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Why From My Point Eh View?

Why ‘From My Point Eh View’?

I have always loved art in all its forms. Sketching, painting, pottery/clay creations, carving, floral designs, and many, many other forms, styles and mediums of art.

Even as a young kindergarten student, my teacher pointed out that I had a talent and passion for the arts. I can remember many times during my school years getting into trouble for not paying attention because I was doodling and sketching cartoon characters. These characters always made me smile and gave me a sense of peace. I understand now this was my escape…a total state of focus … a oneness of body, mind and spirit… my Zen. Although at that time I really didn’t know what Zen was, I certainly do now and zen out for many hours in the course of a day. 🙂

Being an artisan vendor in the Ottawa Byward Market, I have discovered, much to my surprise and delight, that folks like to ask about why I created a certain painting or piece. Even more surprising to me is they love to listen when I tell the story… and there’s always a story behind an art creation. They’re interested in why I painted a certain subject, the historical facts or folklore related to it, the feelings behind the painting, any little gem or take away that only the artist (me!) can tell, and many other aspects.

There are many times I exhibit my art when I’m not there in person to chat about it, so I’ve decided to start a blog that showcases not only my sketch and/or final art piece but also tells its story…as if I’m telling it to only you, the reader. A more personal approach to my art that I hope you truly enjoy!

My posts are living breathing pieces of information that I will be updating as I discover additional information, or experience a customers story to add to the art. So you can be part of this I will retweet and facebook them, and if your part of my subscription I’ll reemail.

This is my new path in life and it’s going to be a lot of fun. So stay tuned and let’s see what’s next “From My Point Eh View”.

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Sketching The Many Folks That Came To My Stand

Sketching The Many Faces That Come To My Stand
Sketching The Many Folks That Came To My Stand

I decided to have some fun and quickly sketch the folks that came to my Ottawa Byward Market stand. 🙂

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Deliveries On The Ottawa Byward Market

Deliveries On The Ottawa Byward Market
Deliveries On The Ottawa Byward Market

This is a pencil drawing that I sketched of a delivery truck delivering product in the Ottawa Byward Market.  We have different a couple of types of  Agrifood Vendors, with some growing their own product and the others selling other farmers products. When walking by the stands they indicate which they are.

It’s fun to watch these huge trucks manipulate the narrow streets. Like everything in life you can tell which driver have been doing it for years. Stop by the market and pick up fruits and vegetables, unique cheeses and breads, or whatever is in season like pumpkins are right now.

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The Word Is Out Stand 61 Is A Safe Place

The Word Is Out Stand 65 Is A Safe Place
The Word Is Out Stand 61 Is A Safe Place

Ottawa has a safe place for injured animals.

As I predicted, Peeper got the word out that there is a safe place in the Ottawa Byward Market at stand 61 for less fortunate and injured animals. I’m assuming it’s Peeper spreading the word, but regardless of who it is these guys found us.

We now have another injured pigeon that has taken refuge at our stand.  Wendell is on the left and is missing a toe, and that’s Zomba on the right.  It’s given Peeper comfort knowing they will be fed and protected.  Both will stay for hours resting, and it feels good to know they are building their energy for the harder winter months to come.

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Love My Grampy

Peeper LOVES her Grampy.....Grampy is Peeper’s Great Grandfather.
Peeper LOVES her Grampy…..Grampy is Peeper’s Great Grandfather.
Chateau Laurier Beautiful Couple Strolling In Evening In Major Hill’s Park
Beautiful Couple Strolling In Evening …. In Fairmont Chateau Laurier Major Hill’s Park

Love My Grampy

Peeper LOVES her Grampy…..Grampy is Peeper’s Great Grandfather. 

He’s 101, but don’t kid yourself he’s still strong and says he’s going to live for another 100 years. He’s flown everywhere, been to most parts of the world and has so many stories he’s just busting to tell. I’m so inspired by his stories that I asked him if he would be willing to share them with us.  

I showed him my watercolour painting of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, and he said he remembers those times like they were yesterday.  Grampy said he remembers the couple in my sketch as he quietly watched them from a tree top that evening.  He’d love to tell that story.

I showed him my paintings of the Byward Market back in 1912 and 1954.  He said it was easy to get a good feeding from a farmer in those days, which is another story he is itching to tell.  He asked me that if he describes the story in detail,  would I be willing to sketch and paint it…..bet you can guess my answer.  

