Thursday, April 17, 2014

The End Of The Roll

Next time I will know to buy more than one roll of this practice paper. I seem to be eating it. Quite tasty I find, especially when we woke up to 5 inches of snow yesterday. Spring, can you hear me?

scales # 9, 11.5 x 15. 25 in, ink on paper, 2014

scales #10, 11.5 x 15. 25 in, ink on paper, 2014

scales #13, 11.5 x 15. 25 in, ink on paper, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Color of Melting

Really warm weather and strong winds have pulled the snow to the edge of the woods and water is beginning to flow into the pond and puddle on the surface of the ice. The colour of the water is that glacial green, not easy to capture in the photos below. I keep running out to the pond at different times of the day to take photos but never seem to capture that particular quality of colour. Within minutes of the ice going out of the pond the peepers will start to sing their spring song, I can hardly wait.

the colour of spring, 2014

more pond color, 2014

a lovely line, a crack in the ice on the pond, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Outside / Inside

Out side all is melting: water is running high in the streams, stone walls are exposing more of themselves every hour, where the snow has melted the grass lies matted and best of all is the smell again, damp earth, a soft scent. Watching out the studio window as the snow creeps back towards the woods, I realized I wasn't paying attention and had dripped water over some of this practice paper [last post]. As I pulled it off the table the light shone though the water marks, what beautiful shapes.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Practice Paper

Last week when we were in Montreal I picked up a roll of practice paper; I must say the name enchanted me. All I could think of was practicing scales and I realized, again, how much better a pianist I might have been if I had just practiced my scales; now I am drawing scales.  There is something so satisfying and pleasurable about making these marks, lines on paper, repeating motions, repeat again with slightly different pressure or motion. All the things my piano teacher tried to teach me about playing scales is so evident in this process. Wish I could have understood it then.

scales #1, 11.5 x 15. 25 in, ink on paper, 2014

scales #3, 11.5 x 15. 25 in, ink on paper, 2014

scales #5, 11.5 x 15. 25 in, ink on paper, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Back to The Japanese Paper

I have enjoyed using the Terra Skin paper but I have to admit to missing the aliveness of my beautiful Kozuke paper. There is something so wondrous about the way ink and paper meet. I'm hoping this is not a fatal attraction but there is a very sensual feeling about how they behave. I've never met 2 materials with such an attraction for each other. Maybe they have spring fever too.

trying to grow, 72 in x 40 in, ink on paper, 2014

reaching towards the other, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

Scroll Books 2, 3 and 4

Finished the other 3 scroll books and was on a roll so decided to glue the covers for another book I am  working on called Songs for Spring. It's big and the paper I was covering the book boards with has puckered and warped the boards [my gluing technique might have something to do with it], but what I really want are black book boards like I have used for these little ones. I've been checking on line without success, and I need large sheets, 13 x 19 inches, so if any one knows where to purchase large solid black book boards please let me know.

scroll book 2, 3, 4, opening, 8.5 in x 10 in, 2014

scroll book 2, 3, 4, middle, 8.5 in x 10 in, 2014

scroll book 2, 3, 4, ending, 8.5 in x 10 in, 2014

all the scroll books, 1,2,3,4,  8.5 in x 10 in, 2014

all the scroll books, 1,2,3,4, detail,  8.5 in x 10 in, 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Old Friends

Yesterday we were in Montreal picking up supplies and of course I needed paper so a trip to Au Papier Japonaise [link here] was on the agenda. It's always a treat to see Stan and Lorraine and I love the fact that I have been going to their store for  20+ years. They are  so knowledgable and each time I learn. Stan and I were reminiscing about a previous love affair of mine with one of their beautiful papers called gampi, a hand made paper, tissue thin but so strong, with a pearl like sheen to it. I used it extensively for a series of body castings I was doing about how our bodies tell stories, about taking off our armour and feeling vulnerable, and because I didn't remove the paper from the edge of the moulds they also suggested the light that surrounds us. These photos are scans from slides and I really should redo them…sometime.

The Heart of the Matter, 23.5 in H x 33 in W x 11 in D, gampi tissue, 1993

Surrender, 77 in H x 28.5 in W x 10.25 in D,  gampi tissue, 1993

Thursday, April 3, 2014


The lines seem to have a life of their own in the studio.  They have become demanding, insistent, "I want to be a this, I want to be that", and all I can do is what they demand. And so the story continues.

ladder for Persephone,  24 x 19 in, ink, acrylic on Terra Skin, 2014

more ladders for Persephone,  24 x 19 in, ink, acrylic on Terra Skin, 2014

Venus rising,  24 x 19 in, ink, acrylic on Terra Skin, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Cabin Fever

More from the dream, a very short story.

cabin fever, 24 x 38 in, ink and acrylic, 2014

Demeter's tears,  24 x 38 in, ink and acrylic, 2014

for Persephone, a bribe, a shawl against the cold, 38 x 24 in, ink and acrylic, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014


I painted over the piece from a couple of days ago [Finding my way in the dark] and in a mood to run away [warm and green was sounding good]  I realized it really reminded me of a blackboard, so I found some chalk and started to draw. Well the chalk started to smudge so I got out the acrylics to draw some lines. Then some of the lines wanted to be filled in and so I had fun playing with shapes. I think I have cabin fever.

The land, 24 x 38 in, ink and acrylic on terra skin,  2014