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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

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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?”]
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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

This Is Me In Grade 9

In honour of the awkwardness of Grade Niners.

“Grade 9”

songwriters: Steven Page, Ed Robertson, Andy Creeggan, Jim Creeggan, Tyler Stewart

I found my locker and I found my classes
Lost my lunch and I broke my glasses
That guy is huge! that girl is wailin’!
First day of school and I’m already failing

This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine
This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine

I’ve got a blue-and-red Adidas bag and a humongous binder
I’m trying my best not to look like a minor niner
I went out for the football team to prove that I’m a man
I guess I shouldn’t tell them that I like Duran-Duran

This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine
This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine

Well half my friends are crazy and the others are depressed
And none of them can help me study for my math test
Got into the classroom and my knowledge was gone
Guess I should’ve studied instead of watching wrath of khan

This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine
This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine

They called me chicken legs, they called me four-eyes
They called me fatso, they called me buckwheat
They called me Eddie

This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine
This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine

I’ve got a red leather tie and a pair of rugger pants
I put them on and I went to the high school dance
Dad said I have to be home by eleven
Aw man I’m gonna miss stairway to heaven

This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine
This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine

Happy Anniversary | Aug 30 1996

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Working on a card for my husband.

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Front of card.

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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.

George Perdue – The ‘Other’ Defiant Spirit

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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.

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Talking about oil paint.

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George’s studio – great light.

george_purdue_workThe easel.

george_purdue_rightRight of the easel.

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Left of the easel – paints.

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The palette. Glass is easy to clean.

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Thumbnail sketches – for composition, light values and notes.

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Work in progress.

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

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Beautiful brushes!

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Portable palette.

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

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George’s coffee.

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Thank you George.

Walk To Main St.

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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.

Thinking…thinking…thinking…

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

Oil Painting Lessons… Or A Tiger Lily In My Tank

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Shelley Newman, my art teacher and owner of Wind Water Trees, is very brave to teach me oil painting. I am such a noob!

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Almost finished!

When I was a younger, I said “I will never try oil painting. It’s too messy. Yada, Yada. Now watercolour, I can get my head around. It’s so civilized.” Yeah… I know. I also said, I would never use a computer or live in Toronto… So small minded.

These days, all I can think about is mooching oil paint onto canvas in big gobs.

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