Blog - December 2011

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Writing on stone

21 December, 2011

I just finished a new essay based on old notes. Writing takes time. Writing works with time.

In this case, the taking of time is particularly appropriate. I wrote about Writing-On-Stone park, the greatest collection of First Nations rock art in North America.

writingonstone.jpgThe park itself is in the wind-and-water carved valley of the Old Man River, in southern Alberta, dropped into the flat Canadian prairie. Here, nature has written its own story in the rock, even before the earliest humans started to write their stories.

The intentional eye

5 December, 2011

Sometimes you go looking for art. Sometimes art finds you.

Last week, my wife and I strolled down to Oak Bay here in Greater Victoria. It was a brisk OakBayArt 2.jpg30 minute walk, actually, from home to Oak Bay Avenue, followed by a stroll along the brightly lit street with stops in pleasantly crowded and cozy galleries.

We weren't shopping for art, having recently moved to a much smaller home - there's simply nowhere to put it. But looking at art is always (okay, usually) pleasant and there's something about seeing throngs of people in galleries that is uplifting.