it is a worthy pursuit to inquire into
the honest motive and completed gesture of the work.

Touching the surface is a courageous act, making a visible mark which can be witnessed and judged, seen and experienced by others
but mostly in the hope that it can penetrate to something deeper.

Trusting


Untimely Meetings


 

Tonie Norman is one of the participants of online collage workshop.

For some reason these works were not posted online

so we are happy to show them now.


An Unembellished Moment


And The Number For Today Is Eleven


Each In Our Own World


TGIF

A meeting up the clan ( a little awkwardly by phone)


Bed Frames and Windows

Collage by deborah harris

photos by Sae Kimura


 

 

Same day 200 miles apart ( as the crow flies ) 

Paper, Scissors and Glue


A Little Bit Wild


What Happens When We Meet

 

 

 

by Eron Boyd


 

 

 

by deborah harris


 

 

 

by Sae Kimura


What We Cannot Alter


Having a Gesture with Space


 

 

It is a gift to be able to have a relationship to a space especially one that is otherwise unoccupied.

Most spaces we simply pass through but sometimes, on rare occasions, we can meet ourself in a new space.

 

 


Watering The Garden


Somewhere Over The Rainbow


 

 

Breakthrough into open space


The Path Is Opening Up


Trying To Find Our Way

"Where are you?"

Says the one who stayed behind.

 

"I'm not sure yet. I can't see very far ahead. I am climbing slowly uphill towards the light."

 

An adventure for us both.

 

 

 

Each day is a journey and the journey itself life.  Basho


Into The Woods and Out Of The Woods

Working together from a distance is

like riding a boat through the trees.

We will be blogging for the next little while through phone space,

that is somewhere between the forest and the trees.

Bear is a temporary stand in for d.


Remembering Floyd


No Words... just turquoise and red


Our most beloved friend Floyd Kuptana

................................left this world today


A Day of Contrasts


Seeing and Being Seen

                             Who is looking at who?


Queen Victoria wishes all of her subjects a jolly celebration of her birthday!

May 24, 1819   - 1901

Queen of England from 1837 - 190l


Meetings

What is the language of images which lets them speak to each other?

Shapes, the subtlety and variation of tone, light and shadow,

a shared atmosphere and intimacy...

a quiet exchange

and comfort in each others company.


Standing in One Place Looking to Another

                                                                        Sculpted head by Pablo Picasso


Two Many


Wandering in a Maze of Light and Reflection

Picking up a passport today on Victoria Street south of Shuter.


A Little Bit Out...A Little Bit In


Warmed by the Sun


                     Chagall and Miro

                               embrace


Looking for Spring


Some Kind of Passage

                                                                ...on the way to an unknown.


Prima Donnas of the Song


Giving in to Gravity

I used to think outside was outside

and inside was inside

what happened outside didn't affect inside

but we breathe

inhale  and exhale

out and in,


The Early Bird Catches the Worm


Wind


Listening to the Song


The Earth is Singing


Inside / Out



Perhaps you will recognize the inspiration for these two beings...

Check out the blog last Wednesday.

Small Fry by Sae.

Big Eye by dh.

April Flowers Bring May Showers


Searching in the Dark


Taking Art Out To The People

During this time people can not come in to visit us

so we are finding ways to go out to meet them and you.

The piece above is a chalk drawing by Floyd Kuptana.


Look Up, Look Way Up...

 and let the wind tell you a story


Something Like A Bad Dream We Are Sharing


What Will Be Will Be


Life is a Crazy Quilt


The Love of Creating

Today our exploring found this young

sculptor name Callum  Donovan Grujicich. Please have a look a the video.

He is a very inspirational artist.



Come and sit in the sun


We Are In This Together

Maybe a little closer than we're allowed.


Backwards in Time


The Age of the Fishes is Ending

The Age of Pisces began around 100BC and ends 2100AD.

We are now entering the Age of Aquarius.


An Easter Blessing


Darkness Comes Before the Dawn


What is Beauty?

The question and conversation today.


A Walk In The Park


THE eND OF soMetHiNG and tHe bEgiNning of sOmetHinG


? Earth, sun, air, the ability to watch things grow...


What Could We Possibly Have In Common?



         These collages happened simultaneously around the table.

 

(It gets pretty intense around here.)

I Spy With My Little Eye...


Today Was A Conversation



"What are the circumstances that call a creative gesture?"

 

Today it was the necessity of the Blog, trying to make visible something of the conversation.

ReStricTioNs LivE MOstLy in OuR HeAd


A Little Bit Light /A Little Bit Heavy


The Camera as a Key to Unlock the Many Spaces of Arcturus

Our new home page on our website


On the Other Side of Dark

        t h e   d r a w i n g   r o o m... featuring work from artist Daniel Hanequand

 

                         Another new gallery space you can visit when we re-open


A Place to Discover...




A new space opening up in the gallery

A Portrait of Hands



 

 

farm hands

 

hired hands

 

ranch hands

 

gallery hands


The Balance of a Moment


mOVING dAy

Today 'we' had the idea to open up one on of the gallery spaces

for a new purpose. This meant moving couches, chairs, books bookshelves etc., Much lifting, pulling, pushing, with arms and legs. Girls have to be tenacious to move heavy things but it can be done!

This image seems to represent the effort very well.

 

This collage above was done by Rena Sava, a participant in the online

collage workshop series #5. If you would like to see more of the work

you can go to the gallery website arcturus.ca


Between One Reality and Another


No Words Today


Not Everything is a Masterpiece


Dusk....... (TGIF)


In the Time of Bright Sun and Long Shadows


Moving Through the Chaos


The Book of Three


Completion

 Sallie's last collage

 

 

We remember today Sallie Lyons, a dear friend and recent collage participant who passed away peacefully at her home on Monday February 15th . It is a privilege to witness someone meet death with courage and gratefulness for a life well lived. This was Sallie's gift to all of us who loved her.


Movement On The Other Side of Glass

                                               Flurries interspersed with calm.

 



A Path To Spring

...still a ways away.


Snowed Under


The Official Chinese New Year - The Year of the Ox

Sent today from our friends in France, Joan Cullen ( artist of the painting shown here)

and Dominique Cruchet (the photographer of the ox also shown here in the background)


A reminder of what it looks like...

...to be determined and self directed

 

Today Sae n I went for a walk. When we arrived at Double Take

(our favorite second hand store) we saw these guys in the window.  By simply pointing someone inside brought them out and let us pay for them.

These four fat cats were just too jolly and intentional to resist.


A Bit Scary to See Through Today's Lens



Wet


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.


Fabricland


A Meeting in Shadowland


Inside/Out


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.

cOFFEE IS eSSENTIAL


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)

Preparing



                                                                                                                                  ...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

1950

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


Illuminated


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


...continuing LESSONS WITH THE MASTERS

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.


 

...continuing LESSONS WITH THE MASTERS

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.