He has these great Christmas stories he’d like to tell from his days of peeking into windows at Christmas.  Especially the story of a little boy on Christmas morning and the only gift he wanted. In those days there was usually only one income, so you only got one gift … but boy that gift to you was like a million bucks. Also the story of the night everyone came to sing Christmas hymns and the little orphan girl that joined in.   So many stories that Grampy can’t wait till we start, and now he has me to put them on canvas. 

Grampy……I can’t wait to start to paint these stories for you.

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Whispering In My Ear Peeper Is Asking Me To Help One Of His buddies

Whispering in my ear Peeper is asking to help one of His buddies.
Peeper Whispering In My Ear To Help One Of His Injuried Buddies
An Injuried Pigeon Name By Us ... Zomba
An injured Pigeon Named By Us … Zomba
Birds Sometimes Need Your Help

 
Peeper Whispered …… 

 
“I told one of my little buddies to come see you guys…that you would help”

 
We see many birds in the Ottawa Byward Market …seagulls, pigeons and a load of smaller bird species. They are all looking for a handout or scraps that have been accidentally dropped, and normally, they can survive on their own. However, one day, Peeper ask if we could help one of her buddies because she was injured. Without hesitation we immediately said “Yes!”. That’s when we notice a pigeon in our stand. She was limping …. struggling as she tried to walk. We knew this was Peeper’s friend. We noticed there was a piece of string wrapped around both her feet making it very difficult to walk. We decided to call her Zomba.

 
We contacted the Wild Bird Care Centre in Ottawa https://www.wildbirdcarecentre.org They advised us to keep an eye on Zomba and if the tiny string didn’t come off by the end of the week to bring her in. We kept our fingers crossed that the string would come off so we wouldn’t have to put Zomba under stress by having to catch her and take her out of her area. Each time Zomba arrived in our booth, we fed her and checked if the string had come off.
 
Finally, by the end of the week the string had come apart and Zomba was placing more and more pressure on her injured foot. We also noticed that she kept coming to our stand not only for a daily feeding but also for a nap knowing, if needed, she would be protected.
 
Unless something changes, I believe Zomba will be ok. I can also say without hesitation or doubt we have made a friend who will continue to drop by for comfort and feeding. I can also say that the word will get out that there is a stand in the Ottawa Byward Market that if you are an injured animal and require help to drop by Peeper’s friends. We will keep you informed on Zomba.

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Introducing Peeper The Little Green Bird

Peeper The Little Green Bird That Only Speaks To Me
Peeper “The Little Green Bird”

Introducing The Little Green Bird

As you may have noticed, I love people watching and sketching what I see and then guessing what the story is behind the sceneOf course, I’d love to know exactly what the folks I sketch are really saying so I thought I’d contact my little buddy, Peeper.

Peeper and I have known each other for about 8 years now, and I knew, if she could, she’d help me out with this.  We first met each other at a small outdoor cafe where Peeper would hop on each table and hope that people would give her a few crumbs. When she stopped at my table, I’d always give her a little something. I noticed that it seemed like she was listening to people … and I mean really listening … but I thought birds can’t listen and certainly can not talk!!

One day when Peeper and I were the only ones at the café, she said “Hello”.  I thought it was my imagination so I let it go.  Then she hopped closer to me and said it again, but this time louder …  “HELLO” so I knew I wasn’t crazy and that I had actually heard her talkIn total awe and wonder, I asked her name. She explained that she didn’t have one and was simply known as the little green birdStill astonished, I queriedWhy did you pick me to speak to”? She confessed I’ve been watching you and listening closely and know youre trustworthy … I also know by your look if people saw you talking to a little green bird, they’d just shrug and say “Wonder what happened to him? Oh well, he’s not hurting anyone!”

So the little green bird’ and I began meeting each day at the same time, at the same cafe and started to chat up a storm (with me, of course, making sure no one could see me speaking to a bird! Hey, I didn’t want anyone to think I was crazy!!)  It got to be a lot of fun as she’d go from one table to another and come back telling me what people were talking about. I would tell her “Hey, go over there and take a peep”.   After a few weeks, I started to call my little green friend “Peeper”. 

The following spring, Peeper told me her priorities had to change. She had found a mate to share a nest with and raise a family so we’d be seeing each other less. Over the years we’ve kept in contact. She introduced me to her kids and family. We also hooked up at Christmas every year outside the café, same time, and I’d always bring her a little gift. And now, 8 years later, Peeper’s kids have left the nest and she’s more than happy to help me. Now I won’t have to guess what folks are saying …I’ll know for sure, thanks to my friend, the little green bird’.

