Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Left Behind Trilogy

Somewhere there are three right gloves and an organic onion trying to find their way home.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Recent Acquisition

The above painting was purchased with discretionary funds from a local establishment at a very reasonable cost. I suppose buying a painting cheap is to be expected considering the current state of the art market. The establishment is not a gallery per se, but they regularly carry a few paintings, prints and photographs. They also have a wide selection of records, books, house wares, bric-a-brac, skis, a large pile of children's bikes, washing machines, stereo equipment, tools and clothes.
But the painting: This piece is a departure from other paintings in my collection as the bulk of the permanent collection consists of paintings with animal motifs like a woodpecker, a deer or a caribou being attacked by two wolves. Moving into the world of collecting figurative work is exciting. I find I can look at this painting for hours while I invent complicated narratives that help explain how the two figures ended up hanging from a cliff. But I will keep my speculations to myself and let this painting do what it does best – provoke thought.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Slow Down

I am listening to a woman speak in slow motion. At some point in life some people slow down. Some people really slow down. “He’s the genuine article,” she’s saying. Unfortunately, no matter how slowly I write, I cannot convey how slowly she talks. What I can do is tell you that I am fascinated by the slow, deliberate way she speaks. And the phrase, “the genuine article,” is a nice one. As a clerk in a fish market, I had a customer who was between 80 and 100 years old. When it came time to pay, she slowly opened her checkbook (it might even have been a cheque book) and then she apologized in advance for how long it was going to take to write the check. “It’s ok, take your time,” I told her. And then she proceeded, in beautiful, old-fashioned handwriting, to fill out the check. I told her it was worth the wait.

I call it old-fashioned handwriting in part because it took her two full minutes to write the check. It is a rare person these days who spends that much of his/her time writing a check. I write checks so fast you’d think the check was in boiling water.

Monday, January 05, 2009


Exercise more, share my interests with other like my nutcracker collection for example, cross-country ski more, do not take up smoking. I can't think of any thing else. Happy New Year!