Re-imaginining a classic: BBB profile in TOQUE magazine

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Susan G. Scott is a Canadian-American artist living in Montreal known for her figurative paintings.  In art book La peinture au Quebec depuis les annes 1960 , Scott is described  as having an 'extraordinary capacity for reinventing herself while preserving the rigorous nature that marks her entire body of work.'  Her work can be found in many permanent collections in Canada and Europe.  And Ms. Scott carries our BBB and has so for many years.

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VE DAY to MOMS DAY. One day their will be victory over this current pernicious invader. On May 8 1945 I imagine all Mother's would've celebrated victory in Europe no matter what side and honoured their fallen. The Queen’s speech commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE day was a Covid restrained event but still inspirational. She said today’s front line workers share the same spirit of sacrifice as their VE Day forbears. My Cousin Jamie, wife Julia and daughter Kate live in London. They and neighbours honoured the day sharing small streetside presentations. On the gate outside their flat both CDN and British flags were hung and a picture showing family service in the war effort: my Mom and Dad, my Grandfather and my Great uncle who died like so many young men in WWI.
My Moms story is rather amusing. Joining my Dad oversees, their respective barracks were some distance apart. So the story goes they would rendezvous in the evening at a designated halfway point - ah a wartime tryst. My Mom would return to her barracks just in time to fall in line with the morning cooks; a quick toss her knapsack over the wall and no one was the wiser. Except on one morning her bag landed on the lap of her superior officer. My first bag story! Not too much longer after that Mom returned home to Canada and began her family of 5 kids. Here's pic of Mom on the homefront wielding a broom. There's a subsequent pic where she's chasing us and/or whomever took the photo, telling us kids to scat! A wonderful funloving Mom. Thank you to Jamie and family for sharing. Long live the Queen and victory to all Moms!@veday @momsday @ bravebrownbag Less
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Our Thanksgiving is in early Oct. However, it's hard not to get caught up in our southern neighbours spirit of giving thanks for harvest - modern and traditional.  Be it the season of cooking and therefore cookbooks, I am more overwhelmed by the digital photography than the food itself.  The resolution of the images look more real than in real life.  I mean I dont see as clearly as the camera lens when my eye 'shoots' its image if you will.    And the current fashion of up close in focus shots with the blurry background; I am a bit weary of it  (probably a tad jealous as it requires talent to create this effect or an expensive wide angle lens).  Hmm, this sounds more like complaining than thankful!  Well, taking out an old Bon Appetit cookbook, I was thrilled to rediscover the photography of Tessa Traeger .  If you're having fish this holiday you might consider the above 'fishlady'!  It's hilarious.  A skirt of  real smoked salmon? And clam gams owith oyster shoes?  

Traeger composes her images like old world paintings. Sometimes it's hard to tell where the stage set ends and the real food begins.  The above is very 'MSL' or actually Martha Stewart was no doubt influenced by her work.

Unfortunately the colour film of that day fades over time into morbid orange overtones ,especially if it's a photo of roast beef.  Ugh.


I recommend this pasta map photo for colour longevity this Thanksgiving! See I got so engrossed in her photographs, I forgot to put the turkey in.  Have a great Thanksgiving.






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