January 13, 2012
Ian Tamblyn is, without a doubt, my favorite singer-songwriter and one of Canada's finest musicians, if not the most underrated. I have been following Ian's career since 1977. A quick look at the Discography on his web site and I realize that I own every single one of his recordings ... 34 vinyls, casettes and CDs in all to date! I rarely travel without some of his music to keep me company.
October 2, 2011
I recently came upon a well written and well thought out article by Djanka Gajdel, a Photographic Representative as well as an Art and Commerce Consultant, about the essential differences between professional and amateur photographers. I have always loved the definition of an 'amateur' given to us by Ernst Haas, often considered the 'father of color photography', during a photo workshop as meaning "a lover or devotee of an art or science". A number of professional photographers (myself included) enjoyed the status of amateur photographer before leaping into the world of the professional. The problem arises however when the amateur enters the world of the professional without the proper training or business knowledge.
November 22, 2010
A few days ago, I attended my first Canadian Folk Music Awards Gala held at the beautiful and historic Pantages Theater in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The CFMA recognizes Canada’s outstanding performers, writers and producers of the many diverse forms of folks music. A “folkie” from way back, I thoroughly enjoyed the evening!
November 4, 2010
I met Avery in the early 80's in Edmonton where we both worked in forestry. As fate would have it, we would both move to Winnipeg in the mid 80's where I worked in the same office as her husband Paul. In the mid 1990s, Paul and Avery moved to their lakeside home on Clearwater Lake, a most beautiful setting and one which I have had the pleasure of visiting and working around on numerous occasions. Avery was also very helpful in setting out a direction for this Blog - what an awful name by the way. That's why I call this "In Focus"!
I am proud to present a small portfolio of four art works by Avery.
November 3, 2010
Art is about creativity and creativity has no bounds. The medium is important to the artist only in as much as it is his or her chosen method of expression. Back in the sixties, the “coffee house” was a gathering place for artists. It is in this same spirit that I invite you to meet my guest artists.