Thursday, December 13, 2012

Untitled, originally uploaded by Sophie_vf.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

sun comes up, it's Wednesday morning


Sunday, February 05, 2012

Voluptuous ridges

DSC_8801, originally uploaded by Sophie_vf.
I uploaded this quite a while ago, but kept it private on flickr because it had not yet been assembled into a collective afghan made by the local knit/crochet group for a departing member - it was my hope that the squares with their waving, undulating pattern and natural colors would remind her of the coulees here in southern Alberta.

I was reminded of it when she pinged me on Google chat last week, and again this weekend, at the memorial of a friend who loved walking through, as she called them, the "voluptuous coulees".

So here's to Kathryn, off to wonderful new opportunities in a new job and province, and here's to Lee - may she ever continue to walk far, through a blaze of colour and the voluptuous landscape of unknown horizons.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Doggie assistant

dog assistant, originally uploaded by Sophie_vf.

I wouldn't mind so much if she took notes and summaries for me.

When I became a man, I put away childish things

A bit of a poignant milestone this weekend. We needed to make room in the basement for an electronic drum set, and this necessitates cleaning out the toy cupboards and saying farewell to some well-loved toys. Bionicles, in this case, but there are more. It's always hard to see these go.

Even the boy showed a moment of uncharacteristic sentiment.
But all to this end: This was driving us nuts, day after day.  The boy is actually a great drummer, but the sheer volume and duration (drumming is actually an endurance event! ask Neal Peart) was making us crazy and he was restricted to practicing when the rest of us were either out of the house or closeted upstairs with the dooor closed.
So the idea of an electronic drum set, which can be played with headphones so only the drummer can hear it at volume, sounded better and better all the time. But we needed to make room for it.
He can actually pull it out and have a bit more elbow room, but so far we all think it is pretty sweet. He can wake up at 3:45 in the morning and play it and the rest of us will be none the wiser. Happiness is restored.

Monday, October 10, 2011

A break in the weather

thanksgiving-7, originally uploaded by Sophie_vf.

It's not always calm enough to see reflections in the river, but today was one of those days.

Thanksgiving weekend

Thanksgiving harvest. Tim and the kids brought in our small but satisfying garden produce. Not overwhelming, so at least we won't have the guilt of veggies decomposing in the cold room.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Doing what I don't usually do, and kind of liking it

Even though I don't really do art journals, I have greatly enjoyed Tammy's recent posts at Daisy yellow, particularly her video Pastel Chaos in the Exacompta in which we see her create a double page spread and give her thoughts on the process. I love her emphasis on freeing oneself from artificially imposed rules, and focusing instead on an intuitive, playful approach to paints, ink and the blank page. Right away, you can see she's not scared of a blank page - making you realize that you don't need to be, either.

Another recent post, Art Journaling 101 for kids, teens and beginners  is a terrific introduction to useful materials and techniques without bogging the reader down with too much information or the need to go crazy shopping for every art material under the sun. If the bright images don't inspire you to start splashing paint around, then her contagious enthusiasm and encouragement will (and vice versa). All through her posts, you get the feeling that she just wants you to really be immersed in the process of creating something meaningful to you, something you can see and touch and feel on a physical page; something you made with your own hands. And that's important, in a world where an increasing proportion of images and text are ephemeral and electronic and created by someone else.

Art journaling may not be everyone's process but it's worth trying at least once, or twice, or any time the feeling hits. Most of us have the basics lying around the house anyway (particularly if, like me, you have accumulated an entire cupboard of art and craft materials). It's worth taking them out and taking the time to play.

And, see? even if I don't usually do the art journal thing, she made me want to try it again. So, I did.

summer's end