Inadvertently Changed

Thankfully, I didn’t panic when I inadvertently changed the look of Arts of May and could no longer find my old wordpress theme that sets the look of the blog. This one, however, is fine.

And fooling around at the computer is a good distraction from matters of life and death that we witnessed this afternoon at a funeral of a good person who died suddenly and shockingly this past week. But, then, I am not of his immediate family who are massively grief stricken. For them, and all of us contemplating the eggshell of our lives, I post this image.

Night of Peace
Night of Peace, felt wall hanging, copyright 2011, Lily S. May

Landscape of the Heart

This is another of the series of small heart paintings I’m doing. I only completed this one after The Heart Show opened at Gerrard Art Space, so it has its debut here. It’s another acryl gouache on 5″ x 7″ gesso board. And I worked on it, as I did the others, without a planned design. I focused on colour and shape and let the painting develop as I went on.

 

Heart Show

I’ve entered another show, The Heart Show, at Gerrard Art Space in Toronto. I decided to do a series of small paintings in acryl gouache (a type of water-based paint that is permanent when dry) for the show. After working on four 5″ x 7″ gesso boards, I completed two of them. I’m still working on the other two. A good thing that has come out of this is that I’ve decided to do a project on the chambers of the heart. I’ll keep you posted!

Here are the 2 paintings in the exhibit. The first I’ve called The Heart’s Map of Healing and the second, Waters of the Heart. When I placed the two paintings side by side, I was happy and surprised to see the patterns they form. They look like they were planned that way but were not. It’s very interesting to work on several pieces at once, going back and forth among them as I did here. They do become part of a larger whole.


In the Clearing

The textile show opening that I mentioned in my last post was enjoyable. Since then I’ve continued painting and I’ll post some of that work in the future. I also continue line drawing. This past weekend, the weather was a lot milder and we went for a walk in a park that is part of one of Toronto’s ravines. On our walk, we came to an open area with stumps of trees, branches on the ground and dry grasses that I loved for their different shapes and placement of all their forms.  I took several photos and today made some simple line drawings loosely based on those photos.

Textile Show

I’ve put 2 wall hangings in a textile show in Toronto at GAS–Gerrard Art Space. The show is an open call, non-juried exhibit. The reception will be this coming Saturday, Jan 13, and the show will last until Jan. 28. I haven’t shown much work physically in a few years, so this may be a way back.

 

Respite From the Cold

Toronto is in the southern part of Canada and though it gets cold here, it’s not as cold as other parts of the country. However, we have had a spell of pretty cold weather this week.  This morning it’s -22C and with the wind it feels like -30C. It’ll be going up to a balmy -15C later. Yesterday, though, it was a more moderate -8C. On that cloudy day, I decided to lift my spirits and went off to the Allan Gardens downtown where I hadn’t been for a few years. The Gardens are in a park in greenhouses first opened in the mid 1800s. Inside are 16,000 square feet of flowers, trees, tropical plants, cacti and, yesterday, many visitors young and old. The Gardens have seasonal displays along with their year round inhabitants. I snapped many photos and you’ll see the Christmas displays among the plants. What a great respite from the cold and grey.

Here’s the central area, the Palm House, with the dome rising above:

And a floral peacock:

Another scene I loved:

And 2 photos of cacti from the cactus house, a favourite place of mine:

and outside later:

Dear readers and fellow bloggers, I wish you a New Year of good health, peacefulness and times of joy whatever your circumstances, whatever is going on around you. Strength to us all.

Return to Colour

After doing black ink line drawings daily since last summer I felt drawn to working in colour again. I wanted to try using acryl gouache paints which I’ve never used before. I usually don’t buy prepackaged sets of paints, but I did this time so that I could experiment with small amounts of a range of colours to see if I liked the medium.

I’ve had a lot of fun working on this piece for days and watching it change dramatically. The only clearly representational part is the key that I’ve been thinking about since working on plans for a dystopian card deck. Other than that, the piece is abstract. I’m going to continue working with these paints and see where this leads me.

Below is a close up of part of the painting.