Thursday, December 31, 2015

Woman Making Her Way

Woman Making Her Way. We'll all make our ways into the New Year!

A sketch from maybe 2014.

Old Hard Drives still work!

Because I was asked for 300dpi images in black and white, I decided to re-shoot what I had. That took awhile, and processing was forever. Then I hunted through old hard drives and actually found some images well over a decade old, all as blessed Photoshop files except for one jpeg. And those old hard drives still run, how great is that?! All in all, I think it's about 30 images, and they have taken a solid 15 hours of work. I had finished coffee by the time I began at 9am, and it is now past midnight! Dinner was some frozen and defrosted leftover turkey that wasn't very good. Lol! The book won't be out until Fall 2016, but there are deadlines... and I want to sweep the old year out with a flourish. Done, just in time for for the New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

From Colour to Black and White!


Very happy with how these images are turning out, with, of course, quite a bit of work in Photoshop. These are from two different cameras and the images were done circa 2011. From now until next year, I will be Photoshopping! Certain I will make my end-of-year deadline with my publisher. ::Sighs with relief::

Down to the Proverbial Wire

Without sun for a month, I have not been able to take the drawings for my forthcoming book of poetry with Guernica Editions outside for a proper photo shoot in real live full spectrum sunlight. Here is my alternate set-up. Hardly know what I am doing. End of year deadline. Down to the proverbial wire.


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Spam site keeps opening in Google Chrome

Probably my tenth message to Google's Help desk:

This spam site keeps opening when I open Chrome. It is not in my Preferences and I have never given it permission to invade the browser I use. I've sent a number of help messages to Google. I tried a website blocker, which, as you can see, has made the problem worse. If this keeps up, I will have to make Safari my default browser. If "" continues to hijack my Chrome browser, I will be changing to Safari permanently. Chrome is neither private nor secure when a third party takes control of a user's opening pages.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Happy Holiday - wishing you the Best of the Festive Season!

However you celebrate, together or alone, as a day of feasting or simply a holiday, enjoy!

My day is spent cooking both turkey and tofurky and multiple accompanying dishes for my extended family, and I love it.

For the first Christmas, since getting my adorable cat, Aria, in 2012, I have been able to hang ornaments. I only found one on the floor one morning - she's very good now. It was nice to get out my Balinese hand-made ornaments that I bought at a long-gone store in Toronto, Frida, one Boxing Day. It is only now that I truly appreciate their workmanship, the hands who made and painted them. Lamia is my favourite, followed by what has to be a shaman/trickster figure. They are all quite haunting in their own way.



Monday, December 21, 2015

Wishing You A Wonderful Solstice!

Sun Stands Still

Solstice, a brief moment, the earth at its outer spin. Nothing stands still in the reversal. The warmth begins its journey back while the coldest months are yet to come. The shifting rotation offers paradox while the seasons glide along, glide along.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful, generous, gift-giving Solstice and brilliant New Year filled with love, health, success, warmth and enjoyment.

In the spirit of the rebirth of the sun:
light your sabre!

Photo from Split Mask, a videopoem I am again working on.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

A detail of a small drawing

Small detail of a piece that I continued to work on after taking this photo. Mixed media, 2015. Really, just a doodle drawing, testing things.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Photos & Video of the Nov 2015 Poetry & Music Salon

We had a wonderful poetry and music gathering at Markham House in Mirvish Village on November 29th.

Many thanks to our features - Jeannine Pitas (Janina La Papita) and Amoeba Starfish (Jeff Howard and Phil Ogison Aegidiussen) - thoroughly enjoyed every word and note of music (including dancing! Jeannine, Sharon Goodier, Norman Bethune Allan and Ariel Balevi - dancers all!)!

And beautiful open mics - wow! - Ariel Balevi (who is a well-known and beloved storyteller and shared a poem for the first time publicly), Anatol Oberhand Balaban (who wrote a terrific impromptu poem about Mirvish Village), Daniela Oana (first time sharing her poetry publicly), Sharon Goodier (who shared some of her ekphrastic poetry), Elizabeth Pollack (first time sharing her poetry publicly), Jeff Cottrill (who had us laughing with a great TTC poem) and Norman Allan (who read while Amoeba Starfish were playing).

And, of course, much gratitude and kudos to those who helped at Markham House, Deb and Joe for chairs, coffee, mineral water, and Aliya who was my kind liaison organizing the event.

Our Soirée wound into the evening hours in a beautiful space. Intimate, supportive, friendly, warm, my favourite kinds of hours. Thanks to you all! xoxo

See the Music and Poetry Soirées Picasa album for names and location.


Video of entire Soirée below

The first 35sec, which is like a Shakespearean Prologue (been doing this the last couple of salon videos and not sure anyone's noticed - John Oughton did the theme music), you get the whole soirée in stop motion, is still blue - too much work to re-do it - but the rest is now in natural tones. I started this video at 11am on Sunday morning and it is now posted here, in my blog, finally. There is a blue version floating around but I don't feel the colouration worked and am keeping that private. :-}

direct link: Nov Poetry and Music Soirée

In order of appearance:

2:14 Ariel Balevi

13:26 Anatol Oberhand Balaban

15:50 Daniela Oana

18:55 Jeannine Pitas (Janina La Papita)

43:13 Elizabeth Pollack

46:42 Sharon Goodier

53:48 Jeff Cottrill

Norman Bethune Allan is somewhere in Amoeba Starfishes' set

1:01:03 Amoeba Starfish (Jeff Howard and Phil Ogison Aegidiussen)

Our November poetry and music gathering was hosted by moi, Brenda Clews, and I also took photographs, and shot and edited the video.

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