Friday, February 13, 2015

A Change Is As Good As A Rest



As some of you know from former posts here,
two friends of ours were clearing out their house in Halifax,
and moving to northern France.

They were selling everything and giving the rest away
to anyone who wanted it.


This photograph piece is by Katharine and was done in 1995.
It is composed of about a dozen photos, of, in this case, the Bay of Fundy.
I remember going to that exhibit and buying a 'pear study' done in the same manner.



Here's another by Katharine called 'Waves and Rocks'.
The Lotte lamp is one of two we bought.


This painting called 'Sample Strips Cut From Sky During and After Sunset'
was done by a local artist in 1985 and was a gift to June (Katharine's mother).
I wanted to buy it and June said I could have it.
It is a water colour and I like everything about it.

Now that June and Katharine are in France, 
we have a few mementos of their very busy week emptying 
out a house filled with art and furniture.

Changing things/adding things to one's surroundings
can give you a much needed 'lift' in the middle of a long winter.





18 comments:

  1. I'm loving the Bay of Fundy collage and also the sample strips painting. We have an almost identical Lotte lamp in white in our hall but with a white ceramic shade. Such understated and timeless design. These ladies have such good taste. Were they selling so much as they are trying to fit two households into one? When we moved from the US to France in 2005 we loaded up a 40 foot container and then weeded out what didn't work for us in our new house once we'd had a chance to try it on on site.

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    1. Hi Craig.
      June has been an artist all her life, she is 90 years old now. When we met her in the 70's, she taught us so much about the art world and we really started to 'see' things differently from this perspective.
      Actually, due to June's declining health, most of her possessions were sold/given away. They did fill a small container with some furniture and personal things. But the bulk was sold. Katharine had an established shop/business in London for about 10 years, so she has lots of stuff to take to France for them both.
      I like what you guys did, pack it all up and sort out later. That way you may not regret any impulsive decision made in the heat of things/moving.

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  2. Hey, Jimbo! I thought I'd visit your latest post before I went to bed. I've been burning the midnight oil getting my latest northern post finished. It has been fighting me every step of the way! Do you ever think of selling everything like your friends Katharine and June and moving to a foreign country? Terry does! LOL! I love those composite photos artwork. I bet you could create magic with something like that yourself. What a gorgeous watercolor! Are those actual painted strips attached to a background? Have a good one, my friend!

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    1. We have mentioned this a few times over the past year or so....at my instigation! Being in a 'couple situation', one has to consider the other, right?
      Who knows? i could live in France, Scotland, Italy, Greece, New Zealand....................
      Those strips are painted , not attached.

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  3. These are the best, you like them so much, and the association with your dear friends June and Katherine, meanings intertwined in what you now see on your walls.I hope when we have to sell and move, the same will happen down here. Hugs to all, your friends too, as they prepare to travel far away. A huge upheaval made much easier with your love and helping hand.

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    1. Hi Jean. Yes, these 'paintings' will be a reminder of the time we spent with them this past week.

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  4. Wonderful additions to your home! It's always nice to have mementos from good friends. And it's fun to change things around, especially this time of year.

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    1. Thanks Martha! Have your noticed your photograph under the glass on the table in the last photo? We love it!

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  5. what really nice stuff. i love the lamp! do your friends have a blog? it would be fun to follow their adventures in france!

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    1. Funny you should ask, Joyce. We were suggesting this to Katharine, especially that she is having her new shop/living quarters done from scratch. We will persist and see what happens....she will be so busy looking after her her mother,and her shop.

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  6. Wow they do love you guys and girl, I love everything, and like you not happy about the Minus 40 WEATHER WARNING...what the heck aren't we suppose to worry about global warming....how deceitful, but such lovely and fun photos, so I'll enjoy these, always lol

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    1. It was so good for all to hook up again after not seeing eachother for a long time.
      We do not get the low temperatures like you do in Quebec, Lorraine. Stay warm! Better yet, stay inside!!

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  7. I'm attracted to that water colour too -- how nice that they gifted it to you!

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    1. As soon as I saw it with a bunch of others, I asked about it. And since it was a gift to June by a now deceased friend of hers, she gifted it to me.

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  8. Changes are a real pick-me-up. I love the watercolor too.

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  9. the lamp is breathtaking by itself. , but the painting is goosebump raising, y'know? Walkinginto a room with those 2 pieces near would conjure up your friends beautiful faces in a heartbeat.
    laurie

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