Daily Archives: July 26, 2013

Amazing Miniature Food Artwork

Shay Aaron does miniature food jewellery! If you remember my July 1 post, you know I enjoy anything miniature! You must check this out! — tk

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You won’t believe how awesome this artwork is.  Seriously.

Most Amazing Miniature Food Artworks by Shay Aaron

By Nora, on December 17, 2011

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Shay Aaron is a brilliant artist from Israel who makes the most astonishing miniature food jewelry. These foodstuffs look so beautiful that we would desire to eat them.

Actually, there’s a whole market out there for miniature food. Not actual stuff you can eat, but beautifully hand made designs of steaks, burgers, pies, vegetables, eggs and pretty much anything you can think of.

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Applauded White & Armstrong

Today I am introducing two Canadian Women painters, who are still showing us their beautiful art.

✔  Shelagh Armstrong was born in 1961 in Owen Sound, Ontario.She is a Canadian illustrator, and was the recipient of the 1985 Will Davies award. She launched her illustration career in the Canadian book industry, and worked with publishing houses such as McClelland and Steward and McGraw-Hill.  She has received commissions from Canada Post for two Canadian stamps – Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and Canada’s International Year of the Older Persons.  She was also commissioned by the Royal Canadian Mint to create various coins.

illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong
Published 2002

Armstrong currently resides in Toronto with husband,graphic designer Paul Hodgson.

✔ The second Canadian painter I am profiling is Amelia Alcock-White.  She was born in 1981,  on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.  She is known for her paintings depicting water, myths, philosophy, and the west coast.  She also donates and fundraises with her art for the organizations Shanti Uganda, Vancouver Aquarium, Art for life, and the David Suzuki Foundation.

Her current project is “Painting for Change” an art fundraiser for ocean conservation.  NightLight_Amelia_Alcock_White Alcock-White is represented by the Petley Jones Gallery in Vancouver.

Amelia’s paintings express the human condition and its relation to nature, the transitory character of time and the contrasting endurance of elemental forces. Psychological themes, primal emotions and archetypal figures all play a role in her works. Amelia fuses sentiment, intimacy and warmth with the enigmatic, giving her images an emotional subtlety that draws the viewer into her private world. Amelia’s work embraces elements of both magic and symbolic realism. Her first collection, Opener, explored dream-like and romantic themes. Her last show, The Art of Staying Afloat, examined the concepts of personal and symbiotic balance.  This is a direct quote from her Official Web Site.


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Some Of Our Fellows Lost Their Heads!

English: Proclamation of Canadian Confederation

English: Proclamation of Canadian Confederation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the early, important steps towards Confederation took place at Kingston, Ontario, on July 26, 1849.  It followed the rioting in Montreal over the Rebellion Losses Bill (see my April 25 post The Last Governor of Canada).

The Tories, who had opposed the Rebellion Losses Bill so violently, arranged to hold a convention at Kingston to discuss the ills of the country.  The heavy losses caused by the rebellions in 1837 and 1838 now had to be paid for.  Adding to the country’s financial difficulties was Britain’s adoption of free trade in 1846.  Before free trade, Canadian wheat had paid a lower duty on entering Britain than wheat from the United States.  As a result, the Americans were sending their wheat to Canada to be ground into flour, and then exporting it to Britain under the Canadian preference.  This led to the creation of many flour mills in Canada and increased business for the shipping industry, transportation and longshoremen.

When Britain adopted free trade, the Canadian preference ended.  The milling and shipping business was ruined and there was a depression with unemployment.  Canadians were moving to the United States where conditions were better.

There were many dismal speeches at the Kingston convention.  The Kingston Whig, correspondent reported a Scottish woman as saying:  “I couldna hae conceived I had been sae truly miserable hadna I been telled it.”

It was at this meeting that the Tories drew up a manifesto urging annexation to the States.  It was probably the strangest document ever signed by responsible people in Canada, including J. J. Abbott, who later became prime minister.  He dismissed his action later by saying that it was “the outburst of a moment of petulance.”  John A. Macdonald, then a young member of Parliament, refused to sign the document and said later:  “Some of our fellows lost their heads.”

Sir John always minimized the negative side of the Kingston meeting and emphasized the positive.  One of its achievements was the creation of the British American League, which reaffirmed the connection with Britain and advocated the confederation of all the British North American provinces.  Even so, Sir John voted against Confederation at the meeting in Quebec in 1864 (see my June 22 post The Corruptionists You Say?)

The streams of politics are difficult to fathom!

If you would like to read more about this, I suggest a few sites.  For instance, “Felix” put together an impressive site about Canada – take the time to look around there, you won’t be sorry. And you can never go wrong, really, when you go to the Canadian Encyclopedia. Finally, I will send you to Canada in the Making.


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