Tuesday, 23 August 2016

I Love Day Lilies! :)

My last post showed how I like to create art using flowers!

This week, I'd like to show you...

... a peace of artwork that I created inspired by Day Lilies!!!


Tuesday, 9 August 2016

The Peaceful Flowers

Over the last year, I have been writing inspirational stories for several community London magazines.  One of my 'bartered' payments is a free ad in the business card directory found within each magazine.  Being a creative person, I have a lot of fun making each ad unique and different.

This is the advertisement that is now appearing in the August issue of the Byron Villager magazine.  I hope that many local residents visit this page to learn more about this art.  I would love to get a few comments from readers, telling me that they have actually seen this fun flower art project.

To learn the story behind this endeavour, simply click here - The Peaceful Flowers!

And enjoy!!!!!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Feet on the Street – A Sampling

Since last fall, I have been enjoying sharing many inspirational stories in the Byron Villager magazine – many of these stories are also featured in this ‘Be The Change’ section of my webpage.  Last December, I asked Barb (the owner of the magazine) if I could create another column for the magazine and she asked me what my idea was.  I suggested that we create a column where I would walk around the neighbourhood asking people a question of the month.  I thought that four interviews would be a good number, making sure that I interviewed two men and two women.  I suggested that we call this feature “Feet on the Street”.  After a successful trail run, Barb was hooked!

In the early part of this year, Barb was also able to launch two more community magazines and she asked me if I could create “Feet on the Street” for the Lambeth Villager, the Hyde Park Villager as well as the Byron Villager.

It’s been a lot of fun doing all of these features and I thought that it would also be fun to share some of these short interviews with you!

The stories that I’ve selected to share fit perfectly in the "Be The Change" section of my webpage because they highlight the many ways that ordinary people are ‘Being The Change’ in their own community…

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Where The Children Play

I've just added a new story to my 'Be The Change' section of this webpage.

Usually, stories in this section of my webpage relate to things that I get myself involved with.  Today, I'm sharing a story about a very special community project that many other people were involved with.  Since these people were 'being the change' and making positive investments in my community, I feel that their story fits very well in this section of my webpage.

Shelah Brook is Byron's 'Hometown Hero'

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Make bitsandpeaces.com a 'favourite'

This website is very new and since I have close to 20 years of art, music and stories to share with you, it is easy to realize that many more posts are still to come....
Mark this page as a 'favourite' and visit again and again to see the many inspiring efforts that will fill your heart with love and peace, as we work together to create a better world for future generations!



Once I had a vision that shone so bright.
It opened my eyes that had been shut... tight!
It came as a dream,
form between the seam,
that separates day from night.

My mission was to create a being of bits and peaces,
and my icon's name was not to be Jesus.
Stik was the name that stuck to my mind,
and a world of imagination,
 I was soon to find.
There one where he exists...
and the one behind,
my eyes.

And so, I will fill this space in your time,
As we explore this world of pantomime...
free from grime, slime and crime,
where truth is found in all things sublime.

Jim Kogelheide
A Brief History For Canadian Artist
Jim Kogelheide

After completing studies in Architecture (Toronto) and then Interior Design (London), Jim Kogelheide became acutely aware of our societies need to evolve beyond our Industrial lifestyles that are harming our planet's ecosystems.  After organizing a walk across Southern Ontario - to raise awareness about the clear cutting of the Temagami forestland - Kogelheide searched for ways to share his message and inspiration with others....

He became an artist!

Kogelheide visits Rankin Inlet, Nunavut in 2006 to work on
an art project entitled

Soon after, Kogelheide began a 5 year journey across Canada, working with community groups and schools to create 'Art For Earth' workshops for children.

For the last decade, Kogelheide has continued with these workshops while also building partnerships with many community organizations, here in London, Ontario.

While all of these efforts have successfully inspired many thousands of people from across the world, Kogelheide felt that his message could reach even more... and so, most recently, he brought his message for sustainable living to his largest audience to date while running for Mayor of London in the 2014 municipal election.

Kogelheide's autobiographical documentary entitled 'An Accidental Artist'