etc., Writing

The Joy of a New Cork Board

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

Painting, Poetry, Printmaking, Writing

Raw

This is the work I showed a detail of in my last post. It has gone through extreme changes and finally developed into this image that I am now going to stop working on and let be.  In some ways it's an awkward piece and I felt it was trying to tell me something, so… Continue reading Raw

Painting, Printmaking

Fish

This is another one of the recent pieces I've done, again combining part of an old linocut with stamps and gouache paint. This is the first work in which I included stamps that I printed right on the board. It took me a long time to see what might be emerging in the work. I… Continue reading Fish

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Gouache Woodcut Collage

I've been looking for a new direction in my work over the past few months and have posted some of my ideas on the blog. Yet none of them have stayed with me as a path to follow--not the ideas for a dystopian card deck, nor the series on the heart. One thing I have… Continue reading Gouache Woodcut Collage

Books, drawing, Painting

Hansel and Gretel

This week, I happily received the copy of Clive Hicks-Jenkins' book, Hansel and Gretel. In it, he has brilliantly reimagined the fairy tale.  I ordered it last week from the U.K. and it arrived faster than some packages from other parts of Canada! Clive Hicks-Jenkins is one of my favourite artists. He shows a wide array… Continue reading Hansel and Gretel

drawing, Painting

Learning

Last week, while I was home with a cold, I began experimenting with an old water soluble crayon set I have. I find painting/drawing on an easel a lot easier physically than printmaking with the pain of repetitive strain I've acquired from lino and woodcutting. So, I'll return to the latest print after a break.… Continue reading Learning

Mail Art

Mail Art from Nancy

This week I received beautiful mail art from Nancy Bell Scott in response to some work I sent her.  A lovely surprise.  The envelope is from old sheet music and the work inside is one of her wonderful collages.   Thank you, Nancy!   P.S.: If anyone wants to send me mail art, my address has changed!… Continue reading Mail Art from Nancy

Mail Art

Mail Art from Portugal

2013: This week I received a wonderfully colourful envelope from Ana Isabel Morais in Portugal.  Thank you Ana Isabel!  Inside were many paper cutouts that will be great for collage work.  On the envelope itself, the blue plastic tape with Portugal embossed on it took me back to embossing machines we had when I was a youngster… Continue reading Mail Art from Portugal

Mail Art, Printmaking

Small Collages Out of Old Prints

I often find that during the process of making art work, I experience physical pain from repetitive movements.  Oil painting at an easel was the only pain free work that I’ve done.  And so, a few weeks ago, I took a break from making booklets out of old prints and rose from sitting to standing. … Continue reading Small Collages Out of Old Prints