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Playing around

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Last week I put SketchBook MobileX (free app) on my iTouch. For the first time in a really long time, I had fun just doodling around, using my finger. Also for the first time, layers felt intuitively easy. Keep in mind, the screen on the iTouch is teeny-weeny, yet still it was fun to doodle […]

Had the Virgin Mary no girl friends?

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Visiting an exhibit of Albrecht Dürer woodcuts at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV) on Sunday, I was especially struck by one image in his series The Life of the Virgin: her death. At this most intimate and final moment of her life, she is surrounded by a phalanx of ten solicitous and grieving […]

Bad art

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Passing an auction house window stuffed with bad, mostly pre-modern, art made me think about my ability to judge old art, versus my difficulties in judging contemporary art with a comparable certainty.

Ballet Victoria’s “Beauty and the Beast”

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

If you’re in Victoria BC: tomorrow (12/29) and Thursday (12/30) evening are your last chances to see Ballet Victoria’s “Beauty & the Beast” at the Royal Theatre, 7:30pm. Go see it and support local arts.

“Moscow Stations” at Victoria’s Theatre Inconnu

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Right now, Victorians have a rare chance to see the Canadian premiere of Moscow Stations, Stephen Mulrine’s adaptation and translation of Venedikt Yerofeev’s novel Moscow to Petushki. A one-man play starring Theatre Inconnu‘s Clayton Jevne, the piece takes you through the stations of the drunkard’s cross as he tries to reach salvation in the perpetually […]

Kaleidoscope Theatre’s The Hobbit

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Are you a huge Tolkien fan? Yeah, me neither… That said, however, if you’re in Victoria Canada, you should see Kaleidoscope Theatre‘s production of The Hobbit, currently playing at the McPherson Theatre. The remaining three shows are this Friday – that’s tomorrow – and Saturday at 7pm, and then again on Sunday at 2pm. Kaleidoscope’s […]


Monday, December 6th, 2010

The biggest problem with letting regular blogging slide is re-entry – at least, that’s my experience. For the past month, I let the posts slide …and then eventually dwindle to mere Sunday links updates. I’d like to pull up my socks and re-enter. Here’s a peek into a small piece of what I’ve been up […]

Green Design as Art

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Last Friday, I stopped in at Exploring the Aesthetics of Sustainability | Green Design as Art, a small (but interesting!) weekend exhibit at the newly-completed Atrium Building in downtown Victoria. The developer (Victoria-based Jawl Properties) made an unfinished/ raw ground-floor retail space available to the the organizers – props to the Jawls for their civic-minded […]

Power/ Influence

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

A few days ago the Vancouver Sun published BC’s top 100 influential women – it’s entirely possible that I would have missed the Sun‘s report if not for Alexandra Samuel‘s extensive blog post, Vancouver Sun list of 100 influential women in BC shows influence beyond Twitter. This evening I came across Are you an influencer? […]

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