Two candles placed in the window of each home for Finland’s 96th Independence Day, is a long tradition on this day rooted in a time to remember and bring home safely the soldiers who freed Finland from Russia in 1917. The president of Finland even remembers Finnish expatriates in his speech on this day. Happy Independence Day to Finland and my Finnish readers!
On a deeply sad note these candles are also to honour the life and death of Nelson Mandela who died yesterday. So many tributes pouring in for this great man – here is one of many that I like: The Lincoln of Africa
Two candles for a birth of a nation freed from another power.
Two candles for honouring a man who fought for the rebirth of his nation and its people.
a test photo taken with my hand-me-down iPod, of the view to the right of my computer…
I know, it is not of great quality…just practising
slow starts with Christmas preparations
first wearing of winter coats and mitts
outdoor lights onto shrubs and trees
a wreath at front door and in solarium
bought a tree to bring in later
and some paperwhites to pot up
spoke to family in Victoria
on the other side of Salish Sea
all excited by some snow
hope daddy gets home safe from London
before any snowstorms
A gorgeous sunrise to welcome a cold and clear day
Clouds gather to cover an ominously beautiful sunset
Freezing temperatures coming, maybe some snow
I move more pots of tender plants closer to the house
I say goodbye to November, with a little self-congratulatory pat on the back for completing the NaBloPoMo, or National Blog Posting Month challenge to write a blog post daily. This was only the second time I have done this, the first was in 2010. Now onwards with printing cards and writing letters!
Capilano University’s Studio Art printmaking department is presenting The Last Ever Print Sale!
Monday, December 2nd, 10 am to 4 pm.
Studio Art Building, Room 104
2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver, BC
Why is it the ‘last ever’ sale? The Print Sale has been a longtime (25 years?) annual event which we are all very sad to see coming to an end. As some readers know, Capilano University has cut numerous programs including Studio Art and the Art Institute. The second-year Studio Art program is running just this school year to allow the current students to complete their diploma requirements.
So, it is wonderful that they are hosting this event and also including the Ceramics class this time (they used to have their own sale). The Art Institute Printmaking alumni, such as yours truly, have been invited to participate as part of that long tradition.
If you live in the Vancouver area, please come and support the students and get some original artworks for some lucky people on your gift list, including yourself. We hope to see many friends there that special day!
Poster image: etching by Liam Johnstone
Another found image, not a photo this time but a small inkjet print. It was tucked amidst some Christmas card tests from my early digital printing days. I don’t remember what this is about, probably just some playing around while learning. I now find it rather intriguing to look at some fifteen years or so years after making it. Sort of like looking at one’s old drawings from art school days.
More found photos… how I have always loved the patterns of stones by the water, the colours of wet and dry
Suddenly recalling a few lines from a sonnet by the old Bard:
Like as the waves make towards the pebbl’d shore, so do our minutes hasten to their end;
each changing place with that which goes before, in sequent toil all forwards do contend.
– Wm Shakespeare