I made, I see, I smile

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Three clay rabbits drying by the fire, very well behaved.

IMG_9163.JPG Porcelain Menorahs – architectural and fan like, they say “So many little Celebrations”

IMG_9167.JPG Foot prints by a little neighbour.

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Five Confessions

IMG_0269I am glad I do not live in Buffalo NY … but I think it would be Amazing!

IMG_8360These signs make me want to hop across the street like a cartoon in this frozen position

IMG_9123This looked like a dead man to me when I first saw it

IMG_9125Moments like these give me the shivers

IMG_7304I am grossed out and amused at the very same time

Fall

I find myself in New England at the tail end of the Colors. Days are getting colder and the land is quieting down.

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IMG_8615.JPG And the silky milkweeds have opened their pods to let all their neatly folded seed children fly up into the future.

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So the sun rises and the sun sets into another day

IMG_8618-1.JPG And the days go on in spite of us

For the love of Rabbits!

10691815_475060422635442_1414631199_sI made this rabbit a while ago, using a chocolaty red clay and finishing it with an interesting white glaze that makes a cracking texture. This rabbit has a face only a mother could love … but so many people fell in love with this little guy at the Knit City 2014 knitting event. My daughter, Amanda Kaffka (check out her design in Vogue Knitting Holiday Issue) and I shared a booth there and since her Etsy shop is The Crafty Jackalope, she urged me to bring my rabbits. We both love all things Rabbit.

I could especially feel the love coming from one particular woman who as it turns out, has rabbits as housemates. She sent me photos of her rabbits and I tell you, they took my breath away, I actually gasped at the site of them! They are sisters.

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IMG_0148IMG_3491Now come on! Tell me that they are not the perfect epitome of Rabbit! Those feet and those ears just send me around the bend! They are artful creatures, even the 16th century painter, Albrecht Dürer, thought so. Her rabbits beg to be painted! I will be sculpting them.

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The lucky soul who gets to live with these creatures is Amy Singer, she had the same response to my rabbit as I did to hers. Any Singer is the editor creator of Knitty. Knitty is the largest, longest-running free knitting magazine on the internet! That is why she was at the big Vancouver Knitting event, she was looking with a knitting eye, not expecting to see my big clay rabbit lovingly looking back at her.

I love surprise connections!

(all photos by Amy Singer)

a little moment

It all happened so fast

The sun was in the right place, it was the right season, it was a clear morning

and an open curtain,  it was the right placement of the bowl …

IMG_8399IMG_8398IMG_8400IMG_8401IMG_8402IMG_8403IMG_8404and I was lucky enough to witness this little light show

IMG_8405~ the end ~

Ick Factor

Used gum is Icky … yes? … Yes!

Yes it is.

But I admit I had a bit of a fascination with it a while back. I even used it as the header image on my very first blog Some Things I find.

an old fav of mine

an old fav of mine, found at the BC Ferry Terminal

I was reminded of it again today, down at the Vancouver Art Gallery, but I was Totally out-Icked. This is what I saw. IMG_8372it’s an  A B C  Gum Fest (Already Been Chewed)

The idea is to add your own abc gum to this portrait of Douglas Copland, and add they did! And visitors still are, in between and getting photographed with it and taking selfies.

IMG_8370I found it curious that most of the gum was added onto the tip of the nose, pinocco-like.

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a cigarette but and … why not, they actually go together, both are dropped onto the street and lift there

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Total Ick! you can even see the teeth marks in some of this stuff

not to gross you out too much but this got me thinking about gum on the street again …

I haven’t noticed gum on the street lately. Is it that I just stopped looking?                         So I lookedIMG_8377See those dark spots? That’s old walked over gumIMG_8376black gum spotsIMG_8379all the way home

Over 3 walking miles of old black gum marks

nothing fresh enough to stick to my shoe

It’s either all down at the Gallery or folks just aren’t spitting out gum their on the sidewalk as much anymore …

Might we be evolving?

Might we be coming more civilized in the gum department?

or  maybe not, considering that the above gum head sculpture is considered to be Art,

a kind of performance Art

and … while we are on the subjust of gum …

Does anybody remember Black Jack Gum?

