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A sketch of the Acropolis done at home, back in October, shown here in three stages. Drawn with a Sailor fude nib pen on toned paper, with some added gouache in the other two stages below. Apologies for my long... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at the cassandra pages
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Some of you may remember that last winter I was working on a series of sketches of the landscape at Delphi, Greece. The one above remains my favorite - I even made it the screen image on my phone. A... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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Text by Beth Adams, all photographs (c)2019 by Jonathan Sa'adah I participated in the climate march last Friday, along with more than half a million other Montrealers. We had a good-sized contingent from Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, and we all... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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Our friend G. lives on a remote hillside in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, where he has a garden of breathtaking beauty. Once every summer we drive out to spend the afternoon and evening with him. This year it was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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Photographer Robert Frank died yesterday at the age of 94. Jennifer Lewis, artist, photographer, ceramicist, and one of our closest lifelong friends, died a year ago this week, at the age of 68; the day the photograph above was taken,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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Here's a charcoal sketch of the view at Segesta, Sicily, that you see if you turn 90 degrees to the right from the angle in the previous post, the picture with the Artemesia bush. This direction looks into a deep... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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An Olive Orchard, central Sicily. Transparent watercolor on Arches cold press, 13" x 9". Thank you to everyone who commented on the last post. I appreciated what you wrote very much, and it made me feel better to hear your... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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Artemisia Bush at Segesta, Sicily. Charcoal on toned paper, 8.5" x 5.5". I'm drawing: small charcoals that would like to become big ones. This work feels like my bastion against what's going on in the world: this week we've heard... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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Rock wall and olives at Agrigento. Watercolor on paper, 15" x 11". The day we spent visiting the ancient Greek temples at Agrigento, Sicily, is etched in my memory less for the temples themselves, as spectacular as they were, but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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July flew by in a blur of trips to the U.S., and friends visiting us here in Montreal. It was also also unremittingly hot. I had less time to draw and paint than usual, but during one of those visits,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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Last week I spent several days visiting my father in central New York State, where I grew up. He lives in a different town now, but I was staying at the house he and my mother built when I was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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I hope that readers of this blog will want to know about this beautiful new book of poems, written by Marly Youmans, illustrated by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, and designed and published by me. It's available as a hardcover with linen covered... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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Palm and Agaves, National Garden, Athens. I've left my June sketchbook behind and started on a new path, and it feels a whole lot better. Today's painting is of a subject and place that I love, and it was done... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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A thicket with fence and steel planters. The city must have put these planters at the entrance to the railroad bike path -- I really like the rusty surfaces -- but they immediately became blank canvases for graffiti. Still, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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This week I got more deeply into the underside of life along the tracks. The old warehouses, formerly used for manufacturing, have been turned into artist's spaces and light manufacturing. They're also canvases for graffiti on the sides that face... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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This was the first week of June, and the first week of my new sketchbook project. As I'd figured, I only managed to do four paintings out of seven. My idea had been to paint scenes close to my studio,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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Studio still life with a painting of Thingvellir by Kjarval. A recent fairly loose watercolor; I want to do more painting like this. About a month ago, I read about an online watercolor challenge happening in the month of June.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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Patrick Wedd during the rehearsal with our choir for his final Evensong before retirement, in June, 2018. Patrick Wedd, consummate musician, choral director, and my dear friend, died yesterday. I was extremely fortunate to sing under his direction at Christ... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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Altar frontal, polychromed faience, 1600-1650, from the Museu de Azulejos in Lisbon I've kept working on my Lisbon sketchbook. Slowly, I'm realizing that a finished sketchbook like this is an object in itself, but also that the sketches could form... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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The Logistics I went off to Portugal with a new, blank, pocket-size watercolor sketchbook, and the intention of doing as much sketching as I could -- more, I hoped, than I had ever done on a trip. That's what happened... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2019 at the cassandra pages
Have any readers had trouble commenting here, such as writing a comment and then the comment not showing up? I would appreciate it if you could send me an email at cassandra (dot) pages (at) gmail (dot) com if this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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Pieta, Igresa de Sao Domingos, Lisbon. Holy Week has coincided this year with the fire at Notre-Dame, and the resulting debate about what the billionaires and governments of the world should be supporting. Each day, I've read the arguments on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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The year is 2006; my friend Jon Appleton, composer and professor, and I are at his piano in Jon's former home in Vermont. These pictures were taken before my husband and I moved to Montreal and several years before Jon... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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Something about this picture embodies the last two weeks spent in that city better than all the tiled façades and wrought iron balconies and pastel loveliness, more than the hilly streets and clanging trams, and much more than the throngs... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2019 at the cassandra pages
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The Tower of the Winds, Athens, the Roman Agora. Watercolor and fountain pen, 9" x 4". We've been super-busy lately, with a large professional design job that came to us unexpectedly, an upcoming book for Phoenicia, taxes, and various other... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2019 at the cassandra pages