|New work in Valley Artisans' Gallery!!!|
Each of the pieces contains a hand coloured illuminated initial, painted with gouache and gold infused ink. The quotations are written with Petrarch, the calligraphy alphabet created by my teacher and friend, the late Father Edward Michael Catich. You can learn more about Father and his work at The Art Legacy League website. I have also reproduced these small broadsides on a large assortment of blank greeting cards. These will be in the Valley Artisans Co-op Gallery this week. The cards carry the Ducks in a Row Press imprint on the
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|Wood relief cuts printed on hand made paper.|
Printing holiday cards this year with wood relief cuts has also spurred my interest in learning more about wood engraving. I have a complete set of tools for this work, but have never spent much time learning how to use them.
Ted Johnston, a woodcut artisan I have met through The Ottawa Letterpress Gang, has offered to give me some tips in January. Ted has a show of his work up now at The Ottawa Folklore Centre Gallery, 1111 Bank Street. Ted Johnson’s prints have been exhibited locally in various group and solo exhibitions and are being added to private collections in Ottawa and elsewhere. His work has been featured on the CTV program Regional Contact and in publications such as Ottawa West magazine, the Orleans Star, the AOE Calendar of Events, and the FSCA magazine. If you have a chance to stop by the gallery in Ottawa when the show runs, through 7 January, I think you will really enjoy seeing his work.
The first real snow of the year has fallen overnight, blanketing the rooftops and sidewalks with a heavy wet snow. The air is crisp and the smell of Christmas baking mingled with the rich aroma of wood burning in our family room stove will soon fill our home as I prepare cookies for St. Barnabas Anglican Church's Holly Tea this Saturday. My soul looks back to past holidays here, when my daughters were able to join us to celebrate the Christmas season, and mourns that they will not be with us this year.
I love the changes in the seasons. The natural cycle of life, from fall through winter sleep, fascinates me. As I receive the day, and finish writing here to begin my morning prayers, I am struck by the shear joy that pulses in my heart from working in my studio all day, every day. Creating works that have, for the past two years, only lived in my mind's eye, makes my heart soar like a hawk.
And as my heart soars this morning, I know that all will be well, and all will be well, and with the grace and wisdom of our mother God, all will be well.