Pitmen Painters

image of cast of pitmen painters, new stages production, market hall, peterboroughI’m back to work this week on a fine production from New Stages Theatre.

The Pitmen Painters opens tonight (Friday, April 8 at 8pm at Market Hall) and I can’t wait to hear the first comments from the audience.

image of cast of pitmen painters, new stages production, market hall, peterboroughWritten by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), it’s a recreation of the true story of a group of coal miners in 1930s England who learned to paint.

It’s humourous, touching and covers a LOT of ground in regards to what it is to make art and who has the right to call themselves an artist.

The cast is excellent and the two act play moves at a rapid pace.

I can’t recommend it enough.

It appears Bea Quarrie, in her review of the dress rehearsal for MyKawartha, and Sam Tweedle for Kawartha Now, also think it’s worth checking out.

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Mom Says It’s All Going To Be OK

image of rainbow over suburban house in london, ontarioFor those of you who don’t already know, my mom, Bernice Vincent, died on Friday, March 25th.

You can read the obituary, a kind tribute by James Reaney, and an interesting article in the London Free Press. Or review her career as an artist on her web site.

Here I post this rather poor photo, taken two hours after her burial. After a weekend of mixed weather including sun, warm, cold, rain, snow, sleet, cloud and clear, the day of mom’s funeral was primarily sunny with swaths of interesting cloud.

At the cemetery someone looked up and said, “it’s a Bernice Vincent sky.” Someone else piped up, “they’re ALL Bernice Vincent skies.”

After we got back to mom’s place and were beginning to relax, the clouds, very briefly, opened up, then broke with sun in the west. For just a few minutes, hovering over the house, was this rainbow.

 

Thank-you, mom,

for everything.

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London Sky

image of sunset tinged clouds over commissioners road, londonIt’s been grey and windy here in London over the last few days. There’s been some rain, too, but mostly just bluster. Continue reading

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Late Winter Fields

image of textured white clouds with blue sky over rust gold late winter field with sparse snow and barns in the distanceIt’s certainly been a while since I’ve posted.

Needless to say, there’s been a lot going on that has kept me from my regular photo habit.

image of winter field with bright sun shining through blotchy white cloudsI’ve still got a lot on my plate, but things are getting done and time is passing.

Spring will arrive soon. And after that, summer. It seems even then I will be posting only occasionally.

I hope when the fall comes ’round again, I’ll be back to my regularly scheduled photo posts.

In the mean time, I’ll keep sending out photos as best I can.

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Polaroid Test

scan of a polaroid photograph of sheep resting in a snowy fieldAt the encouragement of my room-mate, and with his generous donation of some Impossible Project film, I took mom’s old Polaroid camera out with me last weekend. Continue reading

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Beast Minding

image of three sheep, clover, stomp and boom, snacking on their hay in their pastureI’m beast minding for a friend this weekend. Continue reading

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Roads

roads1There are roads behind… Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Walk

image of the train tracks through pond mills, london, ontario, december 2015With unusually mild weather, a friend and I went for a walk near mom’s place. Continue reading

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Edgeworld Wash

edgewash_01Mom has lived in a suburb that, she once discovered, is on one of the highest points of land in London. When you look around, it’s as though the rest of the landscape has floated away. A friend and I refer to it as Edgeworld. Continue reading

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Mist, Water and Rock

ricelakedec15_01I was down at Rice Lake this week.

One of my favourite spots. Continue reading

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