Not Sure if We are Going Up or Down

Four Faces Sleeping with Eyes Open

                                                                                                             Variations on a  Dali theme.


Each of us, Floyd, Sae and myself deborah, began with a copy of a Salvador Dali portrait

from his painting 'Paranoiac Face'. We worked simultaneously and these three pieces are the result.

As the Sun Moves

Visions Fugitives

This collage was done after listening to the twenty-one musical portraits composed by Prokofiev while he was attending university.

Some of them are less than a minute in length and each is exquisitely complex and surprising. Please click on the link and enjoy.



This Is The Book That We Built

Above is the full length of the book unfolded. Below is the folded version seen from the front and each side. Please click on each image to enlarge for reading.

Gone Fishing



 Today Sae'n'I spent the whole day looking at a computer screen working on making a book.

It felt a little like ice fishing in the Arctic (maybe a slight exaggeration)

We did have success, just some minutes ago but we went a bit stir crazy.



Do You Ever Wonder?


The Mystery of Time


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.


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!


      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!




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!



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.