I loved the song ‘Autumn Leaves’ from the first time I heard it. I love the energy of the song and the way I feel singing it. I have spent hours with this song, singing this song just for the sheer pleasure like I did as a teenager.
At Thanksgiving this year it rained most of the weekend, but there were occasional short breaks. Dad and I went out on Sunday afternoon to take pictures along the Britt road (otherwise known as Riverside Drive). On Monday, driving home I continued to pull over and take pictures. Since the sky was so grey it made the colours pop.
Even though we knew this project was happening, it caught us by surprise this summer to see the new wind farm at Henvey Inlet First Nation. I’ve spent my summers among these islands my whole life. Our family picnics were in this area. The photo at the top of this post is taken just across the water from the lighthouse where my grandfather lived as a child.
This poem was composed to celebrate the theme “Sharing Across the Arts” at the Spirit of the Hills Festival of the Arts Opening Reception on October 25, 2019.
We were honoured to have the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, visit the festival and speak so passionately about the arts and their importance in our communities.
Here is the video of the Opening Reception:
Share My Arts
Give me your brush
and I’ll sing your portrait.
Give me your trumpet
and I’ll paint your song.
Give me your pen
and I’ll sculpt your novel.
Give me your books
and I’ll shoot your poem.
Give me your camera
and I’ll tango your picture.
Give me your dance
and I’ll write your solo.
Give me your time
and I’ll share my arts.
One of the best parts about having a blog is learning that something that is posted is of some use to people. I love the interactive nature of blogs. The opportunity for people to leave comments on blogs. We can share things that are important to us. We can collect and document experiences. We can learn from each other. We can inspire each other.
Over the past couple years I’ve heard that some of my photos have become a source for other people’s projects and I’ve found some of my posts linked or embedded in other people’s work. I’ve met some really interesting people from around the world too. These creative connections are important.
My cousin Lise sent me a note this week. She’s bringing joy to herself and others by painting on jean jackets. What a fabulous idea! Here is one she recently created for her mother using a picture from my site:
And then last Spring, Paul Mondoux, another talented artist reached out to me asking if he could use one of my photographs for a painting. At the time of this post, it was listed as available on his website. Here is his beautiful life-like creation:
And before that a wonderful local artist, Jennifer Trefiak, used a photo of Lake Ontario I took in the Spring for one of her paintings. Riding my bike to the lake always inspired a photo and a share on Facebook. I was so thrilled that Jennifer wanted to use this one to create this dynamic piece:
It rained most of the weekend this Thanksgiving but that didn’t stop me from getting outside to take pictures of the leaves between rainfalls. I wish you could see them in full resolution! Here are some of my pics:
On October 13th, 2019 when my brother was heading home to Toronto after our Thanksgiving in Britt he could see the smoke. Dad and I headed out to investigate.
I want to write more about Cobourg. Explore its locations and history. I’d love to do this with you! In the new year I plan to launch a new project as Poet Laureate. I’m still working out the details but the broad strokes of the plan is to offer some free writing workshops in various locations around town. Let’s be inspired together!