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Back in the city, waves of people -- soft folds of sand-colored hair pinned at a woman's nape, light glancing off phones. Flowers on dresses, swooping scooters instead of gulls, flapping orange wings of a cyclist's safety vest, the ceaseless... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at the cassandra pages
President Trump's remarks in support of the alt-right are worse than despicable: they signal what is to come if he stays in office. I've just written or called all the members of the Vermont congressional delegation, where I vote, and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at the cassandra pages
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We've just returned from ten days on the New England coast, first for the wedding of J.'s sister on the Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, then a few days in Boston, and finally a reunion of a few of J.'s... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at the cassandra pages
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The earlier fancy varieties of clematis have gone past, here in Montreal, but the sturdy Jackmanii types are still blooming, and creeping into my studio and home. I have an established vine at my community garden, and brought a few... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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The following conversation with my father-in-law occurred almost a decade ago, but whenever I see green almonds in the market, they remind me of him, and I buy a few -- though I probably like looking at them more than... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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For the past couple of weeks, I've been painting shells that I've collected in recent years on the beaches near St. Augustine. First, three small watercolors, each one of a different scallop, with a tiny smooth shell beneath. On July... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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I dreamt of swans last night. They appeared, swimming, on the lake where I grew up: two white, two grey with tufts on their heads like long-necked grebes, and two light brown, which I identified as juvenile. (In fact, they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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During the four days we were in Florida, two weeks ago, my garden exploded. The entire spring had been cold and rainy here, so the plants had emerged very slowly, and I got used to that pace. Not so after... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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I am not a hot weather person, nor a beach person, but the ocean compels me. We were in Jacksonville, Florida last weekend to attend a memorial service for J's Uncle Anwar, who died a few months ago at 99.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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Tulips and embroidered shawl on a Druze chest. In addition to the paintings I've been posting this spring, I've also been drawing a lot. Here are a few recent ones. Apple blossoms, pine cone, and two Chinese bronze horses. When... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at the cassandra pages
Lately I've been going through old blog posts from around the time we were moving between Vermont and Montreal, before we'd made the decision to move permanently, as source material for a possible project. This morning I've been reading posts... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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Last week I did this watercolor of two grape hyacinths from my community garden. I had actually forgotten that I'd planted them in the fall, along with some bright-colored tulips. Muscari, grape hyacinths, were always a favorite flower of mine... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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I've been re-reading some of the Cassandra Pages archive. Here is a post from May 26, 2011. -- Poems - a lot of poems - come across this virtual desk. Some I need to read with extreme attention, because my... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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After eight years, today I've closed my shop on Etsy. Selling my artwork there has been a mixed experience. Originally, I liked having an online shop where people could see my linocut prints, small watercolors, and larger pastels -- it... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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Here in Montreal everyone has pretty much had it with the cold rainy weather. In spite of that, the trees are leafing out and daffodils and tulips are blooming. I'd rather have an attenuated spring than the kind that simply... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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Unidentified tree bud. Watercolor on paper, about 5" x 7". My friend Dave Bonta taught me a new word yesterday: ecdysis. It's the process of an arthropod moulting its exoskeleton. We were talking about these paintings, which I first posted... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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Today I've been thinking back to the very first Earth Day in 1970. I was a senior in high school, and on that day we went over for a program at the new Rogers Environmental Education Center that was being... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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The jacaranda blossoms were beginning to fall from the trees, and I gathered a few one afternoon to sketch. My palette didn't allow me to mix the exact shade of violet, but it was close, and after this I became... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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Palm tree and live oaks at Anwar and Mary Anne's, Jacksonville, Florida. Watercolor. Palm branches overhead, Mexico City. A pencil drawing of Quebec-style braided palms, from 2013 Nahuatl (Aztec) braided palm crucifixes and bundles of sacred herbs, Mexico City Mexico... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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Alfredo Zalce, "La revolucion y la libertad de prensa" (Revolution and freedom of the press), 1945. This was such an impressive print. I was often struck by the complicated nature of the compositions, always in service to the subject, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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Jose Chavez Morado, Escuela rural (Country School), 1936 Because I make relief prints, I was very happy to see original prints by of some of the Mexican masters of the early 20th century, in a show about the Arte Moderno... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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A yellow swallowtail on a pot of verbena at the Chapultepec castle. Mexico City has such a reputation as an urban megalopolis with terrible air quality that one wouldn't think it had a lot of green space, but actually, the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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A concha bread and two mangoes. I love how when you buy bread or pastries at the panaderia, each individual piece is wrapped in a square of thin waxy paper, which the clerk folds once around the bread, holds by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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Unknown Artist, "Portrait of a Woman Wearing a Shawl," 2nd half of 19th C. In the past year we've made a decision not to run around too much when traveling -- to do one big thing a day, but not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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A quiet neighborhood on the way into Mexico City from Benito Juarez Airport. We returned to the snowy north from two weeks in Mexico City last night. As usual, it was a good trip, filled with color and warmth, a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at the cassandra pages