Category Archives: The Arts

Throwback Thursday; when there was no app for that.

I love creating pictures on my iphone, using the camera, finding cool apps to manipulate the photos and sharing on social media.  For a Throwback Thursday I thought I would share a collection of pictures by David Hockney….all created pre-digital era.  David Hockney is an important artist contributing to the pop are movement in the 60s.  I may have mentioned him before as his ‘vision’ has always intrigued me and his work continues to inspire me.

Hockney is a painter, a photography, a printmaker and a set maker.  Just recently I learned that he has been creating drawings on his iphone and ipad  check them out!   I see his current work as innovative, and showing a truly masterful artist working with the media of the times and constantly re-inventing his work and his art.

To get to the point of today’s throwback blog.  Lets go back and look at Hockney’s collage work.  These pieces are from his ‘photographic collages’ and ‘composite polaroids’ collections in the early 80s.  Long before photoshop, long before the digital age of manipulation.  He would take these pictures as quickly as possible, each image was a blink of the eye and the overall assembly of the images was what he was seeing as he looked and moved in that moment.  He was taking a series of still photographs and extending them from a nano second in time and creating a larger moment.










This is Pearblossom Highway, the collage that made me seek out David Hockney.  I have this on my wall and look at it everyday.  Putting this together must have been tedious work!  I need to visit this location someday.




So there is your throwback Thursday.



The Whimsical World of Gnomes – Naomi Brinkhof


Naomi Brinkhof is an award winning multidisciplinary artist who resides and creates in her home studio, Nom’s Home Studio, in Muskoka Ontario, Canada.

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She has created a world, surrounded in the beauty of nature, that helps elevate her inspiration and drive her creative forces. Her world is gnomes and her whimsy is clever and completely genuine. Here is a what she says about her art, her environment and what keeps her in this whimsical world:

“My creative process usually starts in the middle of the night causing a lovely week long bout of insomnia. I tend to be an over thinker (aren’t most artists?). I will be laying in bed trying to figure out all logistics, colours choices, mold shaping, production timing for hours before my feet even step into the studio. Once in the studio, I start laying down my jumbled night time thoughts into something tangible and workable. I work in a variety of materials in a variety of ways. I am a painter and printmaker as well as a production artist. When I paint I know i’m creating one of something, I can go over design layout and colour choices for days before I actually put paint to canvas. With my production work I need to design something that I can make over and over again. Sometimes by designing a basic sizing mold or by figuring out the ‘pattern’ of making it by hand so it is made in the most efficient way possible, a part in the process that I take great pride in. Which you need when you’ve made your 400th plus of something.


My working environment is small and cluttered, but that’s how I like it. Every single part of the little studio room is used. Who’s kidding who, my whole house is now part of the environment, much to the shagrin of husband? It is a bit of organized dusty chaos sometimes driving me more or less crazy with its small stature, but it what I have and one day I plan to have a bigger studio – but I wonder if my creative process will be the same? Most artists made do with what they have, they make it work, there is no choice. So with music playing and my view of my yard I create, and the world around me transforms into a whimsical garden of gnomes.


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Art is to me is someone’s creation. What connects me to someone’s art is just that, a connection. I find the connection changes all the time, depending so much on mood, history, technique, colour, what you had for lunch…constantly changing. What appealed to me when I was younger may not now, nor what I like now might appeal to my older self. I consider myself both an artist and a crafts person. I have found that some artists don’t see the credibility of the crafts person which saddens me. Some of my work may not be as emotionally driven, (what making naked gnomes in leafs isn’t emotional?) but there is still an element of design, colour, technique that applies in all creative processes that should be considered when looking at work.”


Naomi (or Nom as she is called most often) can be found on Facebook @ Nom’s Home Studio. Give her a LIKE on Facebook and watch for details on her Etsy Store opening later this month!

Nom’s gnomes travel all over the world – here is Tobia’s the travelling gnome’s facebook back – follow as he does a cross-Canada trek!

From his stop at the Confederation Bridge!

Or send her an email at

Coming Soon!!!!!!!!!

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Beat & Lyric will now be featuring contributions from artists of all mediums – poetry, short stories, features on painters, photographers, sculptors. The quirky, the serious and the outrageous!

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