Friday, October 20, 2017

Day 1/7 Black & White Photography Challenge

7-Day Black and White Photography Challenge (No Humans, No Explanations). #blackandwhitephotography


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Drawings in Prep for my next set of Portrait Paintings

October 19, 2017

Swirls of grief continue, sometimes an undertow, other times gliding on the surface. Managed to get into a sketch today. This took as long as 3-4 tracks from Wardruna's album, Runaljod - Ragnarok, maybe MannaR: Liv to Odal. Darkened it a bit -just blocking in at this stage, the details that make an individual an individual not creased in.

September 30, 2017

Not sure when I did this sketch earlier this summer and... I can't finish it. Since my brother passed away, I've been in such a tailspin, trying to crawl out, get back to various projects...

Luciano Iacobelli, I probably posted this already.

All these sketches are preparation for my next group of portrait paintings - though the paintings won't be the same as the sketches.


Tuesday, September 05, 2017

My dearly loved brother, Raymond, passed away last week

My beautiful brother Raymond passed away last week, on Wednesday August 30th, unexpectedly. I remember when my mother emerged from the bush plane in Kafue National Park in Africa holding the little bundle that was my new brother. He has been the kindest, most supportive brother and I love him dearly. I can't imagine life without him. Ray, may you be pain-free and soaring with the quiet joys you gave. I love you, bro. Rest in peace. ♥️

A photo of us Christmas 2014. Ray is on the left; my brother Allan on the right. Sure gonna miss that big wonderful fella. xoxo


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A few Paintings Gif-fied

Some paintings Gif-fied. Working on something for my website. About 5 more of these small portraits are in the wings awaiting time and space.

Three Close-Up Portraits of Women (finally took final photos & will post anon)

Arabesque, cut into three sections


Monday, August 14, 2017

Lula, a puppy Malchi


My little darling. Lula at 10½ months. She's as light as a feather. Affectionate. And will trot along at my fast pace for very long walks. She is as adorable as she looks! The sun was just right today and I grabbed my camera... a tiny beauty! ♥️

Friday, August 11, 2017

Tidal Fury @ The Minerva Reader

This is so lovely! Lisa de Nikolits, a fantastic author, one of my favourites, reviewed, along with Heather Babcock, another terrific writer and favourite, Tidal Fury this week at her site, The Minerva Reader. She included one of the poems and a drawing from Tidal Fury. So honoured. Check it out. Thank you!!!
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Study for a Painting of Steve-Paul Simms

Study 1 for a Painting of Steve-Paul Simms, 2017, ©Brenda Clews, inks, paint, pastel, 8"x10", Strathmore drawing paper, 80lb, acid free.

Been far too long since I sketched - perhaps half or a whole year? So... out of practice. This - a bit rough, the drawing too small for the size of the pastels. Sharing anyway. A study for a possible painting. Steve-Paul Simms.

Friday, June 30, 2017

June 2017 Final Poetry & Music Salon

Our final salon was luminous - beautiful, loving, giving, sharing.

I am a full range of emotions as this Poetry and Music Salons series comes to an end. The final salon at Palmerston Library Theatre was on June 24, 2017 after a 3 ½ year run. It began at a most wonderful gallery at Queen and Parliament, Urban Gallery, where I had a solo art show in 2014. Calvin Hambrook, the director of the gallery, asked me to bring people into the gallery to make them aware of its presence. So the wonderful Bänoo Zan and Philip Cairns each did a Salon and I learnt how to run an event. I organized, hosted and danced throughout one with Luciano Iacobelli and John Oughton in the Winter of 2014. After my solo art show was over, I missed Calvin and Allen at Urban Gallery, and they also missed me it turned out. Calvin called me in for a meeting in maybe March of that year and asked me if I would like to continue running the Poetry and Music Salons. Thus began a journey through 4 venues - three art galleries (Urban Gallery, the beautiful Charlotte Hale and Associates Fine Art, Photography and Design and the wonderful Mirvish Village - Markham House) and a large 120-seat theatre at my local library, Palmerston Public Library. I have been the woman-of-all trades – booking features, organizing the event, designing the flyer, creating a Facebook event, splattering the event everywhere on social media, hosting the salon, providing refreshments for the break, videoing, photographing, and editing that video which takes 12 hrs to 3-5 days to complete, and discovering what an amazing, giving, loving, hugely talented group we are. I want to celebrate everyone who has come out to share as a feature and as a spotlight on open mic. I am so happy that we have been able to come together for these years to share with and support each other as poets, writers, artists, actors, musicians to be everything that we can be.

I have had some teary times over the ending. These salons are so much work that I do not see continuing them in any real capacity. So there's grieving going on here, in my room, in my heart. Feel very blessed to have been part of the salons for their duration - so much love in our community, so much support for each other. Is what touches me very deeply, is what I hold dearest.

Here are photos of everyone who read or performed. Go to Google Photos to see the album (though, for names, look at the file names, as Google no longer offers an easy way to add captions to photos).


The video of my final Poetry and Music Salon Series:

direct link: June 2017 Final Poetry and Music Salon

In order of appearance:

1. Brandon Pitts 9:52
2. John Oughton 23:34
3. Wolfgang Dios 35:23
4. Kath MacLean 41:16
5. Stedmond Pardy 48:53
6. Tom Gannon Hamilton 55:54
7. August Henry 1:03:30
8. Valentina Assenza 1:07:35
9. Susan Helwig 1:12:31
10. Sharon Goodier 1:14:20
11. Irena Nikolova 1:19:16
12. Jeff Cottrill 1:25:56
13. Stanley Fefferman 1:34:16
14. Anna Gutmanis 1:42:12
15. Clara Blackwood 1:49:17
16. John Evans 1:53:20
17. Mikel BC 1:59:16
18. Charles Taylor 2:05:25
19. Alexandra Innes 2:12:11
20. Jennifer Hosein 2:18:14

Many thanks to John Oughton for the opening theme music and to Tom Gannon Hamilton for the closing theme music.

Videoed and edited by Brenda Clews