Category Archives: watercolour

Views of an Imaginary City 7: Tizabu Park and Tizabu Prison

Sensuka, to be sure, is a place of endless fascination and delight, but it can also be a heartless place. When one enters Sensuka Harbour and first looks out upon the colonnaded wharves and polychrome marble facades rising from the … Continue reading

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Views of an Imaginary City 6: Dastazuriki in the Little Switzerland Neighbourhood

Western traders first arrived in Sensuka soon after the city’s founding by the emperor Bulodi I as his new imperial capital. Two decades later, however, following a moral panic over the corrupting influence of Western values, religious beliefs, and food, … Continue reading

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Christmas on Rue Champigny

This watercolour was commissioned by the Montreal financial services firm ASSURART Inc. for their 2020 company holiday card. It was very much inspired by the magical winter scenes by the Japanese printmaking artist Hasui Kawase (1883-1957). Although the image is … Continue reading

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Video of “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower” by Dylan Thomas

A video interpretation by Jim Avis of my comics adaptation of one of Dylan Thomas’s first poems. Featuring a stirring reading by the poet himself. The original comics adaptation, along with 23 others, can be found in my new book, Poems … Continue reading

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Views of an Imaginary City 2: The Teposensuki or “Lovers’ Bridge”

The Teposensuki (“Sensuka Bridge”) is the widest and most monumental of the bridges spanning the Juminta River in the central area of the city known as the Kadini (“Nest”). It is also notable for being the sole bridge in the … Continue reading

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Views of an Imaginary City 1: Entering Sensuka Bay

Entering Sensuka Bay In this opening print of the series, the viewer is transported onto the deck of one of the steam-powered ferries linking Sensuka to Kadonde, on the other side of the Golden Strait. The steamer is rounding the … Continue reading

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Video of “Spring and Fall” by Gerard Manley Hopkins

A beautiful and moving video by Jim Avis, pairing my comics adaptation of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poem “Spring and Fall” with a musical interpretation of that same poem by Natalie Merchant. The original comics adaptation, along with 23 others, can … Continue reading

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Two Montreal Views in the Style of Ukiyo-e Prints

Two scenes from near where I live – an alley in Côte-Saint-Paul and a view along the aqueduct in Verdun – rendered in a style that tries to imitate that of the nineteenth-century Japanese ukiyo-e prints by such artists as … Continue reading

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Video of “may my heart always be open to little” by e e cummings

A delightful interpretation by Jim Avis of one my poetry comics, this time my adaptation of “may my hear always be open to little” by e e cummings. The original comics adaptation, along with 23 others, can be found in … Continue reading

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Video of “Somewhere or Other” by Christina Rossetti

A very sensitive video adaptation by Jim Avis of my comics interpretation of Christina Rossetti’s poem “Somewhere or Other.” I find this one makes particularly effective use of Avis’s signature zooming technique. The terrific reading is by “the Wordman” and … Continue reading

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