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Tom Thomson visits Canoe Lake Cemetery: Uncut Version”

Tom Thomson visits Canoe Lake Cemetery: Uncut Version".

Your Body Is My Canvas

art by: Alexa Meade

A Blanc Canvas Rambling
I love watching TED videos. For me, they represent ‘visual’ snippets of a concept or idea, that our fantastic brain can create. TED e-mails arrive in my Inbox, et voila. Based on interest, I can choose whether I want to watch – or not.

I am a ‘visual learner’. It’s how I learn best.
[Admin Brain: “Did you forget, you also learn by doing?”]

And we are all ‘different’ in the way each of us learns.
[Admin Brain: “And is a conjunction – you know?”]

And… there is absolutely n-o-t-h-i-n-g wrong with this.
[Admin Brain: “And is a… NVM”]

It’s makes life diverse.

It makes life interesting.

It’s how our brain works.

It doesn’t mean we can’t learn through other methods (i.e. audio, written word etc.), it just means our brain works better with ‘one’ of them. It’s like we are in ‘the learning groove’ when we work with the method we prefer best. And we like being in our learning groove! It’s safe in there.
[Admin Brain: “Your audience should consider ‘the learning groove’ as they interact with other people… especially when they feel annoyed others are not seeing/doing things in ‘their’ own learning groove”.]

In “Your Body Is My Canvas” video, artist Alexa Meade demonstrates what I call ‘upside down thinking’.
[Admin Brain: “Huh?”]

Upside down thinking [to me] means changing our brain’s normal pattern of thinking, to something else. But, something ‘really’ different. Like how Alexa was thinking.
[Admin Brain: “But is a conjunction – you know.”]

Happily, [I saved my ass] I was able to come up with a solution to a few problems thinking this way.
[Admin Brain: “Your audience should consider ‘upside down thinking’ next time they have a tough problem and their brain isn’t able to figure it out – using the ‘old’ learning grove… especially when they are under the gun [need to save their ass”].

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Aviary App

Happy Anniversary | Aug 30 1996

Working on a card for my husband.

Front of card.

Back of card.

Harvest Moon
Neil Young

Come a little bit closer
Hear what I have to say

Just like children sleepin’
We could dream this night away.

But there’s a full moon risin’
Let’s go dancin’ in the light

We know where the music’s playin’
Let’s go out and feel the night.

Because I’m still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because I’m still in love with you
On this harvest moon.

When we were strangers
I watched you from afar

When we were lovers
I loved you with all my heart.

But now it’s gettin’ late
And the moon is climbin’ high

I want to celebrate
See it shinin’ in your eye.

Because I’m still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because I’m still in love with you
On this harvest moon.

Tom Thomson’s Last Spring

Clever Blog:

George Perdue – The ‘Other’ Defiant Spirit


As part of my creative journey, I took oil painting lessons from George Perdue. George is a ‘plein air’ painter and some day I hope to do some of this.

I love George’s painting style and his use of colour. The colours are contrasty and vibrate.

I asked George if I could see how he organizes his studio [I thought if I could see a working studio, it would help me make sense of all the supplies. M-m-m more time for painting]. Leah took photos and video [thank you Leah] – so I could take in the studio unimpeded.

I say ‘Other’ Defiant Spirit, because I am reading [trying to read… it’s just taking me  long time] Ross King’s – Defiant Spirits about the Group of Seven. George has already finished the book.


Talking about oil paint.


George’s studio – great light.

george_purdue_workThe easel.

george_purdue_rightRight of the easel.


Left of the easel – paints.


The palette. Glass is easy to clean.


Thumbnail sketches – for composition, light values and notes.


Work in progress.


French easel – great for plein air – versatile, sturdy, big, but can be heavy. Algonquin Park? Will travel.


Beautiful brushes!


Portable palette.


Lake O’Hara. The tranquility and peace vs. the strength of the mountains… wow!


George’s coffee.


Thank you George.

Walk To Main St.


I took this beautiful wooly shot yesterday walking to Main St. It’s in an urban neighborhood. Huh? Who knew.

I thought I’d post this photo while I am thinking about how to present the many ideas for blog posts I have swimming around my muddled brain. They all involve photos. I have to be happy with the end result… that’s my dilemma.


Have I said how much I am enjoying my iPhone camera. What’s the best camera? The one you have ‘with’ you!

Fall Tapestry


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