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here we are at last. The eighth, and final work in the “Topics of Cancer” series
will be called “Agatha c. 2022” Not quite finished boys an girls. Soon.
Agatha, like most modern women, has given up the idea of virgin martyrdom, and has chosen a more inclusive life for herself. Looking an awful lot like me during my recent medical procession, Agatha appears to have been set afloat on an arctic ice floe, but fear not, this is merely a painterly illusion.
She has, however, drawn an amusing line between the massively intimidating Linear Accelerator, found in the radiation treatment unit, and the Ancient Egyptian sun god, Ra. This idea will amuse her for a few days whilst she ponders the planning CTs used to programme the same machine for her radiation treatments.
The image just under her hand is of my own chest, taken about 4cm below my nipple, facing from my waist up towards my head. The area around my incision is circled in red, and the track of the machine is in yellow. A second image is the last image in the pile. It shows my right breast. Again, the incision is circled in red, and the track of the accelerator is in yellow. I only actually saw the 1st image, but it seems pretty basic, so I made up the 2nd. In the 1st the orbit of the machine was a half circle left to right around my torso, and in the 2nd it was from my head to my waist, my body having been moved in between needless to say.
When it stops at the waist and stares you in the face, the tendency is to close your eyes, but what good would that do against radiation? If one meets the machine eye to eye, you can observe the digital pattern of the radiation that has been programmed. This changes shape, as well as colour, until it disappears. Very interesting.
May 8, 2022
Dear Art Friends,
Well, my radiation therapy is over, and now I await the burning. My breast started letting me know it was not happy with this radiation business on the 1st day of the schedule. There was burning, and throbbing, though entirely bareable. That’s what comes of my DNA having lived in the fog, and mist, of the west coast of Ireland, and France, for several hundred, if not thousand years. Thankfully the doses were limited, so I fear not, neither do I weep….yet. After all it’s my own damned fault, being so fair, and well, just being, I guess. Ever the optomist, I anticipate only good things; still, I don’t want to be without a supply of extra strength Ibuprofen for the next few weeks. Apparently the radiation pain starts about now, and will grow for 2 weeks, and then diminish. Everyone tells you this, having first turned their backs to you, or diverting their eyes. As the new arrival to Hell once said, “How bad can it get?” I’ll let you know, but do know that I am as prepared as I can be – Celtic skin and all.
In this painting, the 6th of the surgery group, to be called “My Aurora Borealis”, I am relating the wondrous Northern Lights to the lights, lasers and radiation beam of this treatment. I have my favourite 4 legged wild one, the Canadian moose, by my side. We are ready to float through a starry Ontario night. The lights on my chest are used to arrange my body to suite the static/rotating position of the radiation beam. So, no, I’m not a new member of some weird cult. The red light is a ruler, and the green lights come from static fixtures in the walls of the room. I am the only thing that is moved about. It takes 2 people to work the regulators that allow the movement, because they are several feet away from each other. Quite cool really.
I’ll be doing 2 more for this series, I think. St Agatha, or Ste Agathe, is the patron saint of breast cancer patients. We see a lot of Ste Agathas in Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art. There’s also a Sainte Agathe-des-Monts, in the Laurentians, in Quebec, where my grandmother used to spend the odd summer in her youth. The current plan is to do a martyrdom of Ste Agathe c. 251 (the year she died, apparently), and one more modern image c. 2022. Perhaps. We shall see. Hmmmm…
When the paintings are done the finished product will be posted on my website as well as Saatchi. Though, if you arrange the pick up yourself, my studio prices are about half that of Saatchi.
May 15, 2022
Dear Art Friends,
This is the 5th painting in my surgery series. It may be called
“Connecting The Dots: Bear With Me”.
I've just added the eclipse of May's Blood Moon, whiich will take place tonight, along with the alignment of the 4 planets, Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn, from last week.
I have been given 4 small tattoos, in preparation for my radiation therapy. My 1st tattoos ever. My dermatologist always advised me never to tattoo my skin, as it was too sensitive. But now I have four, or one, depending on one’s viewpoint.
They’re tiny, and I assume the ink didn’t contain any heavy metals.
I suppose, with this painting, I’m trying to see the bigger picture. I’m filled with misgivings at the moment. The post-operative regime seems more frightening than the operation itself.
I won’t go
into my concerns; they were summarily dismissed.
Have a lovely day. Spring will come.
April 22, 2022
Dear Art Friends,
Here is the 4th surgery painting.
"Does My Head Look Big?"
The melanoma painting.
Not done yet, but soon.
My trip to the plastic surgeon’s office to have my melanoma excised was the 1st step on what has become a more than 6mos journey. But, as I have said before, it’s nothing compared to what so many people endure. I’m not just lucky, I’m creative, productive, and feeling terrific. A little over a month after this event I received my breast cancer diagnosis. The 1st 3 paintings are about that.
My childhood memories of living in a home where cancer was king dwelt heavily upon me that day, but my doctor was calm and considerate. The melanoma was very tiny, but quite near my eye. A local anaesthetic was used, I didn’t feel a thing. My main concern was keeping still, so I grabbed my arms in a pseudo hug, and didn’t let go. It wasn’t long – less than half an hour.
