Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Second post - looking and water




So here's the first thing I offer you on this new blog. It's a painting by a Canadian artist called Alex Colville (born 1920) and it's called "To Prince Edward Island" (source - Library and Archives Canada). PEI is somewhere we didn't get to on our recent North American adventure as it happens but still I bought the card of this painting in the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa back in February and when I was sorting through stuff this week it startled me somehow. For a start one thing I learned on our recent trip is that I LOVE boats and being on the water (we went on as many boats and ferries as we could whilst away). Plus we did a lot of looking during our six months on the road. I do like to look... in my own way.

I guess this is the kind of thing I'm going to be posting and looking at on this new, slower blog. I'm not even sure if there will be any poetry (of mine) at all this time. Come sail with me... see where we get to.

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22 comments:

hope said...

I don't know what struck me first: the soothing color or the woman staring back. :)

Welcome to your new home. (And glad you arrived back home safely!) Can't wait to see what you'll do with the place.

Dominic Rivron said...

Welcome back. Like the "look" of the new blog.

I think it's very appropriate to bring back a card of someone looking through binoculars at a place you didn't manage to get to!

The Bug said...

LOL at Dominic's comment. I really like the art - I like that style a lot. I haven't been on a great many boats so I don't have a lot of experience, but I did get nearly seasick once on a ferry. Mike & I figured out that it was because I was watching where we had come from (facing backward) - when I turned around I was ok. Seems like a nice metaphor for life - & why I always sucked at therapy :)

sunnydunny said...

Welcome back, it's nice to see you again, and I like your new look. Good painting too.
Colin

Rachel Fox said...

Hello visitors!
Glad to have you all. And Dominic... too smart!!
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And I have use 2 exclamation marks in a row...

Rachel Fox said...

That was meant to be 'and I never use...'. Typed before really awake.
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Eryl said...

Boats are cool!

Nice to have you back, while at the same time faintly horrified six months have gone by already.

Marion McCready said...

Welcome back! Missing your old blog but looking forward to see what you do with this one!

Rachel Fox said...

Yes, Eryl, time is a strange business. Our small one was obsessed with time zones while we were away. Quite did our heads in with it.

And yes, Marion. Me too.

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Kat Mortensen said...

Love the new incarnation! Colville is one of my favourite artists. I've always wanted a print of "Horse and Train"

http://www.cci-icc.gc.ca/about-apropos/nb/nb34/colville-eng.aspx

Kat

Sandra Leigh said...

Happy new blog, Rachel. I love the Colville.

Rachel Fenton said...

Slow is the new fast lane, btw - lovelly feel to your new blog - wish you all the space to be your gorgeous self.

Rachel Fenton said...

Lovely with two "l"s is how I say it!

...and my verification word was "thsea"..

Rachel Fox said...

I'd never heard of Colville before, to be honest. I went to a Hopper exhibition when we were in NYC and it's not a million miles from that, is it?

And Rachel, speaking of gorgeous - I still have your blue flowers up on the wall here. Maybe I'll post them one day - with permission.

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The Solitary Walker said...

Nice looking blog, Rachel, and I look forward to its in-sightful posts. Yes, I'm sailing along, despite, or perhaps because of, the vaguely alarming binocular soul-searching vision of your masthead pic ...

The Weaver of Grass said...

So lovely to have you back Rachel - love to all three and the dog too. Canada is our favourite country in the world and PEI even more so. Do hope you enjoyed all your travels. You are going on my side bar this minute in your new format. Love

Rachel Fox said...

Nice to have you all around, old blog pals!
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Enchanted Oak said...

I like that "vaguely alarming binocular soul-searching vision" comment. "Binocular soul-searching" sounds like a pome...might have to address that...
"Her vaguely alarming binocular soul-searching / was tedious to her friends / of whom there were few / and fewer as the years trudged onward / and her lenses fixed ever more inward."
Not speaking of you, of course. Maybe of Sylvia Plath.

Rachel Fox said...

Oh yes, I'm definitely more outward than inward these days! Thank goodness.
x

Selma said...

I'm looking forward to your new blog, Rachel. And may I say how much I enjoyed reading about your trip. The photos were glorious!

martine said...

Hi Rachel, welcome back, looking forward to reading you new blog
much love
martine

Rachel Fox said...

Thanks for coming with us, Selma. And hello again Martine.
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