30.6.11

Evenings

Evenings are beautiful around here, especially when we have had some sun.

29.6.11

Poppies

Big, bold, beautiful... still seems unlikely to have a bloom like this growing here.

28.6.11

Beach Pit Fire

Getting caught up... a bit...LAST week, our sculpture class had a beach firing here in Gillams; it was perfect timing, as I had a LOT of wood material ripped out from the little house that needed to be burnt, and we have a perfect beach here, and it is beautiful here...

Mountain of combustibles...

... digging the pit...

...adding sawdust, then putting pots and sculptures in the pit, boys tearing around looking for seaweed to add as well for more 'effects' during the firing...

...GPS Steve lighting the fire...

... Jordan, causing laughter yet again... while Jackie fills the fire pit...

... multiple fires on the go-- the pit fire is waning, while several other tall fires are beginning. It's good to have half a dozen boys around when there is a mountain of burning to be done, it all happens so fast!

Relaxing by the smores and weenie roast fire. We also brought down a BBQ on the tailgate of the Duck, burgers, mmmmm, and Steve did up a huge pot of mussels... delish!

Discussing the merits of Coleman stoves.

Flames!

The Book of Fire... where apparently one can read one's destiny in its pages...

Troops.

The last thing to be sacrificed on the fire: boat burning... in celebration of a new season, best of luck for the year to come.


Last of the boat.

Pots emerging from the embers...

... some cracked a bit, some broke entirely, good process.

Steve brought his guitar, how great...

Happily tired boy.

27.6.11

Goblet Give-Away

During the sculptural ceramics course that I was in recently, we had a 'Mugging' assignment to do, where we created a mug, and then gave it away to a randomly selected stranger in a public location... we also had to do a wheel-based project, and seeing as I was a first-timer at the clay-and-wheel-and-throwing thing, I decided to keep mine as simple as possible... I tried making goblets. The theme was buraucracy, and my pieces were supposed to make some comment on the top-heaviness of inefficient and unhealthy bureaucratic situations that I think we are all familiar with.

I decided that a beach bonfire was the perfect venue for a disemination of these pieces... not to strangers, though...

...me fadder by the flames...

...nephew and dog...

Hiin's goblet..

Tonu's goblet...

... memme's goblet...

...Totto's goblet...

...Fadder's goblet.
Beautiful evening, nice BBQ, great fire.

26.6.11

Oh, My Garden!

Slow to get started, but so beautiful when the blooms arrive, my garden is a wonder and delight every day... the tulips have just ended, but lilies are on their way up, and azaleas are just starting... the scent is already wafting on the breezes around the house, how wonderful!

Columbines, these pale pink, others midnight purple, and more still... they're spreading seeds, and new ones appear in different spots each year, I love it!

Rich dahlias...

... more blooms to come, as the greens sprout and grow...

...rhodos in full glory...

... come July, the honeysuckle will be in bloom, perfuming the air. Hiiner spent time housecleaning, and I got to spend time in the garden. Wonderful to have my love home, even if only for such a short weekend.

25.6.11

Thank You!

I am sending out a great big THANK YOU to all who came to the opening of Salmon Run... it was great to have so many people come out and make this reception such a success!

The show is up until September, so if you haven't had a chance to see it, GO! Here is an 'in progress' shot...

23.6.11

Today's the DAY!

Salmon Run officially opens this evening, 5pm, at the Grenfell Fine Art Gallery in Corner Brook. Please come!
Wesley Harris and Hilary Rice also have their exhibition, Rare Reflections, opening at the same time and the same place, and it is beautiful. Come and see!

21.6.11

Salmon Run...ning

So many things going on at once, and I am falling behind on the blog updates... amongst all this happening is my installation of Salmon Run.

The venue is great, the two large panels are hung, and in between construction, glass work, visiting Ian over the weekend, finishing up the ceramics sculpture course I am taking, I am getting this Run installed... slowly.
Please come to the Opening, this Thursday 5-7pm at the Grenfell campus Fine Art Gallery.
Wesley Harris and Hillary Rice also have a joint exhibition at the same time, Rare Reflections, and the work is stunning.

14.6.11

Getting Ready

This Friday I will be installing Salmon Run at Sir William Grenfell Campus, in the Fine Art Gallery of the University. I just finished the pieces for my last osprey; this one will be 'flying' over the school of 99 salmon as they travel upstream on their river of glass. The opening for this exhibition is set for Tursday June 23rd, hope to see you all there!

11.6.11

Cherry Blossoms

And hope springs eternal... perhaps the blossoms predicting a huge yield of healthy cherries will produce by the end of the summer this year!

9.6.11

The Newest Project... Sort Of

Earlier this year, I put a bid in on a house in Gillams, for a whole multitude of reasons... which have all come to naught, and now here I am with another project...
... the house...

... the bridge (rotten, just carries my weight to get in and out)...

...surrounded by beautiful cherry trees...

... full of things... this is looking into the crawlspace in one direction...

... this is the crawl psace in the other direction... not been opened in about 5 years, everything is moldy, damp, rotten, and falling apart... a real pleasure...

...this is the first attempt at getting into the crawl space... after which, I realised I needed a dumpster... a large one (especially since the house was also completely full of everything)...

... the beginnings of things that might be salvageable, and things that could be burnt...

... arrival of my great friend the DUMPSTER, almost as long as the house itself...

...after one morning...

...the end of the second day... it just kept going. I had to get in and jump on things and rearrange many times to finally get it all in and keep it all level with the top if the bin.

Empty dining room... even got the carpets up everywhere in the house...

... more great things in the kitchen, could be salvageable...

...the rest of the kitchen...

...hallway...

...large bedroom, carpet still in, but bed etc. GONE!

Smaller bedroom, empty.
Looks like I need to do a bit of adjusting and levelling of the house itself, some window replacements, new deck, shore up the mudroom, replace the electrical panel (someone stole the existing panel from the house), some flooring will be required, bathroom reno, and a lick or two of paint. I don't have a photo of the view, but it really is beautiful, the mountains pop right out, and there is a nice field with forest border in front of the house. Very sweet two-bedroom home. Don't ask me what I'm going to do with it or why I needed this project, becuase I don't know.