Thursday, February 28, 2013

Late Morning's Words


For last year's words belong to last year's language 
And next year's words await another voice.” 
― T.S. EliotFour Quartets

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Quote of the Moment:


I am an old man. Throughout my life I have worried about many things. Most of which never happened.
— Mark Twain

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"Scene Before"
~ a.

Monday, February 25, 2013

45 min drawing session

Take Your Time
- B. Fleischmann



I can't be rushed. 
I need my space to be clear, and without distraction.
Except for those I seek.
Each line, dot and shadow, tells a story of patience.
Or rather, bliss.
My solitude.
Don't rush me, I'm happy.
~ a.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

An Irish Scene & The Banjo Man

The Dubh Linn Gate is an Irish Pub located at the base of the Mountain in Whistler's Village. Known for their incredible tap selections, and kilted sassy wait staff, it's a global clientele.   You can have your Guinness with your Irish scrambled at 9am before you even hit the slopes. Or, at Apres, you will be entertained with live music and a jammed packed pub at 4pm.

I had the pleasure of meeting Cam Salay at The Dubh in 2008 - his tunes and rhythms are still singing in my soul. ~ a. 

Cam Salay has been a professional musician since 1994.  He won a Juno award in ’98 as a member of The Paperboys and continues to work as a solo performer as well as a duo called The Splinters with violinist Shannon Saunders.  Besides original music , Cam covers a wide range of artists including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Waits, John Denver, Bruce Cockburn, Paul Simon and many others. The Splinters play Irish, east coast, folk, classic rock and more. As a solo performer, Cam sings and performs in several styles on banjo and guitar.  He's logged many hours on stages all across North America from festivals to concert halls to pubs, parties, conferences and weddings. 

For your interest:
The Paperboys in Whistler, 2005

Friday, February 22, 2013

Can you draw love?

A hero cannot be a hero unless in an heroic world.
— Nathaniel Hawthorne

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WorkInProgress
"Georgian Bay"
5 Hrs

Call to Artists: Check out this Inspiring Art Community!

The Art Trader.Com
http://www.thearttrader.com/

I have been a member for over a year now.  I have been inspired and encouraged.  The people we meet in life are filled with purpose.  We are motivated by our peers.

Art is Life!

Post your artwork for free.  Connect to an expressive community.  Read. Admire. Enjoy!

~ a.

See my work at:
http://www.thearttrader.com/viewuserlist.asp?id=101288

Contemporary Landscape

Every time I sit in front of one of Jenn's pieces, I think of a place I have been before.  The clouds sound like a fiberglass boat cutting the curls of the lake, and the water smells like sun-kissed skin.  I am reminded of a childhood and an adolescents;  I am reminded of a time when all I ever knew was safe.
Thank you for this unremitting bliss.
~ a.

March 1 - March 31
A vibrant collection of Landscapes and abstract paintings by Jenn Wilkins
Tremont Hall Gallery, 80 Simcoe Street, Collingwood

"Barren Landscape"
Jenn Wilkins
18x36
"Passing Storm"
Jenn Wilkins
36 x48
"Foothills in a Distance"
Jenn Wilkins
36x48
After receiving her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Western University, Jenn travelled extensively. She started in Europe and ended up in Cape Town, South Africa where she lived and her passion for painting was rekindled. Jenn continued to paint through the 1980’s and 90’s taking workshops in between raising a family.
She is currently a full-time professional artist working out of her studio, along with other artists, housed in the historical Tremont Hotel in Collingwood, On. Her work is widely sought after to fill a variety of spaces across North America from corporate to high rise condos to Georgian Bay cottages. Her paintings have appeared in our homes magazine, numerous Galleries and Designer Boutiques.
Jenn is currently a member of the Upstairs Gallery, the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts, Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society , Georgian Bay Association for Creative Arts and the Collingwood BIA. Her work is currently available through The Tremont, where she has her studio.




Thursday, February 21, 2013

I draw more than just trees

I have seen this silhouette before.
It dances and sways,
extending from my core;
It beats and plays,
Humming what I adore.
I have seen you before.
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You have been sending me pictures of trees, and really they are something else
YOU are inspiring!!
~ a.

