Part of my afternoon was spent tacking some of my favourite artworks and other items to a brand new cork board in my work room--a collage of admiration. I now have inspiration from Naoko Matsubara, Munakata Shiko, Sandro Botticelli, Sarah Mangle, Bread and Puppet, Gary Larson, Antoni Gaudi, Lemon Bucket Orchestra, Kevork Mourad, three friends,… Continue reading The Joy of a New Cork Board
The Global Climate Strike
Global warming is on my mind every day. It is with me in the art work I do. I tend to do most of my work without a lot of detailed planning because that keeps the process more alive for me. So it's not that I decide: ok, today I'll make an image related to… Continue reading The Global Climate Strike
In the Clearing
The textile show opening that I mentioned in my last post was enjoyable. Since then I've continued painting and I'll post some of that work in the future. I also continue line drawing. This past weekend, the weather was a lot milder and we went for a walk in a park that is part of… Continue reading In the Clearing
Flaming Book Lino
While I was searching through my early prints for one of my first linocuts, I came across the print in this post that I made in the mid 1980s. (It's not the print I was originally looking for.) The linocut here was an illustration for an article in the Canadian literary magazine Quill and Quire. Somewhere, I may… Continue reading Flaming Book Lino
Ocean Sky Interior
I took this photo at a friend's place. I liked the reflections of sky in the glass that reminded me of water. There's an ambiguous air to the scene as though various elements or realms are merging.
Scratchboard and Masks
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
Healing Power of Autumn
This is a linocut I made in the 1970s under my previous married name, Susan Barsel-Herman, to express my love of autumn. I called the print The Healing Power of Autumn.
The Unveiling of the Heart
We are walking in a garden we are blind to though it bears our names. And the suffering, the suffering is great, but the unveiling of the heart is greater. © 2015 Lily S. May
It’s Minus Seventeen But We Can Still Dream
Dreaming of flowers on a day when there's an extreme cold weather alert in Toronto. This small felt appliqué is one I made at the end of last year with merino wool felt. I enjoyed contrasting machine die cut flowers with hand embroidery. Keep warm, people, and dream on!
Appliqué for Peace of Mind
Here's another embroidered appliqué I made recently--this one with merino wool felt. I sewed in the evenings, this time to calm myself from the dreadful news of wars, racism, illness and sexual assaults of women that have all been in the forefront recently. The idea for this design grew out of a recent trip to… Continue reading Appliqué for Peace of Mind