This and That

I collect images that catch my eye like someone might collect salt shakers. Here is this weeks stash ~

IMG_8322.JPGSpring all year around, and as you may know, I am partial to colouring on walls

IMG_8319.JPGThis is a beautifully played Tai Chi move called Fair Maiden Works the Shuttles, I don’t image the sculptor ever intended to depict this move but she did a good job of it

IMG_8340.JPGDown at Granville Island in Vancouver is a full blown cement business. Some one there has the creative touch. They paint their spinning cement trucks as twirling strawberries, corn and bunches of asparagus. They are a refreshing oddity as they drive around the city. Now they have dressed up their gravel silos. This creative must have been brought up by Sesame Street.

IMG_8341.JPGMy friend took this photo from Bowen Island, she has an excellent eye for sun sets and sun rises

IMG_8316.JPGspeaking of creatives, I love this guy’s way of seeing and thinking. Craig Frazier illustrator and designer and an out of the box, no …. off the charts imaginer.

IMG_8345.JPGSo, I leave you with this ~ an excellent interpretation of maybe an overly informative sign ~ how would You read this sign?

Sign Play

These signs, pictures really, are meant to clearly instruct the ferry passengers.
But I’ve always challenged them.

IMG_8303.JPG for instance, this one. Why not just ….. Weeeeeeeeeeee!?

IMG_8304.JPGAnd this …

IMG_8307.JPGif I couldn’t read English I might think it means ‘Think only inside the box of your life and you are destined to just go up or go down.

IMG_8308.JPGyou need to play with a full deck of cards, preferably 2, figuratively speaking of course.

IMG_8306.JPGand This car isn’t even Moving! If I was the sign maker I would draw a car in motion Almost about to run someone over because isn’t That what it’s Trying to say?

IMG_8300.JPGI have posted this one before but I alway am reminded by this simple sign, to Keep a Clear head, Keep relationships Clear of clutter, from both the past or future and to Keep a Clear heart. And I like that it’s a message to take in either way I am walking.

IMG_8301.JPGI never pay attention to this one, because I drive a standard. I would write: use your EMERGENCY Break! That would do the job and add a little drama to this dull sign. And this one here is just a cool colour and shape. And isn’t it saying Keep a Clear head as in, don’t panic?

IMG_8298.JPGand I know where I am running if the ferry ever starts to sink…. Down here! Right?!

Art for English Bay

IMG_8263If you walk along the south eastern shore by English Bay before you get to Kit’s Beach your will see the under belly of this poshy neighbourhood. This is where some of the most expensive state of the art houses are … the Lu Lu Lemons live here…

There is a lot of Graffiti on these old cement retaining walls and when the tide is high you can’t even walk along the shore. It’s not a pleasant place, it’s rocky and unswimable but the view is off the charts.

IMG_8266I love all this crap right under the noses of these fancy homes, it’s a powerful juxtaposition.

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Some really nice things are happening down here …

the neighourhood is changing

there is a graffiti war going on

IMG_8265IMG_8267Someone is making some beautiful Art, I mean, Graffiti down here

(I won’t venture to guess …)

But This … This ~ is Unbelievable! It is quite Spectacular!

The entire length of this property has been made into this huge steel sculpture that only a few people and birds will ever see

The owners can’t even see this

IMG_8274IMG_8275IMG_8279Every sheet of steel is a different shape and every angle is unique. It will always be changing colours as the light plays with it all day long. The moon will add to it’s tones too. It Sings!

It is supported by tons of cement poured around rebar. It is here to stay. It is here to witness the wildest storms

It will be colouring itself in rust for ages.

IMG_8277IMG_8276It’s tumbling and rolling in it’s massive stillness

~ It dances to this view ~

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a Sunday Bike Ride

First I saw a coyote as I headed down to the water

IMG_8198It was a breezy sunny day ~ so clear

IMG_8199Vancouver has gone gaga for Bike lanes

I appreciate them now …..