Images starting top left to right, clockwise: 
A view into outer space, a nebula; x-ray of a heart; a deciduous tree; x-ray of capillaries in a lung. 

From a distance, it looks like an illustration of trees, but it's actually an aerial photo of seasonal rivers in Baja California. Adrianafranco Franco submitted the photo to My Shot, the National Geographic's online photography community.

Cabbages that look like trees when cut in half.
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What else can you find!
Email: andrea@pomonalife.com

Thank you.
Art is community.
~ a.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Do you understand your own story?


Twisted light, curling pen -
the paper eats the warmth
spitting black ink in pits
binding a place with lines;
a rope made of roots,
a cord
to feed a family -
drawing selfish lines
crossing branches
until no one feeds,
and there is no fruit
when there is no soil.
~ {a.currie}


"If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing."
- Marc Chagall, was one of the most successful artists of the 20th century.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Music and Trees

B.Fleischmann - Composure

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8HuywsGnSk

Today I am finishing the last minute touches on 4 trees that I am submitting 
in my application for
 State-ofThe-Art in Whistler during the Telus Ski & Snowboard Festival.

During my time in Whistler, I was inspired daily by the friends I made, the people I met and the outdoor recreations I engaged in.  
It was, however, during Telus where I discovered pieces of myself that I was not completely aware of.  The festival sparked my creativity and planted a voice I needed to know.    
Stay tuned for the completed folio!
~ a.



"It's a beautiful day in the sunshine again."



Saturday, February 16, 2013

"I didn't do wrong by you did I?" - Anthony Hopkins in Howard's End, written by E.M. Forster


Oh! the way the world is perceived, 
What we are told, and what we believe.
Drama! Dialogue, and tenuous intrigue.
Writers and actors are playing the part
Reciting our camouflage with decorative art;
I am impressed, I am amused-
I find comfort in these lives, weaving these mysteries and lies.

I reconcile my own rendition of fate,
It changes and evolves depending on my state.
Pretending isn't a matter of muse, 
It's finding the voice inside which doesn't hesitate or abuse;
I am anchored with possibility,
Dedicated to the tide -
So tie to me not, tether to another buoy
For I am gone with the next moon,
Drifting with the night.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Love Day, My Valentines

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
- Lao Tzu

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Beautiful Flowers, Incredible Philosophy, Oh My! Photography

Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.
Nature’s beauty can be easily missed -- but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day. (Filmed at TEDxSF.)

He had time and a sense of wonder...

Oh My God!
Oh = Caught your attention, makes you present 
My = Connects to something deep in your soul
God = Personal journey we all want to be on; to be inspired, connected to a Universe that celebrates life.

80% of the information we receive comes from our eyes. 
- Louie Schwartzberg 

"Come and hold my hand, I want to contact the living." - Eternity, R.Williams

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Out of context, quote of the day:

There are some that are meant to be wanderers, and others that shouldn't go looking for things.
- The Enchanted Cottage, 1945



My friend, Michael Marcotte

Over the years, Michael’s style initially lent itself to the world of impressionism and has developed into the paintings rooted in realism that he produces now. The change in style has paralleled Michael’s life experiences over the last twenty years. His passion for painting has always been complimented by his desire to recreate the world that he observes and experiences. 


Check out his recent inspiration on his blog, click on the link below. This piece is what makes his signature style both moving and real.  He has an eye for light, detail and emotion.  Incredible. ~ a. 

WetRock Studios Gallery & Design: Continued controlled chaos: No signature yet, however the chaos in the rocky foreground is coming under control.  Some semblance of a shoreline is emerging from my pain...

For further work and biography, check out his studio and website:



Saturday, February 9, 2013

Out of context, quote of the moment:

"It's the most wonderful thing that has happened to anybody."
(Adam and Evelyne, 1949)

Saturday morning routines
smell delicious
look delicious
~ a.
 
WorkInProgress
"My House"
6.5 Hrs
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Friday, February 8, 2013

A little bit of recluse

Chad Cullens
Musician & Poet

Supporting friends and their artistic endeavors whilst listening to the coos of their feathers
flapping so passionately,
I look forward to seeing where they go - 
~ a.currie 


Social Recluse Corner ft. Chad Cullens


Winterlicious

On days when the day has a mind of its own, I like to think I'm pretty blessed to be able to have the means to go with it.  These winds are sideways; these snow drifts are high.  And the heat coming from my fireplace is the heart of all productivity. My day looks like a little bit of everything. 

