Nature Photography, Photography, Poetry, Writing

Skinny

Here's a poem I wrote in 2013 and 14 that I've been thinking of. The word skinny doesn't refer to bodily thinness. Instead, I used it as a metaphor to express feelings and memories. Grasslands, Saskatchewan, 2009 Skinny Skinnygliding in the antelope's shadowstarved for lovefor the blossoms beside the lichen patterned stone. As skinny as… Continue reading Skinny

creative process, drawing, Photography, Printmaking

This Autumn

November 2021, Brickworks, Toronto Though the work I'll show today is black and white, outdoors the colours were magnificent this past week. We came out of much rain and clouds to days of sunshine on the turning leaves. Photos don't do the leaves justice, but invoke memories. I felt that that's as it should be,… Continue reading This Autumn

creative process, drawing, Painting

Household Jungle

I've been drawing some objects in our apartment that I love. These include a wooden hawk that we once bought at a lawn sale in our neighbourhood, a ceramic cookie jar that we bought decades ago at a large art fair in Toronto and a little stone elephant that I can't recall how we acquired.… Continue reading Household Jungle

Printmaking

Shield

Lino Block, 12" x 12", Shield, 1989, Lily S. May under birth name S. Barsel Recently I thought about a print that I made years ago. I'd printed the block on t-shirts and sold some of them. However I still have a few of the shirts neatly folded on a shelf and my husband said… Continue reading Shield

Photography

At Abbey Gardens

Near the end of September, we were able to spend nearly a week out of the city. We travelled to Haliburton county, northeast of Toronto. There, on the eve of days of rain that we joked was positvely Biblical in intensity, we visited Abbey Gardens. It's a place we had been to before for great… Continue reading At Abbey Gardens

drawing

Self-Portrait in Pencil

I’ve been doing more blind contour drawing every day. In addition to that way of drawing, I also drew this self portrait last week. Although it’s obvious that I was looking at the paper while making the self portrait, I felt that the blind contour drawing I had been doing helped me see more accurately.… Continue reading Self-Portrait in Pencil

drawing, Masks

Ahab Mask

I've continued making contour drawings this past week. Most of these have been blind contour drawings. Blind because you don't look at the paper while drawing unless you wind up at the end of a contour or off the page. You follow the lines of your subject slowly with your eyes while your pencil or… Continue reading Ahab Mask

drawing

In the Art Room

I've been making line drawings this week, most of them direct contour drawings or incorporating that style as part of the drawings. This drawing is of my workroom. I often call it the art room, though there's artwork by me and other artists throughout the rooms my husband and I live in. The Art Room,… Continue reading In the Art Room

drawing

From My Sketchbook

In the evenings, I often sketch imaginary images in a variety of sketchbooks. Some of these images influence other work I do, some feel like extended doodles with no need to be anything other than themselves. Here are several recent images that I've made with felt pens. The divided image below did influence the scratchboard,… Continue reading From My Sketchbook

Printmaking

Kapoks Resting

I was looking through some of my early prints the other week. Here's a linocut that I made in 1974. I was playfully inspired by the kapok trees I saw in the Caribbean when I visited my family there. I loved those trees, in particular a huge one whose buttress roots formed a sort of… Continue reading Kapoks Resting