Posts Tagged ‘mixed media’

Pathwords: Bon Courage

November 28, 2014

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As a bilingual Anglophone in Quebec, there are words I use in either language that just don’t translate in the same spirit or intention. It isn’t unusual, therefore, for us to drop a French word or term in the middle of an English conversation, knowing the other person will catch the meaning immediately. “Bon Courage” is one of those words. I’ll use it when wishing good for someone going through an ordeal – an exam, a move, a confrontation, a medical procedure, even a bereavement. It’s more than luck, since it isn’t luck that will get you through the ordeal but your own inner reserves of courage, heart, stamina, and the work you have put into it. And when it is said to me, I go off feeling encouraged , knowing I have friends at my back, sending me good vibes.

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Pathwords – Iktsuarpok

November 14, 2014

 

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In this new bookart, I’m collecting interesting words from other languages to adopt as my own. Perhaps not to drop into casual conversations; that might appear a bit affected. But the English language suffers from not having an equivalent word for many things, particularly, I have found, words that describe our soul. Words shape our selves, our souls. They make us see and feel things in different ways. They connect us to other people by sharing parts of ourselves, if only by saying “I know that feeling!”

Ikstuarpok is an Inuit work meaning “to keep looking outside to see if someone is coming”.  I know that feeling too well. It drives me crazy. Every five minutes I’m looking out the window to see if a friend has arrived in my driveway yet, or down the street, if I know their car. Sometimes, it’s with restless anticipation, looking forward to an evening with friends.  Sometimes, as in a service call, it’s with annoyance. An entire day can be wasted in restless waiting, no matter how busy I keep myself, or how much I accomplish while waiting. My eye constantly drifts over to the window, every sound grabs my attention.

And a few times, it has been with crushing fear. Which I imagine would  be the case for the Inuit waiting for a loved one to return home on the frozen tundra, a blizzard, and whatever other dangers loom in their land. The horrible feeling that something has gone wrong. It’s a universal feeling,

Pathwords

November 12, 2014

 

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I’ve started a new bookart. It’s smaller than my last ones – 11” x 9”, opening to 11″ x 18″ on double spreads. I don’t know yet if this is the opening page, but it is the first one I’ve finished. Not that I ever  “finish”. I tend to like an unfinished look, which tends to go more with the mixed media collage techniques I use. Here I have used paint, magazine cut outs, paint skin, and hand painted unryhu papers.

Dorval, June 26, 2014

June 26, 2014

 

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If I set myself facing more to the right, I would have had a lake full of cute sail boats. Idyllic. Until I noticed they kept falling over. Eek.

Aha! A sailing school. I finally figured that out. It made me far too nervous seeing them fall over like that. So move to the left, the quiet park. In fact, someone was sleeping under that tree. How peaceful can you get?

Pointe Claire, July 19, 2014

June 26, 2014

 

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Lunch break sketching. Trying to get familiar with limited supplies so I can do more outdoor sketches when I only have a little time on a work day.

One small problem. After I got settled in and about to paint, the local school opened up their doors and hordes of kids came flying out. In front of me, blocking my view. And behind me, kicking soccer balls (badly).

Note to self: more clips to hold down paper in sudden wind gusts even on hot days.

Backpacking in my Backyard

June 9, 2014

 

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Since my Plein Air set-up is a full studio with easel, I needed to compact it all down for days when I only have an hour for a quick painting. I got a good selection in one small pack, with mostly pens and oil bars and the delicate Unryhu  paper I love, cut to 6” x 8”. I had to test it of course before going out into the field. So I set myself up in my backyard and found a good spot by the corner of the house.  As it was, I did have to go back in to get a few more items. Now I think I have all I need. So, off to the woods! Or the Big City!

 

A Dress Book

January 9, 2013

A Dress Book

What to do with old Address Books. Alter them and repurpose them. This one in fact was never even used and I doubt now I ever will need to use it. I’ve set it in the back of an old stretch canvas. The wire hanger I made of rebar wire, which I often use in assemblages to overcome the problem of balancing uneven weights on each side.

Montreal – the city of Mixed Media. I spotted this beautiful mural somewhere in Mile End, between Laurier and St Laurent, on the way to the Fringe Fest.

June 15, 2012

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A sample of my art work

January 14, 2012
A bookcase of bookarts, with a few shrines

Which one shall I zoom in first?

Attention, visitors

October 2, 2010

An 8-page letter to anonymous whoever happens by...