Encaustic Experiment!

Tidal River by Catherine Raine, 2010 I started working on this piece two weeks ago at my first encaustic class at OCAD. After an ill-advised application of the iron which turned my greens and oranges into a ratty-looking brown, I scraped away the brown and started again. Last night I spent a couple of hours …

Textiles Meet Collage (Two Pieces by Catherine)

Fighting Blue Demons of Disconnection (2010) I made this piece for the Octopus Project’s May Exhibit at the Distillery District. The challenge was to use the shades of only one colour. Purple Triangle Web (2010) Here’s how this wrapped collage looks on the outside. Partially unwrapped. Fully unwrapped. Collage Centerfold! Close-up!

Jenny’s Purple Meadow

 Jenny’s Purple Meadow A few months ago Jenny asked me if the news of her cancer diagnosis had made me think about my own mortality. I said, “Sure it does. You’re a part of me.” She’ll always be a part of me, a precious patch of Jenny-ness that inspires and sustains me. When I visualize …

Elliot Lake Library: An Ontario Treasure in Algo Centre Mall

On a recent weekend visit to remote Elliot Lake, Stewart and a friend who was living there indulged me in a visit to Elliot Lake Library when we could have gone directly to a lake. My friend took us inside the town’s quiet 1980’s mall, where we found a wonderful Bibliothèque/Library. It was much larger …

Northern District Library (Pre-Renovation)

Earlier in the week I paid a visit to Northern District Library. The vast main floor of this 1975 building reminded me of a university library, and to wander among its extensive shelves took a pleasingly long time. An hour passed before I realized I’d better wrap up my notes and go fetch some salad …

high school reunion

A few weeks ago I attended my twentieth high school reunion at The Elm’s hotel in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Out of a class of almost 350, only about 50 of us turned up. Our small numbers gave the atmosphere something of a Survivor flavor, as if we were all looking around to see who else …

Downtown rhythm

Yesterday a friend and I joined Nicole Stoffman’s “I Want Rhythm” project, which features dancing on the street to storefront music. We met at Wellesley and Yonge and walked south to Dundas Square, stopping when we heard music that called to us. We did the twist in front of a Quiznos, were Scottish country backup …

Soweto Gospel Choir high

I smiled throughout the whole concert several nights ago. The power and reach of the choir’s voices, as well as the sheer joyous energy pouring forth into the audience really floored me. We heard songs in Zulu, Sotho, and English, and I felt a connection with my Baptist Vacation Bible School days when they sang …