Shaping the artistic landscape

Shaping the artistic landscape

I spent some time this weekend crafting an organizational message about why people should consider becoming a member of Arts Council Wood Buffalo.  I think I proffered some sound reasons why getting involved is important, and potentially powerful.  You can read that communication posted as a note on the ACWB Facebook page by clicking here.
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Let’s Get Sketchy!

Let’s Get Sketchy!

Some mornings I really struggle trying to find something to write about.  This is not one of those mornings. In preparation for designing a poster for an upcoming #YMMARTS Happening called “Let’s Get Sketchy!”, I asked creatively inclined folks in my Facebook world to help out.  The task was simple.  As there is a late
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For fear that…

For fear that…

The phrase most often repeated during Remembrance Day has to be “Lest we forget”.  These three words are embedded in the brains of young Canadian children, from the time we attended our first service in elementary school to when we grew into productive adults and chose to attend the public services in our communities. Nowadays,
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Cluttered life, cluttered mind

Cluttered life, cluttered mind

I spend the most creative hour of my day here, at my computer in my home study – a converted bedroom that also doubles as a walk-in closet for my man stuff.  Years ago, I took out the closet doors, installed a made-to-fit desk with a slide out for my laptop, some shelves and a
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The greater the pain, the better the work

The greater the pain, the better the work

I’ve been drawing faces for as long as I can remember.  I have no memory of what got me started, but there is lots of evidence that I began really young, as I have a folder full of drawings from the mid to late 1970’s and early 1980’s. I went through a period in the
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What’s your number?

What’s your number?

We were sitting in the living room last night when Heather asked me a very strange question. “Are there any numbers that you have seen repeated today?” “I’m not sure what you mean,” I said. It was at this point that I noticed she was gripping a book, ready to reference whatever number I came
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RIP Christina

RIP Christina

A member of our Keyano Theatre and interPLAY families has left us far too soon.  Christina faced her cancer diagnosis with courage, determination and optimism.  And even though in recent months those close to her thought she had turned a corner, the universe had other plans. Christina joined the interPLAY board over 10 years ago.
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Painting Ian McKellen

Painting Ian McKellen

I recently returned to portrait painting after a two-year hiatus.  It’s difficult to pin down where the inspiration came from, but losing the election and having unexpected time on my hands probably helped light the spark.  In reflection, some of my best work happened after experiencing a sudden loss or setback. After painting a crazy
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Five last breaths

Five last breaths

(breath) death is banging on the door (breath) my feet are leaving the floor (breath) my love I’ll see you soon (breath) in the kiss of the wind (breath) in the half-light of the moon

Resistance or Resilience?

Resistance or Resilience?

I had the pleasure of giving the keynote speaker from this weekend’s District 42 Toastmasters Conference a tour of MacDonald Island yesterday.  Anne Barab, from Texas, was gobsmacked the moment she walked in the door and saw the Syncrude Aquatics Centre.  Right away, the iPhone came out, and images of our incredible facility began streaming
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