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Already, almost September, after a beautiful summer. In my weaker moments, I've complained that we spent too much of it in the city, but honestly, the weather in Montreal has been so lovely this year, the trees so green, that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at the cassandra pages
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Boulder, Stream, and Mossy Rocks. Acrylic on gessoed paper, 10" x 9". Over the past few days I've finally had time to do a little artwork, inspired by our recent stay in the mountains. This isn't a literal interpretation but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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All of these pictures were taken last weekend near a remote lake in the Green Mountains of Vermont. It was very quiet. We went out on the lake in kayaks, and a loon surfaced about 20 feet from the boat;... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at the cassandra pages
I've been away from Twitter and, somewhat less so, FB, for a number of days. That was partly a choice and partly because I've just been working hard and haven't had time to spend on much else. Today I took... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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All are photos from March, 2014. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Thank you, K. and G., for the gift of these flowers, and E. for an equally beautiful bouquet of roses and lilies. (My friends know how much I love flowers and plants.) We've been hosts and guests at two dinner... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at the cassandra pages
Notes below...you might prefer to watch the video in fullscreen mode. The Lachine Rapids are a stretch of impassable water in the St. Lawrence River just upstream from the city of Montreal. Jacques Cartier was the first European to discover... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Last Friday was our 33rd anniversary, and as we usually do, we took the day off and went out for an outdoor adventure. This time we took our bikes to the path along the Lachine Canal, and rode up to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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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 Jul 30, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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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 Jul 27, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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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 Jul 25, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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...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
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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
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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
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The Beekeepers, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, c.1568 Just because. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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