After all this talk about patterns in nature, I figured I’d take my camera out to the backyard and see what caught my eye. Of course, this was a week or two ago when summer was still with us. Ain’t she purdy?
Over the last few months, I’ve been thinking a lot about patterns and repetition in nature, in art, in my artwork. Mostly I’m fascinated by the patterns of nature. If you are not already familiar with the Fibonacci sequence appearing in nature, check this out.
We didn’t spend much time in un-manicured nature while travelling through Europe, but patterns are everywhere in the man-made as well…
Europe was really fun! Let’s use lots of exclamation points!!!
- I finally got inside the Louvre (made me want to throttle all the photo-snappers) and the Sistine Chapel (made me cry like a big baby)
- We went to Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, Hungary AND the Czech Republic! Phew.
- Trains, wine, cheese, chocolate, beer, pasta, frites…
- The Prado is awesome!
- Josh and I can travel for 7 weeks together and still want to hang out!
Here’s some European street art to enjoy…
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The above two stencil pieces (on the Roman post boxes) are by C215. Josh spotted his work in Rome. An American student, in Rome to study Italian, noticed us and explained who the artist was and that he had pieces on the other side of the river, so off we went to find them. Judging by the artist’s flickr (link above), we missed a lot of work in Paris!
One last clock before my show in March (details soon!) and before I go on a trip to London with my Mom and Aunt/Eastcoast agent (I’ll take lots of pictures!). I really enjoyed making the clock with the paper petals, so I wanted to work with folded paper again. Unfortunately, these glass front shadow boxes don’t make for the best photographs.
On the other hand, the sunny weather makes for more satisfying photographs of other subjects – signs of spring! Yay! Woo hoo! Summer’s on the way!!!
It was a gift from a talented friend of Josh’s. The idea is that it will rekindle my creativity after a year of smothering it with school. Part of the program is to do something each week to fill the well of creativity. So, recently I went to the VAG to see the current exhibit of Andreas Gursky’s work.
Wow. It’s only on until the 20th, but I recommend checking it out. I was really struck by the idea that any part of the world (people, roads, trees, islands, rocks, factories) forms a sort of pattern. We amuse ourselves, but, from a distance, people out for a day at the beach don’t look much different than rocks on the beach. Gursky’s distant random compositions are very thought provoking. The element of pattern interests me in particular, which I especially noticed looking at some of the photos I took during the August road/camping trip Joshy and I took to Big Sur.
A white Christmas is not unusual, but an average temperature of -20 degrees Celsius is uncommon. The snow was so fluffy and delicate. Then home to Vancouver and the blizzard continues! Snow rarely sticks in Vancouver, but our car is buried and snow has piled up under the windows of our basement suite. The snow here is heavy and sticky. The radio has been full of warnings, transportation issues and airport horror stories. Luckily I don’t have to be anywhere today, so it’s time to start reading the books and watching the dvds we received!
First, some photos I took in Kelowna…