It’s not really a question of “why do you have to see” the Gustave Doré (1832 – 1883) Master of Imagination exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, but more a statement that “you just have to see it”. Simply put, there’s something here for everyone.


JCOlsthoorn and the SPBX: Poetry Challenge!

Click on the link to view my entry into the SPBX: Poetry Challenge! Voting ends June 2 and the one with the most votes wins $250.

My commitment? Should I garner the most votes (please vote only if you do sincerely like it) I will donate the $250 to a worthy poetry cause: Arc Poetry Magazine which is really very self-serving of me having been just elected as a member of the Board for the Arc Poetry Society.

Here is poem I read for the challenge:

suds of stout

suds of stout on her upper lip
a mustache of sorts a woman wears
sitting across from me here
her in jean jacket her smile a grin

the tzatziki on the corner of her mouth
i quickly flicked away with my tongue
our lips touched briefly i laughed
and her in jean jacket smiled a grin

flirting with food and drink
we will start with dessert first
hot dogs with buns buttered fried
starters at end plump fresh shrimp

across the dance floor
or hwy 401 across the divide
or pond’s deep distance
stout we are at all our wandering

©2014 (JCOlsthoorn)

Two paintings in the Big Art Book 2014 published by Scarborough Arts

Scarborough Arts released its Big Art Book 2014 last Thursday, May 22. The visual art juror for the book was Erin Peck.

Two of my paintings are included: “Torn” and “Portrait of an Artist as a Young Woman #4”. 

These paintings were previously exhibited at the Moniker Gallery earlier this year as part of the “Spitting Image: Portrait and Figurative Exhibition” Juried Group Show in Toronto.


The inaugural issue of Transcendence Magazine (Volume One) released today includes one of my art pieces simply and aptly entitled “egg”. You can find it on page 55.

Best piece of writing . . .

Last month I participated in the Ottawa Art Gallery’s first articulation workshop. We were given the opportunity to write a piece, the best of which would be published on the Apartment 613 ( website. Mine was chosen. Yippee!

He was in his mid to late seventies at that point. That was seven years ago, or thereabouts. I came across a picture with no date but memory serves well. Read the rest of this entry »

I have since learned that some of the more important things in life are not always the necessities, but rather, the niceties.

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