Papillon

February 8, 2009

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I know it seems like I’m double-dipping on this one (both in the butterfly sense and in the Tip’o’the ‘At sense – so I guess I’m triple dipping), but I think this one bears mention.

I mean, come on. It looks like a butterfly! It tastes like a butterfly! It must be one. No, in truth, the four leaf clover weave is quite a bit different, both in execution and appearance, so I don’t feel bad. And the placement of the rocks is different.

If you pay close attention to my body of work, you might notice that six stones arranged in this way is kind of my hallmark. I hope that if zen gardens become a big thing world wide, that this arrangement is known as Six-Stone Girard style.

Then I’ll die happy.

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Year of the Ox

February 8, 2009

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Happy belated year of the Ox! Incidentally, this is the year of the earth ox, so a tribute in sand seems apt, no?

I raked this one on the day of, but it took me a while to get it off the camera. It’s not a heart-stopping design, but I like the way the slight curve in the upperstroke makes it look like the understroke is bleeding into it.

For those of you following zodiac forecasts, the year of the Rat (which we thankfully just left behind) was to be a year of hardship and remorse (or so I’ve been told), but the here and now year of the earth ox is to be one of advancement and success. Certainly Obama seems to be an omen of good things to come.

But personally, I think the voodoo hoodoo doodads of the Chinese zodiac are already fast on their way to making my life better. I released my first solo album. I started this blog, and my deviant art sites, which lead to my getting an art show in Hamilton, and gosh durnit it’s raining outside. In February! In Ottawa!

Praise be to the benevolent gods of global warming! May they toast us all to roasted apple perfection.

Mariposa

January 19, 2009


Sorry, it’s been awhile, and I haven’t been able to muster up anything but vertical designs, and since WordPress imports everything sideways, I had to open a photobucket account, but now everything should be back to normal.

This here is one of a few butterfly designs I’ve cooked up over the last four months. This one is oddly phallic, I find, while the other one is oddly testicular. This is not a comment on butterflies being an inherently male symbol (you could choose to see this piece as being somewhat vaginal, I suppose). It’s probably more indicative of my own sexual nature impacting my creative hemisphere.

The Tentacle Monster

January 6, 2009

It  came from the deep!

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On the top ten list of ways I’d most like to not die, getting digested by some form of massive underwater monster is right at the top. So, that’s probably why I look at this design and want to crawl into bed, and shudder into a fetal ball. 

Originally I thought it kind of looked like a baby swinging at a park. But that’s just too banal for my tastes. 

Ps. the rake pictured here, I never use it. Maybe master Zen gardeners can make use of them. I find them clunky and annoying.