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Shell. Coins in a teacup, with Palestinian purse Desk with whittled ball and chain, made by my friend G. in the early 70s. These were the final drawings in the sketchbook I started January 26, 2014; the one at the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at the cassandra pages
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There's been some good news on the art front for me too: I sold a print earlier this month, and while away, got news that this painting had been purchased: It's always encouraging to sell work, and I'm very appreciative... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at the cassandra pages
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We've just come back from a short, happy visit to the area on the Vermont-New Hampshire border where we used to live. How different it is from Quebec, and from this big international city! And how utterly familiar. We stayed... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at the cassandra pages
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by Teju Cole When I went down to Alabama last month, I listened repeatedly to John Coltrane’s Alabama. The introduction of the song has a discursive quality to it, like a black preacher’s exhortations. And that, it turned out, was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at the cassandra pages
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Dried pomegranate, two oranges, and a Spanish dish Bags of hazelnuts, pecans, and walnuts. (left side). The spontaneity and lively lines of the pepper grinder and salt shaker are what I always aim for in drawing, and seldom achieve. It's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at the cassandra pages
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We attended a Christmas Day service at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, many years ago, and as soon as it finished, one of the ushers (formally called "sidesmen"), in a red waistcoat, stood in the center aisle and began --... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at the cassandra pages
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I've wanted to attempt an "Annunciation" for some time, and have been working on a version for a relief print for quite a while. Several years ago I looked at a number of artists' interpretations as I was thinking about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at the cassandra pages
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This book, about Bach and his music by English conductor and Baroque specialist John Eliot Gardiner, was a welcome and unexpected Christmas present. I'm looking forward to working my way through it this winter, listening to the music as it's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at the cassandra pages
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Rue de Lanaudière, 7:30 am. The picture doesn't show the wind that was howling around the buildings at the time. Today is warmer than it's been: about -10 C when we left the house. A heat wave! Yesterday it was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at the cassandra pages
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Holly and a Skull, fountain pen on paper, about 18" x 6" Epiphany, the Twelfth Day of Christmas, has come and gone, so Christmastide is officially over. For those of us who still live within a liturgical calendar, the end... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at the cassandra pages
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Blvd René-Lévesque, Montreal There was an ice storm a few days ago, setting the trees glittering and clattering, and making it nearly impossible to walk. Fortunately the ice came off quickly and the wind wasn't violent, or there would be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at the cassandra pages
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My friend Martha remarked, on FB, that she was always impressed that when I drew my desk, it was neat. The thing is, I usually draw objects that I've put on the dining room table, not my desk, so it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at the cassandra pages
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From what I've gathered from talking to non-choir-singers, there's quite a lot of curiosity about what goes on with us behind the scenes. This Christmas, I took my camera along on two occasions and snapped some candid shots to show... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Well, we're almost at the end of 2014, so in keeping with tradition, here's my book list for this past year. I didn't read as many titles as in some years, but there are a couple of real tomes in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Drawing and painting a bit, on these slower days of Christmas week. The holly and yew branches I brought back from central New York are still looking bright and cheerful. This "Turkey Red" tablecloth is an heirloom of sorts and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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May all the sweetness of this season fill your heart! With love to all of you, Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Still life with donkey, copper vase, and Christmas greens. Pen on paper, 9" x 6". It's a moment, in a particular season, a particular life. My father-in-law's terracotta donkey from Damascus; an Egyptian copper tray and vase that was a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Another quick sketch, of Saturday's activities. It doesn't show all the flour on the floor! I think what I like best in this sketch is the crumpled plastic bag at far right. I've almost filled the sketchbook I started in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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During our recent trip to central New York to celebrate my dad's 90th birthday -- which was quite a celebration! -- we picked up a couple of packages, one of which was a new extra-fine nib for my Lamy fountain... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Wild turkeys in the corn. Roadside, Paris Hill, NY. Crows. Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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One little plug for Phoenicia Publishing before the holidays are totally upon us -- and a thank you to all my blog readers who've been so supportive and have bought books or music over the past year. I appreciate you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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The lace in this doorway is typical of old entrances in the Plateau; there are different kinds of lace curtains but all are made to the dimensions of the long glass windows in entrance doors. I especially like the scalloped... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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It took me a minute, the first time I saw this laundry ("buanderie") to work out that Blanche Neige is a pun: "Snow White." Such is the beauty and delight of living in a bilingual city. I pass this corner... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at the cassandra pages