Category Archives: Musings & Thoughts

:: Rien ne se perd, rien ne se crée, tout se transforme ::

There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to be see beyond the usual — become clairvoyant. We reach then into reality. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the … Continue reading

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:: The lopsided pine ::

La Barre and other Musicians 9 May 1663. At Mr Jarvas’s my old barber, I did try two or three borders and periwigs, meaning to wear one, and yet I have no stomach for it, but the pains of keeping … Continue reading

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:: Mont Calvaire ::

PAYS J’ai vu le soleil se lever dans tant et tant de pays je ne savais plus lequel était le mien le jour oscillait lampe incertaine dans ma nuit le rif le souk le môle la vallée millénaire bergers de … Continue reading

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:: Eve’s Needle ::

Echoing Wendell Berry’s beautiful assertion that in true solitude “one’s inner voice becomes audible,” she adds: The feelings and purposes around art-making … ricochet among private, public, and communal places, but the creative process often demands seclusion to germinate its … Continue reading

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Three for one :: Trois pour un

“A friend,” wrote the poet and philosopher John O’Donohue in his beautiful meditation on the Ancient Celtic notion of anam cara, “awakens your life in order to free the wild possibilities within you.” — Brain Pickings My first love has to … Continue reading

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:: Live model workshop :: Atelier modèle vivant ::

“A person’s identity,” Amin Maalouf wrote as he contemplated what he so poetically called the genes of the soul, “is like a pattern drawn on a tightly stretched parchment. Touch just one part of it, just one allegiance, and the … Continue reading

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:: Who loves trees? ::

WHO LOVES THE TREES BEST? Who loves trees best? “I,” said the spring, “Their leaves so beautiful To them I bring.” Who loves the trees best? “I,” summer said, “I give them blossoms, White, yellow, red.” Who loves the trees … Continue reading

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:: Grande bibliothèque de Montréal ::

          You must clean and arrange your studio in a way that will forward a quiet state of mind. This cautious care of atmosphere is really needed to show respect for the work. Respect for art … Continue reading

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:: Throwing clay ::

Sensory perception is the silken web that binds our separate nervous systems into the encompassing ecosystem. — David Abram We went to a pottery workshop today and it was very very nice! I had never “thrown” clay before, and it was … Continue reading

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:: Learning: never too late ::

I have to feel an empathy toward the subject, and desire to form a relationship with it, as I am inevitably affected by the feeling or mood. — Dion Archibald This is so funny as when I saw Shari’s post today … Continue reading

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:: Contour drawing ::

The only way to have a friend is to be one. — Ralph Waldo Emerson I bought Charles Reid’s DVD (downloadable) on painting flowers and he shows us his method of drawing with connecting dots without lifting the pencil, very … Continue reading

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Happy New Year :: Bonne année

Happy New Year :: Health, love, wisdom & a long life. Here in Rigaud the winter light is crisp and we are under a foot deep of white snow and even the birds seem to be rejoicing. At least 12 … Continue reading

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Home or House or Building?

To me my home is not a building with no life… it lives with us, for us. It sheds some tiles from the roof once in awhile, it pops nails when the temperature goes below -20 degrees celsius, it loses … Continue reading

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Spring Musings

For a very long time I have not been back to post anything… so now I am back. We cleaned the spa, made a fire and burned the branches on the lot, cleaned the floors inside and out, did a … Continue reading

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Bringing down the trees

After 4 years of thinking about it, we finally decided to take down 6 trees. After asking a few neighbours, Myriam came to see us. She was wonderful and true to her word, she cut the trees down, meticulously measuring … Continue reading

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How I will Spend the Rest of my Summer Vacation

I have big plans for my summer vacation and even though the list of “Things to do” is getting quite high, alas it is looking as though I will only do what I am capable of doing, which will be … Continue reading

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