From the Pacific Northwest – Part IV

Musings in Autumn: Walt Whitman

“Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard.”

Canadian Art – Part I: Elizabeth Harris

Artist Statement: “I was born in the Peace River Country, and spent my formative years on a cattle ranch. I have been educated at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and have developed a strong background in facilitation of artist environments within society structures and independent studios and galleries. I have taught adult art education throughout British Columbia, and exhibit widely in both private and public galleries with work that reflects my ideas of relevance.
My art is an idiosyncratic mix of contemporary aspirations and conceptual leanings with undercurrents of rural stoicism. I am a multi media artist, and have found, that the ability to create dialogue in several mediums is what keeps my work alive. My conversations in art are an extrospective view of everyday life, with emphasis on the significance of nature.”

Below – “Tundra Walker”; “Bear with Salmon”; “Red Raku”; “Bear with Leaves”; “Green Bear I”;“Bear with Blackberries.”






A Poem for Today

By Basho

On a bare branch
a crow is perched –
autumn evening

Musings in Autumn: Wallace Stegner

“The perfect weather of Indian Summer lengthened and lingered, warm sunny days were followed by brisk nights with Halloween a presentiment in the air.”


Abraham Maslow (1908`1970) was an American psychologist who was best known for creating Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

Some quotes from the work of Abraham Maslow:

“If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.”
“Be independent of the good opinion of other people.”
“To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.”
“I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act. The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.”
“What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.”
“One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.”
“The sacred is in the ordinary…it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s own backyard…travel may be a flight from confronting the scared–this lesson can be easily lost. To be looking elsewhere for miracles is to me a sure sign of ignorance that everything is miraculous.” “It looks as if there were a single ultimate goal for mankind, a far goal toward which all persons strive. This is called variously by different authors self-actualization, self-realization, integration, psychological health, individuation, autonomy, creativity, productivity, but they all agree that this amounts to realizing the potentialities of the person, that is to say, becoming fully human, everything that person can be.”

A Second Poem for Today

“My Mother’s Music”
By Emilie Buchwald

In the evenings of my childhood,
when I went to bed,
music washed into the cove of my room,
my door open to a slice of light.

I felt a melancholy I couldn’t have named,
a longing for what I couldn’t yet have said
or understood but still
knew was longing,
knew was sadness
untouched by time.

the music was a rippling stream
of clear water rushing
over a bed of river stones
caught in sunlight.

And many nights
I crept from bed
to watch her
swaying where she sat
overtaken by the tide,
her arms rowing the music
out of the piano. 

Musings in Autumn: Sanober Khan

“Once in a while i am struck
all over again… by just how blue
the sky appears .. on wind-played
autumn mornings, blue enough
to bruise a heart.”

Canadian Art – Part II: Ted Fullerton

In the words of one writer, “Ted Fullerton works in contemporary painting, printmaking and sculpture, and have achieved numerous awards such as the Juror’s Award in the CIM Centennial Art Competition and the Boston Printmaker’s Juried Exhibition award. His significant sculpture commissions are for the City of Kitchener and the Davenport Architectural Corp. Ted Fullerton graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1976. In 1993 and 1994, he was artist-in-residence at Cape Dorset, and at Canadore College in North Bay.”

Below – “Catch and Release (Axis Mundi)”; “Free as a Bird (Axis Mundi)”; “Expecting the Unexpected (Axis Mundi)”; “3 Graces (Axis Mundi”; “Nurture, Nature”;  “The Day the Earth Stood Still (Figures in a Landscape).”






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