Artist ~ Robert Westerholm

Yesterday I chose to write about Artist Kathy Kromer, today I would like to write about another Artist that I have admired my entire life, my Dad, Robert Westerholm. Today is my Dad birthday so I thought it was fitting to write about him on this special day.

Happy Birthday Dad!

My Dad is one of the most creative people I have ever known. Born and raised in Vancouver, he attended the old Vancouver School of Art and is known primarily for his finely detailed pen and ink drawings. I draw stick people. I may not have inherited his artistic talent in the art sense but I know for sure I got his sense of humour and passion for writing, so I’m happy! 🙂

Since my daughter was very little she loved to sit and draw with my Dad and it’s becoming apparent that she too got the artistic gene from him. My Dad wanted to posted a painting Jordan did on his website when she was 6 and when he asked her permission to display it, her only concern was that he was going to put his name on it and not give her credit! lol Random thought here but have you ever played Pictionary with an artist? You NEVER win when you are paired up with them but man does their picture ever look real! lol Like Kathy Kromer my Dad became an artist through perseverance and practise, which basically means Never Give Up!

My Dad is also a writer, I think I was lucky to get a sliver of his genetics in that department! His words are like reading poetry, so visually descriptive, obviously coming from a man with an incredible imagination! Check out his website Caterwauls or his original blog Caterwauls if you would like to laugh out loud, get lost in his imagination, or be stimulated by his thought process, all of the above will happen depending on how much time you spend meandering through his site. His advice to me when I started on my writing adventure was to just go for it! I have a lot to learn but I think that’s the best part!

His artwork has been in many different Galleries over the years and is recognized by his detailed Vancouver scenes. But if art, music and writing weren’t enough to stir his creative juices, maybe acting will, perhaps you will recognize his handsome face from commercial, print and film work he’s done! What I love about my Dad the most is that he just keeps going, reaching and searching for what stimulates his mind and stirs the creative soul he was born with! I am very proud of my Dad as you can see and love spending time with him just talking about stuff. When I am in his presence there is never a dull moment! He has always inspired me to follow my heart with a wide open mind! I love you Dad! xo

On The Fraser by RC Westerholm (copyright)

The Yoyo by RC Westerholm (copyright)

Western Breeze by RC Westerholm (copyright)

Vancouver by RC Westerholm (copyright)


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Svaha Spirit Series ~ A Short Love Story

It is still February.  Still the month of love.

I found this stop motion film to be very sweet and charming.  It was created by Carlos Lascano an Argentine director and writer, mainly known for his works in animation and illustration. I can’t imagine how many hours of work go into a stop motion film like this one but I sure appreciate the outcome.  Wow, there is a lot of content and meaning in those short 3 minutes.  Thank you Carlos Lascano!

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The Nude by Lawrence Thomas

TracyWe all meet certain individuals that inspire us to reach our goals.  Lawrence Thomas inspires me to reach mine.  We met through Twitter, and a conversation started simply because he wrote about football, A Beautiful Night for Football, I thought he might know a friend of mine who is a Football Commentator.  He didn’t, but we started to talk and found we had quite a lot in common.

Lawrence has a passion for words.  I love getting lost in words.  I admire Lawrence for his ability to express himself so openly.  I love his style and that he too is a hopeless romantic at heart.  I posted “Love is Forever” which he wrote and shared with me last year, the timing was, lets just say I think I was meant to read it, it felt like a gift to me.  We were simply meant to meet, maybe never in person but our paths were meant to cross.

I am very excited because Lawrence has released The Nude, a story he wrote which I had the honor of reading and LOVED!  When a writer can make you forget everything while you are immersed in their story, it rubs off on you.  I have had the desire to write a romantic tale for sometime and after reading “The Nude”, I have been re inspired to continue following that path.

The Nude by Lawrence Thomas

Excerpt from The Nude~

I look up from my sketch pad to see her standing in the stucco archway. My eyes are so enchanted by her tall, slender, silhouette as she enters the café, that I scorch my tongue taking an overzealous swallow of my Latte. I am absorbed by every curve of exposed skin, from the small of her neck, to the arch of her feet.

