Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Past one of the many old oak trees that gave this area it's name...
Hadedas on all the lamp-posts alerting all and sundry .....
Inhale the fresh misty air as we descend through monkey country....
We pass the Nursery where we buy our plants and sometimes treat ourselves to tea and scones.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
~Bug learned to perch today!
~We've found an Animal Rehabilaitation Centre out in the country where we hope to release him when the time comes. There are too many prowling cats and dogs here (Bella the Foxy in particular) just waiting to pounce on anything that moves. The other day Bella trotted proudly into the house with a hummingbird in her mouth. Fortunately she hadn't started munching on it and we were able to release it .
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The strangest thing about him is that he is not too partial to nests. At the first opportunity he bails out which is probably what got him in trouble in the first place. He likes to sit on my desk while I work. When he gets tired I create a secure nest for him but it lasts five minutes and then he's off across the desk like a drunken sailor. A common idiosyncrasy of the thrush is to dash for cover, almost parallel to the ground with neck thrust foreward like an arrow. Little Bug instinctively does this though he loses balance along the way.
At 5.oo pm almost to the second he switches off for the night. Last night he learned to put his head under his wing. I was so proud of him! My daughter hates to think what I'm going to be like with grandchildren. As it is I already have a Picasa file full of photographs..
One can't help loving him . He's a brave little clown who is keeping me on the hop all day long but I feel so priveleged spending this short while with him. He's growing fast and it won't be long before we will have to make some decisions about the next leg of his journey.
Monday, January 26, 2009
I wish I had the equipment to record and share what I can hear right this moment. Bug is chrrrpping at the top of his lungs just to let me know he hasn't eaten in the last half hour.
Friday, January 23, 2009
"Playful, wondrous timepieces emerge that take flight on cherubic wings, float and sway on fine wires, or appear frozen mid-explosion with flying springs and cogs that bounce at the touch."
This is the world of Roger Wood. His quirky clocks are enchanting.
Clocks created by Roger Wood
"The source of his inspiration lies in the hundreds of curiously labelled drawers and boxes brimming with artifacts of all discription that line the shelves of his Toronto studio. Wood orchestrates an arrangement from his myriad of treasures until the precise moment that it feels right. Then he quickly glues them all down so they can't escape".
If you wander over to Klockwerks you will see why Roger has to glue everything down before they escape. It's a hive of whirling, whirring clocks! My wish is to explore those curiously labelled boxes and see the myriad of treasures for myself.
Sunlifter by Rodney Alan Greenblat
Rodney Alan Greenblat has mastered "quirky" with his cheerful sculptures and paintings.
"I have a dream to create an entire environment, to build my own world. Then, when it's necessary, I can get away from the one I'm in."
Gulliver by Tom Otterness. Photo taken by Brian Kelly. See photo essay here.
I discovered a wonderful post on the blog, Inventorspot. 10 Works of Art to Make When You're Bored out of Youre Mind, by Diana Eid. This is where I found Scotchtape Man......and Banana sculptures...and piddling lemons. What a hoot! But wait there's more! An Australian artist spent 10 years searching for a surgeon who would be willing to transplant a 3rd ear onto his arm. His arm??? Perhaps he wanted to listen to his funny bone.
Geoffrey Gorman is another sculptor who has mastered quirky. His canvas wrapped creatures are slightly off beat, a quality that appeals to me. Geoffrey has now started a blog so go and check it out here.
Citri by Geoffrey Gorman. At the Jane Sauer Gallery.
Leanne Pizio's art, consisting of wacky ceramics and whimsical paintings is bound to put a smile on your face. I love Head Lice!
Head Lice by Leanne Pizio
Yayoi Kusama's work makes you stop and gape. I posted the red spotty balloon tree for Dneese, (Queen of Quirky) who is busy knitting pyjamas for neighbouring trees and poles. Read about her Guerrilla art tactics here.
Ascension of Polkadots on the Trees by Yayoi Kusama
Guardian Angel by Don Pezzano
If Dneese is Queen of Quirky I suppose Don must be King of Quirky. See more of Don's work here.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Silence Spoken by Lewis Knauss (USA). Woven, knotted, linen, feathers, handmade paper, wire.
A gallery I've recently discovered on the net has my heart doing backflips.With a focus on Art Textiles and Fiber Sculpture, Browngrotta Arts showcases contemporary art from around the globe.
Discourse by Caroline Bartlett (born Zambia, living in UK)
"My recent work has focused on the act of collecting and archiving, and on the overwriting of histories. As a result, processes of erasing and reworking, folding and unfolding, have become central to both ideas and working methods, permeating responses to other stimuli - such as recent visits to Japan and Australia. A preoccupation with the tactile and its connections with memory continue to be an ongoing concern while the use of print as a means of marking cloth, and a continuing involvement in stitch and manipulation techniques provide me with a working vocabulary and the means by which I process and articulate ideas." - Caroline Bartlett