The woods behind our house offers so much. Each year early in the spring temperatures rise as heat coming from the sun begins to change the landscape. Snow melts back and ferns begin their climb out of the ground.

The twisting forms of the ferns interact with fixed forms of land and trees recalling a dance moving to sound created by the wind, the birds and the trees.

Halifax Nocturne

Nocturne this year provided the opportunity for the general public not only to see some totally amazing artwork created and being created but to be part of some of the being created stuff. 

As part of this years event The Art Sales and Rental Gallery proposed to hang a large canvas and allow some painting and drawing to go on in the gallery. The idea saw twelve artists each working the canvas for a short period.

The gallery has always participated in the Nocturne event with a show and open doors but this years participatory component was a hands down success. Most important and interesting for me was the inclusion of audience members in the creation of the work. Some adults expressed desire but it was the children who stepped up and engaged the brush. I think more than a few hearts for arts were won.

The final state was won by random draw from gallery visitors. 

Halifax Bluff Wilderness Trail

Summer turns to fall. Harvest season is well under way on farms and in backyard gardens. 

Shorter days and dropping temperatures change the landscape around us. The morning air has become crisp turning the land from green to gold. Reds contrast the deepening blue water.

So what are the chances that on Thanksgiving Day I would find myself at the end of the first loop of the Bluff Wilderness Trail on a high rocky ridge overlooking Cranberry Lake.
It turns out it is 100 percent.
Artists Spring  also documents painting at Cranberry Lake.

Art and Politics

Art made or used with a political purpose in mind, created to inform, deflect or confuse, a shell in the game covering the bean. Perhaps the bean itself. 
That could be political art. 

Making a print of the woodcut image above we used a spoon and a careful circular motion to transfer the image to rice paper.
Simplicity of process has remained an undercurrent in my work.