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This picture is for my friend Leslee in Boston, who writes, "The snow here is all bunched up (and dirty) between buildings, as I imagine it is in Montreal." Yes, you're quite right, Leslee. Today is still frigid - minus... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at the cassandra pages
Abandoned farm near Lake Champlain. Fort Montgomery, on the western side of Lake Champlain near Rouse's Point, built at one of the northernmost strategic points of the American part of the lake, to protect against an attack from British Canada... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at the cassandra pages
Laura Frankstone, whose beautiful drawings and paintings I've admired for a long time, has invited me to participate in an around-the-world blog hop of creative artists. The rules are simple: answer the four questions, and then nominate another artist to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at the cassandra pages
Going through an old photo album today, I came across this picture of myself with "His Nibs" Philip Poole in London back in 1997. Poole was an expert on calligraphic pens, nibs, tools and supplies of all kinds, and he... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at the cassandra pages
Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser, Noyan, QC Since it's Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday...i.e., the day before Lent begins and traditionally the last chance to stuff ourselves with fat and sugar, here are some photos from Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser in Noyan,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at the cassandra pages
My first-ever bougainvillea plant seems to be successfully overwintering in the studio, and for the past few weeks it's been putting out the most gorgeous blooms, oblivious of the fact that just beyond its window is the frozen north. It... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at the cassandra pages
Mid-February, and the winter doldrums have finally hit. It's been so damn cold up here, for so long, that the throngs of people moving through the transport system feel sullen, withdrawn, silent. At least it doesn't seem like as many... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at the cassandra pages
I resolved to draw more creatures and humans in 2015, so the practice begins with my close-at-hand models. Manon is better at sitting still than J., but neither of them are particularly cooperative so I have to work fast or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at the cassandra pages
Palette. Dried acrylic on plastic. The jazz pianist Vijay Iyer said a few things recently that resonated with me. He was talking in particular about jazz improvisation and about the notion of a "career" - a label he rejects. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at the cassandra pages
Whether you note Candlemas or Groundhog Day or any other festival around the beginning of February, all of them represent a mid-winter tipping point, when we've definitely made it through more than half, and can start looking forward to spring.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at the cassandra pages
Well, this is how it is right now! We can dream about summer, but there's hardly a decent tomato to be found, and lettuce is selling for $3 - $4 a head. We only got the tail end of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at the cassandra pages
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 Jan 27, 2015 at the cassandra pages
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 Jan 25, 2015 at the cassandra pages
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 Jan 23, 2015 at the cassandra pages
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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