Monday, January 25, 2016

How Film Informs Patti Friday

It is not always clear how or why an Artist is inspired
How her current works are informed

Soon a hint reveals the possible truth behind the creation

Indeed books, films, current events, popular culture
and personal life experiences are culprits

I believe these two men are sheer other-worldly geniuses


The Revenant has gotten inside me and won't let go

Every hike I take this winter reminds me of this film.

Every sound in the forest or beside the rivers, streams and lakes.
It informs me.

What informs your work?

“Inspired by true events, 
is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer 
is brutally attacked by a bear and 
left for dead by members of his own hunting team. 

In a quest to survive, 

Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant 
John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy)
 Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. 
The Revenant
is directed and co-written by renowned filmmaker, 
Oscar winner 
Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel). 

(This horse. This horse has an immensely important purpose - not just
to be a gorgeous, loyal animal - a mode of transportation 
- will have to see the movie.)

I hope this movie wins all the awards it is
nominated for at this year's Oscars.

Photos of The Revenant via @chivexp  Emmanuel Lubezki

The Revenant still images VIA and here

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Monday, January 18, 2016

Snow Day Cake

This is bananas!
The snow is relentless.

Maybe your roads are closed
Perhaps (duh) it's a bonafide snow day and the kids are home.

Forget shoveling.
Mash those babies up.

No expensive candy-colored mixer required.
Don't you love the rustic luxe feel of a good ol' wooden spoon anyway?

I forgot the eggs. Crack em in.

If you can't get to the market and your cupboards are bare.
Use whatever mix you have.
Yes. I said mix.
(I am not bake proud - I'm bake happy!)

Toss in your favorite add-ins.
I plopped in a couple handfuls of California raisins.

Coarsely chop some chocolate.
Save some for TV watching time tonight.

Fold in the goodies.

Spray your best pan.
Bake for 50 - 60 minutes at 375 degrees

Ice the cake so it resembles fluffy snowbanks and drifts of icy white snowflakes.

Make a quick and simple buttercream.
Don't forget. Beat by hand. 
It's a home cozy day.

Dust with powdered sugar.
Look outside and make the cake look like the landscape.

Make a huge pot of hot tea.

Whip some cream with a lick of white sugar

Invite your neighbors over for some!

Won't last long.
Blizzard be damned.


Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Friday, January 15, 2016

Beaver River Trail Winter Walk

South Georgian Bay encompasses a vast system of wilderness trails, footpaths, and "rail to trails" that wind their way through diverse landscapes along the Niagara Escarpment, along Georgian Bay, through historic Collingwood and the beautiful Blue Mountains.  

The Beaver Trail:  This 10.7 km trail connects the Thornbury Harbour to Clendenan Dam, offers a number of scenic rest areas and vistas with benches, and meanders through Town parks such as Thornbury Riverwalk, Lion’s Park and Fireman’s Park in Clarksburg. Many interpretive signs provide historical and environmental facts along the way.

A major flood protection project is Clendenan Dam on the Beaver River, upstream of the village of Clarksburg. Constructed in 1975, the dam controls ice moving down the river, causing flooding in the village. In mid-September, four of the eight stop logs in each gate are removed to lower the water level. This maintains a pond behind the dam for the retention of sheet and frazil ice and also leaves an adequate opening in the event of freshet floods. Flooding in the village of Clarksburg has been significantly reduced since the installation of Clendenan Dam. 
An internal fish ladder was designed as part of the structure, allowing local fish species to navigate past the dam and migrate upstream for spawning.

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'
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