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Multiple Views of a Pagoda

In the heart of Chinatown Vancouver is the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden. The quote on their website and as you enter the garden is “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the places and moments that take our breath away” which gives you an inkling of the nature of this reflective oasis.
In late January I had the pleasure of visiting the gardens for the first time. To go out on a cold and rainy day in January may seem like an odd time to visit a Chinese Garden but in true Chinese tradition there is never a bad day to visit the garden. For example, our guide told us that the points on the roof tiles were designed to channel the rain so that the drops fall like a string of pearls.
Another special element of the garden was that the walls were created with openings that had designs built in so as you walked along the walkway you could always see the garden through a multitude of shapes. Reflecting on the different views and perspectives is one of the gifts of the garden. Below are a variety of views of the central Pagoda each with its own charm and evocation.
For more information on the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens check out their website: http://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com/

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2010 in photographs

 

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2010 in photographs

 

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2010 in photographs

 

Serenity by the Sea

Serenity by the Sea

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2010 in art dolls

 

Personal Journey Doll Workshop

The Personal Journey Doll Workshop is a wonderful way to free up creativity and bring play and delight back into the creative process. What shape is joy, what colour is fragility? The process is a wonderful way to express our stories, feelings and dreams in visual form.
Techniques used include wrapping, gluing, and/or sewing the dolls together. No artistic experience required, and all materials are supplied; pipe cleaners, wire, fabric, embellishments… though participants are encouraged to bring a few treasures of their own; fabric, stone, wood, found object… to put into their art doll.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2010 in publicity

 

Jazz

I’m continuing to create seahorses in a multitude of colours and designs and am  primarily using fabrics I bought in Hawaii when I first saw seahorses there at the Ocean Rider seahorse farm. I am also reading a book about these enigmatic little fish called “Poseidon’s Steed” by Helen Scales which is a wonderfully elegant yet hard hitting book about oceans, the seahorse and humanity. All the reading and art around seahorse has even led to them showing up in my dreams.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2010 in seahorses

 

“The Artiste”

The Artiste is a fun piece. Her feet are created from a couple of brushes that wouldn’t stay on their handles. She is a teeny muse to keep around in case of dry spells.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2010 in art dolls