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Jan McCartney

Art photographer, Nikonian, Wordpresser, Artistic Googler, Lives in a Velvia world.
September 05, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 14 plus ones
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Summer's end at Leaside community gardens. The fine china and silverware have been put away for next year's Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

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September 05, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 13 plus ones
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It flew just fine.

Last day at Leaside community gardens photographing the little oasis in the industrial wasteland of the soul.

Musical accompaniment: The Beatles - Blackbird (official video)

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August 29, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 15 plus ones
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The art scribbler at the Red Star fishwrapper wrings his hands: "Fans will exult in it beginning to end, like the exhaustive funhouse it is. But I wonder if it’s a little too user-friendly'", then goes on to suggest "would it be so hard to see his work alongside Cindy Sherman’s Film Stills...Or even the vast photographic tableaux of Jeff Wall?" (I love them both and I love the Red Star.) He goes on some more: "But still. Colville is an artist for whom the less explanation, the better...this could be anywhere, and he or she could be you." And this: "There's less reverence than engagement".

For some, maybe...the ones that iPhoned all the images and the textual descriptions.

I will pore over the catalogue. I will dream about Colville's visions. And I will go back for another look.

And I have a project in mind. I want to render this in acrylics. It is "Kitimat", captured by me on May 9, 2013, three days before my old heart dog left this Earth. Colville loved his dogs. For now, it is conceptual art - a plan for a painting that I do and do not want to make. What would Alex say?

The Red Star says: http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/visualarts/2014/08/21/visual_art_alex_colville_art_gallery_of_ontario_ago_exhibition_painting.html

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August 28, 2014 8 comments 0 shares 31 plus ones
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+Lynne Goodwin +Rob Robinson 

Inspired by your life changes and optimism. August 29 happened a couple of days early. My exit from the corporate world. Changing my tag line on FB from "Would rather be making art". Now I suppose I will need to deliver at some point.

Image: Digital manipulation by me called "Tessie's World" of a Google Street View of my city, the Big Smoke.

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August 24, 2014 4 comments 1 shares 27 plus ones
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"Hofsos Church, Iceland" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Big sky, small church, rendered in Nik Silver FX, Alien Skin Snap Art Pencil and Nik Color FX.

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/WHWHH

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August 24, 2014 0 comments 1 shares 16 plus ones
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"Drift Ice, Hokkaido" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Abashiri Bay blues. Topaz Adjust and Alien Skin Snap Art Impasto.

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/BqA9t

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August 16, 2014 1 comments 0 shares 21 plus ones
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Infokaster: “Informkast to Marshall Antares…”
Urik: “Save the formalities and report, lieutenant !”
Infokaster: “We’ve got a breach in the command decks, sir - invasion bridge locking on to deck blocks 30:39 !”
Urik: “Damnit ! Anybody in the area ?”
Infokaster: “No one but the enemy squad crossing the expanse , sir !” 

http://theredstar.com/pages/about-us/

My image: Art Gallery of Ontario Galleria Italia from Dundas Street

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August 16, 2014 1 comments 0 shares 18 plus ones
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A B&W version of the iconic Gehry staircase at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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August 16, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 14 plus ones
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One of the most distinctive architectural features of the Frank Gehry-designed Art Gallery of Ontario is this staircase, photographed from below and tarted up in NIK Color Efex.

The (beige) Douglas fir-clad sculptural staircase rises from the second floor of Walker Court, through the glass ceiling and extends to the fifth floor Centre for Contemporary Art.

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August 15, 2014 5 comments 0 shares 15 plus ones
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After the 1997 Russian film of that name, directed by Aleksandr Sokurov, depicting the relationship between an old, dying mother and her young son. The cinematography of the film featured images distorted by filming through painted glass panes, mirrors, and special lenses, together with sounds of "whispering wind, crashing waves, and sea-gull cries," creating an elegiac mood. The dreamy landscapes have been compared to the work of Caspar David Friedrich.

http://edmundsiderius.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/caspar-david-friedrich-the-vista-artist/

A lovely slow film if you enjoyed Visconti's "Death in Venice" or Bergman's "Cries and Whispers".

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