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Looking northeast from the rooftop terrace of the Whitney. The new home of the Whitney Museum of American Art stands in what's left of the meatpacking district, looking out over Greenwich Village, to the east, and the Hudson River, to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at the cassandra pages
I've just returned from five days in Brooklyn, celebrating the launch of the latest book by my friend Teju Cole, a collection of essays called Known and Strange Things. When you read it, which I certainly hope you will, along... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at the cassandra pages
As I've mentioned here, I've become fairly active on Instagram during the past year or so, posting both artwork and photos, often accompanied by a text. Some of these have been cross-posted here, but by no means all. I've gotten... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at the cassandra pages
We were away this week, at Lake Winnepesauke in New Hampshire for the wedding of a young man we've known and loved since he was tiny, and the wonderful young woman he has chosen. That was a very happy event,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at the cassandra pages
George's garden, East Bolton, Quebec. My love of flowers and gardens is at its most passionate during these months when the pots on the terrace are overflowing, the community garden is a mixed-up riot of color, and we get to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Champlain, NY An essay of mine appears in today's Montreal Gazette. I read some of the comments last night, and then stopped; I won't engage in a discussion in the newspaper's comment thread, but please feel free to weigh in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at the cassandra pages
It was a hard week, wasn't it? I've written something in response to Dallas, but have submitted it to a publication first. If they don't take it tomorrow, I'll put it up here. In the meantime, sewing and drawing have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at the cassandra pages
I've been drawing almost every day lately. That feels good. I think it's my way of reacting to Brexit, violence, political posturing and failures of leadership, and all the other awfulness that's going down around us: in this one small... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Peonies, leaf dish, and book. watercolor, pen and ink, about 6" x 9". Alone one night this week I felt an urge to read the conversation between Julius and Farouq again. I took down the book and read chapter nine... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Last week while we were visiting my father, I had some time to do some sketching -- and wished for more. Maybe later this summer. I was inspired by the wildflowers -- wild phlox and daisies and Indian paintbrush --... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at the cassandra pages
The peace of my recent time in the American countryside helps calm me as I return to Canada and the city, and try to process the tragedy in Orlando and the accompanying rhetoric of hate and fear. All around us,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Sunday... was soggy. The rain had begun in mid-morning, battering the cathedral roof so that we could barely hear the Sanctus bells. In the late afternoon, as we were singing Evensong, a drip began from the highest point above the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at the cassandra pages
This is a drybrush watercolor illustration, about 16" square, that I did for my portfolio around 1980, never intending it for publication because it was copied from a photograph. I always kept it because of my admiration and affection for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Making pizza for friends in our Vermont kitchen, 1986. Is it possible that in all these years of blogging I've never gone into much detail about our obsession with pizza? I married someone who had lived for several years in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at the cassandra pages
We've had a week of truly warm weather, at long last. The lilacs and honeysuckle are in bloom, the tulips fading, the trees in full leaf: I think most Montrealers are ready to declare that summer has arrived. I've been... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Remembering my mother today, on the tenth anniversary of her death. There are people who sweep onto the stage of our lives, and show us something grand, impress us with their brilliance, magnificence, charisma, power. We always remember them, and... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Patricia Bralley, a friend who I met through blogging, recently tagged me on Facebook, asking what I thought of a recent article in the International Business Times by Hossein Derakhshan calling Mark Zuckerberg a hypocrite for claiming that Facebook encourages... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Finally, spring has arrived in Montreal. Not all our trees have leaves yet, but many do. The magnolias are on bloom, and flowering pears, and there are daffodils and tulips. I picked the first from my garden a few days... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at the cassandra pages
The containers of my life come in all shapes, some so familiar I don't even think of them as containers. All hold the mundane and necessary along with secrets, though sometimes the secrets reside only in the memories suggested by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Frances' comment on the previous post, about her artist friend's sketching kit, made me think about my own, and I've ended up sketching it (how meta can you get?) to show you. Over the past five or six years, since... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at the cassandra pages
I've been using the hashtag #strugglingtowardspring on my Instagram account, and it continues to be true, as temperatures are still dipping below freezing at night and barely reaching 50 during the days. We don't have any leaves on the trees,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Text from this blog, ten years and a lifetime ago; images from this week in Montreal. We drove to central New York to visit my parents. Spring is just coming to the fields and farms, and the land was tender... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Note: This is the second of two posts - here's the link to Part I 10. What are some of the challenges you have faced and how have you handled them? Printmaking always carries technical challenges, and I continue to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at the cassandra pages
A printmaking student (thank you, Shanell) recently found my work online, and asked if she could interview me for a class assignment about my artwork, career, and practice. I don't get asked these sorts of questions often, and found it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at the cassandra pages