Friday, January 23, 2015

Work From The Past Few Days

ink on paper, 22 x 30 in, 2015

ink on paper, 30 x 22 in, 2015

ink on paper, 22 x 30 in, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Studio Wall

I'm trying not to think, worry, judge or even speak about what happening in the studio; just keep working, pin them on the wall, move them around, make more. Just be part of the unfolding.

Christmas week
more from Christmas week

January, 2015

More January, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Jack Frost

It's been cold, really cold, -32 C. the other morning not to mention the wind chill factor; which means great frost patterns and glittering snow. It also means spending 10 minutes scraping the windshield of the car both inside and out before you can go anywhere. Today however is expected to be a balmy, it's -6 as I write this, a good start to the day.

scraping the car windows, 2015

glittering snow and shadow, 2015

Frost patterns on the window, 2014

Sunday, January 11, 2015

40 Years + 1

A brief trip to New York City to celebrate our 41 years together, full of magic; meeting new friends, spending time with darling nieces, seeing Matisse again and again and again, visiting the Met, again and again, snow and cold, Brussels sprouts on every menu, taxis without shock absorbers, champagne, galleries, fun, kind and friendly people, a kaleidoscope of sound, colour, vitality; it was wonderful.

They must have known we were coming, the banner was out, 2015
dizzying light and angles outside MOMA, 2015
at the Met, I love that place, 2015

loving the strong simple shapes, at the Met, 2015

Marble cavetto capital, mid 6th century, at the Met, 2015

shadow and light , stairwell at the Met, 2015

through a scratched window, flying home into the sunset, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

Driving Home

I don't know if everyone is as possessed about weather as we Canadians are, but really forget hockey, weather is our national sport, and with all 10 provinces under weather watches it promised to be an exciting couple of days. Here in the southern part of the Eastern Townships, we got off lightly, some snow, a lot of rain but seemed to have missed the dreaded freezing rain. It made for a moody, misty, and brooding landscape; must say I love it!

down the hill and into the fog, 2015

and down one more hill to home, 2015

across the fields, looking towards Vermont, 2015

Mt Sutton in the fog, 2015

And, here in Quebec our national anthem is an ode to winter, and here is the incomparable Gilles Vigneault singing "Mon pays c'est l'hiver"Link here

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Early Light, 2015

We woke up to a beautiful sunrise to start 2015, a Narnia one. Fresh snow fell overnight and the world is made sparkling and new, a portent for the year ahead. A year full of beauty, of love, of tenderness and gentleness; a year of grace, that's what I hope for us all.

Sunrise in the garden, 2015

light on a young hedge, 2015

out the kitchen door, 2015

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

A branch that had broken off the crab apple at the side of the house, in the last storm, has become our tree this year; and although we always go into the woods and collect bare branches to use for our tree, this was just to easy to resist. And the shape is such an orphan tree. But it's up and covered with light and angels and lavender hearts and gold balls and garlands of stars and sits very happily twinkling away. So from our home to your home, we [that's my darling J., Zoe and me] wish you a Merry Christmas, and let the 12 days of feasting, reading and generally making merry begin.

the orphan tree, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Longest Night Of The Year

When I get up and look outside this is what I see. The sky is the deepest indigo, the streetlight makes the snow shimmer on the tree boughs and the silence is deep. Today is the solstice; tomorrow there is more light, and the day after even more. I love the fact that the earth's axis tilts the furthest away from the sun today at 23.5 degrees. And tomorrow we start tilting back towards the sun. Happy Solstice!

the longest night, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

I Think They Should be Hiding

A few times a day, for the past week or so, a flock of turkeys appear at the bird feeder. They march up the path, often in single file, and peck away until Zoe [our dog] notices them and begs to be let out to give chase. They take off towards the woods, Zoe in pursuit, until they finally manage to take flight and end up in the trees where I must say they rather resemble basketballs. You would think they would hide at this tine of year, a lot of people would be thinking "Turkey dinner coming up."

off to the woods, 2014

Up in the trees, 2014

Turkey tracks on the walk, 2014

Confused tracks, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Drawing And Playing

A drawing from last week wanted to play with some photos of Christmas tree lights, and then parts of a very messy collage; and then to top it all off, with scotch tape. I was thinking of using some of the discarded drawings for Christmas wrapping paper until I remembered we don't "do" presents. Besides this is more fun.

un-named drawing from last week, 22 x 30 in, ink on paper, 2014

un-named drawing meets scotch tape, 2014

un-named drawing meets Christmas tree lights, 2014

un-named drawing meets messy collage and computer, 2014