On a side note ……

Just imagine if people knew I said I have a little green bird friend who speaks to me?? Man, they’d think I’m crazy…lock me up for sure! They’d say “Poor guy, he was such a nice lad. Wonder what happen … you know it’s all in his imagination!!!🙂🙂 Hey it’s NOT in my imaginationobviously notyou can plainly see ‘the little green bird’ in my sketch … she’s right there. You can see her too, right?

Ah regardless, I know I’m not crazy. If I were to ask Peeper to prove she could speak, she probably wouldn’t just to have fun with me. She loves to kid around … that’s what I LOVE about her most. Therefore, I’d certainly appreciate if you don’t tell people I natter with a little green bird friend who chatters back.

Oh! And Peeper did say she has great ideas for my posts! I told her “I’m all ears.” So, stay tuned folks … this should be interesting! Peeper is always full of ideas…

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Feeling Alive Strolling through The Market

Feeling alive strolling through the market. The colors, sounds and the smells makes you feel alive.
Feeling Alive Strolling Through The Market.

Feeling Alive Strolling through The Market

Regardless of where a farmer’s market is located there is nothing like strolling through one.  The colors, sounds and smells makes you feel alive. It’s also a great place to people watch, pickup produce or flowers and speak to the local farmers. A huge shout out to the farmers that do this day in day out.  Getting here at 6 in the morning to set up their stands to ensure that you have an amazing experience.  All kinds of produce that you can bring to the dinner table, and perhaps some colorful flowers for your center piece. As I sit here as an artist I’m thinking folks only experience this once in awhile.  I’m so fortunate to be part of this daily!  Go to your local market today and feel alive.

Thanks Peeper my little green bird friend!! I was always guessing what people said:)

I have the perfect stand in the Ottawa Byward Market for an artist to spend the day.  I sketched and painted this while sitting at my vantage point as a vendor/artisan.  I’m always grateful for this location, as it’s a great place to watch people go about their daily activities and try to figure out what they are thinking or saying.  As people walk by its nice to either chat with them or simply share a smile! I often find out that they have chosen to visit Ottawa from all different areas of the world.

Man its great to be a artist in the Ottawa Byward Market!  Look for my foot in the sketch and you will see why I call these posts….. “From My Point Eh View”   

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Will This Make Me Look Cooler

 

Recycled bags will these make me look cooler?

My partner at Funk Your Junk sells these great little recycled bags. They are hung on these tubes which makes the display very colourful, and gets a lot of attention and sales. Lots of people buy them for different reasons, but some folks just don’t understand the concept :). There was this couple that came over to the table and the lady fell in love with them, but her boyfriend/husband just kinda stood there posing …. remaining cool. He appeared to not want anyone to think he wanted one, but I could tell he secretly loved them. So the question is “Will they make him look cooler?” 🙂

Man its great to be a artist in the Ottawa Byward Market!  Look for my foot in the sketch and you will see why I call these posts….. “From My Point Eh View  (It was a little cooler today so note the footwear :>)

I have the perfect stand in the Ottawa Byward Market for an artist to spend the day.  I sketched and painted this while sitting at my vantage point as a vendor/artisan.  I’m always grateful for this location, as it’s a great place to watch people go about their daily activities and try to figure out what they are thinking or saying.  As people walk by its nice to either chat with them or simply share a smile! I often find out that they have chosen to visit Ottawa from all different areas of the world.  

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Everyone Loves To Shop

These two ladies were visiting from another country and were having a great time shopping for these beaded stones.
Everyone Loves To Shop

Everyone Loves To Shop 🙂

Regardless of what walk of life you come from,  your gender, age or nationality everyone loves to shop.  It’s no surprise most people love beads, gems and stones, and I love watching people take their time deciding which to chose. These lovely ladies were enjoying going through each one of them and eyeing their beauty. I didn’t hear them say what my caption indicates, but I figure it must have been something like it. At the end they did buy and were both happy with their choice.

Man its great to be a artist in the Ottawa Byward Market!  Look for my foot in the sketch and you will see why I call these posts….. “From My Point Eh View”….

I have the perfect stand in the Ottawa Byward Market for an artist to spend the day.  I sketched and painted this while sitting at my vantage point as a vendor/artisan.  I’m always grateful for this location, as it’s a great place to watch people go about their daily activities and try to figure out what they are thinking or saying.  As people walk by its nice to either chat with them or simply share a smile! I often find out that they have chosen to visit Ottawa from all different areas of the world.  

This is “Eh Canadian Peace” Proud to be Canadian!

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