Thursday, July 24, 2008
The girls next door have been very busy covering every surface of our shared fence with chalk. We were due a big downpour and I figured I'd better get shots of my favorite chalk drawings before they were washed away. Ah ephemeral chalk art...
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
What will be there is this:
The City is contracting a company to implode the lower portion of the South stands of the Frank Clair Stadium next Sunday, July 20th, at 8:00 a.m. The Market Vendors will be hunkered down in their footprint ready to serve you the minute the all-clear is given by Security, hopefully by 9:00 a.m. Streets surrounding Lansdowne will be closed until that time. Thank you for your patience and see you a bit later next week!
(excerpt taken from the OFM weekly newletter here)
I personally think it'll be exciting and historical and that the market will be full of the onlookers who will no doubt be out for this event. You should go if you can.
what wikipedia has to say
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Trouble was, she was foggy on how to even start.
Here's a page to help you keep your brain fog-free
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
I wanted to see how many different characters I could create using the same 4 parts: moose antlers, left and right, moose head and the back board the moose heads are attached to.
I created a model of the moose parts first then fired it and from these pieces created 4 molds to use to make all my variations.
It's interesting what a colour or a tilt of the head will convey, not to mention the loaded meanings we carry with regard to clothing.
My exhibit is in the Minto Place Building, where the Minto Suites Hotel is. The Minto Vitrines, as this display space is called, are in between the hotel and the commercial part of the complex. The display windows are actually right above the wheelchair ramp. Being that the ramp is at an angle, it makes it tricky to set up and stand on ladder to place your work into the windows. I had assumed we set up from behind. We also had to move the ladder for the guests, wheelchairs and strollers alike. it wasn't a big deal, but it pushed set-up time from 90 minutes to 4 hours. it's worth it though. Look at my show! So shiny! It makes me happy.
Here are all the moose on display. 2 rows of 12.
They have this great sign telling lookers that the Artists Showcase is a collaboration between the Ottawa School of Art and Minto Corporation.
I would never have known about this great exhibit space were I not a student at OSA. Being a student there has helped me feel ready to do exhibits. It's a whole new world of opportunity.
Here is Specimen No. 20 Albino Male.
Every moose has its specimen card with all known information about the animal: where it was found, know habits or habitat, cause and age at death.
This is a closer view of the Albino Male, all white with pink eyes.
All the specimen cards are written by hand in pencil and attached to the wall with straight pins. The pins were the perfect finishing touch.
The exhibit goes from July 3rd to September 2nd, 2008.
Minto Vitrines Artist Showcase
Minto Suites Hotel
Kent Street at Lyon, Ottawa ON
I finally finished this 8" x 10" acrylic painting called Desert Island. It went through so many stages I wish I would have taken pictures of that. Some paintings come easy. Others fight you. This one would have bitten me in the manner of a nasty squirrel had I not finally wrestled it down to the ground. Don't ask me why some things are tougher. I don't know.
I am satisfied with the water.
I am troubled by the fact that the squirrel is either gigantic or the palm tree is teeny tiny. And that island is so small! But, never mind. His expression is priceless. His nut could be either a guitar, a ukelele or a violin case. He, maybe, should have had a hula skirt on but that wouldn't be hard to add.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
dog in a well worn bag at Ottawa Market
a riot of growth
KittyX : no longer an outdoor kitty .
"Packed in like tunafish," as my old friend used to say....