The jewel in the bag

It’s late in the day on a Thursday afternoon. Outside the air is cold. I am projecting through the drawing room sheers over the head of my limited edition (2/25) bronze sculpture Îrhe Wapta by Don Begg. The horizon is a mixture of grey and white, a prolonged and erratic tarnish upon the sky. The vermillion roses blend among the dark emerald leaves and in a bold and exuberant proclamation stem from the elaborate Lalique vase. Roberto Cacciapaglia mists the apartment.

Sailing through the dry, yellow corn fields earlier this afternoon on the way home from Stittsville I saw things in an unblemished and untroubled light. Though that alone is a boon, there is a reward! There is an allegorical and symbolic definition. There is a hidden gem. There is a jewel in the bag! I can say no more than that.  It’s a private affair, the calculated assembly of the richness of one’s thoughts.

So what surpasses that? The answer is pasta and pesto. Somewhere on the television last night or perhaps it was the evening before I overheard a recipe for pesto. The ingredients meet all my requirements. In addition the preparation of the dish is facilitated by having already purchased the pasta and the pesto which translates to me not having to do much of anything to enact this culinary performance. I will however engage myself to add some butter!

This is how to celebrate a day of inspiration. The sharpness of life melts into the muted silvery wintry sky. The passions of life echo the retreat of colour. It is a serenity with no obligation or hindrance. The jewel in the bag is an oasis of liberty and order in a world of chaos.

René Lalique (1860–1945) began his career as a jewellery apprentice at the age of 16, and by 1881 he was a freelance designer for many of the best-known Parisian jewellers. In 1885, he opened his own workshop on Place Gaillon in Paris, the former workshop of Jules Destape. In 1887, Lalique opened a business on Rue du Quatre-Septembre, and registered the “RL” mark the following year.[3] In 1890, he opened a shop in the Opera District of Paris. Within a decade, Lalique was amongst the best-known Parisian jewellers.

Don Begg first studied bronze casting and sculpture in Alberta and California, followed by specialized training in monumental sculpture in New Jersey and New York. World-renowned for his public monuments and sculptures, Don Begg has been sculpting at Studio West since its founding in 1970. In addition to being popular public art attractions and winning numerous public art commissions and awards, his works can be seen throughout Canada, United States, Germany, and France.

Roberto Cacciapaglia, Italian composer and pianist, was born in Milan. He received his diploma under the guidance of Bruno Bettinelli in composition from the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi of Milan. He also studied electronic music and conducting. He worked at the RAI’s Studio of Musical Phonology (Italian State broadcasting company) and also collaborated with the National Research Council (CNR) of Pisa, studying computer applications in the field of music. He is a leading protagonist in the area of innovative music. By virtue of his style in music he integrates the classical tradition with electronic experimentalism.