Ponderable

Worth sharing, not only for its stop-motion animation, which I like a lot, but for the ideas considered.

Is anyone unaffected by these issues, if not personally, through friends and family?

Limitations of antidepressant drugs, and other medicines for mental distress, have been described to me many times by people who have taken them. If they save lives in a crisis, they are obviously useful, but there seem to be no magic bullets.

Another idea that resonated for me was recognition that medical metaphors for mental “illness” can slip into being taken literally.

Oomomo and the Asian Legend

Great title for a post, but Danica prepared me to be underwhelmed by Oomomo. It’s a dollar store, after all … and though “Japanese”, most of the labels I looked at said “Made in China”, “Made in Malaysia”, and so on.

In a newish mall at Don Mills and Barber Greene Roads … near Eglinton construction. 🙁

Pretty much any dollar store has inexpensive Asian stuff for sale. Oomomo is not different, but it’s big and bright. We thought we might have found an alternative to goods manufactured in China, while China is being tough on Canada. Nope. We may as well do Dollarama. At least it’s a Canadian chain.

Same mall, better find.

The Asian Legend served dinner to the Colombo family as JRC and Ruth celebrated their 60th anniversary there recently. Their reviews are good and pre-anniversary research had revealed that this place serves the best real Chinese food south of Markham.

A peek inside, from the front door, as the lunch crowd was just beginning to arrive.

For Canadian content, here is the front of the one and only Tilley retail outlet for that famous travel gear … hats, vests, pants and all. One pair of pants I looked at was tagged $180. Danica assumes that hemming is included, at that price.

Next door to Asian Legend. Inside is a very big space, filled with everything Tilley makes.

506 sketching trip

I turned out to be 25% of the 506 streetcar sketching team, so I am especially glad I went along. Others wanted to join in, but could not get free for a Thursday morning run.

3 sketchers in front of the camera, one behind it. Karen, Darcy and Fred at the Korper door.

The four of us, Fred Franzen, his daughter Karen, Darcy and I sketched our way from the Flying Pony on the east side, to the Olga Korper Gallery on the west side. 

A few of my efforts on the iPad. I did not see the others’ work because I had to leave early.

Most of my sketches were done on my iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. It is VERY difficult to do! Almost as soon as you choose something to draw, someone blocks your view or the scene changes. Opportunities last for split seconds. 

I was forced to try a variety of strategies and it was fun. Also, as Fred observed, “It makes you appreciate what you can accomplish if you get as much as 2 or 3 minutes”. 

Darcy and Karen inside the main show area at Olga Korper.Wonderful roof!

It was my first exposure to the Olga Korper space, which is huge and impressive. An exhibit of Robert Mapplethorpe photography is up at the moment. 

Stools by Marc Franzen, in the Olga Korper kitchen. Click to enlarge any of yhe images.

A surprise bonus was a peek into the kitchen section of Olga Korper’s living space. A remarkable set of metal chairs flanked an island. They were the work of Fred Franzen’s son Marc, who died far too young in 2016. Another surprise: when I sat on the coiled rods of the metal seat, they felt like wicker … gently depressing under my weight. Amazing! Marc Franzen somehow contrived to coil the seat into a flat spring. Very comfortable!

Rhodes Jam, coming up

Heads up! Say goodbye to grey May on June 1st

Posting live from the Flying Pony Gallery Café, while I wait for other 506 streetcar sketchers to arrive for today’s outing.

The Rhodes Jam afternoon will offer live music, sidewalk art, henna, facepainting, street performers and stuff for kids to do.

A thank you gift

Bill Byres says thanks for the El Mocambo photo below by sending one of his trippy digital collages.

Bill gets good feedback on his art from all over the world.

Bill Byres is a self-taught artist with a natural gift for collage and textural colour field paintings. We have one of his early ones in our living room.

Byres started with conventional media … paint, glue, collage elements, on canvas and board … then moved onto the computer and digital rendering.

Kensington art

It’s not always the easiest place to get a showing, Kensington Market. These were inside the entrance to a grocery market, above the door. Click images to enlarge.

Art about art. This one reminded me of 1970s magazine illustration style.
Another art about art piece, same location.

I turned to leave and realized I was being watched from across the street.

Art about artist. Was somebody stuck in a subject matter whirlpool?

Can’t ignore Kensington literature …

I’m not sure, either. Shouldn’t it be a dog?
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