Thursday, 3 April 2008
Mrs. Butterhouse & Marcus
Here are a few shots of inside my home. The top photo is a corner in my kitchen. I bought the antique pine church pew at an auction 25 years ago for $80. I still love it. The aged patina is warm and I can hear the whispered 'stories', secret prayers and hidden sorrows when I sit on it. I've used it as additional seating, front entryway bench, office sideboard, textile hanger, bookcase, gallery display - you name it, I've used it. Currently it holds one simple white bound book. An original edition of The Joy of Cooking, held between 2 bronze bookends depicting Shakespeare's home. (I think I've even danced on that pew once or twice late at night with friends.)
The portrait of the woman - don't know who she is, but I fell in love with her and brought her home from the Re-use It Store for $35. She is now called 'Mrs. Butterhouse' and everyone addresses her with respect that way. I would even go so far as to say, she is considered a real relative. We talk about her as though she really lived and baked us chocolate cake when we were children. She is about 3'x5'. Large. Regal and forties era looking. If you would like to read the story of Mrs. Butterhouse click here and you'll totally relate to why I cherish her so much.
The next photos are of a massive original landscape oil, owned by my Grandmother. It is 4'x5' approx.. She purchased it one afternoon in a sun kissed alley in Ottawa. The artist is Marcus. Who is he? I don't know. I need to find out.
The colour-blocked storyboard canvas is of course, my work. I've been doing a series of these in all different colours and themes. People seem to like them very much, which makes me very happy. The last photo is my front hall. Lot's of light. Sparse. It's open and airy. Fresh creative space. Hope you enjoyed this little peak. Mrs. Butterhouse and Marcus are pleased you dropped by.