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TRAVEL AND MORE

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It is at that point, when we sit down in our seat, that our journey begins and we have time to reflect on whatever is foremost in our minds.  My thoughts go to new creations and it turns out they were both about travel.  
TRAIN OF THOUGHTS 
This artist book was inspired by a number of e-mails I received.  The e-mails came to me in spurts as the sender worked through her thoughts.  Thus the Train of Thoughts book was conceived.  I used the thoughts of 16th century philosopher, Michel de Montaigne, which are still relevant in today's world. 
I marbled some paper with a new combination of earthy colours and used them for the cover of the book. 
The engine is the front page of the book and I used some of the marbled paper in the cow catcher. 


The Train of Thoughts pulling out of the station.


There are four cars in the train and a quote in each car.  The book measures 5 7/8 x 7 1/4 x 1/2 inches/15 x 18.4 x 1.5 cm when closed and 5 7/8 x 70/15 x 177 cm when opened flat. 
THE ADVENTURES OF MIST…

PLAY

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Spring has finally arrived and with it the flora has burst through the soil, and sprouted on the limbs of trees.  The tulip festival at the end of May is the celebration that brings us into summer in Ottawa.  Everywhere one looks tulip blooms are seen on the landscape: colours, hybrids and soft petals surrounded by lush greenery.  
The sun also invited me outdoors to play, so I grabbed my camera and chased shadows, revelled in the colours of spring and marvelled at the many shades of green waving at the robin blue skies.  
CHASING SHADOWS 








The beautiful weather also brings out the cyclists.  The city is becoming more bicycle friendly, adding bike lanes along busy thoroughfares.  The shadows were wonderfully distinct on this bright day.  
ON THE STREET 
I walked around the city and took pictures that I found interesting.  I walked over to the Alexandra Bridge, (one of the bridges that joins Ottawa and Gatineau, Quebec).  I like to stand on the bridge and smell the water and feel the wind on…