Category Archives: sketches

Tagore in Delhi Airport

On my way back from Silchar, India, where I participated in the Anuvad Arts Festival (more on that to follow), I had an 8-hour layover at Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi, where I read the poems of Rabindranath Tagore … Continue reading

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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 #3 – “Thinking of You” (Shiudiao Getou) II

In honour of the first full moon of 2017 (and the last of the Year of the Monkey), here is another white-gouache-on-black-paper sketch inspired by “Shiudiao Getou,” a famous poem by the 11th-century Chinese poet Su Shi (or Su Tungpo). … 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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Experimentation with white on black drawing

In an effort to imitate the great early twentieth-century wood engravings by such artists as Lynd Ward, but without having to figure out how to do actual wood engravings, I thought I would try my hand at drawing on black … Continue reading

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“Graphic Note Taking” at the Ottawa Art Gallery

Tomorrow evening, July 14, I will be taking part at an event at the Ottawa Art Gallery in downtown Ottawa. How Deep Is Your Rhizome? is a multimedia exploration of such wide-ranging but curiously interconnected issues as old-growth forests, gift economies, … Continue reading

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Lake Orta Sketchbook

I just got back from a holiday on Lake Orta, in Northern Italy. As has been demonstrated in a number of scientific studies, Lake Orta is the most beautiful spot on earth. It also happens to be where I spent … Continue reading

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