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Because we liked the apartment where we were staying so much, I drew the interior more than I had expected to. The furniture, in heavy wood, glass, and leather, was so different from our northern interiors, as were the bright... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at the cassandra pages
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I was in the local art store the other day, buying pastel paper, and ended up also buying three oil pastel sticks - a dark blue-green, gold, and purple. It isn't a medium I've used much since I wore out... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at the cassandra pages
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Rough surf at Block Island. Fountain pen, grey ink, 8.5" x 5.5" on beige toned paper. First stage. I was curious whether it would be possible to render such a complicated scene in pen and ink, without washes or color.... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at the cassandra pages
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The view southwest from the roof. We rented an apartment in Mexico City, in the same general area (Condesa/Roma) we've stayed in recently, but a bit closer to Chapultepec Park, metro and metrobus stations, and the major streets of Paseo... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2018 at the cassandra pages
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Between singing at yesterday's services, I walked the quiet streets of my city. Queen Victoria stood coldly on her pedestal, the sun -- wan, but at least palpable -- shone on pale faces, but in the cafe where I finally... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at the cassandra pages
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Happy Easter to all who celebrate it, and happy spring to everyone! The snow is finally retreating up here, and little green shoots are pushing out of the earth, making all of us a lot more cheerful. I've been back... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at the cassandra pages
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A day less, for me, about events of the past or personal hopes for the future, than about the immense injustice and suffering of the world, and my place in it. Here are a few of the pieces we'll be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at the cassandra pages
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It's Holy Week, and so perhaps it's appropriate to think about olives and Palestine and the garden of Gethsemani -- but also about spring, and light on silver leaves. Over the weekend I did another gouache sketch in a toned-paper... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at the cassandra pages
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A post 9/11 tile from lower Manhattan, June 2004 Fifteen years ago today, the U.S. invaded Iraq, and I started this blog. I just re-read what I wrote on March 20, 2003 (link here, scroll down to the last entry... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at the cassandra pages
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Orchid and Dishes with Embroidered Tablecloth, 6" x 9", pen and ink on paper. These recent drawings represent, I guess, a more inclusive view than some of my older, close-up still-lives. I've been adding some background indications of the interior... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at the cassandra pages
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7,000 pairs of shoes were placed on the U.S. Capitol lawn on Tuesday to symbolize the number of children killed by gun violence in the United States since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012. This week I've... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at the cassandra pages
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The first sketch, View from Caccamo with Norman Castle. 8.5" x 5.5", gouache on paper. After finishing Luisa Igloria's book and sending the files off to the printer, I was anxious to do some drawing or painting. Winter being what... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2018 at the cassandra pages
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Today and every day, until there's no need for such a day. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at the cassandra pages
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Last week's Nor'easter didn't reach Montreal, but I wasn't here -- we were in rural central New York State, and we got snowed in. For an entire day, no one moved. At the lake where we were staying, no cars... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at the cassandra pages
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This week at Phoenicia Publishing we've announced the pre-orders for this new book of poems by Luisa A. Igloria. As I wrote the posts for social media and the Phoenicia newsletter and blog, I thought back to when I first... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at the cassandra pages
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Napoleon's hat, worn in the Russian campaign. Yesterday, with several hours between downtown meetings, we went to the current big exhibition at Montreal's Beaux-Arts Museum, about life at Napoleon's court. Ten years ago, the museum received a large bequest of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at the cassandra pages
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It's one thing to have a few bitter cold days now and then: that's just part of living in the north. But the cold has been unrelenting up here for more than a month; I can hardly remember a winter... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at the cassandra pages
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I've been drawing and painting more shells as the year begins. A friend asked why. I don't know exactly," I answered, and then thought about it... I think shells are related, in my visual language, to skulls and bones; I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at the cassandra pages
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In my studio, before the trip, I indulging in one of my life's pleasures, putting together art supplies for travel. This is a tiny kit of hard pastels, about the size of my phone, from a box of NuPastels I've... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at the cassandra pages
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Near Palermo, Sicily At the end of this emotion-filled year, the images that keep returning to me are of the sea. Jacksonville, Florida I'm not an ocean person; I've never lived near the shore. My home has been in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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The faces that launched 3,000 pages: Amitava Kumar with Karl Ove Knausgaard in Reykjavik. With the sigh that always precedes the first page of a massive reading project, I moved on from the final book of Elena Ferrante's sprawling, steamy,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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The cathedral, however, wasn't open, and we began to internalize an important Sicilian lesson: shops, churches, and museums close for a long mid-day break. Instead, we took the opportunity to walk around the small town looking for a lunch place... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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We took our first excursion out of Palermo on a bright November morning after buying a ZTL pass that allowed us to take our car in and out of the limited traffic zone for one day. This time, in daylight,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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Next door to St. Cataldo stands the Concattedrale Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio, also known as the Martorana. Its founding charter dates from 1143, written in Arabic and Greek, and the church must have been completed by 1151, when its founder George... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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The obscurity of the previous night was banished by a glorious sunrise, and we stood on the balcony of the apartment, looking out over steeples and domes, tiled roofs, and below us, winding cobblestone streets where people began to go... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at the cassandra pages