Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Angel of Victory

Photo: Angel of Victory (1922) by Montreal sculptor, Coeur de Lion MacCarthy, commemorated the 1,115 CPR employees killed during the War (photo CVA)

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the “Great War.” More than 600,000 Canadians served during this war, putting their lives on the line and altering the course of Canadian and world history.

After Armistice in 1918, monuments commemorating the lives of Canadians killed in overseas conflict have occupied a prominent place in our urban cultural landscape, rooting us to our history and reminding us of these monumental events. There are also memorials that commemorate others lost in World War Two and Korea.

Unfortunately, some of these significant memorials are neglected, deteriorating or are at danger of being lost.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Marilyn Munroe held my cards for a few minutes

Abandoned some more art the other day. This time I left the art in the loving arms of Marilyn Munroe!


I made six 4"x4" blank note cards (with envelopes). The note cards were images I made in Photoshop.

These figures stand outside the Sunshine Diner on 4th Avenue in Vancouver, BC. I walked a few doors down to get a coffee after I left the package and it was already gone by the time I walked back! I hope whoever found the note cards enjoys them.

"(Art Abandonment is a group designed to encourage random acts of art, left in various locations around the globe. The idea is that folks can make something and leave it for a lucky unsuspecting person to find. Artists can then post locations and photos of abandoned goodies…and finders can let everyone know that they are the lucky finder! O' sweet abandon!
Here's an intro page on Typepad for full explanation: http://michaeldemeng.typepad.com/art_abandonment/)"

Monday, March 31, 2014

Assumptions can be unfounded


18 things young gay guys should never assume.

Here's just a couple of examples.

1: Never assume because we are over 40 that we are HIV-Positive or practice unsafe sex.

Young men are often the most prone to abandon safe sex in the heat of the moment, as they view the disease in a less-serious light than we do. If we are over 40 and healthy, it's more than likely because we've been smart in our sexual choices and, if we are Positive, have taken care of ourselves so as not to risk our health or the health of others.

No matter our ages, let's make one thing clear: Asking if someone is "clean" when you mean "HIV Negative" is an insult to all Positive men (the implication being that men with HIV are "dirty"). Use the word "clean" when enquiring about someone's apartment status.

2: We aren't all enamored of Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler and Judy Garland.

Many men over 40 have no interest in or despise some of these women, and some are even too young to know much about Judy. But we do all love Cher, because not loving Cher is somehow just wrong.

 Read the other 16 assumptons HERE.

Three words mean something

What are the first three words you see?


Put your three words in the comments below.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Homage to Ms. Schiaparelli

This blog post is for my friend who shares my love of all things shiny, crafty, and/or off-beat.

Alanna here is my homage to you and the genius of Ms.Schiaparelli.

(And most surprisingly, with hi-top sneakers one doesn't need to use the shoelaces! Hmmmmm, maybe it's my round bald head that is so suitable to this statement of forward fashion...)


The design by Schiaparelli that actually was made and worn.

My fashion-forward take on the original. Hi-top sneakers will never be seen in the same light again!
My friend Edgar at a party several years ago. It shows the importance of
knowing the heel from the toe when daring to wear such a fabulous hat!

I've become an Abandoneer!

Art Abandonment is a group (now almost 12,000 members strong) designed to encourage random acts of art, left in various locations around the globe. The idea is that folks can make something and leave it for a lucky unsuspecting person to find. Artists can then post locations and photos of abandoned goodies…and finders can let everyone know that they are the lucky finder! O' sweet abandon!

I joined the group recently and became an "Abandoneer" today!

Here's my first acts of abandonment!


I used the suggestion for this month and bought a $1 ceramic photo frame from a nearby thrift store. I removed all of the tattered fake flowers attached to the frame, painted it white, printed and transferred the Michelangelo image to the frame front and inserted a smaller image into the picture area. I wandered around the neighbourhood and saw this tree with a crook someone had tried to light a fire within. Somewhat symbolic place to leave a renewed piece I thought.


The chicken wire shoe had been in my garden for years and had been quietly rusting away. I painted it, embellished it and planted some early spring plants from my garden. I left it in the Community Gardens in my neighbourhood where a friend who lives in an apartment gardens to her heart's delight.The garden plots are on unused rail track easements.


The small 3X4" frame on an easel was a glue gun moment of goofiness. I found the pink lips and plastic eyelash in a stash of "might come in handy someday" box. The blue jewels were to cover the entire frame but after a few glue gun burns while sticking on the small pieces, I stepped back and thought do I continue and cover the entire frame and endure more burns or stop? Stop won out! I left it in a cupboard where an artist friend of mine works. He's a fabulous artist but sometimes has a hard time parting with his work. This "art on an easel" is just a poke at him about letting go.



"(Art Abandonment is a group designed to encourage random acts of art, left in various locations around the globe. The idea is that folks can make something and leave it for a lucky unsuspecting person to find. Artists can then post locations and photos of abandoned goodies…and finders can let everyone know that they are the lucky finder! O' sweet abandon!
Here's an intro page on Typepad for full explanation: http://michaeldemeng.typepad.com/art_abandonment/)"