My View.

My Television. 

My Retro Muse.

My Art.

Happy Snow-Day Collingwood! ~ a.

Out of Context, Quote of the Moment:

I can't stand those things.  It's like drinking coffee from a veil. - Audrey Hepburn, Charade, 1963

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

“Winter is not a season, it's an occupation.” ― Sinclair Lewis

Today, I'm drawing in the snow.
~ a.

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Delicious!

Not gonna lie, I eat out a lot.  Mostly because I am allergic to kitchens as I am a wee klutz when it comes to knives.  For these reasons, my safety, I would rather spend my time drawing than cooking.

I live in Collingwood for artistic isolation, but I travel to Toronto as much as possible for the injection of people, variety and atmosphere.

Brownstone Bistro & Bar
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WEEKDAY
HAPPY HOUR 4-6 PM
CREEMORE TUESDAYS
$4 PINTS
Ontario's Own Creemore Springs Premium Lager!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Characters

[....] 
Why do people have to tell lies? (Audrey Hepburn)
Usually it's because they want something, they're afraid the truth won't get it for them. (Cary Grant)
Charade, 1963


WorkInProcess
"My House"
3 Hrs
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Valerie Nichol at the BMFA

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Located at the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts.
Collingwood, Ontario.

a muse.
a definite piece to sit and listen to.

draw today. doodle at work. 
be motivated to listen and let your hands do all the talking.
~ a.


Paired nicely with another musical muse and my morning tea.
Enjoy.


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Hailey Kean

A stylish creative heroine - sleek, mysterious and honest.
Sexy chills brimming with accomplishment.
An eye for detail and a voiced opinion, 
this little lady is Inspired.
~ a.


Hailey Kean is a Toronto based artist who has had an interest in Photography and Film since she was a young child. At the age of 4, her favorite thing to do was to unravel old film reels of her family home movies and play in the cascading frames. She owned her first camera the age of 6 and has been taking pictures ever since. Hailey attended Rosedale Heights School of the Arts where she learned the science of the dark room and experimented with pictures. Her post-secondary education took her to Humber College where she studied Film and Television Production, which allowed Hailey to expand her art form from still images to the world of motion pictures. She has since traveled the world in search of captivating images and prefers to use only available or motivated light. Note-worthy work includes pictures for Nuite Blanche in 2010, Adventure travel show Choose My Adventure in 2012, Toronto Fringe Festival 2012 and recent database license from National Geographic.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

A light in Collingwood

Saturdays are meant for recharging. Meeting friends at the coffee shop, planning our next art exhibit and running into other friends catching up with our latest do's.  Supporting the local shops, browsing in and out of stores - I especially like these days when the weather is as wild as it is:

EEEEE!

And so I did, I tucked myself into one of my favourite shops just as the snow was starting to curl around my feet. 

I couldn't explain it, but today, I needed a stone.

My light in Collingwood is "Heidi Light," she is my gem source and a kindred soul.

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Next time your find yourself on Hurontario Street, in Collingwood, 
add a little light into your life:

Heidi@HeidiLight.com
30 Third Street #1
Collingwood, ON
L9Y 1K3
705-446-3533



Illuminating View

“When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.” 
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


Thank you Hailey!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Out of context, quote of the moment:

You can't get wet from the word water. -Alan Watts

WorkInProgress
Bermuda Cedar III
{a.currie}

A tree is a tree.  A tree is a soul.
To experience another, draw the tree of their soul.
~ a.


The Backdrop

Yes, I whistle while I work... but I also hum, sing, dance, cook, eat, drink, talk to myself, talk to friends, write, daydream, stare out the window, look at pictures, take pictures, fidget with my hair, meditate, stretch, watch movies, listen to movies, watch music videos and well, listen to music.

Something in the background today;  there is something echoing in the foreground that gives me depth.  Enjoy some ambiance my friends.

Peace.
~ a.
The Caretaker's An Empty Bliss Beyond This World.




Skeleton Tree


Inspiration has a photo guise,
a mirror to a world we see within;
our structure and skeleton view,
these bones of art.
~ a.