Monday, April 25, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011


It was a very calm and pleasant day to carry on with tree planting. Unfortunately, the Poison Ivy was will still infect you even if you don't see any green. A small price to pay for the glory of trees.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Morning, Good Friday

I was planting trees in the back acres, around 9:00 am on Good Friday, cool but very pleasant.

Acrylic collage painting on paper.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Running the Books, Avi Steinberg

"I thought about how isolated Jessica seemed that night when I saw her standing in line, as the prison commotion swelled around her, the laughing inmates, the shouting guards. Oblivious to her surroundings. She had just told me the story of abandoning her son. Her guilt and shame, her deep regret had sapped her senses. Just by looking at her that night, waiting for the officers to finish their count, waiting to march back to her prison cell, it was clear: Jessica was done. She hadn't been tuning out the noise around her. She wasn't ignoring the others. No, it was that she herself barely existed. Her presence then was papery and insubstantial. No wonder she'd ripped up the portrait. Ghosts cannot give gifts."

Running the Books, The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian, by Avi Steinberg

Sunday, April 17, 2011

April, Homestead Hill

Spring is coming very's often dreary. But in this piece I wanted some relief, so I made this image of Homestead Hill more appealing than it's seemed lately.....perhaps a small matter of emphasis. Regardless, April remains one of my favourite months....because the most promising months are right ahead.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Pencil Drawings

These 4 pencil drawings were completed in one long sitting. Each took about 40 minutes. I started off with a 7B and 5B drawing pencil, but found after the first one, that the 5B was enough....many sharpenings with a sharp razor. About 7.5 x 11 inches, on heavy archival printing paper.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Long View

......I walked to the back of my favourite field.....looking towards the county road....bits of snow patch remaining under the shade of the tree line.

Lately I've been working the skies first....but I was unhappy with the sky at the very end so went back into it with a bit of collage.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Jane's New Forest

Just finished this...a little collage 7 x 6 inches. As all these pictures are made, I need to make changes to format or style to keep things fresh. In this case, going to a slightly smaller size, on paper that was not previously prepared, was enough. It's like saying "do whatever you want....permission to play".

Monoprint with Watercolour and India Ink

Friday, April 1, 2011

Monoprint with Watercolor

Produced with waterbased printers ink. A glass plate is rolled with a thin layer of ink, paper is placed on top, a drawing is produced with a pen, the reverse side picks up the ink dependent on pressure applied. Water color was added after the prints had time to dry. Part of a larger series.