One Observing

A Curious Person's Photographic Notebook

Blooming Art

Every 2 years, in celebration of spring, nature, art, and wellness, the city art gallery hosts Art in Bloom, an event in which floral artists interpret dozens of works from the gallery’s collection:

In this floral composition, Pam Simmons echoes the textures and hues of Jean-Paul Riopelle’s allover abstraction.

Florist Erlyn Andaya, inspired by Henri de Fantin-Latour’s painted bouquet, creates a visual feast.

Textile and Fibre Artists of Manitoba designed an everlasting arrangement of fibre-based elements to represent the strength and endurance of civil rights activist Rosa Parks portrayed in Tony Scherman’s painting.

A spring tonic for winter-weary spirits, Art in Bloom serves community well-being, and not just for those attending. At the end of the event, all the florals are donated to local hospitals, care homes, and soup kitchens.

Happy Spring !


Wishful Thinking

With temperatures brutal and the landscape colourless, I have taken solace in these sweet blooms from last spring.

Wishing You

From me to you, have a Merry Christmas.

(The birch tree ornaments are by Christine from “The Birch Shop” in Manitoba, Canada)

The quiet before

The quiet before

Soon the holiday glamour will capture all the attention; this the quiet before presenting itself for contemplation.

November Notes

November Notes I

Strokes and squiggles. Lines and loops. Dashes and doodles. November trees write their strange script upon the grey skies. Notes on the season. Poems of transformation.

November Calligraphy

November Notes Edited



Walk with me

Walk with me I

The morning is cool and damp, but come, walk with me. We will don our woolly scarves and mitts, and be grateful for that warmth.

As we enter the leaf-strewn path, our footfalls mute. Birds tweet and observe our passage from their spy perches. Fluffy-tailed bunnies scamper for cover, but we mean no harm. We are simply walkers who came by one autumn day.

Walk with me II

Alternate Walk

September Sky Blue

Blue Sky Still Sunday

“The blue of the sky is one of the most special colors in the world, because the color is deep but see-through both at the same time.”  Cynthia Kadohata