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
I've spent a few weeks seeing if I could come up with a plan to turn two paragraphs of my writing into a linocut--the actual words, that is. At first the plans had little grace, then the reality of carving so many letters felt stifling. A few words here and there is something I enjoy,… Continue reading Box Mask Print
Last night I attended one of my favourite events in Toronto, the yearly Night of Dread gathering and parade. Clay and Paper Theatre puts it on. They are the creators of enormous papier mache puppets and of theatre that aims to change the world. The theme is always a night of mocking fears to put… Continue reading Night of Dread
I continue turning some of my old prints into origami booklets. And, as so often happens, I've been changing the work in ways I didn't first set out to do. I tried a few booklets with simple collages of some poetry I've written. Then, this morphed into bits of writing about the weather or a… Continue reading Reading Old Prints, 2
I've been enjoying working on a series of scratchboard drawings to go with writing I did a few years ago. I hit upon scratchboard drawings because they can bear some resemblance to lino and woodcuts which I love but gave up making because of repetitive strain from carving. I made the three papier mache masks… Continue reading Scratchboard and Masks
Here's another linocut I made in the 1970s. Again, the theme has to do with an imaginary goddess. This time she doesn't appear, but one of her masks does.
I made this wall hanging in 2003 from synthetic felt. I sewed it entirely by hand. The design of the appliqué arose from my love of masks.
Red Pepper Spectacle Arts Storefront, Toronto, December 2012After writing about the Russian woodcuts I loved as a child, I’ve decided to widen the scope of this blog to regularly include art works that enrich my life. In that vein, I was in Toronto’s Kensington Market this weekend where I passed by the Red Pepper Spectacle… Continue reading Masks, Parades and Ahab