books & filmsA delicious benefit of the hot lazy days of summer is that I indulge in much more reading than I have time for in other times of the year. I like having longer periods of uninterrupted time so that... [Continue Reading...]
last day of 2012A few scenes from this afternoon's walk... how I love the dark lines and silhouettes of the trees against bright water and sky. I love those white clouds and patches of blue behind. As I wrote five years ago:... [Continue Reading...]
paleo cartoonsBison from the End Chamber of Chauvet Cave - from Bradshaw Foundation This is fascinating news: Prehistoric cave artists used cartoon-like techniques to give the impression that their images were moving across cave walls, two French researchers have suggested.... [Continue Reading...]
the beauty of pollinationA friend sent me the link to this exquisitely beautiful time lapse video. At the end I learned that it comes from a TED talks presentation by filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg: Pollination: it's vital to life on Earth, but largely... [Continue Reading...]
Herzog film on Chauvet CavesBison from the End Chamber of Chauvet Cave - from Bradshaw Foundation As most long time readers of my blog know, I am fascinated by ancient pictographs, petroglyphs and other art forms. They have been an inspiration in my... [Continue Reading...]
forces of natureI've been struggling to put words together, more than is usual even for me, about the horrific events in Japan, all that devastation caused not just by a powerful earthquake in a country that has them so frequently but... [Continue Reading...]
Steam of Life - a filmAll weekend, our thoughts and conversations seemed to be mostly about saunas, Finnish saunas of all kinds, and Finnish men in saunas, all because of seeing a memorable and moving documentary film that drew on the full gamut of... [Continue Reading...]
Alice and algebraimage from wikipedia As you can imagine, art has been my main interest in my life right from when I could hold a crayon. I took art in high school along with the required variety... [Continue Reading...]
Get OutGo here to see this fabulous award-winning short animation film with a stunning surprise ending. You will enjoy it! Found at Chris Tyrell's Blog. This gives me the opportunity to mention that Chris Tyrell is a well-known arts advocate... [Continue Reading...]
a murder of crows
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Film: Recipes for DisasterIf you live in the Vancouver area, you will want to see this important film: On April 16, view the third and final film of DOXA's Documentary Film Series in the lead-up to our May festival. Recipes for Disaster follows... [Continue Reading...]
a Wm. Kentridge videoThis was sent to me by artist friend Dorothy: In "Taking a Line for a Walk" (2007) William Kentridge performs what looks like pantomime until, as it repeats, bare bones animation gives his moves meaning. Delightful! And I... [Continue Reading...]
talk on creativityYou must watch this amazing video at TED. Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have"... [Continue Reading...]
together for peaceIt's been very foggy for several days here in Vancouver and matching it is my brain fog caused by a head cold. It's a bit like being tongue-tied. So once again, I'm using the words of others here, this... [Continue Reading...]
Our Earth as Art, 3D Picasso's Guernica, International Rock-Flipping Day
'Centigrade' wins LeosI'm thrilled to share the news that a certain special film has won five Leos just a few days ago here in Vancouver. The Leo Awards honor the best in British Columbian television and film production every year. Centigrade is... [Continue Reading...]
geologic journeySpotting a seemingly insignificant looking rock like this one now sends me wondering about its history, its journey through millions of years. Thanks to the powerful series Geologic Journey, my view of our world, especially of Canada and... [Continue Reading...]
a low-carb dietThanks to an email alert from the local Finnish community, last night my husband and I enjoyed an interesting creative documentary film on CBC Newsworld's Passionate Eye : RECIPES FOR DISASTER, a Millennium Film of Finland production, directed by John... [Continue Reading...]
colours of musicCan music have colour? David Hockney thought so, as filmmaker Maryte Kavaliauskas shows in her profile for PBS's American Masters, David Hockney: The Colors of Music. Hockney designed sets for perfomances of some of the world's great operas for... [Continue Reading...]
Power of Art series
This looks to be very exciting: Simon Schama's The Power of Art series is beginning tonight on PBS TV in North America.
The Danish PoetTorill Kove, a Norwegian-Canadian anImator with Canada's NFB (National Film Board) won an Oscar this year for Best Animated Short Film. Her film, The Danish Poet, is a "charming 15-minute meditation on life's peculiar coincidences, based loosely on a... [Continue Reading...]
Goldsworthy: Rivers & TidesI've just finished viewing the DVD Andy Goldsworthy: Rivers and Tides. Wow! It is very beautiful, very inspiring and I want to view it over and over again. I've admired Andy Goldsworthy's work in books, magazines and online but... [Continue Reading...]
NovemberNovember is here. You can tell by the weather, the heavy heavy rainfalls, the wind, the dark and gloomy days. Indoors never felt so good. Turning inward means that my art work is continuing to develop in an interesting... [Continue Reading...]
Shanghai in films
Shanghai of the 1930's is the subject of a documentary and the background for a movie...
Burtynsky in VancouverImage on invitation: Edward Burtyntsky: Recycling No.20. Cankun Aluminum. Xaimen City, Fujian Province, China 2005. Chromagenic print, 58" x 68". Courtesy of Charles Cowles Gallery, NY. I'm really looking forward to seeing the photographic works of acclaimed Canadian photographer... [Continue Reading...]
Finnish knitting lesson(Still from The Last Knit by annekeAnna) Talk about obsessive-compulsive, this animation is extremely well-done and hilarious. Thanks to my husband for finding our evening's laugh medicine. Enjoy!... [Continue Reading...]
Back in July, I wrote about Belgian-Canadian artist Jean Detheux, who creates wondrous works entirely digitally after giving up painting for health reasons.
NFB is celebrating 65 years of Animation and I discovered that we can view four of Norman McLaren's films on the Focus on Animation pages....
Helvetica, a filmHelvetica "is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way... [Continue Reading...]
Blue BuddhaThis past Monday evening 'The Nature of Things with David Suzuki' presented Blue Buddha: Lost Secrets of Tibetan Medicine. It traces the odyssey of traditional Tibetan medicine from it's roots in ancient Tibet, to a worldwide interest in it's... [Continue Reading...]
...the PBS series How Art Made the World is beginning tonight on your local PBS channel. In Vancouver, that's KCTS 9 from Seattle at 10 pm.