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Still life with Mounir's ceramic donkey, wedgewood pot, and Turkish tiles. Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim friends. I find myself thinking a lot about what to paint or draw these days. With Gaza and our chaotic world so much... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at the cassandra pages
Saturday morning I spent some time in my garden, watering and deadheading the spent flowers. My neighbor, Eric P., has an incredible stand of brilliant red crocosmia, and when I was done with my work I stood and sketched these... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at the cassandra pages
It's been a long, hard week, full of dismaying world news and, here at home, a lot of work and looming deadlines. I've had my nose to the grindstone for much of it. I used to have a lot of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at the cassandra pages
...because we all need to gaze on some beauty, and I'm sad that I haven't got time to paint or draw these flowers from my garden today, but nevertheless want to offer something in memory of so many senseless, tragic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at the cassandra pages
What a devastating week it's been. I just wanted to post this snapshot I took a few days ago, from the upper floor of a medical clinic. These two waiting mothers had been smiling and interacting happily, drawn together by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at the cassandra pages
Family Coffee Pot and a Fossil (Thinking of Gaza). 9 1/2" x 8 3/4" . Acrylic on paper, July 14, 2014. Richard Rohr's meditation this morning contained a lot of wisdom. Being a Franciscan, he was talking about how Jesus... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at the cassandra pages
Longtime readers here will know my views on the Middle East situation, and that those views come from many years of familiarity with the cultures and societies in question. So it's probably no surprise that I am feeling pretty sad... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at the cassandra pages
The Beekeepers, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, c.1568 Just because. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at the cassandra pages
Still life with honeypot, glass salt shaker and fan. Fountain pen on paper, 9" x 6". I've always liked the way certain objects recur in some artists' still lives, whether it's for their interesting shapes or their symbolism/role, or both.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at the cassandra pages
Delphinium petals and a fossil, acrylic on paper, 6" x 3" Once again, this is part of a larger painting, but when I got out the cropping corners, this is the part that I liked - partly because I'm partial... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at the cassandra pages
A recent piece by Oliver Burkeman in The Guardian, titled "How to Think about Writing," caught my attention (thanks to Martine Page for the link) because he seemed to be describing how I've always felt about blogging -- at least... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at the cassandra pages
It was therapy...I had a tooth pulled Thursday morning and as the novocaine wore off, I did some drawing on the terrace to distract myself. Everything's pretty much OK now. It was good to lose myself in those fuzzy stems,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at the cassandra pages
We took a quick trip across the border recently, for business, and drove through some of the small towns at the very top of New York State. In comparison to the well-kept Quebec farms, these areas look hard-hit by the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at the cassandra pages
The first local berries. On a recent weekend we made our first foray to the Jean-Talon market with friends (she writes the blog Passage des Perles, he is one of the best and most knowledgeable cooks we've met in Montreal.)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at the cassandra pages
Bougainvilla, hexagonal tile and chased copper bowl. Pen on paper, 9" x 12". I've been wanting to buy a bougainvilla for years but they're a) expensive and b) hard to grow and winter-over in the north. Mexico City put me... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at the cassandra pages
Lemon Lily and Lupine, approx 6"x 9", acrylic on paper. I've been staring at a vase of flowers for several days - it had the aforementioned two types of flowers in it but also some ornamental clover on thin red... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at the cassandra pages
Peonies. Fountain pen on paper, 6" x 9". Peonies, letter, and honeypot. Pen on paper, 6" x 9". Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at the cassandra pages
Rachel, I deeply appreciate the honestly of this post. A lot of what you say here mirrors my own experience as a longtime blogger, in whose pages people I love have grown ill and died. It's tricky to navigate the waters of honesty with ourselves, our readers/congregations, and those we love and you've expressed the problem as well as the grace of it very well. I do think as writers with long, faithful readerships (as well as being longstanding journalkeepers), part of that faith has come because of the directness, and its; what readers expect of us because it helps them too. Some of the online grief-journeys do disturb me; it's hard to pin down just why - maybe there is something almost exhibitionist about them. Like I said it's tricky. As public figures, it's important to be strong but also to be human -- I've had clergy before who never showed anything, and also clergy who showed everything and did expect to be "borne" by the congregation. I'm so sorry for the convergence of these two particular worries in your life, and will be thinking of you often. Keep writing; the words do help, whether you share them or not.
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Cornfields, Paris Hill, New York. 5" x 12", acrylic on paper Speaking of landscapes, as I was a few posts back -- this is what it looks like where I grew up. While living all those years in Vermont, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at the cassandra pages
I had an early morning dental appointment, and came up from the metro into one of the downtown shopping centers -- this was a glitzy one that hasn't done too well; when it opened there was a piano player on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at the cassandra pages
And some of their cousins, in my garden. Lupines are definitely what's happening right now, along with iris of various sorts. I worked in the garden Friday and Saturday mornings (I was wrong about the veggie gardeners, it's all fine)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at the cassandra pages
My father was a tank driver in WWII. He and his unit were part of the Normandy invasion, crossing the channel the day after D-Day, which is why I'm posting this today rather than yesterday. He went on to fight... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at the cassandra pages
Lilies-of-the-valley with stoneware jug and animal skull, pen and ink, May 2014 Lilies-of-the-valley with majolica pitcher and animal skull, pen and ink, May 2014 Related articles Daily Drawing, May 23 Symbols: lilies-of-the-valley Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at the cassandra pages
One more photo from the lake: my mom's lilies-of-the-valley, blooming away - a whole bank of them - and last year's drawings. Still life with lilies-of-the-valley in a wedgewod pot and a Palestinian purse. Still life with lilies-of-the-valley, wedgewood pot,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at the cassandra pages
I've just come back from a few days visiting my father, during which I stayed alone at the lake house. He came up during the days and we worked together to get the property ready for him to move back... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at the cassandra pages