Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Architecture and Intuition

Beckett Studio Tour at
Detwiler's Escarpment Studio ( south East of Guelph )

May 27- 29, 2011

Friday 7 pm- 10 pm
Saturday 11 am - 4 pm
Sunday 12 noon - 4 pm

Is there a common language spoken between these paintings?
Does the installation bring something of the architecture of
the forest to the interior space?
Is there an architecture of intuition?

Catalogue Available

from 401
take Guelph Line north
turn left on 15th Side Road
turn right on First Line (at Dar's Delights)
turn left on 17th Side Road
turn right on Midway Lane

the Studio is behind 11497 Midway Lane,
drive to the left of the garage and follow the lane back

For more information or
to make an appointment to see the exhibition at another time

Detwiler; email:
phone: 519 836 2534

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

the Noble White Pine

Detail -- oil colour on white pine-- aprox. 10 x 36 in.

I have some old wood that I save for special occasions. There's some old-growth white pine that was cut originally for the timber frame barns of Ontario at a time when the select stock was being used for the top-masts of British warships. The deep golden colour of oxidization has penetrated the thickness of the timber in the century since it was cut. It was a pleasure using a hand plane to transform a rough sawn knee brace that I salvaged thirty years ago into an architectural detail. The plane producing long fragrant curls of translucent history.

In contrast, I was hanging a new "pine" door the other day and was dismayed to find, under a thin veneer of white pine, some knotty brittle pine that had grain like fir and was nearly impossible to work with even the sharpest hand tools.

A short piece of white pine "barn board" that had been propped against the studio wall took on a new significance. As I watched this particular pine board respond to linseed oil, turintine and damar varnish - the mediums for oil colour, the word "nobility" came to mind.