Author Archives: JT Winik

About JT Winik

A Canadian visual artist whose figurative paintings are psychological explorations of isolation, interpersonal relationships, gender analysis and female sexuality.

The Sound of Peace

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OH CANADA … forgive me

Tomorrow is Canada Day.  And with all the wonderful Canadian musicians we’re blessed with, here I am listening to the music of Silvio Rodriguez …  a Cuban.  When Spanish is sung I don’t hear the words … unless I make … Continue reading

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The Kingston Juried Art Salon 2015

Kingston’s Juried Art Salon has historically been a venue to showcase the “best” work of regional and local artists and — as we’re blessed with many fine artists in this area — it has been the Salon’s intention to include … Continue reading

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Old Dreams

Church Tower, Competa, Spain We pass them on city streets and, if not rushing madly by, we may drop them a coin but rarely do we wonder how they got there. Even had we time to listen, would we want … Continue reading

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Señor H.D … a love story, a tale of a muse

Spanish Humpty Dumpty –  JT Winik 2013 You’re sitting there with your muse and your muse is telling you something and you’re following it, and you end up the next day looking at it and thinking, ‘What the hell was … Continue reading

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THE BURNING OF BRAZIL

The Cove, JT Winik, 2012 “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.”  ― Marcus Aurelius Frank didn’t understand it either. A purposeless activity, he called it, a waste … Continue reading

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The Poetry Game

Now and then you meet someone with whom it is just so much fun to play. You sit down together and your minds start bouncing about, ricocheting off walls and exploding with laughter. … We call these people friends. And … Continue reading

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RUMINATIONS OF THE HEART — on Valentine’s Day

Heavy Heart, JT Winik, 2006 Throughout evolution, ostracism was death indeed. – Helen Fisher You should read history–look at ostracism, persecution, martyrdom, and that kind of thing. They always happen to the best men, you know. – George Elliot Pain … Continue reading

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Art and Controversy – notes on a love affair and taking a moment …

JT Winik, Precipice, 2004 (Looking Out Series) In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves. — Buddha Controversy equalizes fools and wise men in the same … Continue reading

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been”  – RainerMaria Rilke “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to … Continue reading

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Writings on the Wall – capturing a moment, leaving a mark

Indonesian Hand Print, 40,000 years old                                                                                          Lover’s Heart, my old brick wall “I was here but now I’m gone I left my name to carry on Those who liked me Liked me well Those who didn’t can go to hell’” … Continue reading

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Canadian Anti Spam Law – myths and realities

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O CANADA!

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How Did You Get Here Anyway? – exploring life’s paths

Pretty Girl with Fried Egg Thoughts (Aged 4)                               Self Portrait (Aged 4) When they asked me what I wanted to be I said I didn’t know. – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar I’m either going to be a writer or … Continue reading

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From Vermeer to Balthus – exploring the work of others

Twice, I have been consciously inspired to work with the images of other artists, these being Vermeer and Balthus. By doing so, the intent was not to replicate the style, nor to attempt to master the technical virtuosity of another, … Continue reading

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The Judgment: are you good or bad?

exploring the role of judgment in art … Party Hats, JT Winik, 2010 (Exhibition, Banquet of Consequences, Oeno Gallery) It is from the womb of art that criticism was born. – Charles Baudelaire Remember that all is opinion. – Marcus … Continue reading

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A Final Word on Weather – the misery index

I am told that the Inuit have some sixty words for snow… for different kinds of snow. That doesn’t surprise me; they see a lot of it. I live considerably south of the tree line, but even I have seventeen … Continue reading

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Snow Cakes, hygge and other weather ponderings

People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.  – Anton Chekov Winter changes into stone the water of heaven and the heart of man. – Victor Hugo  “Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe … Continue reading

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She Set a Cake Upon Her Head …

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. –  Elbert Hubbard.

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