18 September 2016

forever a work in progress

icicle installation

Happy Sunday, friends!

Something about the cooler weather clears my foggy summer brain and the creativity muse starts to get active again. (Of course having the boys back in school also helps, but hey, I definitely notice the difference temperature has too.)

Muse-struck as I have been, I've been working like a crazy thing on a number of projects and I am pleased to announce that I have now gathered both my tarology and photography offers under one roof at Etsy.

Both these are ‘digital’ services in effect so it made sense to gather them there.

Wild Readings with The Wild Unknown deck will continue to be offered in two formats: three-card readings at each New Balsamic Moon and bespoke Burning Question readings as requested.

In addition I am excited to now offer a 3-moon package for the Balsamic Moon, allowing those who wish to have an ongoing dialogue to do so more easily. Cycles of the Moon (as I have called them) are for three readings that can be used as desired within 6 months of purchase.

digital photo prints

I am also excited to make photo prints more immediately accessible with instant digital downloads for self-printing and framing. Each photo listing includes the original digital file at 300dpi along with a ready-to-print pdf of the same files at varying sizes. This means you can print as many copies you want at a range of easy to frame sizes.

At present I have listed photos from my spring and summer garden, with more autumn/winter images coming next month.

instagram project

Lastly, and most exciting to me right now, is the launch tomorrow of a fun Instagram 'bonus' project that has been brewing this summer. As you know, I have rather fallen in love with the platform and finding my way there. This project has come out of that love for it, a way to share my joy of it and some of my favourite finds.

Using purely crowd-sourced content, MiRANDA is an online photocentric zine that aims to capture the unique user experience that art, architecture and the natural world inspire. That sometimes elusive, intangible sense that comes in the presence of beauty and that touches spirit. Transformational and transcendent.

My hope is that the combined experience the images portray will inspire and uplift others in the same way it does me.

For now I am keeping it small and simple. In time, who knows...

Please drop a note below if you have any questions - I'd be delighted to answer! Thank you.


:: BEKA ::

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11 September 2016

exploring dinosaur country

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"...derived from the French 'terres mauvais à traverser', meaning 'land hard to cross', the badlands of the Red River valley are barren, scoured and eroded by water; etched by weathering and wind-driven sand and rain, their dramatic landforms developing an intricate network of deeply incised, narrow, winding gullies and occasional fantastically shaped rocks..."
-- Ian Campbell, The Canadian Encyclopedia


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"...likely named from the voodoo in which magical powers can be associated with natural features, the First Nations believed the unusual, taller or lower hard-capped sandstone formations, Hoodoos, were the protectors of the bison and ancient animal spirits. Certainly they conjure up images of strange events..."
-- Andrew Kobos, Zwoje Scrolls


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Wide rolling prairies of scrub grassland, endless oceans of arable farmland, roadways that head straight into the horizon with few kinks or bends, vast open skies of rolling cloud and a relentless wind that blows without pause, all give unexpected way to a sudden opening in the ground and the Red River canyon network.

It is a landscape of raw exposure, without privacy or respite from the elements. The only features as such being the odd lone homestead, barn, pump-jack or solitary tree. One can feel very alone out here.

Drawn by the riches beneath the surface determination overcomes the conditions of what quickly feels like a choice of two settings: heat and dust or quagmire and mud.

And yet. And yet, this landscape is awe-inspiring. It has been decades since my last trip into this landscape, the last being before we moved out here and away from the constrictions of European density. And though maybe my emotional experience of this has softened and shifted to being less of an impact on my spirit, there is still a certain peace I feel in this place that can only be compared to that which I feel when taking in the vastness of the star-filled night sky or looking out over an ocean.

It is that sense of smallness against the scale of the universe, and yet a connectedness and expansion that settle my spirit in peace and knowing that this is it.


:: BEKA ::


// further reading //
The Canadian Encyclopedia
The Zwoje Scrolls
Travel Drumheller

04 September 2016

art off the rails

"...an abnormal manner, especially a manner that causes damage or malfunctioning. Insane. Off the intended path. Out of control.

"If someone has gone off the rails, they have lost track of reality. To start behaving strangely or in a way that is not acceptable to society.

"From the derailment of a locomotive."

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Wherever you go, there is something synonymous with graffiti and the railroad. Those rather neglected industrialised spaces. And just as nature quickly reclaims them, so too are humans pulled to put their stamp of ownership on them also.

With admiration of this innate bold and expressive form of art I was quick to take up the challenge posed by this year’s Art Walk theme and set about seeking examples of this juxtaposition. This Art Off the Rails.

For me I do not see it as necessarily vandalism or something negative per se. For sure there is lots of tagging and negative language connected with it, but also there is lots of really awesome artwork that is truly inspiring and that provokes dialogue. Street art breaks the bounds of what is so called 'acceptable' which in many cases falls into a very narrow box of appropriateness and conservatism. That it (art) has to happen or be displayed in certain sanctioned places. That only certain folks can be ‘artists’.

Of course none of this is actually true. The art I prefer pushes the boundaries. Makes you feel uncomfortable even. I like to witness art in public and unexpected spaces. And I like my art to be transitory. That it is never permanent. For again, there is some kind of nicety that kind of misses the point of artistic expression to me. That sense of expressing a moment, an idea.

And so it always delights me to see this display of rebellion, this burst of colour, shape and texture in an otherwise sea of muted shades.

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In the end I did not get to use my findings in the way I had hoped. Maybe next time... All the same and maybe just the slightest because of this, I am sharing a selection of my favourites here in my own corner of the ether'verse.

The topic of graffiti brings up a bunch of debate and conflict of opinion surrounding its appearance and culture. How do you feel about this free form of expression? Good, bad? Not art? An eye sore or visual delight? Vandalism or a reclamation of public spaces?


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