Friday, December 12, 2014

Sandra Davis-Callon

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
-- Dr. Seuss
I called her Mom...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Portrait of a Woman

Portrait of a woman in Value Village...
A life forgotten?
One of my guilty pleasures is trolling Value Village for castoffs. It's a great place for finding the odd... the unique... and sometimes the plain weird.

Recently, I was checking out the wall art section for funky frames or inspiring ideas when this sketched portrait jumped out at me. I think it was the compelling look in the eyes that drew me to it. Her enigmatic expression fascinated me. It was impossible to say for certain if she was serene, wistful, bored... but something about the set of her face also suggested anger or disappointment.

Studying it closer, I saw from the signature that it was done in 1983. Assuming the woman in the portrait was about forty-ish at the time, that would make her seventy-ish today.

If I was to guess, I would assume that she had recently died and the portrait was among the donated estate items. In a way, this discarded portrait in a thrift shop perfectly summarizes the ephemeral nature of our existence.

Angry, bored or ?
Who was she and whatever became of her?

Friday, December 5, 2014

Empress Alight

Christmas lights of the Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC...
The Empress Hotel dressed in her finest colours for Christmas.
Christmas is only a few weeks away. Victoria's landmarks are lit up in their traditional seasonal colours.

It was announced a month ago that the Empress will be undergoing a major renovation over the next two to three years. Part of that reno will see our long-outdated bus depot torn down and replaced with high end condos.

Some will disagree, but I'm looking forward to the changes as part of a massive overhaul of Victoria's harbour vistas.