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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Literarily dry …. and slightly dotty!

Well, here we are again! I must confess that because it has been so long since I have ‘penned’ a blogpost, I feel as ‘literarily dry’ as a month-old sponge cake…quite unlike YAYOI KUSAMA, the amazing Japanese contemporary artist whose art works positively ooze creative juiciness. We visited her exhibition yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Rather than writing screeds of clever things, I think I will let the photos speak for themselves….oh, except to say, that “The Obliteration Room” was the favourite for us all – a room that had everything painted totally white to represent an expansive blank canvas…over the space of some weeks, children were given coloured dots of varying sizes and colours, to stick all over everything, thus transforming the previously blank canvas into an explosion of vibrant colours.



The artist has a real fascination with dots and pumpkins….


…and vibrant colours!


This exhibit shows Kusama’s fascination with perspective, reflection, and patterns. Loved the giant inflatables!


Kusama’s work extends to film, sculpture, painting, sketching, fashion, installations, performance etc. Her mind must work overtime!



The Obliteration Room


So, so COOL !!!


Wonderful exhibition!! Well worth seeing for yourself if it ever comes to town….

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Wet Wet Wet

Typical Vancouver winter weather. (Or fall... or spring, for that matter) Pouring rain.
This week, Big Bear decided that it was time to replace the old copper pipe supplying our house with water. So he enlisted Little Bear to dig a trench to the water main and booked a plumber friend to help him today.
The rain began on Thursday. The trench filled up. Last night, Big Bear rented a pump to keep it... well, dry. But there's no such thing as dry in this weather.
Today, the two bears went outside to start work, but to no avail. They just couldn't keep up with the pounding rain. The project was aborted for today.
Too bad...
The question is, why is Big Bear wearing his old construction hard hat?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Back to the Nest

My boy has been far from home this year, trying out his wings and going to school in the land of the cold. (Edmonton is the true Great White North!) He has delved into good cooking, lived on a tight budget, and created a niche for himself in a new city.
His brother misses him.
On Thursday, Little Joe will fly home for nine days. He has been phoning almost every day. For a boy who wants independence, he sure seems to miss us all!
I, for one, am looking forward to getting a great, big hug!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The New Year

In my classroom this past month, we worked on writing some goals and resolutions for 2012. Of course, the real purpose of the whole thing was to create a super cute bulletin board, inspired by the genius of Clutter-Free Classroom (my fave teacher blog)!

And it is an awfully cute bulletin board, indeed!

I loved reading the earnest thoughts of my friends as they carefully considered the coming year and what is truly important in life.

I think this young man has his priorities straight. He may just be my most favourite student of all.

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