Happy Spring

It is Spring
Garden GoddessSpring is Here
Garden Goddess-

It is the hour of the Garden Goddess

and to all those back East who cannot see Spring coming, we in the West say
it will arrive before you know it

Three Stops for Enchantment

So, I am driving along looking for a 2 hour free parking spot down town. This requires a lot of quick focus if you are alone. But something caught my eye.
Do I continue on with my parking drama? or do I stop for a better look?
I stop
IMG_0148because I need a closer look at this.
IMG_0147Clearly it is a fairy house, you can see her resting over to the left near her fire truck and her silver car. See her pink wings? Such a tidy little home she has.
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So, I am walking along my sometimes usual path to shop for supper when I notice this ~
IMG_0149I’ve seen this tree trunk many many times, but this time I saw it … upside down
IMG_0149-and I could see exactly what was missing
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So, I am walking along a city block looking at all the amazing magnolia blossoms that are  getting really serious about the coming Spring
and I wonder
IMG_0179will this bird be back?

Imaginaries

I now have a name for these little thoughts in clay. I have a show coming up in July and I want to make many many many of these.

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I notice that they all seem to be asking a question ~
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ok, this one is just flirting
IMG_0033and these 2 are just old friends having a moment together

Bits & Bites

Every had a scattered week? Well that was me this week, lots going on. And it is wet here in Vancouver. We don’t have to shovel but the endless grey takes it’s own toll.
IMG_9974Maybe some one just HAD it with their kids playing inside for days on end … I hate to think
… this was by the trash bin in the alley
IMG_9973as I mentioned, it’s been raining ….. lots

spotted by Bettina Matzkuhn on her bike ride home

spotted by Bettina Matzkuhn on her bike ride home

but work I must, I am going to make some more of these guys, They will focus me
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a little knitting project

I do have a knitting blog and I am blogging about this little project over there but there is
so much colour, challenge and fun, it has earned a place here in my nws blog ~
it is about folk art, sculpture, colour, construction, materials, creating
Here she is ~ The Lidiya knitted dress
(designed by knitting artist Kaffe Fassett)
Lidiya_web_cov_medium2and this is the 100 row pattern. Yes, you read it right, One Hundred Row Pattern!
IMG_9962Needless to say there was much sorting out, planning, strategizing and practicing.
It felt like I was preparing for a long … long … journey, which I was.
~ a Scenic Journey ~

Finally I just had to dig in and start even though I didn’t feel ready
I was pretty intimidated, ok, Scared! (you saw that pattern!)

Once I jumped in, I was Totally sucked into the Lidiya Dress Vortex
IMG_9959It is Screamingly engaging!
IMG_9960I am always knitting with 2 colours, and every 5 rows, 3 colours ~
that’s bit tricky but it has a rhythm to it
IMG_9961Every stitch speaks, I mean …
SINGS!

(I will be blogging this entire scenic route through color land here)
https://knit2purl2repeat.wordpress.com/

Pineapple Express

This is what Vancouver looks like in the rain…
Pots of flowering umbrellas by the doorway of every shop
IMG_9887Leaves and houses go all Bright & Shiny
and all the colours go deeper, clearer

IMG_9890 IMG_9891then, Suddenly, it can go all foggy and blurry

IMG_9892and of course there are Puddles …
you can feel like a grown up and avoid them
or not

too careful

I spent a long time painting each surface made up of 25 tiny cubes

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taking great care with each cube, I even posponed my firing a whole day so I would not feel rushed to start firing so late in the day that I’d be up all night keeping one eye open on the kiln.
story1It’s a story made up of 25 cubes, 6 sides. You have to rotate 5 cubes in a row at a time to find the story. It’s a puzzle. It has particular beginning or end. I’ve posted just 2 of the 6  panels of the story here. I got so involved painting, I forgot to photograph what I had done. Photographs are the Answers to each side, so I’m cooked if I drop it, I’d have to sit down and solve each side like anyone else.
When I finally finished painting each side, as planned, I loaded the kiln the next day being careful, taking my time and double checking that everything to be fired was in. I placed my little kiln dog on top and started it up and it wasn’t until hours later when I went to turn it up on high that I realized that I had forgotten to put this little puzzle in!

Nothing to do but let my anticipation go …
Now I will have to wait till next month to see how this comes out …..
It’s a lesson on patience

 

 

It goes like this ~

First there’s a mound of well kneaded clay.

2015/01/img_9745.jpgand some tools. Then a little form begins to emerge. Who is there?

2015/01/img_9746.jpgfour legs and a body is a start.

2015/01/img_9747.jpgTwisted horns are requested.

2015/01/img_9748.jpgEars and a Tail … I’m being bossed around.

2015/01/img_9749.jpga quick look out at the blue foggy late afternoon sky

2015/01/img_9752-0.jpgThis one is so proud of its horns it prances about …. but wait …. something isn’t quite right. What is it this time? A what? Really?!

2015/01/img_9754-0.jpgA beard ~ I never would have guessed

2015/01/img_9755-0.jpgVery Dapper!

not complaining …. but

rain-1An observant woman died one day, and found herself waiting in the long line for judgment.  As she stood there, she noticed that some souls were allowed to march right through the pearly gates into heaven.
Others, though, were led over to Prince of Darkness, who threw them into the burning pit.
But every so often, instead of hurling a poor soul into the fire,
He would toss a soul into a small pile off to one side.
After watching him do this several times, the woman’s curiosity got the best of her.  So she strolled over to find out what the devil he was doing.
“Excuse me, Prince of Darkness,” she said.
“I’m waiting my turn for judgment, but I couldn’t help wondering,
Why are you tossing those people aside instead of flinging them into the fires of hell with the others?”
“Ah, those…” Satan said with a groan.
“They’re all from Vancouver; they’re too wet to burn!”
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A Collection of Silly

These caught my eye out there in the real world

IMG_9314funny place to put the serving spoon eh!?

IMG_9315this frosting job looks like a cartoon character.

IMG_9341I did a double take on this one

IMG_9340Would you go here?!?

IMG_9272look closer …

IMG_9273I see, screaming green apple

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IMG_9344 waiting at a bus stop, I felt like I missed my ride!

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.

IMG_9161.JPG And above all ….

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