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Born in 1957 in Toronto, Ontario, Mark Johnson moved with his family to Brantford, Ontario at the age of 11. Always a deep reader, as well as showing a strong interest in the visual arts, Mark would bike around and about this small southwestern Ontario city in search of the perfect place to bring a book, or go exploring the countryside and the Grand River watershed that runs through it. Accepting an entrance scholarship to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at York University in Toronto, Mark spent 2 years there before leaving to go travelling across Canada. He started a family in Brantford and spent the next 25 years there focused on his family and his work in the print industry. Ongoing college and gallery studio courses supplemented his Graphic Art professional training. In the last few years, after rededicating himself to his art Mark began to exhibit in local juried art shows. A change in family circumstance brought Mark to Toronto, starting afresh with a new partner and family. He is now fitting himself into the art community in a more dedicated pursuit of his vision. With this metamorphosis, Mark continues to explore the contours and roots of his environment using his unique eye and sense of wonder and whimsy.

W.I.P. Whale Dream drawing

Whale Dream is something I’ve been wanting to visit for a while now. There ought to be a few drawings I can pull out of this general theme. This one is the first – 17″ x 23″ finished size.

Just for the heck of it, I’m putting a photo of the piece as it currently sits on the easel in my studio. The clamps that are holding the (well sanded) wood strips on either side of the plexiglass drawing board allow me to easily move my mahl stick to any orientation while I’m working.

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Quotes I’m Sharing 4 – Wounds and Love

“You don’t need another human being to make your life complete, but let’s be honest. Having your wounds kissed by someone who doesn’t see them as disasters in your soul but cracks to put their love into is the most calming thing in this world.”  Emery Allen 

A healing balm for a lover is life’s true blessing.

Today I am staying clear of the bellicosity entailed in the January 20, 2017 Washington DC inauguration of  Trump. For me up here in my own little Canadian world I stay warm with thoughts of of all the wonderful ways my Lady blesses my life 🙂

“Toothache”

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Quotes I’m Sharing – 3 – Vision

Vision

“If the doors of perception were cleansed,
everything would appear to man as it is,
infinite.” 

William Blake

Our lack of sight defines us.
That definition of ourselves is constantly refined and outright changed by scientists, physicists and mathematicians, by philosophers, writers and artists. Their work shows us what we don’t see, where we lack sight. They make visible the negative spaces and dark matter and energy that interweave what we think is the whole of the perceivable universe.

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Quotes I’m Sharing – 2 – We are continuous

We are continuous with the universe. This seems so obvious, and yet easy so very easy to be oblivious to. A fault I share, a reminder I am glad to get.

“You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.”

Alan Watts. Philosopher, writer

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Quotes I’m Sharing – 1

The long view. The big picture. A slice of reality that gives context to the larger reality that we are ripples on the intersection of the infinite seas called Deep Space and Deep Time.

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“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded,

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Beijing Sketches

 

A canal viewed from my hotel room window – Beijing sketch

I was lucky enough to accompany my Lady to Beijing this past November while she was there on business. A couple of Beijing sketches are the proof of that. It takes 12 timezones and 13 hours in the air to get to Beijing. Which actually means you land within minutes of takeoff but the next day when heading to Beijing. When coming home we landed within a few minutes of departure of the very same day –

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