Insightful and thought-provoking journal entries, from the 1950s to 2007, on the creative process, art, life, and province of renowned Canadian artist Christopher Pratt. Ordinary Things is laced with astute observations that summarize the artistic process, and the motivations and contemplations of not only an artist, but any man. It contains slices of truth about life and Newfoundland itself, and the dynamic world of the ordinary, on which Pratt has drawn so heavily on in his work. These passages have an obvious appeal to anyone in the arts, though they will have a deep resonance with a broader audience as well.

Ordinary Things paints with words and evocative self-portrait of a renowned Canadian artist.


“Pratt's history can be read and his thoughts heard through the works. The notes provide Pratt's thoughts, at certain points in his own history, on everything from the Newfoundland Railway, the Burgeo highway, an artist's use of colour and the place of Atlantic Canada in the art world. ” - Ashley Fitzpatrick, The Telegram

” [Pratt's] ability to see beauty and depth in the commonplace is exactly what makes his book Ordinary Things such a fascinating read … this book is both enjoyable and illuminating. ” - Kate Watson, Atlantic Books Today

“A fascinating new memoir by the renowned Canadian artist provides new insight into his mind, work, and influences … an accessible, revealing and honest book. ” - Darrell Squires, The Western Star