Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Just so that everyone knows, I have not spent all of my spare time going to science and art museums. I have spent a fair amount of time on the baby's crib that I am building. Actually, there is quite a bit of work done on the crib. I will just cover the first part of the work that I did on the two ends of the crib. After I finished planing all the boards I selected the boards that I wanted to use to make the ends. It was important that the boards that I was going to use for the posts had to be as straight and as true as possible. Since I had planed all of the boards myself the boards were straight. You can see here that I have one end assembled and one end in exploded view so that you can see all the parts and where they go. It was tricky gluing everything together. It took all of the clamps that I have. I even went out and bought a few more C-clamps because I did not have enough.

After getting everything glued together i was delighted that the two ends of the crib were straight and true. All the angles were square and there was no twist.

With the two ends of the crib completed. I spent all of my time working on the two sides of the crib. That will be for the next post.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


 Franz Kline  White Forms

Yesterday, on August 28th, I went to the Art Gallery of Ontario to visit the exhibition of Abstract Expressionists that is showing until September 4th. I wanted to make sure that I went to the AGO before the show was over. It was a rare opportunity to see some of the most important proponents of the Abstract Expressionist movement that was centered in New York city from the 1940's to the 1960's.

One of Franz Kline's  White Forms paintings is shown above. I spent a fair amount of time looking at this painting. This is not just a black and white painting. There is a lot of complexity in the colors and the forms. The white is not just white, there are subtle gradations and colorings or white and black. Overall, his paintings give me the impression of Chinese calligraphy, aggressive black lines on a white background.
Mark Rothko No. 5.

This painting by Mark Rothko is just one example of his work that is on exhibit at the AGO. I never really appreciated the work of Mark Rothko until I saw his paintings at the AGO. The power and emotion of his paintings come through, loud and clear. If I hear hot jazz in my head when I look at the paintings of Jackson Pollack then I hear Philip Glass in my head when I look at the paintings of Mark Rothko.