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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 6 hours ago at the cassandra pages
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 3 days ago at the cassandra pages
Wild turkeys in the corn. Roadside, Paris Hill, NY. Crows. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at the cassandra pages
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 5 days ago at the cassandra pages
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
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
Montreal, 8:00 am, December 10. Can you find her companion? Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at the cassandra pages
Seem to be on a close-to-every-day blogging streak. Maybe it will be NaBloMo for me, a month late. A good way to distract myself from these short dark days and cold temperatures. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at the cassandra pages
Persimmons on a dish. Osmiroid pen on an envelope, about 4" x 4". Warning: Art tech talk coming up! Yesterday, inspired by some recent posts by sketchers Shari Blaukopf and Liz Steele, I spent some time going through my fountain... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at the cassandra pages
Once again, the internet thrums with indignation, a great deal of it spewing from the keyboards of white people who will never, ever, be in the same position as a poor black man, or a poor black woman, or child...... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at the cassandra pages
Persimmons in a Wedgewood dish, pencil on paper. 9" x 6". Two persimmons on a bamboo mat. fountain pen on paper. 5" x 5". Persimmon and Batik Pouch, 9" x 6" (cropped), pencil on paper. I've never drawn persimmons before,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at the cassandra pages
1. 2. 3. 1. Still life with Ski Jumper 2. Marrons entiers ("Whole chestnuts") 3. Wall Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at the cassandra pages
Waiting at the bus stop, Masson and Papineau, December 1 2014. December First. The last month of the year, the first days of Advent, and the countdown to winter solstice and the day that the sun turns around and starts... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at the cassandra pages
The Angelus. Jean-Francois Millet. Snowy fields, rural Quebec. Francis of Assisi granted all of reality, even elements and animals, an intimate I-Thou relationship. He called all things “sister” and “brother.” This could be a definition of what it means to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at the cassandra pages
The Empty Bottle. 9" x 6", fountain pen on paper. Mexico has been much on my mind lately. In Washington, we have Obama making a bold executive order about immigration. In Mexico, continuing violence by the drug gangs, and massive... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at the cassandra pages
Ursula LeGuin made this speech last night at the National Book Awards, where she was honored. A wise woman who has looked at the way "powers and principalities" work for most of her life, LeGuin spoke about both the need... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at the cassandra pages
Well, I've been piecing up a storm over here. A quiet weekend (I didn't have to sing on Sunday) was just what was needed. The top was finished by Sunday evening, yesterday I figured out and cut the pieces for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at the cassandra pages
On Thursday evening, after an appointment at the Jewish Hospital in Cote-des-Neiges, J. and I found ourselves wanting something to eat rather than driving home in the rush hour traffic. We entered a small Moroccan restaurant and sheesha bar --... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at the cassandra pages
In my feed reader, the blogs I visit regularly are grouped under categories. Along with the literary and personal blogs I've always read, I've got categories for Art, for Style, and for Textiles and Crafts. When I've been working too... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at the cassandra pages
Palm and Live Oaks, Florida. Watercolor on Arches cold press, 9" x 12". During the past few days I've been working on this watercolor painting, a further exploration of the palms I sketched while in Florida. I spent some time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at the cassandra pages
Fruit in a wooden bowl with Mexican kitchen retablo. Fountain pen on paper, 6" x 8.5". 11/6/2014. The only story behind this drawing is that we found the little folk art retablo at the Saturday craft market in San Angel.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at the cassandra pages
Still life with spice grinder, embroidered cloth, and two walnuts. pen on paper. November 4, 2014. I sat down after dinner, wanting to draw a little, but feeling tired from a long day and rather uninspired. Looking around for some... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at the cassandra pages
Honeypot, teabag, and carved lizard from Oaxaca. pen on paper, Nov 1 2014. Those little Florida lizards must have gotten under my skin. Without really making a conscious connection, I put together this little still life the other night, remembering... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at the cassandra pages