Gesture Studies with Windsock Model

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Sky Star Pose

Near the beginning of an extended walk last November, I became transfixed by a tall flapping windsock outside a bakery. I ended up taking over seventy pictures of the wind-animated figure, and each one had a different pose. It was like receiving a free art class on the topic of gesture studies!

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Smiling with Abandon into the Beyond
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Drop Me in the River

It’s astonishing how expressive fabric can be when it composes a long tube for the body, two hollow arms, and a head with strips of black cloth for hair. The different angles of the head and arms as well as various bends in the body’s “spine” gave strong impressions of joy, fatigue, despair, sass, embarrassment, playfulness, surrender, overwhelm, triumph, and humor.

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Bliss Float
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The Stretch Just After Waking

I managed to reduce the number of pictures by more than half, but I still need to ask viewers’ indulgence for the quantity of images posted here. (Sending a big thank you to Veronica Paloma for her thoughtful comments on these photos when I first posted them on Facebook last fall and for providing ideas for the titles “Bliss Float,” “Cheerleader,” and “Responding to the Latin Beat.”)

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Freedom to Be a Willow
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Salute to Freedom
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Taken Way Aback
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Shy Greeting
Overcome by the Giggles
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Marching Just Because I Want to March in the Wind
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Don’t Underestimate My Biceps Just Because I Am a Windsock. I Will Flex at You Until You Are Convinced!
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You Rang?
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Fetch Me My Fainting Couch!
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Horizontal Rocket Launch
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Temporary Lack of Insight
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Be Still My Hollow Heart!
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Windsock Means Business
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My Apologies
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Cheerleader
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Responding to the Call of the Salsa Beat
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Fill the Frame with Joy
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Awkward Conversation
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I Wish I Could Complete This Cartwheel
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Defiantly Awkward
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Gracious Welcome
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This Trampoline Is Awesome!
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Blown Back by a Temporary Obstacle
Victory

Images of North York and East York

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Aga Khan Museum, North York
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West Don River, E. T. Seton Park
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E. T. Seton Park
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Taylor Massey Creek
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Wilket Creek Park
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Wilket Creek Park
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Wilket Creek Park
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Wilket Creek Park
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Wilket Creek
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Neighborhood near Sunnybrook Park

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Willow on Don Mills Road
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Merrill Bridge Road Park
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Merrill Bridge Road Park
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Merrill Bridge Road Park
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Merrill Bridge Road Park
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Merrill Bridge Road Park

Photos of Scarborough, Spring and Summer 2016

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Gatineau Trail
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Gatineau Trail
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Gatineau Trail
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Highland Creek
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Highland Creek
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Near Kennedy and Lawrence
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Ashtonbee Road
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My front garden, Scarborough
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My front garden, Scarborough
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My front garden, Scarborough
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Gatineau Trail
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Gatineau Trail
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Centennial College Library, Ashtonbee Campus
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Centennial College Library, Ashtonbee Campus
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Gatineau Trail
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Alley near Kennedy and Eglinton
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Footbridge next to Lord Roberts Woods
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Footbridge next to Lord Roberts Woods
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Gatineau Trail
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Scarborough neighborhood
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Gatineau Trail
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Gatineau Trail
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Scarborough neighborhood
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Sidewalk on Lebovich Road
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Creek near Arsandco Park
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Birkdale Ravine
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Birkdale Ravine
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Lake Ontario at the base of the Doris McCarthy Trail
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Lake Ontario at the base of the Doris McCarthy Trail

Found Sculpture Gallery at Humber Bay Park

After lunch with a friend last Monday, I enjoyed a windy walk on the shore of Lake Ontario at Humber Bay Park. Much to my delight, I discovered a spontaneous outdoor gallery on top of a boulder.

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Leafy Portal and Carved Rock Collages by Catherine

Catherine Raine, 2015
Catherine Raine, 2015

This photo of an autumnal scene inspired a collage that emerged in spring.

Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Highland Creek, Catherine Raine 2016
Highland Creek, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016

English Language Learners Recycle Trash into Artful Collages!

ELL Gallery, 2016
ELL Gallery, 2016

Recently I offered a collage session to enrich an ESL textbook’s chapter about trash and recycling. I loved how the eleven international students in the class called on their creativity to transform magazines, leaflets, cards, calendars, old books, music scores, and stickers into individual works of art.

Fred's Collage, 2016
Fred’s Collage, 2016
Jake's Collage, 2016
Jake’s Collage, 2016
Young's Collage, 2016
Young’s Collage, 2016
Arturo's Collage, 2016
Arturo’s Collage, 2016
Jean's Collage, 2016
Jean’s Collage, 2016
Jose's Collage, 2016
Jose’s Collage, 2016
James' Collage, 2016
James’ Collage, 2016
Wilson's Collage, 2016
Wilson’s Collage, 2016
Winnie's Collage, 2016
Winnie’s Collage, 2016
Johnnie's Collage, 2016
Johnnie’s Collage, 2016
Allen's Collage, 2016
Allen’s Collage, 2016

YEARBOOK Collage Workshop at Bluffs Gallery!

In collaboration with Scarborough Arts’ Yearbook Exhibit and Myseum’s Intersections Festival, an opportunity to facilitate a collage workshop arose this March.

Soar by Sarah
Soar by Sarah, 2016
The workshop took place on March 19th in a sunny room in the Bluffs Gallery. On the walls, Reese de Guzman’s striking photo-collages inspired us with images from Scarborough high school yearbooks that dated from the 1920’s to the present.
 
Nadia's Collage
Nadia’s Collage, 2016

Resonating with Reese’s work for the Myseum exhibit, the objective of the YEARBOOK collage workshop was to support the creation of personal collages that explored related themes, such as memory, history, identity, and loss.

Oh Rats! by Alexandra
Oh Rats! by Alexandra, 2016

All art materials were provided, but participants were also invited to bring personal photos or copies of them. Almost all of the eight attendees came prepared with an engaging assortment of photos, beautiful stationery, fabric, buttons, and even driftwood and a glue gun!

Karen's Collage for a Friend
Karen’s Collage for a Friend, 2016

I loved the communal hum of work and conversation that continued throughout the two-hour event. Together we hunted for just the right images when somebody would call out that they needed a picture of a dog or bright colours for balloons.

Anne's Collage
Anne’s Collage 1, 2016

By the end of the afternoon, it was uplifting to see the gorgeous variety of collages that surfaced.

Anne's Collage
Anne’s Collage 2, 2016

Thank you Scarborough Arts and Myseum for creating the conceptual and literal space for the YEARBOOK Collage Workshop! Making art with the support of these two organizations felt both meaningful and fun.

Twentieth-Century Memory, Catherine Raine 2016
Twentieth-Century Memory, Catherine Raine 2016

… by Catherine Raine