Mark Johnson Art Blog Wonder & Whimsy

The Boatman W.I.P.

Many, many thousands of years ago there were vast lands that now lie beneath the oceans of our world. Before the collapse of the glaciers and the rise of the waters people had a long time to knit themselves into these places that we now only can visit in dreams or visions. The Boatman guides his craft on a surface that is now hundreds of feet deep beneath the waves and 15,000 years deep in our forgotten past.

Artisans at the Distillery 2012

I am showing this upcoming long weekend in a booth at the historic Distillery District just east of Downtown Toronto. A free event in this very attractive and pedestrian friendly venue, the art show runs Saturday, Sunday and Monday August 4, 5 & 6. Officially the hours are 11 am to 6 pm each day. I’m guessing that there will be a little leeway in those times depending on crowd & weather. There are times people keep their booths open for the evening crowd.

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Square Foot 2012 AWOL Gallery

So yet again I’ve submitted 3 pieces to the AWOL gallery annual Square Foot Show. This is a Toronto show that requires all submissions to measure exactly 12″ x 12″, be no more than 5″ thick, and able to be hung squarely on a wall. The gallery hangs one, two or all three of an artists submissions depending.

The Dancer

The Crane Visits

Spring Rising

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Evolution in Action – The Creationist Dinosaurs

Evolution works with populations. Individuals are irrelevant (unless there crops up a group of individuals who release a game-changer such as self-replicating nano-bots, a sustainable black-hole released into the earths core, fantasy of that ilk). That Darwinian fact is repeatable – evolution deals with populations, not with whatever group is caught up in surges of silliness over religious affiliation or geographic origin.

Kuwait City Towers

I’ve been to Kuwait City a couple of times now and I am always struck by how creative and beautiful the modern towers are there. They look like the sails of pearl fishing boats, or waves, or palm trees. Curves, insets, spectacular uses of openings and windows. The first time I was ever made aware of the architecture of that place was when I ran across a photo of the Water Towers of Kuwait. Amazing. They are even better in person. And if you go up inside please note that the deserts in the restaurant are delicious.