IMG_8200Everyone was out with their favourite mode of travel

IMG_8202People from all over the world full ~ so festive & colourfulIMG_8208The bike path cuts right by people eating fish and chips IMG_8210I made my deliveries, more Owls

IMG_8213and had to feast my eyes in my favourite shop

I can’t keep awayIMG_8217~ and this is for Lu ~

IMG_8218After such a long ride, I treated myself to a yummy coffee ice cream and watched the boats come and go. A sea gull came swooping down and stole someone’s sandwich right out of her hand near by, I know what that feels like!IMG_8220Fresh peaches ready to go to market

IMG_8223and so much wild Salmon this yearIMG_8224I passed the huge driftwood sculptures on my way home

This old twisted log has many memories, I see a whale’s eye … it looks sad

IMG_8231After a long Sunday swim and stretch, he’ll be ready for work on Monday.

He will have this to remember all week

imageedit_26_3771137159Half way up the long hillIMG_8243I’m almost Home

a little owl talk

I tried to join in the conversation.

IMG_8137… excuse me please, I just want to…..

IMG_8136if I could just say a word ….

IMG_8135I was just thinking that ….

IMG_8138maybe if ….

IMG_8134Oh well … they don’t need another voice

Why a Manhole is Round

Manholes are round ….

20140801-170801-61681213.jpg They are Always round.

20140801-170845-61725663.jpg Because …. Well think about it. What would happen if they were Square?

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….. Or Rectangle?

20140801-171118-61878927.jpg When you opened a heavy manhole cover , and they are Really heavy…. A square or rectangle or triangle for that matter, could fall in, down the whole!!! There is always a short end that could allow it to slip through the square or rectangular opening. You could left up the top, rotate it then Ooooops …. drop it down the hole.

20140801-171437-62077268.jpg A circle has the same diameter all the way around so if it can rest on an opening that is slightly smaller than the circumference of the circular lid ….
TaDa! It cannot slip into the hole.

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summer eve city walk

manhole16we walked along green grass on this lovely balmy evening

and came to a long strip of shops and … manholes!

Like I’ve never seen before ~

manhole20One after another

manhole17each one beautiful in it’s own way

manhole15How could I have never noticed before!?

manhole14too many to post tonight

so

come back next Monday for more!

and there IS more!

ps ~ does anyone know why All manholes are always round?

I see 5

The saddest first.

This stopped me in my tracks as I was walking over to a weekend farmer’s market.

IMG_7952a thousand fallen cranesIMG_7955IMG_7960a tree eye ~ lizard and elephant like ~ Looking right at me

IMG_7957morning dew

IMG_7956a great idea ~ lace graffiti

IMG_7961and who can’t fall in love with this sad spider

[chalk on concrete wall at the Trout Lake community centre]

 

Body Language

I was showing a friend a new piece, a Life Boat. She asked me if those were people …..

LifeBoat body Language detail-2I thought she asked because she didn’t have her glasses on. But she said that

one never knows with me …

IMG_6560They could be animals or creatures

fair enough

LifeBoat body Language detail-1It got me thinking though. Yes their faces are undefined.

I do that for a reason.

I am talking in Body Language

The Gathering

This is how a Gathering Bowl begins ~ Owl always comes first, the owl is the knower, the one who grounds the others. Then the conversation begins.

20140629-214841-78521998.jpg A mouse starts up a bit of a nervous conversation with owl. “Ya know I’ve been thinking, maybe I’m not so tasty after all.” The owl just listens, but the owl is Listening, so that’s a start, a new beginning.

20140629-215343-78823222.jpg Another owl flies in to add an opinion. “What! are you crazy! That mouse looks delicious, we can’t stop what we’ve been doing for, for… For ever!” “Well let’s think about this” says the first owl. Mouse is looking nervously at this new developement, mouse doesn’t like the second owl enthusiasm. He has a point … The mouse, I mean.

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20140629-215858-79138932.jpg“What are those 3 talking about over there?” Fox muses to himself. Fox could catch them all in a second, he knows, but Fox is too interested in their apparently urgent discussion…. He finds it rather interesting and even a little amusing that they are talking to each other. He will listen for a while.

