I wish you good health as COVID-19 travels around the world. I and my husband are well at the time I’m writing here in Toronto, Canada. My walks in my neighbourhood help my spirit as I look for signs of spring in the gardens and on the trees. And I do a little drawing many days, some bookkeeping, some cooking and some worrying as I ponder the state of humanity and life on earth.
I thought one of the cards from the original printing of my card deck, Mirrors of the Heart would be apropos right now. If someone you know is ill, may they receive good care and recover soon. And may you be well.
Here’s two very small prints–under four inches longest side each–that I made while thinking of entering a print exchange in the UK. Nothing was going smoothly and I finally decided not to enter the show. The first one morphed from a sunny face into one that began looking like some politicians I dislike and into this final ambiguous face surrounded by eyes and an innocent looking child. The second leafy print is one I drew quickly right on the block and carved.
I have four prints in an upcoming group printmaking show at Gerrard Art Space, 1475 Gerrard E in Toronto. The reception is this Saturday, July 29 from 3 to 6 and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve submitted the following prints that I’ve posted here over the last while.
Today I went to the student climate strike in downtown Toronto to show my support for the students and for all those seeking meaningful climate action now. So this is not one of my usual art posts. But, then, none of us creates art in a vacuum.
It was a grey drizzly day in Toronto but the rain held off and the temperature was merely chilly and not too cold. I was both very heartened and saddened at the gathering, thinking about the lives of people so much younger than me. One of the signs someone was holding said “you will die of old age, we will die of climate change.”
Here are the 4 block prints I’ve made for the upcoming heart show at Gerrard Art Space in Toronto. The gallery has called for submissions of up to four pieces which got me thinking about the four chambers of the heart. This led me to the four elements: earth, air, fire and water. Though I made these prints as a series with the birds, mammals, trees and clouds making different appearances, it wasn’t until I completed all 4 that I saw they could be characters in a story. The Hearts of Fire print in particular brings to mind children’s books.
I enjoyed the process of making these prints. Only the Hearts of Air turned out to my liking after the first proof and I made no corrections to what I had already carved. With Hearts of Earth, I made a few changes after taking a rough proof. But with the other two–water and fire–I carved three renditions of each until I was happy with them. In each case, they ended up with very different designs than those I began with.
I’ve been carving 4 block prints that I’ll be entering into a show in Toronto. When they’re done, I’ll post them here. But, in the meantime, here’s a photo I took on December 28th while on the streetcar. There was an unusual occurrence–the sun came out after a generally very grey autumn and early winter! Happy New Year one and all.
The Printmaking Show at GAS–Gerrard Art Space–in Toronto that I’ll be in begins this week. If you’re in the area, do drop in. I’ll be at the reception Thursday night the 28th from 6 – 8. Click here for more information.