cartoons, creative process, drawing

Comic Faces

This is the group of comic faces that I made following an exercise by Lynda Barry in her book Making Comics. The faces were all made very quickly with each element drawn separately. So, first all nine head shapes, then all nine eyes or ears or hair--I forget the exact order. And each element was… Continue reading Comic Faces

cartoons, creative process, drawing

I don’t know about you, but…

A few weeks ago I read an article on rabble.ca that certainly had my hair standing on end. The article focused on the opinions of a Canadian named Michael Ignatieff who believes that nuclear weapons should be used against Putin if he crosses into NATO countries. I checked Michael Ignatieff’s site where he describes himself… Continue reading I don’t know about you, but…

creative process, drawing

Flying Cats

Recently I've become interested in the possibility of making comics. When I had the idea, I looked online for a book that might help me learn some of the basics. Right away, I saw a great book called Making Comics by Lynda Barry, whose comics I have always loved. I was able to get a… Continue reading Flying Cats

creative process, drawing, Masks

Meandering

I've been thinking about the way I tend to work. Perhaps a good metaphor is the process of meandering in that I work in several media and wander among different ones as I move along. I used to criticize myself for this as if sticking with one medium was the only way to be a… Continue reading Meandering

creative process, Masks

Papier/Paper Maché Masks

When the number of active covid cases has been high during the pandemic, I have ordered art supplies and groceries either for delivery or curbside pickup. And during these 2! years, I have accumulated MANY paper bags and paper used to cushion items in the mail. For a long while I kept thinking about recycling… Continue reading Papier/Paper Maché Masks

creative process, drawing

Latent Kitten Drawing

In April I published a series of posts about a dream I'd had that captivated me and led me to write a saga about the creatures, latent kittens, in the dream. In addition to the writing, I also made a series of drawings in different sketchbooks. Here's one I made, I think in 2010, in… Continue reading Latent Kitten Drawing

creative process, Nature Photography, Poetry, Printmaking, Writing

The Day of the Angel

In 2013 I wrote a poem that I've made a few changes to this year. Among the additions, I've changed the reference to passing years to bring it up to date. The setting for the poem that I see in my mind's eye is a place my husband and I visited in Cypress Hills Park… Continue reading The Day of the Angel

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