Her long, tanned legs glimmer in this sultry summer heat. She wears a tight fitting tube top, and a wrap-around skirt. Sandals with a slightly raised heal show off the camber of her well-defined calves as she stands before me in three-quarter view. Her undulating hair, a silky brown, is gathered in back around a red pencil.

I turn to a fresh page, and begin to draw her as she takes a seat in front of the open window. She slides off her sandals, and removes the pencil, allowing chestnut waves to cascade just past her bare shoulders. Her legs crossed at the ankles. I begin my sketch at the near perfect arch of her lightly tanned feet. The sun shines in through the empty window frame and casts shadows over her that I could never attain in the forced light of my small studio.

I sense that she feels me drawing her.  Perhaps she thinks of me gliding my Conté,  my charcoal drawing stick, up her leg, around her round, firm buttocks, and ascending the arch of her naked back.  Carefully capturing every curve, every crevice.  Does she take pleasure in the touch of my fingers softly shaping her features?

by Lawrence Thomas

Thanks Lawrence for giving me inspiration as a writer to try my hand at something new!  And for allowing me to share your writing here on Tara Cronica once again!  I look forward to the next!

To purchase the story in it’s entirety visit Lawrence’s website Lawrence Thomas Stories & Poems.

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Transferable Skills

After Bonnie posted that ohhh so yummy article,  A “Shout Out” to the Hard Workin Men, it made me start to think of what attracts me to a job.

I would have to say it’s the people.  I have had many different jobs in my 30 years of employment and it’s not always been about what I did, but who I did it with.  Here are a few samples of the people I got to work next to.  Landscapers ~ nature lovers that are not afraid of getting dirty or hard work.  Actresses ~ a quirky bunch that all dance to the  beat of their own drum.  Models~ equal pretty friends which attract cute guys…no brainer (I was young)  Stand-ins~ otherwise know as ‘second team’ training to be ‘first team’.

You’re probably wondering why I’ve called this post ‘transferable skills’.  Well, let me tell you.  A great friend of mine, Barry Peters (awesome wardrobe guy in the film industry) and I were getting super silly on set one night, having been in the same room with the same air for 12 hours straight, and so we started to think  about what we would do if our jobs suddenly came to an end.  I was ‘standing in’ and he was ‘on set wardrobe’.  A stand-in takes the place of the actor, child or dog for lighting purposes, while the real talent goes to hair, make-up, craft services, or if they just don’t feel like coming out of their warm trailers.  Barry and I started to think of what we would transfer from our jobs into the real world.

Let’s see… I could hold a pose or win a staring contest hands down or walk up to a ‘T’ tape mark on the floor without looking down and come within an inch of hitting it.  I could recreate an entire scene, with or without lines (maybe not as well as the actress hired, but hey, you get what you pay for).  I could  photo double someone.  (For what, you ask?  I’m not sure, either, but I got paid really well to do it in the movies!)  But best of all I could be really really quiet in a room full of people making funny faces at me!  Put that into your computer base and see what job pops out!

Perfect match !!!! Photo doubles make up test

Barry’s transferable skills were primping and dressing someone if they needed his help.  He could suggest outfit combinations, futz with collars and tuck in tags (we’ve all been there before!) and he was exceptionally good with a lint brush ~ and soooo fast!

Barry

Barry and our film set family had a lot of laughs out loud (when they weren’t rolling) so you see, although I didn’t have any real transferable skills it was the people who attracted me to the job, not the ridiculously large pay cheque that I got for doing absolutely nothing! (that’s a joke)

What I look for in a job is pretty basic.  Great people who love what they do!  I think there are certain jobs that you can take anywhere hence ‘transferable skills’  ie: Construction worker, Artist, Musician, Writer, Doctor.  You get the picture.

What attracted me to help create  Tara Cronica with Bonnie and Jacquie was this:  I am exploring with my partners, using my voice while finding lyrical beauty in everyday happenings! (Sounds familiar)  I get to spend time with two beautiful intelligent women! (beautiful intelligent women = handsome intelligent men …again no brain-er! Some things never change) I’ve finally found my passionate purpose and I get to do it with great friends, it just doesn’t get better than that!   Cheers to all of you with transferable skills and passionate purpose !

Tracy

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