Painting

Paintings I’d Forgotten About

When I began looking into self publishing a retrospective book of my prints, I saw that it might not be simple to do. Indeed, that's the case. After stalling because of extremely high prices for scanning the works, I've adjusted my plans and will do something more modest--like creating a section of my site devoted… Continue reading Paintings I’d Forgotten About

creative process, Painting

Moon Skull Portrait

Among the prints I've been sorting through these past weeks was this acrylic painting I made in 1991. As I look at it, I see several images coming together--something like a skull, the moon and even a toreador. I didn't plan the image ahead of time. This was one of many images I painted as… Continue reading Moon Skull Portrait

Painting

My Mother’s Artwork, II

In 2020 I posted some of my mother's enamel works. This time I'll show you a few of the many paintings she made in her life. Her name was Bernice Barsel and she lived from 1922 to 2014. Her styles varied from fanciful to realistic and the paintings here are done in both watercolour and… Continue reading My Mother’s Artwork, II

Painting, Photography

My Grandmother

The war in Ukraine has got me thinking about my maternal grandparents. I know my grandmother's story more than my grandfather's, perhaps because he died when I was very young. She, Esther, was born in Odessa in the late 1800s when it was part of Russia. She and her family fled their home because as… Continue reading My Grandmother

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

Painting

Fire!

This is another gouache painting that I made this week. I had no specific plan other than to irreverently remove the black ink layer from a small prepared scratchboard, apply gouache paint to the board and later scrape into the paint! It wasn't until after I saw the painting from afar that I realized it… Continue reading Fire!

Painting, Printmaking

The Innocent Heart

I've been working on The Innocent Heart for around two weeks. I again deliberately let the piece develop as I worked as opposed to planning it ahead of time. It's a gouache painting layered with stamps I made. It has gone through massive changes. And not until earlier this week did I recognize the work… Continue reading The Innocent Heart

Painting

Colour

My most recent work is a departure from the scratchboard work I've been doing. I've been thinking of painting for several months and finally turned thoughts into action. I was fortunate to have supplies in good condition that I bought a few years ago--two gesso boards and tubes of paint. So, off I went into… Continue reading Colour

Painting, Printmaking

What?!

A few weeks ago, while absent mindedly looking at a piece of artwork I'd done in 2018, I suddenly saw that it had a strong resemblance to the covid-19 molecule, spike protein and all. What surprised me the most was that I hadn't noticed this sooner. Here's the painted repurposed print that I made in… Continue reading What?!

Painting, Poetry

In a Garden

I've been rereading my writing from the past few years during this time of Covid-19. I'm throwing out what I don't like and whittling down my notebooks. This week I came upon a poem I'd written in 2015 that I had forgotten since it was lost amidst a mountain of writing. It resonated for me… Continue reading In a Garden