20140629-220325-79405101.jpg Little bird wonders what fox will do.

20140629-220422-79462084.jpg Little bird’s cousin is dying to know too!

20140629-220540-79540040.jpgMore join the conversation and the great thing is … is that they are All taking. They have all stopped going about their everyday business of surviving and are exchanging ideas, listening, and speaking with one another.

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This is how it goes in my head as I build my Gathering Bowls. Everyone one has something to say to each other and everyone listens. It grows and grows and becomes a grand conversation. And I like to imagine …. towards a new paradigm.
We have a lot to learn from them.

Risky Behavior

When I’m traveling on the ferry, no matter what I am doing, sketching, reading, knitting, I frequently look up and out at the magnificence of the journey. When I looked up this time … This is what I saw!

It’s not everyday you see something like this; A guy balancing on the ferry railing.

I first noticed this guy as we were about to drive onto the ferry. You see, the announcement had been made for “All drivers going to the Gulf Islands to return to their cars in preparation for loading”. He had arrived late and I guess he hadn’t heard the announcement so as I looked on wondering what they doing leaving their car now (and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one wondering) he and his 2 buddies playfully and casually walked towards the ferry market place seemingly oblivious of the situation.
Then I forgot about them as I settled into my seat on board. Until I looked up and saw more of his shenanigans [Defination: silly or high-spirited behavior; mischief.]

After a first fail he tried it again.
But to tell you the truth … ?And I am Only telling this to You….
His friend saw me photographing him thru the window called the balance’rs attention to me. Once he saw me, I circled my forearm to encourage him to try again.
It was all in fun, he had an audience now! … and there were others
So he tried again and went up ….

And up

And up … It looked hard

Oh nice!

Almost there!

Oh my! He’s going to do it! A hand stand on the Ferry Railing!!

See that little sign to the right? It says “Restricted Area”. He is So not allowed to be doing what he is doing!

This is where it’s not fun anymore. He is Faltering. He is Falling. He is way too close to the Edge. My hand is over my mouth in horror!

There is no next picture because he DOES go over the edge! Really! He just DISAPPEARED!
….. But only onto the bow of the boat. But it IS just a small space. He really could have gone flying over into the sea!
So Easily
Everyone who was watching breathed a collective sigh of relief and we laughed our tension away when he reappeared behind the railing. At least I did. I was pretty scared there for a second.
But it was pretty entertaining and he was fine and pretty happy with his Risky Behavior

Gone Fishing

Gone Fishing … at least for this week

and if you are an inclined knitter or one who just wants more ….

you can go here

Nine Little Stories

Little Story One

IMG_5991Why do we keep pulling up these masterpieces?

Little Story Two

pink blooming Acacia P1050834 P1050824 P1050823This is a Mimosa Tree. So sensitive that when you touch its leaves, they fold inward …

until they get to know your touch.

Is there anything more beautiful?

Little Story Three

IMG_7622This little painted bird is painted on an carefully chosen antique dictionary page

by Veronica Roth

Look closely, you can see the text through it’s heart.

Little Story Four

IMG_6876My friend who took in a rescue dog from Mexico a few years ago and Loves all animals, bought 3 of my porcelain Elephants. The little one in the middle is a rescue elephant, it can hardly stand up by itself. I can not sell it or gift it because of this. It needs to lean on another elephant for support. It went to her home, a good home and is happy and well cared for there as you can clearly see. This family of 4 was meant to be ~

Little Story Five

IMG_7620There was a strange halo around the sun yesterday

I felt like I was in a science fiction novel

Little Story Six

IMG_7597This was at my door the other morning

I would like a calling card like that ~

Little Story Seven

IMG_7623I used to get in trouble over and over and over again for drawing on my wall paper.

I would have liked to live where she lives.

Little and Last Story Nine

IMG_5993Don’t we All need hope?

StoryBook

This piece is off to a new home!

