Almost a whole year has gone by, and I am a sorry blogger. Nonetheless, the months have been busy: I prepped and then sold my farm, renovated a small house in Cobourg right by Lake Ontario, schlepped load upon load to the dump, the ReStore, The Blue Box, the basement. February brought sun and cultural riches in San Miguel at the International Writers’ Conference and beyond, September the wilds of Newfoundland in a 1984 Dodge camper van. Two weeks on the road with my fellow maniac and loving partner, Steve. Damn good thing he’s a car mechanic, as well as a mechanical engineer!
Now the dreary days of November have settled in, and while I read my mother’s wartime correspondence to her parents on the eve of this Remembrance Day, my mind also swirls with colour theory. A painting friend loaned me a book on colour by Peter John Reid, and I have devoured the mixing of greens while the rain slaps the window.
This week I worked with Alizarin crimson, yellow ochre and anthraquinone blue to create a moody lake sky, the dominant subject of my new habitat. Not done yet, but the breadth of colour within these hues is one gorgeous wow after another. These colours and more will get me through the monochromatic months ahead.