Sony World Photography Awards Open Entries

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Love taking photographs? Maybe it's time to get some recognition for your photography skills. Canada National Award is open to photographers of all abilities from across Canada. It's easy to enter via www.worldphoto.org/ in any of ten categories. The Open competition includes ten categories:     Architecture     Arts & Culture     Enhanced     Low-light     Nature & Wildlife     Panoramic     People     Smile     Split second     Travel The competition will … [Read more...]

Dusty Mirror Project B. Archival Print —

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Limited edition. Archival print. The series of phrases speaks to the art historian in me, and so does this Dusty Mirror print that I was sent from Project B. It's no secret that I love antique mirrors, old movies and decorative products. These three things come together in the Dusty Mirror limited edition archival print. How could I not find a special place to hang this print? I went to my favourite art supply/print shop and selected cream-coloured matting and a brushed silver frame, and hung … [Read more...]

Totoro Art Print from RedBubble

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I've been eyeing this nature print in the shape of My Neighbor Totoro character (mega Totoro—the one where you can sleep on his tummy) for ages over on Pinterest and on the RedBubble website. It's mine now—finally mine!I still haven't purchased a frame suitable for it, but it'll happen in the next month or so. I'm sure as soon as September rolls around I'll be in the mood for some re-decorating. I have just the right spot to put this print—in the dining area (where I don't actually have a dining … [Read more...]

Visit the Elves Rivendell Travel by Steve Thomas Redbubble Print

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I could so easily feel like I was there—in Middle Earth generally, but sometimes also Rivendell, when I lived in New Zealand. The photographic print that I received from Redbubble really brings back memories. I've been thinking back on that trip to New Zealand a lot lately, especially given the opening of the new movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. All things Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are on my mind for sure. This print certainly makes me feel like going back to New Zealand! Go on … [Read more...]

Nataliia Ku Doodle Pattern Print Review Redbubble

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 The Cute Doodle Pattern sparks creativity and the imagination. I know a few women who will be mothers soon or who have recently had babies. I, personally think this and other prints from Nataliia Ku would be perfect in a nursery or child's room.  … [Read more...]

London—Portrait of a City Taschen Book Review

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From the 2012 Summer Olympics to its historic roles as the world’s largest metropolis for almost all of the 19th century, and as the great heart of the British Empire—London is certainly one of the world’s great cities. From the crowded lanes of Covent Gardens, to the expansive splendor of Kew Gardens it’s also one of our personal favourites, which is why we were delighted to see this new entry in Taschen’s World Cities series: London—Portrait of a City … [Read more...]

New Balinese Wood Carvings at the Fragrant Wood Gallery Vancouver

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Last night I was in the always-interesting gallery district in South Granville, Vancouver. There was still a buzz about the street, even after places had shut down for the night. The Fragrant Wood Gallery was hosting an opening for their new collection of Balinese wood carvings. … [Read more...]

Happy Menocal Artist & Illustrator Feature

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I first came across Happy Menocal's illustrations in the latest issue of Matchbook Magazine (it's digital and free, check it out!), but was even more interested in her work when I checked out her website. I am drawn to her watercolour-y paintings and illustrations. And custom heraldry? Are you kidding me? How cool is that? I think that would be the perfect way to start a new life with someone.  … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Museum of Art Interior Manhattan New York

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Last September, Greg and I spent a week in New York City, mostly checking out the museums and vegan restaurants. One of my favourite museums we visited was the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It's too bad that we ended up having to visit so many places in one day—we didn't get to spend enough time at the MET.  … [Read more...]

London Olympic Architecture

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Is it mainly the cities that get the Summer Olympics that have nice, purpose-built buildings to leave behind as legacies for the city? Although many buildings and other things came together due in part to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, nothing really amazing like the aquatic centres in both Beijing and London was designed. I guess if the city ever got a Summer Olympics (which is much bigger is scale, and totally appropriate for a mild-weathered city like Vancouver), Zaha Hadid can make us a … [Read more...]