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Legends of Lake Orta

January 31st marks the feast of Saint Julius, the 4th-century Greek preacher who is credited with bringing Christianity to Lake Orta (Lago d’Orta), a Northern Italian lake near where my Italian side of the family lives. When San Giulio arrived … Continue reading

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White on Black Sketch #2 “Thinking of You” (Shuidiao Getou) – a poem by Su Shi

In honour of tonight’s full moon, a white-gouache-on-black-paper sketch inspired by a poem by the 11th-century Chinese poet Su Shi (also known as Su Tungpo). The poem is set to the traditional Chinese melody “Shuidiao Getou” (“thinking of you”). You … Continue reading

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White on Black Sketch #1

Fantasy landscape painted in white opaque watercolour on black paper. The composition and perspective are a little wonky because I started painting directly on the blank page (or rather black void), inventing the scene as I went along.

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Leonard Cohen in The Tower of Song

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“Sensuka”- A Poem by Alice Elm (English Version)

(In a post from a few months ago, I published a beautiful poem by the Montreal writer Alice Elm that was directly inspired by my on-going “Views of an Imaginary City” series. Now Alice has composed an English version of … Continue reading

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“Sensuka” – A Poem by Alice Elm – Un poème d’Alice Elm

The Montreal poet and writer Alice Elm has written a stunningly beautiful poem, in French, that is directly inspired by my on-going “Views of an Imaginary City” series. The name of my invented city, which gives its name to this … Continue reading

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Views of an Imaginary City X – The Convent of the Holy Virgin of the Most Pure and Sacred Heart

X – The Convent of the Holy Virgin of the Most Pure and Sacred Heart All foreign faiths are tolerated within the territory of the Empire, so long as they do not interfere with the ruling authorities in secular matters. Catholicism … Continue reading

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