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St. Lawrence Market

Rising at dawn on a Saturday morning could mean only one thing: a trip to St. Lawrence Market. Few other reasons could stir me so early but the opportunity to shop for fresh food at this Toronto landmark. The farmer’s market feel to the place certainly beats the generic corporate warehouse-style place otherwise frequented.

Getting there early means less of a crowd getting there and moving about the vast selection of vendors. Missing breakfast to get there early meant I had an excuse to indulge in some of the delicious food there ready to be eaten. In past years I would have shown no restraint but lately the adoption of a calorie-reduced lifestyle has me being more selective. In the end I settled down for a quick “breakfast” of smoked salmon washed down with a double espresso.

The colours and selection can’t be beat and there were hours to take it all in. I’ve provided a few photos as a sample of all there is to offer.

It’s worth noting that amongst the flower vendors the sunflower seems to be incredibly popular and those buying seemed to agree.

Large tables both in the middle of the venue and lining the walls provided an abundance of produce.
Enough bunches of carrots and other vegetables to feed an army.
Fans of the Radish were not forgotten.
Flowers of virtually any kind are always nearby.
The meat counter; one of several where available is anything from bargain cuts to luxurious extremes. I settled for somewhere in the middle.
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Saturday in the City

Walking about this morning was an ideal opportunity to take in the local gardens so many have been working on with dedication. Here’s an example from my personal garden I’m most proud of above all else.

With skill and care you can grow such a fine specimen too!!
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Making Due

Pandemic, shortage of Art Supplies and the lunacy of those around us who question if it’s all real; it’s enough to make any of us turn to blogging as a form of therapy.

I’m of the school where you simply make due with whatever is on hand. It may not be much and require compromise but at least it keeps everything moving forward.

Driveway Repair – Canadian Style … 1001 uses for Duct Tape!!

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Snow in April

It seems Mother Nature wants to delay outdoor painting efforts for just a little longer. It’s just a one day event that will likely be gone within 24 hours but what a sight to see while starting the morning coffee.

April Showers?
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Insanity!

Okay, perhaps the title is over the top and dramatic but today’s schedule so far has felt close to it.

After fulfilling duties this morning helping an older couple up came the idea of driving downtown on a quest for hidden art supplies not apparent to your average internet user. Hey, some of the best ideas can come out of wandering downtown.

Eventually wound up on Spadina Avenue which is famous for it’s vast selection of practically everything under the sun. Some items can’t be found anywhere else in the city! First stop was “The Collective” where they specialize in spray paint and related materials. If I can’t pour it or throw it I may as well as spray it. Next was “Gwartzman’s” an art supply store I first stepped into 40 years ago. Only minor changes have occurred in that time so it was certainly a trip to the past. They carry anything and everything art related but today I settled for more conventional materials.

Before heading out there was a storefront which read “House of Cannabis”. Needless to say the establishment needed further study purely for “research” purposes. Who would have thought research could be so expensive? To be frank, I believe in thoroughly understanding a subject to it was/is an intensive effort.

There are still a few hours of sunlight remaining to at least get a little painting done. A full day with the canvas is planned tomorrow. Fingers crossed that the warmer days stay with us!

Just a fraction of the many cans acquired during today’s travels.
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Day 3 – Bah Humbug

Seems the tranquil dawn of the day was short-lived as soon the wind picked up and fast moving clouds took over. Before the painting day could start it was over. Sometimes the temperature is favourable but all the other variables fall apart. However, if I’m going to enjoy a couple of productive days this is an inconvenience I can roll with.

Between the rain storm and other non- painting difficulties production of anything wasn’t going to happen. When presented with moments like this I like to get things done that will make the next painting day even better. It can be creatively or productivity or both.

Sometimes you get to collect the eggs and other times you have to care for the chickens.

A Former Indoor Painting Setup
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Live: From The Driveway!

That’s right, painting has officially started. While cooler this morning the weather cooperated enough to allow work to start about 90 minutes ago. Just a short post for now and a sample of what this season will bring!

Coming Near You… 01-2021
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Seems Like Yesterday

It was the summer of 2018 and I’d been exchanging emails with a contact at TA2 Sound + Music in Toronto. They’re a full-service audio recording and mastering facility and word was out they accepted artworks on a rotating basis for the lobby and other high traffic areas. After a few weeks of communication it was finally my opportunity to gain a little public exposure costing me nothing more than the gas money to get the artwork down there.

The rest, as they say, is history.

A Painting In All It’s Glory