I began working on this wool felt appliqué in the spring and finally finished it (for now anyway) during this past month. At first, when I assembled the shapes, the piece looked like a scene of innocence. That didn't feel right to me because this time has not been innocent what with the arrival of… Continue reading Springtime During the Pandemic
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
The growth and colours of Spring got me thinking about this oil painting I made a few years before 2010 (I neglected to put the date on it). It's a fantasy of abundant life that I recently brought out of hiding and onto a living room wall. I hadn't thought of making strings of flowers before looking at… Continue reading Abundance
I often look up at the trees and sky as I walk in Toronto. This beautiful spring, the first buds looked like lace to me. I've loved watching the trees begin to flower, the changes visible just days apart. Here's photos of the same trees taken on April 28, May 2, 5, 6 and 9. I've… Continue reading Lace in the Sky
Monday was a gorgeous day in Toronto--sunny and in the 20s. An appointment took me near Spadina House, an historical house and grounds in mid town Toronto. I realized it would be a lovely day to go see the gardens and grounds before heading home. The scillas outside the garden walls were a sea of intense blue… Continue reading Spring at Spadina House
On Wednesday it went up to 15 degrees C in Toronto. (Was this climate change or the El Nino effect?) Whatever the cause, it was a perfect day to be in an urban nature setting. So I went to the Brickworks in late afternoon for a walk among the trees, dried wildflowers and grasses by the ponds.… Continue reading Spring in Winter
In keeping with prints on the theme of birth, here's a mythological scene I hand carved and hand printed in 1974. I did several prints at the time on imagined goddesses. This is one of them, in celebration of spring.
A few weeks ago, I invited two friends over to make felt out of wool roving. I hadn't made felt in a while because of hand strain. But I knew I'd love to do so again and decided to go easy and do the work in small batches. On the day, we all used elbow… Continue reading Felt Flower Bowl