Sunday Evening Reflection: The Words of Emily Carr

“More than ever was I convinced that the old way of seeing was inadequate to express this big country of ours, her depth, her height, her unbounded wildness, silences too strong to be broken – nor could ten million cameras, through their mechanical boxes, ever show real Canada. It had to be sensed, passed through…

The Art Road

“Every child is an artist.  The problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” Pablo Picasso The Art Road from Rebecca Budd aka Clanmother on Vimeo. Vancouver winters and early springs bring an abundance of rain, with heavy clouds surrounding our mountains.  The wind is brisk, but not cold, and there is an  invigorating…

Frog Constellation: A Love Story

“The frog is quite powerful in our thinking. It’s one of the creatures that can go in two worlds, in the water and in the upper world, our world. . . The frog is one of my family crests, but I don’t know the family story, how that came to be one of our crests.”…

What do we see?

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”  Henry David Thoreau I agree with Thoreau – what we see is all that really matters.  About a month ago, I was given the opportunity to photograph the work of an aspiring Vancouver artist. The title of his work was Daily Disasters. The…

The Lady with the Umbrella

The day was perfect – it was raining and there was a subtle mist coming off the ground. “I’m going out,” I said as I headed towards the door, camera in hand. “The lady with the umbrella and I have an appointment.” The first time I saw the lady with the umbrella was when I…

Art Nouveau in Paris – Art in Action

The first thing I noticed about Paris was its transit stations called Métropolitain (French: Métro de Paris). And there is a reason – influenced by Art Nouveau, it is art in action, a symbol of the city famous for art and culture. May 10th marks the beginning of my study of Art Nouveau. Check out chasing…