P1120448_2It is called StoryBook or Story Teller

It had been part of a show I had at Placewares in Gualala, California, right on the west coast. [the ‘Gu’ in Gualala is pronounced like “Wa’ not ‘Gu’ like in guacamole] My dear friends and owners of the most Amazing Shop/Gallery Placewares are two of the most creative people I know. They Inspire me.

P1000608_3Long time designers (DR in Cambridge, Mass in ’70’s etc) and innovators, inventors, artists, taste makers and partners, Maynard and Lu have kindly carried and shown my work. Check out their about page and follow some of their links, I assure you, you will be Most interested in these 2! Maynard makes these wonderful visually clever, complex and warm hearted “Looking Boxes“.

DSCN0003_2StoryBook has been reluctant to leave their shop, and you can understand why, it is such a creative playful, interesting place to be!

StoryBook is part of an on going series I have been working on called Elegant Turns. This piece is made up of 5 movable sections, each part has 3 different images so when you turn them (and yes, you can) you get different combinations that make up one image*. I never had one set story in mind when I made this piece but stories kept coming up, flooding me with imagery and that guided this piece.

Now StoryBook is off to make new ever changing stories. But the stories it collected during it’s stay at Placewares will part of it be forever.

* Elegant Corpse:
It is simply one drawing, usually of a person or animal, drawn by 3 different people. Onto a piece of paper folded three times, each person draws a head on the first 1/3 of the paper and folds it back and under leaving marks where the torso should begin on the second fold. This done, each person then passes their hidden ‘heads’ to their neighbor.  Then everyone draws the torso leaving marks for the legs in the last 1/3 of the paper. This is then it is passed around again and everyone draws the legs and feet. What results is a usually very amusing and somewhat curious character containing the talents of three different wits.  I have transformed this 2 Dimensional matrix into a 3 Dimensional form which enable the combinations to increase geometrically.

Stop Look and Go

I can be pretty annoying to walk with sometimes. I can even be engaged in a conversation with someone when suddenly I will just disappear. What actually is happening is that I will have spotted something interesting and will just have to photograph it. Meanwhile, my walking partner will have kept on going ….. I don’t mean to be rude but there is just so much amazing stuff going on that I just have to stop to take a closer look. Like for instance these bird tracks that, I swear, went on for 5 or 6 sidewalk pads.

And these shoes …..

She had a whole thing going on here.

Here is a Ginormous Thimble in the Toronto garment district, and a tape measure sidewalk.

A fabric shop store front made up of thousands of sewing straight pins (nails).

Now I am in New Hampshire visiting my mum. I am staying a 10 minute nature walk away from her care home. I pass these sweetest little wild flowers, that are the very lightest hint of blue. They grow everywhere here and there, willy-nilly in little circles in the grass.

They are called Bluets. I can’t find them in the west.

You can hardly see this, but sitting on top of this contraption is a little fledgling robin, right in mums common courtyard area. It’s probably flown out of it’s nest for the first time.
This enchants mum. She’s got the ‘have to see’ bug too. The apple doesn’t fall far from this tree.
We are having a good time!

On Land

Now I can show you the top I’ve been working on.

I might double the grey for the top lace for a lite more structure. I’ll see.

I have been actually knitting more here on steady land than I had on the train and now I realize just how much I was nose to the window on the train. The constant passing scenery is mesmerizing. Maybe we are wired that way. Our eyes seem to latch onto a moving object. So …. A train moving through the landscape, or shall I say, a constantly moving landscape out the window is hard wired into us.

I didn’t have a chance!

But my knitting is coming along now that the windows have stopped moving!

Maybe it’s Enough

Getting closer to the city. There is a mix of wilderness and communities, you can tell when a group of houses are coming up by the junk near the tracks. The farms, for the most part are pretty tidy

except for a few pieces of abandoned equipment.

We still pass a few areas of birch trees. If you look way into the woods, you’ll see a few birches laying down, fallen. They are still white and they look like fallen soldiers to me.

I’m all packed now and am just sitting in my roomette getting a few more stitches in as I watch the world go by.

I’m feeling kind of funny, I’m not sure I’m ready to make the transition into a big city.

~ But my dear, it’s clearly time to go ~