about Sublime MC Cool J

Sublime MC Cool J

Sublime MC Cool J

Frost is a natural phenomenon that Canadians are quite familiar with. Air saturated with water vapour freezes into intricate patterns on contact with frigid surfaces. The scientific term for this is sublimation. The days of waking up in the morning to windows covered in Jack Frost’s ice paintings happen less and less owing to better insulation in modern windows.

I have fond memories of sharing a room with my big sister, and opening my eyes in the morning to contemplate frost patterns on the windows.

This window frame, with some wonderful coloured glass, came from my family homestead, framing the artwork in both time and space. The sight of the frosted windows, perhaps unreasonably, gives me a warm feeling of being held by my family.

In very little time we’ve moved from a world of Laura Ingles Wilder to the land of the Jetsons. But that is as it should be. I am more than happy to live where I do and when I do, somewhere between what’s old and what’s new.

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about Ice Queen

This painting is about the magic of hoarfrost. Some very cold winter mornings you get up to find an already wintry world has become completely blanketed with a powdery white layer. The frost shimmers and shines as the sun dances on the crystalline deposits coating the trees and bushes. For a while we live in a dazzling crystal world.

In the Hans Christian Andersen tale of the Snow Queen two best friends, Kay and Gerda are separated when a shard from a magical mirror falls to earth and lodges in Kay’s heart. He sees everything as bad and ugly, and follows the evil snow queen to her frozen North Pole castle, forgetting about his family and his friend. But Gerda overcomes many ordeals to find him and when she does, her tears melt the mirror shard from his heart. They are reunited and he experiences beauty and love once again.

My snow/ice queen is not so evil, and the winter she brings is not ugly and hateful. Her frozen breath brings the clean white magic of hoarfrost suddenly materializing to coat every available surface with a beautiful powdery white icing sugar blanket. It’s about the beauty in the frozen world that assaults your senses and takes your breath away. “Ice Queen” suggests the quiet stillness in the sudden appearance of hoarfrost on the trees.

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about Wolf Moon

The moon is closer to the earth in January than in other months, so it appears larger. Some first nations peoples called this moon the “Wolf Moon”.

For millennia, humans scheduled hunting, planting, and harvesting by moon cycles. Ancient cultures the world over gave full moons names based on the behaviour of plants, animals, or weather during that month.

Much lore surrounds a full moon, from witches and werewolves to weather prediction. But, canine experts have found no connection between the phases of the moon and wolf howls. Full moon or not, wolves howl at night because they’re nocturnal. And they point their faces up to allow the sound to carry farther. Howling signals location or a warning to outside wolves. But it’s fun to speculate.

And sometimes, wolves howl just for the fun of it.

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about HooDoo Giant

Hoodoos are natural geological formations. A column of soft eroding rock is capped by less easily eroded stone. They’re found in earth’s badlands, including Drumheller, AB, where my husband grew up.

The Europeans named them Hoodoos, which refers to a form of folk magic. Hoodoo is similar to Voodoo, but is Christian. The goal of hoodoo is to access the supernatural to improve life. In some Cree and Blackfoot legends these formations were petrified giants who came alive at night to throw rocks at intruders and protect the valley.

Personal note: On my first trip to Drumheller to meet my husband’s family we drove past these hoo doos. I had no forewarning that they even existed. “Wow!” say I in amazement, “Look at that!!” My husband with his eyes on the road, and immunity bred of familiarity, replies, “ I know! They’ve built a new highway!”

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about Catch Me

Traditionally leprechauns are little Irish elves who guard a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s said if you catch one, the leprechaun will give you his pot of gold in return for his freedom. But, they are tricky mischievous things and you can’t take your eyes off them, even for a second, or he will disappear. This wee leprechaun peeks out from behind the rainbow curtain, which conceals his pot-o-gold and, as is typical, taunts anyone who dares claim his pot of gold. We somehow love the fun of believing in leprechauns and lottery tickets!

Chasing rainbows matters.

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about Cavernous Hoard

Dragons are known for jealously hoarding golden treasure deep within their caverns.
For a huge beast of a dragon what possible use is there for fine diamond rings and tiaras deep in a cavern? Yet she guards it ferociously because it’s hers! Such a hollow cavernous goal.

I come from a long line of pack-rats and eventually came to realize that she was me. This painting represents a shift in values when, within a very short time span, I watched as 4 special people let go of life. Part of me wants to keep their memory alive by hoarding the things that remind me of them, until I remember that ultimately they cared very little about material things and cared most about the people around them. Their memories will live in my heart forever.

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Got Your Back

In any good relationship there is an element of protecting each other from harm in whatever form it takes. These zebras appear to do so literally.

The black and white stripes of the zebras are in stark contrast to a non-traditional multi-coloured rainbow.

Rainbows have meaning in many cultures. To name only a few:

In Genesis God purged the earth of evil by flooding the earth, sparing only what came with Noah on the ark. He sent a rainbow as a sign that He would never flood the earth again.

Greco-Roman and Norse mythologies view rainbows as a bridge between Heaven and Earth.

In Chinese mythology, the rainbow was a slit in the sky sealed using stones of five different colours.

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