Sunday Afternoon

The woodpeckers are back and I suspect it’s because it’s easier to use the suet feeder versus looking for bugs at the trees.  I’m sure the cool weather drove them deep making it harder for them to forage for a meal.  They are more than welcome at my home and the cats and I enjoy their company.  The cats must because they sit and titter at them.

Speaking of homes, two new pones are up in the trees now waiting for occupants which I hope it won’t be too long before they move in.  The yellow finches have long since migrated south for the winter and I haven’t seen a robin in quite a while.  But my ever faithful chickadees, cardinals and sparrows are still around as are a few blue jays that come in to steal some food before the squirrels come to raid the feeders.

I have this suspicion that we’re going to have a long and cold 5 months ahead of us.

Art Sunday #194: Paraskeva Clark – Parachute Riggers


Paraskeva Clark (October 28, 1898– August 10, 1986) was a Canadian painter born in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Her work is often political as she believed that “an artist must act as a witness to class struggle and other societal issues.” She has been a member of such groups as the Canadian Group of Painters, the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, Canadian Society of Graphic Art, the Ontario Society of Artists, and the Royal Canadian Academy. Much of her art now resides at the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

In this painting, the intense expression on three of the women’s faces draws attention to their tasks of cutting, folding, and securing the lines of the parachutes they are making. Two diagonal workbenches dramatically split the composition into three parallel bands in which their figures and arm movements create a dynamic zigzag across the surface.

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