I think about my father a lot these days.
April 13, 2022
Dear Art Friends,
The 3rd surgery painting is called,
“Channeling Faustina, and pondering the harpoon action in
my breast, I contemplate The Milky Way.”
I’ll explain a few things if you like.
The painting shows the ultra sound lead needle biopsy used to
confirm that my little tumour was cancerous.
Faustina is the name of Tintoretto’s wife, and possible model for
Venus in his wonderful painting, “The Origin of The Milky Way”,
a reproduction of which is perched behind the smaller ultra sound screen. I’m channeling her….get it??? My breast, via the ultra sound screen, is therefore reproducing a digital Milky Way circa 2022, and cardinals are a favourite winter song bird in my house. Hope you can all get your proverbial heads around that.
Thank you, and have a nice day;-)))
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February 1, 2021
"Great Bear Sky"
"Messengers During A Time of Pestilence",
is virtually finished. Maybe a bit more red fur and white froth.
I am very excited. This one was tough.
September 6, 2020
Happy Labour Day to all my friends.
So, not a lot more to do on the first painting in the
"Messengers during a time of pestilence" series - Moose Man Spirit.
The Baroque Soloist Summer Intensive is done and dusted.
And I'm still singing.
Didn't I tell you I was a survivor ;-)))
Enjoy the long weekend friends.
I've been working on the central section of Moose Man
during the last month or so, but I must admit,
those two weeks of heatwave slowed me right down.
Gosh, wasn't it a scorcher?
Musically - Just starting to work on a new trio of sublime songs. The 1st is by Mahler, and is called, in English, "I am lost to the world". The 2nd is a Schubert, "Nur wer die sehnsucht kennt". The 3rd is by Copeland, and is called "Heart, we will forget him". The 3 together are simply out of this world. I practise them every morning in the park, so I can really let loose.
March 28, 2020
Hope everyone is doing as well as possible.
I am getting lots of work done. Thank heaven for small mercies.
I'm trying not to let this difficult time go to waste.
Stay healthy my friends.
It would seem that Pythia has decided
to arrive on Innaarsuit Island, Greenland
as the skateboard queen.
I'll keep you posted....
July 25, 2019
Well, today is really going to be a good day.
My just about finished Pythia Series has been featured in
Canadian Art Junkie
Please have a look.
Well, "Pythia & The Christmas Eve Baby" is done.
Click below to see what a big boy Theodore is now!!!!!
Theodore is now one year old!!!
December 7, 2018
"Pythia in Paris as The Seine Breaches Its Banks"
oil on canvas
5ft X 5ft
Working on the text engraved on the bridge, which BTW,
is from a Pablo Neruda poem.
Figuring out Pandora and her "chaos in a box" difficulties.
Added some scarlet tanagers leading the rowboat.
My mother's favorite birds, also BTW.
June 13, 2018
December 23, 2017
Yesterday "Bears Picnic" was installed in its new home.
And, yes, that's my "Yellow Road: Faraway" up beside it on the left.
September 18, In The Works
After a short hiatus painting drowning maidens, exotic flowers and deadly frogs, I'm back to my "Canada 150 Series", with this almost done painting of a herd of musk ox. Did you know that musk ox wool is the finest, warmest and most expensive wool in the world? Probably the most rare as well.
"A Musk Ox Dilemma: What Time is it Mister Wolf?"
oil on birch cradle, 37" X 48"
I love a surprise!
Just got home and found that I had been featured, once again,
by J. Walters, in her terrific
Canadian Art Junkie
Please check it out.
The London Kings Place Exhibition ran from September 14 to October 9. Kings Place is a new art complex beside King's Cross Train Station in London. The exhibition was presented by London's world famous Guardian newspaper. The curator was Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones aided by Hayward Gallery curator Gilly Fox. My oversized fruit bowl was included. Four feet of melon, pears and grapes....
I forgot to post this Guardian feature of a painting from my Yellow Road Series. It's called Listen, Snow Flakes Falling.
Here's the full image...
Here's another Guardian featured drawing, from the same Large Bowl of Fruit Series as the one in the London show...Large Bowl of Fruit with Crow & Murmuration
Now do you understand why I love the Guardian...?
Would you like to see how my Big Landscape: Ghost Ranch series is progressing? I've just finished #7.
University of Toronto - Canadian Perspectives Lecture Series
George Brown College Treasures of The World Series - Art: Reflections on Society
Hot Docs Toronto
Campbell House Museum
The Arts & Letters Club
OCAD Continuing Studies
Toronto Public Library (Deer Park, Gladstone, Runnymede, Don Mills, Eatonville..)
Toronto Reference Library
Villa Kerylos, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France
Women's Art Association of Canada
I was delighted to be part of the March Break program at Georgia O'Keeffe's old ranch in New Mexico this year.
Ghost Ranch AIR (Artist Immersion & Rejuvenation)
I'm foolishly excited to see my studio featured in Hyperallergic
My Studio - featured in Hyperallergic - January 10, 2014
This is an article about my work that I forgot to post
An Article About My Work
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