Poetry, Writing

Make It Small

I've been rereading some of the poems I wrote years ago. Here's one from 2013. I've changed a phrase and the order of some words, but the feelings remain the same for me. Reading my work with fresh eyes has given me the push to take up ongoing writing again which I had let slide.… Continue reading Make It Small

Nature Photography, Photography, Poetry, Writing

Storm of Ice

Here is a poem I wrote in 2013 after a massive ice storm in Toronto. And a photo from the winter of 2017 at the Brickworks. Storm of ice A storm of icehas descended on uslasting over partsof three dayscoating branches and wiresbringing down the electricityacross the city.While the soft grey light remainsI sit writingthinking… Continue reading Storm of Ice

Nature Photography, Photography

One Day in May

I am working on another felt appliqué. In the meantime, here’s two photos I took in May at Evergreen Brickworks. I loved that the clouds and blossoms mirrored each other that day and that the red-winged blackbird stopped long enough to be in the first photo. The Brickworks is a reclaimed brick factory and quarry… Continue reading One Day in May

Nature Photography, Photography

Weekend in the Parks

We recently traveled out of town northwest of Toronto for 4 days. There we hiked in Algonquin Provincial Park and in Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve amidst trees and lakes. Here's 2 photos I took while away. The first is in Algonquin Park at an incredibly quiet lake with only the call of a loon.… Continue reading Weekend in the Parks

drawing, Nature Photography

Drawing in Algonquin Park

We recently went to Algonquin Park, a few hours north of Toronto. Because of the very warm and, sometimes, hot autumn, the trees had hardly turned their usual bright colours.  Apparently they began turning late in August when there was a cold spell and then stopped when the warm weather arrived. Nevertheless, we had a… Continue reading Drawing in Algonquin Park

drawing, Nature Photography, Photography

Further Drawings from Newfoundland

Here's 3 more drawings I made in Newfoundland in the presence of sweeping ocean views. The more dramatic the scenes became, I fewer lines I used. I didn't have any plan to do this. It was just the only way I found I could put anything on paper, so magnificent were the views. So a… Continue reading Further Drawings from Newfoundland

drawing, Nature Photography, Photography

Terra Nova, Drawing and a Surprise in an Alley

When we were in Newfoundland we hiked in Terra Nova National Park by the ocean. One afternoon and the following day, we went to Buckley Cove. I carried a sketch book and pens with me during our trip and sat on a rock to draw part of the cove. When faced with such beauty, I… Continue reading Terra Nova, Drawing and a Surprise in an Alley

Painting

Aftermath

We watched the U.S. election closely from Canada.  In the wake of the outcome, I have felt fear and sadness.  Yesterday, I headed off to the Art Gallery of Ontario to be amongst art works that helped me feel calmer. Today I thought of posting two oil paintings I did in 2008. The first is… Continue reading Aftermath

Books, Poetry, Printmaking, Writing

A Poem for An Old Woodcut

As I continue turning some of my early prints into booklets, I'm playing around with words I might include with the prints. This last print I've been working with (the one that's also in my previous post) has a lot of black ink in it.  And that got me thinking about some writing I did a… Continue reading A Poem for An Old Woodcut