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Small Pleasures

After working on last edits of my novel last winter and escorting it off to readings this fall I found myself back in my studio after Christmas.

I hauled out unfinished canvases I'd left a year ago and went to work, trying to find my way back to the original connection I had with the image. But the task felt slow and contrived. After a week I put them aside and just decided to have fun. I painted a score of wooden cradles with black gesso and began a series of small studies from here on my small piece of earth. They are illustrations really, of the co-lifeforms which I love and which  embellish, each in their modest way, the grey weeks of winter. I plan to continue with these as the spring comes on...



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Reader Comments (4)

So charming -- I love these!

January 26, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterFrances

thank Frances! you will recognize these bits and bobs of island life!

January 27, 2018 | Unregistered Commenteralison watt

These are so beautiful. I love the nuthatch. There's one that joins the chickadees here from time to time and yours has exactly the right posture!

February 9, 2018 | Unregistered Commentertheresa

Theresa--how nice to hear from you. I think the Red-breasted Nuthatch might have been one of the first birds I really "saw." I was spending time in the company of a birder, he drew my attention to that nasal call and he found the bird for me up a Douglas fir tree. I can't believe how many birds I just didn't see as a child, even though they were all around me in Victoria!

February 9, 2018 | Registered Commenter[Alison Watt]

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