Experiencing ART: Blue Period (Ode to Joy)

While taking in this art exhibit, a video installation played that song on repeat, the homage to Charles Schulz; to me, it sounded like something that would play in a funeral parlour. It did not sound bad, it sounded lonely and full of longing.

Artist Simon Hughes work is explicitly precise with hard edges and strong design elements yet the his concepts are full of abstraction. Upon viewing some of his paintings a person can see the images, upon closer inspection, a person can find innuendos lurking.

Simon Huges A

Simon Huges B

Plague Tree, Acrylic and collage on plywood panel, 40 x 40 inches


Simon Huges C

Simon Huges D

Exploded Museum, Acrylic and Collage on Linen over Plywood panel, 80 x 60 inches.


Then, there is his incorporation of colour tints and hues, when paired with his signature style elements, the art work transcends the “stillness” of it’s image to permeate a temperature that, if you stare too long at this art, you begin to think, you can feel it!

Simon Huges F

Cold Theory; acrylic latex, alkyd and Roll-a-tex on birch plywood panel


Simon Huges Ex2

Installation View (above)

This Blue Period Art Exhibition was really an “(Ode to Joy)”, infused through out the gallery were sounds that longed for joy and imagery that joyfully impacted the eyes both from afar and up-close, even when just sitting near it, a person could certainly want to ‘coast’ into places where joy might be found, in the warmth of the mind’s eye.

Learn more: Simon Hughes, Division Gallery Toronto





Experiencing Art: Winter Stations Design Competition 2016

Not even the torrent of Toronto winter weather can keep Art, Design and Beach lovers away from these unique installations!

This competition seeks to revitalize sections of the Beaches waterfront from Ashbridges Bay through to Kew and Balmy Beach, with public art installations that must last through the long and harsh winters of Canada.

We embarked on our exploration of these art installs on a Saturday in February that was unseasonably mild, dressing in layers and outfitting with Sun glasses; the SUN was shinning and we were red hot with excitement!

Arriving at Kew Beach, we parked the car along the street and felt the lake affect immediately. Preparing for the walk, I bundled up and thought “Jez, it’s not so cold down here!”.  Drudging along through the hardened sand, the water tides rolled in and with a gust of wind, so did the sand! Thank goodness for those sun-glasses, is all I will tell….

Here are three of the art installations that we came across in order of how we met them; you will notice many of the people in these shots are bundled for the cold but in these moments, were trying most to ward off the wind!

Winter stations art install-beaches -Victor Huynh Calvin Fung

FLOW SANDBOX by artists Victor Huynh and Calvin Fung


Winter Art Installs - beaches-Caitlind Brown-WayneGarrett LaneShordee

THE BELLY OF THE BEAR by artists Caitlind Brown, Wayne Garret and Lane Shore.

Winter Art Installs-Mark Tholen CurtisHo JungyunLee MonifaOncaCharles ReliaPark-HamidShahi-LambertStCyr-JaewonKim-JasonWong

THE STEAM CANOE by artists Mark Tholen, Curtis Ho, Jungyun Lee, Monifa Onca Charles, Reila Park, Hamid Shahi, Lambert St.Cry, Jaewon Kim and Jason Wong.

This was my favourite, it’s a sight to see and feel, its majestic in size and so believable from where it sits; symbolizing the development of Canada along millions of lakes and streams, where many cultures of people landed and turned their boats upside down and used them to create shelter.  EPIC!

This exhibit runs February 15 – March 20, 2016.

Learn more here: Winter Stations Design Competition


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The Reminder

city streets

Live your life as you wish, embrace those chances, life’s offering you a kiss!

Keep your responsibilities handled up-right, then grant yourself permission to wander, and seek delight.

Take your time and don’t bother to hurry; savour life before the bury, before the hush makes a person stationary.

Have some fun and disband worry, living for the little things and the soul’s journey.



FullSizeRenderSuspended here if only for a time,
the cause could create concern,
instead, it will be left behind.

Suspended here and time ticks on,
visions of what's 'to come' will brew,
once this 'rational' sickness is gone.

The way it use to be,
it never really was.
An illusion, if only, just because.

The spirit is tired, 
wanting very badly to be...
FREE from all familiarity.

The End.



Experiencing Art: Focused Moments

131-Rachel Feinstein-WICKER QUEEN 1998


WICKER QUEEN 1998 – Mixed media

The Artist, Rachel Feinstein, statement about this piece: I have always been moved by melancholy, nostalgia for childhood, and the decay of time. Wicker Queen was the first time I conjured up these feelings of weakness and sadness by using the formal image of collapsing sculpture. Before that piece I would try to create a realistic image of a woman and her tears, for example. Now I felt an excitement and freedom through being able to say what I want to say but through the form only. Wicker Queen said it all but was still quite mysterious since it was not “realistic”. There was such an amazing liberation in the actual making of the form too, since it involved throwing stuff together in any which way it landed. The whole thing couldn’t be planned and that “of the moment” quality is what made the piece have more meaning than anything else I had made before.

How this ART impacted me:

Oh! the pain of real change!!!

My image has shaken itself down to the core,

this shape that exists, has got to go…

It’s a bore!

What is the new norm for my future form?

I look daily and keep busy developing a better size.

My confidence is preparing to marry with a deeper pleasure with-in,

through my commitment of everyday effort…

I am liberated from the pain of change and see exactly what I want,

arriving on the outside of me.

Experiencing Art: The Struggle

75-Vija Celmins- ENVELOPE 1964

ENVELOPE 1964 – oil on canvas

The Artist, Vija Celmins, statement on this piece: This small painting of a letter was done in 1963-64 when I was backing away from the large, gestural-inspired paintings I had been struggling with as a student. It is one of many paintings I did of objects in my studio that focused more on looking and less on what I knew. It became a new beginning for me.

How this ART impacted me:

I could see my intuition arriving here

it has torn through the paper and floated in the air.

why do I focus on what lays ripped here

why do I know that shadow that lingers there

how do I get past the perfectionist Virgo that blocks the gate

how do I bring forward ALL Libra, 5th house energy rate

I need to let go, of all that I know

Looking longer at what flows in front of me

My intuition feels; the channel changing.

Experiencing Art: Clear Points of Departure

139-Tom Friedman-UNTITLED 1990

UNTITLED 1990 – Jigsaw puzzel

The Artist, Tom Friedman, statement about this piece: This piece gave me a clear point of departure conceptually – putting something together (SOLVING), and at the same time, taking it apart; circular logic.

How this ART impacted me:

I see my life before me and my mind is stretched far and wide.

The eclipse season of 2015 has started and it seeks to find what was left behind.

Parts of me not fully expressed,

swimming beneath the surface and refuse to rest!

Breaking open now,

all the pieces out,

soon to begin the process of departure,

from parts of living, that are all worn out!