and so i’m back from the city of Toronto, back in Ottawa, and relaxing here on Island Park Drive, thinking about the grand and glorious scenes from Tuesday night.

i split the capital city at noon on Tuesday, hustled down to the Bloor and Dundas area of Toronto and just in the nick of time!  the party:  a preview of new work by famed Canadian artist Kent Monkman, at his studio, was set to go at 6 p.m.  i arrived on a side street at 5:50!

i walked my way over to the studio with butterflies and some nervousness:  it isn’t every day a fella like me gets to see a famous Canadian artist’s studio space!  we’re talking the magic factory.  this is where the almighty lands right here on earth.  i had been using my imagination for several weeks but here was the real deal, just five minutes away and me with a ticket to get in.

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that’s the artist, sporting the green t and brown shoes.  there are 3 new works in the shot: mind expanding!  and big!  but check out the piece behind the 3 new pieces: the massive one, a work in progress, up against the wall…

we’re talking the big leagues: someone who is going, not only into the Canadian Art History books, but the World Art History books.

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i absolutely had to see these:  the paint and the brushes!

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some of the models:  a lively bunch of youngsters creating scenes and having a lot of fun with it.  that young lady in the middle, she’s in two of his new pieces!  i didn’t get a chance to talk with the others.

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on the couch with one of the models: what a great living room set up that would be for us out there on the open range, back on “the island”.  or i’d like to write a one act play for Debajehmujig and insist that this is the set!

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there is the man himself:  a gentleman in the old fashioned definition.  he put that hundred million dollar right arm of his around me and let me tell you that meant something to me!

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The Well Heeled Indian!  (ha ha!)  well you’re going out or you’re not.  and the way i see it, anything worth doing in the fashion department is worth over doing!  plus i have to admit: i enjoyed the attention from all of those glamorous ladies at the party!

after the party i hit the diner with an old art school friend, a fun little diner way out there on the far ends of Bloor:  just the two of us in the diner at 10 p.m.  fun stuff.  then it was time to get down to business and make that drive back to Ottawa!

i arrived at Island Park at 6 a.m. but not before seeing the moon rise, the sun rise, and the mighty greens along highway 401.  what a ride.  and what a day!

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