Tuesday

Bright Lights and Bonfire



At this time of year...
...the shortest days ...
the sun rises almost directly out in front of us...
far across, on the horizon of the coastline of Nova Scotia..
we have to wait for it... when we get up early...
I love waiting for it
 Especially this day...
with the fishing boat heading out...
into that almost purple haze of seasmoke
on our always offering Bay of Fundy... 






Later in the day
we offer back...
our light...
with fir and spruce thinnings...
warming crisp air...
  glowing stones in a circle...
calm evening, calm sea, 
silent...
but for snapping, hissing, crackling... 





Fireworks were hiding inside those trees...








Then once again...
the setting sun offered back its light...
like a game of catch





later...
 inside by the glow...
dogs know...




....Lights of the season powered by Nature...


My Very Best Wishes to Each and Everyone



***photos taken in December at St. Martins, New Brunswick, Canada

Wednesday

Quote by William James




This quote feels intensely romantic,
 don't you think?






William James 1842 - 1910... Philosopher, Psychologist... Thinker
...brother of Novelist Henry James




*   i   LoVe  TypOGRapH*

.... especially Calligraphy





"When the fruit is ripe, a touch will make it fall"

...in 5½ " x 8½ " sketchbook,  india ink, crow quill,  FW acrylic artists ink, script brush

Sunday

Sterling Silver Dragonfly on Copper Square




I have been making bugs... using my pen and my torch...
I like to study bugs.... 
they are small,  with lots of delicate working parts, amazingly strong for their size... 
some nasty, some nice... 
and there are so many different kinds... and they do so many different things... 
Bugs are just all around very  interesting subjects to get to know more about..

We designed and created the sterling silver  Dragonfly  on copper square early in the year
and it is time to build up stock again.. not a good season to be running out of popular designs...
although I have to admit there are a few other styles that I am very low on,
if not completely out of at the moment..
and I should have had more made...  but alas... time... energy....... a good book.






Lots of tiny Dragonfly parts all prepared... cut, shaped and hammered ... 
little dragonfly wings, little dragonfly bodies and little tiny silver grains for the dragonfly eyes... 
That is one in the middle, there's more in a little wooden dish to the left... 

 We usually split up the jobs..  
Johns' hands are stronger than mine, so he gets to handcut all the copper squares
 and do the heavy hammering.. 
I layout all the tiny parts and set them up..  

 ... sometimes my tools or my big hands have accidentally knocked my board 

.. Not a good day when that happens...





Here they are all covered in carbon.. it has to be removed
  but the texture and color is gives for taking a photograph suits my fancy ...
 I really love this contrast.

and

I absolutely Love the Pattern they make all lined up like that...
I imagine quilt patterns, floor tiles, rugs, fabric ...




I start rearranging them
to see what they might look like with all there tails touching 
or their little pairs of eyes all staring at each other




 Then I am imagining them all divided by long bands of another metal 
or fabric if they are a quilt  and what kind of borders could be invented.. 
 or maybe designs inlaid in wood.. or a surround for a fireplace 
or borders around the edge of an illuminated book.........

oh once it starts it is hard to go back to work... 
 the Dragonflies are distracting me from the Dragonflies...

 but I'm sure you know what it's like 
and how one thing leads to another and another....
  
 



Back to reality... 

Now they are ready for the pickle pot
-  a nice name for being dunked in a scalding acid bath - which will remove all the built up carbon. 

  John drills holes in the tops with the flex shaft...
  We sand and polish them in the vibratory tumbler.
Then I make the earwires and attach them 
and we are all stocked up again...




$25.00 pr.     ...approx.  1½" from top of ear wire to bottom of copper square
...bug drawings (in first photograph)  from my sketchbook 


  Pearl Jam...  "BUGS" 



All handmade at our DESIDERATUM Art Jewelry studio 
in St. Martins, on the Bay of Fundy,  New Brunswick, Canada


...click for more of our Whimsical designs

Thursday

DOGS




Sketches and watercolor washes...
trying to put ideas down quickly ...
not worrying about perfection...
just in having a good time, just like dogs. 




A protector...




an entertainer and companion...




... loyal...




... interested in every-little-single-thing-that-you-say and do




 ... never argues or complains...



...best friend...




"A Dog has the Soul of a Philosopher"........ Plato


...crazy to see you again
even if it was only 5 minutes ago that you left the room...

....and always ready to go
before you even know you are.

Our New Copper and Sterling Silver Dog earrings inspired by our gang
...simple little design of dogs with curly tails

Tabitha    
... alias the Queen... Miss Energy... see how high I can jump...
what's you wanna do now Butch, huh, huh?? come on, lets go, come on, come on!

Gabi  
... alias Shy-girl, Sweetheart, sleepy-head, lover not a fighter..
her motto to a thief: here's where the good stuff is, I gotta go back to bed.

