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

Nature Photography, Photography

Getting Through the Night

I've been working on an appliqué that has had twists and turns I could have avoided--sewing, unsewing, repairing it finally. Had I followed what I knew I should do to correct technical problems, I would have arrived at the place I am now much faster. The work I didn't want to face has not been… Continue reading Getting Through the Night

Painting, Printmaking

Joy and Despair

This painting began as one related to my father as a teenager.  That image is now hidden under a layer of red and yellow paint.  I was unhappy with the quality of that image because I found myself working in a tight fashion.  In an attempt to free myself, I painted lines and shapes with… Continue reading Joy and Despair

Photography

From the Ponte Vecchio

Here's one of my favourite photos from my trip to Italy and certainly of my time in Florence. The Ponte Vecchio means the Old Bridge and it is lined with shops selling gold jewellery. But there is a spot on each side of the bridge that is open to the river Arno. There, in mid… Continue reading From the Ponte Vecchio

Nature Photography, Printmaking

The Birds of 1988

Spring is here and flowers are coming into bud wildly. The scillas have gone, but redbuds are just appearing and yesterday I saw cherry blossoms and their devotees in Trinity Bellwoods Park--a downtown west end park. Spring also means the return of birds and their songs. I hear cardinals, robins and sparrows daily. Last week… Continue reading The Birds of 1988

Exhibits & Performances

The Must See Kimonos of Itchiku Kubota

Some of the most beautiful works of art I've ever seen are now on display at the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto. Itchiku Kubota created the 41 kimonos in this show between 1976 and 2003, when he died at the age of 86. If you live in or near Toronto, this show is on… Continue reading The Must See Kimonos of Itchiku Kubota

Nature Photography, Photography

Back from Newfoundland

I've just returned from a terrific trip to the Canadian province of Newfoundland, off the east coast of the mainland. The beauty of the land and ocean were healing. In addition to hiking and other sightseeing, I drew every day and will show you some of these pieces later. Meanwhile, here's 2 photos from our… Continue reading Back from Newfoundland

Exhibits & Performances, Photography

When It’s 36 C

Yesterday the high in Toronto was 36 C, that's just shy of 97 F. Our air conditioner, which we are fortunate to normally have, was out of commission because of massive reconstruction in our building. I needed to go somewhere to counteract not only the heat but some of the terrible news of various forms of hatred that is… Continue reading When It’s 36 C

Photography

!Spain!

I returned from a trip to Spain last week. I travelled with my husband to Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, Granada and Sevilla and saw many beautiful sights, ate fabulous food, felt the sunshine and warmth of the weather and the people. While away, I didn't do any drawing or writing other than keeping track of our excursions… Continue reading !Spain!

Books, Poetry

March 13: Mahmoud Darwish

The great poet, Mahmoud Darwish, was born on March 13 in Palestine. Different sources have dated his birth to both 1941 and '42. He died in August 2008. At any rate, today I am celebrating his birth. His words have added more beauty to my life than I can adequately describe.  From the book The Butterfly's… Continue reading March 13: Mahmoud Darwish