What is your art?

What is your art?

What is your art?  What an interesting question being posed to Albertans by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts via a special website that you can find here. The website invites us to make a Top 5 list answering the question.  The responses are as varied and interesting as they are, at times, surprising. I
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In the eye of the beholder

In the eye of the beholder

Art is incredibly subjective.  It’s certainly been my experience, over the past few months, that everyone has a unique perspective and opinion on what I paint.  There have been a number of portraits that I have done that have caused strong reactions.  The painting of Bruno rekindled memories for thousands of people in east-central Saskatchewan
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part X

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part X

We played a game of Ninja Tag as a warm up to our long day of rehearsal on Saturday.  It was a wonderful way to limber up the body, heighten the senses and connect with our fellow actors.  As I was the first one to lose both my appendages and get kicked out of the
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part IX

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part IX

A big part of doing a period piece like Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is dealing with accents.  In the case of this production, you will hear a mix of upper (RP – Received Pronunciation) and lower (Cockney) class voices.  I’m grateful for having to work on the RP-side of this equation, as doing a believable Cockney
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part VIII

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part VIII

There are a number of spots in the play where director Jacqueline Russell has promised that “magical things will be inserted”, whether that be during the entrance of one of the ghosts or one of the hallucination-like transitions from one location to another.  Last night, we began to piece a few of those moments together.
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Moon statements

Moon statements

In multiple settings and situations, I find myself drawing a simple mountain with a flag planted on the top.  As long as everyone climbing that mountain can see it, presumably, they will all be heading in the same direction. I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is
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Discovering Gate 1 at YMM

Discovering Gate 1 at YMM

I’ve had the good fortune of using our new Fort McMurray International Airport a number of times since it opened in June.  I enjoy many things about it:  the spacious parking, shopping options and large departure lounge.  It’s also such a treat to have access to some food choices.  I had missed lunch yesterday and
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part VII

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part VII

Everyone learns lines in their own way.  For me, the days between rehearsals are when I get the bulk of my learning done. I begin by grabbing some time, usually an hour or two when I duck into my study after having let everyone in the house know that I’m working on my lines.  I
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Coming up short

Coming up short

Election night 2013.  I was at home, preparing to have some supporters come over to watch the results roll in.  After a long, grueling and turbulent campaign I was ready for it all to be over and to carry on with the business of governing.  I’m almost certain my family members were feeling the same,
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part VI

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part VI

We did our first stumble through of the show yesterday, patching together blocking work we had done over five rehearsals.  In very rare fashion, we did the theatrical rite of passage, not in the rehearsal hall but on the actual deck.  Director Jacqueline Russell managed to negotiate this precious time for us as the run
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