Pirate  
... alias Stinky, need I say more..  super-sensitive, super-smart, likes to steal...  
oh and his feelings get hurt very easily..




Tobi  
...alias Bouncer,  Mr. Runaway Hobo, happy go lucky.. 
...come whenever I feel like it, but that's OK isn't it?




and if you like a few laughs.. check out Andy Rooney ... 
He prefers dogs to people.... and  he is funny.


... Dog Portrait Photos by my son, Max Ackerson...  September 2011


*in memory ... about a week after this post,  Andy Rooney passed away.. 
 I was very sad to hear this.. I always enjoyed his "Rants".  He will be missed by many.


Monday

TYBURN




Not long ago I received a request....
to use one of my watercolors sketches - the Human Skull -
as the cover for a new book...
in paper and ebook form (available on Nook and Kindle)
 It was totally unexpected and I was...  and still am,  thrilled ... 


  The author is  Kevin John Grote


 The Book is   TYBURN 


It belongs to his series "Letters of Fire and Sword" 
...an ambitious undertaking of 16 books
which he has been working and doing research on for years...
 His historical novels take place in the 1740's and 50's
in the UK (Scotland and London) and in North America.


If you go to the TYBURN link above you can read some of his book on Amazon...
Hope you enjoy... I did!


Kevin previously released "Skye" and is presently working on "TALLY-HO!
...this is a link to his twitter


I love Books... and historical novels are some of my favourites.......
I wish him the very best .





Saturday

Our Desideratum











 















very old doors rescued and put back in use



One of a Kind 10' tall Art Sculpture Steel Fire Shield in the Great room created by artist owner, John.





 


Polished, varnished, insulated, stained concrete with in-floor heating...






Arched doorway leads to custom built kitchen also created by John Ackerson and Gwen Buchanan.







  


























 antique beamed entrance created from beams rescued from the original property




Handmade custom designed steel and antique staircase and railing created by John Ackerson, artist owner

Close-up of antique railing.









 










Door created from an antique church window

Gothic arched door threshold...





















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 a fireman's pole... polished stainless steel



A real fireman's pole.  The kids love it.











Ornate original designed cedar trim details created by artist owners surround the front door and  all the windows.

Handmade Cast iron and Brass bell















 from bottom of the garden ...kids camp and recycled greenhouse













Sunrise  early one morning.

John's magic work with stone.


Relaxing and satisfying wide coastal view of the Bay of Fundy from the above fire-pit.  Far across the water is Nova Scotia where lights can be seen sparkling on clear nights.



The house and property contains many special features..  this property was created with passion by us the designer/owners over several years.. till we made it just the way we felt it suited this marvelous panoramic acreage and the historic shipbuilding and fishing village lying below.

Some of the multitude of roses  and an upcycled quatre-foil window 

 The view is ever-changing. Better than TV.


We hope you enjoy the culmination of our Labors and 
what much Love from our Head, Heart and Hands have brought to Life...




Below are a few pictures of St. Martins village and the salt water seashore
 Walk on the Ocean floor of the Bay of Fundy at low tide... there is plenty of time to explore as the tide takes 6 hours to go out and another 6 hours to come back in again.

looking towards Quaco Head and the Bay of Fundy

 This Flower Pot Rock is easily reached on foot at low tide from St. Martins public beaches or kayak at high tide..

 Gorgeous sandstone outcroppings to explore on the West Quaco beach...

 Lobster and Scallop fishing boats

the gorgeous saltwater marsh attracts migrating birds and bird-lovers...
during the full moon and the new moon it totally fills with the highest tides. Magic, isn't it.


 ...experience mystery and magic when the fog drifts in...

 The charming St. Martins harbour at Midnight and low tide

 Solitude, beach-walks and beach-combing while experiencing vast views towards the Fundy Trail Parkway and across the Bay of Fundy. The fabulous Fundy Trail Parkway is only 7-10 minutes from the village
 The famous St. Martins Sea Caves carved by the Fundy tides... easily reached  at low tide and the entire beach in St. Martins is for public use.

The picturesque harbor with the fishing boats sitting on the ocean bottom at low tide.


Early one winter morning when the sea-smoke was rising from the bay...  the salt water never freezes and the beaches are free of snow in the winter... excellent expanses for beach walks with your dogs.



  


Thank You for taking the time to see what we have been working on these last few years. It was a thrilling Adventure... but as artists create they must eventually let go, so they can continue on their creative process and someone new can share and enjoy in the finished creation. 

The home and landscape was passionately designed and created by us, the owners, Gwen Buchanan and John Ackerson,  Artists/Designers/ Builder.

SOLD September 2016

 St. Martins,  New Brunswick,  Bay of Fundy,  Canada