Thursday, 19 March 2015

We are watching a movie backwards

We are watching a movie backwards.
The mouse just put the cheese back in the trap. 

How do you entertain yourself during a storm day?

I am toggling between twitter and melting mittens and shovelling.

Watching a movie backwards is a better plan I think.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Hot pan

It is March Break eve and we have minimal cash to make this break easy. We are not alone, lots of parents struggle to fill the gap when schools shut.

The gap seems so wide.

We are meant to fill it in.

Or let it be filled.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The call of the bingo.

We made the annual  trek to the school gym for the family bingo night.
Wild horses could not keep us away. The thrill of the call.  The mounting tension as each subsequent call comes, and then finally, the defeat.

Making the best of it.

We finally decided that ice had its purposes.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Tracing Lines

My grandmother had a formica kitchen table with flower designs all over it, just like the ones you see here.
I distinctly remember taking a piece of paper and tracing the flowers.  It was so satisfying...easy and yet eye appealing.
Trying to force spring a little, we went to an art store and bought some paper to make into curtains (another post, another day).  On the way home, wetting our whistles, we discovered how fun it could be to trace the flowers that showed through.
Everything fell away, as we traced those lines.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Toast can save your life, if you let it.

Image: Mary Pratt
To find out how things actually look is a revelation.
— Mary Pratt, 1997

I got to the Mary Pratt exhibit on the very last day of the show.  I took my almost ten year old with me and she was astonished.  It was exciting to be with someone who had never seen her work before.  She kept repeating over and over, "I can't believe they are not photographs."  

She put on the headphones and heard Mary Pratt speak about her art.

At one point she relayed that Mary Pratt thought she was cheating because she painted from photographs.

My daughter shook her head and said simply, "She's no cheat."

I have been to a Mary Pratt exhibit before at the Art Gallery of NS back when I was a university student and she continues to be my favourite artist.  She has definitely made a noticeable impression on my own work.  However, I had not yet seen an image of hers that you can see above called Between the Dark and the Daylight (2011).   It moved me to tears.  After all these years, Mary Pratt's vision has matured and become perfected, but at heart it is still focused on the simplest matters.  The image of translucent toast is both comforting and transcendent.  Toast can save your life if you let it.

Image: Mary Pratt
My only strength is finding something where most people would find nothing. (Mary Pratt)

Saturday, 21 February 2015

We surrender

The kids and I have been plunging to deeper and deeper depths to entertain ourselves through these ice encrusted days.
When the temperature stays low, it forces us to submerge. To hold our breath and search for a way to
float back up to the surface.