Monday, April 9, 2012

Regaining My "Second Wind"

In February of 2010, I underwent surgery for hip replacement. This was my final semester for the three-year art school program at the Art Centre ( here in Toronto. Though I was unable to attend classes I was able to complete my class projects at home, keeping in contact with my teachers and submitting various assignments. My independent project was completed in time for the graduating class exhibition in a gallery at 401 Richmond ( in the spring of 2010.

The project, is a book/portfolio in Greek and English called, "My Life in Greece" and it contains my photographs taken in Greece along with numerous prints created in my last year in the art program. Some prints were lino-cuts inspired by photographs of my Greek husband's family and others were etchings, some hand painted versions included, of images, also shown in my photographs of my life in Greece.

Since that time, I have continued to develop my skills in printmaking, taking evening courses throughout the year and a summer class, all at the Art Centre. I have established a studio in my apartment and have been working to build an online gallery for my work. Fifteen of my works done while attending the Art Centre can be found here, on my website

I continue to teach an online course at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education ( at the University of Toronto, "Holistic Approaches to Information Technology"(

Much of time these past two years has been spent concentrating on rehabilitation. I still use a cane when I'm out and about. I continue to visit a chiropractor, physiotherapist, two massage therapists, fitness and Tai Chi classes, and the MindBody Pain Clinic ( where I practice meditation and Chi Kung exercises. I am also working to Learn Serenity (

Slowly, but surely, I am regaining my "Second Wind"!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Art Centre: January 2010

Central Technical School Art Centre:
Year Three: Weeks Sixteen - Eighteen
January 4 – 22, 2010

Art History - Weeks Sixteen – Eighteen
End Semester One

Conceptualism -

Joo Youn Peek

New Realism -

Chuck Close

Neo-Expressionism -

Keith Haring

Post Modernism -

William Wegman

Tuesday Week 15: Photography

Completion of the photographs related to sculpting class:
A series of models related to the abstract sculpture.
The urban and rural settings for the abstract sculpture.

Work on the self-portrait project using layers. Here is a rough draft of images to use in the creation of the project, “Big Fish: Going Below the Surface”

Wednesday Week 15: Sculpting

Completion of the social commentary sculpture – a constructivist project.
The image below is missing the final touch – yellow twine binding the folded cardboard in recycle box #2. If any of my neighbours see this piece, I hope they get the message regarding recycling boxes in our building!

Submitted the proposal for the body of work to be done in semester two.

Friday – Weeks 15: Printmaking

Printing and submission of the first two series of prints for the book on Greece:

Chapter One – Thanassi and his family.

Lithograph: Thanassi

Three lino block prints:

Mother in the kitchen

Mother and father in the garden

Mother at the market

Chapter Three – Later Years (Part 1: The Women)

Three dry-point prints on Plexiglas”



The rose

January 25 – 27: Exam period at the Art Centre.

Classes resume February 4 for Semester 2. However, I will be away from campus on medical leave (total hip replacement) and will not be posting a blog until I return though I do plan to be working in the rehab facility and at home.

Images not taken by me are found at

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Art Centre - December 14 - 18, 2009

Central Technical School Art Centre:
Year Three: Week Fifteen
December 14 - 18, 2009

Art History - Week Fifteen

We were treated to a docudrama starring Art Centre teacher Michael Porco in his portrayal of the artist Jackson Pollock.

POP Art -

Mark Rothko - Red, Orange, Tan and Purple

Mark Rothko -
Helen Frankenthaler -

Minimal Art -

Bridget Riley – Blaze 1

Bridget Riley -
Victor Vasarely -

Tuesday Week 15: Photography

More about masks using Photoshop as we prepare the sculpting/photography assignment…

Masking Out Difficult Images -
Quick Mask Tutorials –

Mask tutorial -

Wednesday Week 15: Sculpting

I worked on the enlarged model of the abstract sculpture project. Time spent constructing my design for the social commentary constructivist sculpture – the next project. Thanks to my neighbours for inspiration – I am hoping to get across the message that their boxes (of all sorts) can be broken down to take less space in our apartment building’s recycle containers.

My inspiration…

Friday – Weeks 15: Printmaking

Lithograph of Thanassi submitted.

Christmas Break until January 4….

Images not taken by me are found at

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Art Centre - November 30 - December 11, 2009

Central Technical School Art Centre:
Year Three: Weeks Thirteen and Fourteen
November 30 – December 11, 2009

Art History - Week Thirteen

Rene Magritte. Carte Blanche

Rene Magritte -é_Magritte
Andre Breton -é_Breton

Art History - Week Fourteen

Visual Arts of the United States -

Mary Cassatt. The Bath

Mary Cassatt -

Robert Motherwell. Two Figures

Jackson Pollock -
Robert Motherwell -

Tuesday Week 13 and 14: Photography

Beauty Theme photos reviewed in class.
Also – a demonstration regarding the use of masks in Photoshop.

Masks tutorial -
Using Layer Masks CS4 -

Wednesday Weeks 13 & 14 Sculpting

Worked on enlarged model – abstract sculpture. Constructing my design for the social commentary constructivist sculpture – the next project.

Friday – weeks 9 & 10 Printmaking

Plexiglas series of Greek Men commenced. Layout plan for book. Photographs to be used both as inspiration for the 19 prints and as additional illustrations scanned and put into slides. Started etching for the Greek Cat series – the first one is based on the photo of a young cat in a flower pot taken in Monemvasia, a cliffside village on the Mani (Peloponnese).

Images not taken by me are found at

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Art Centre - November 16-27, 2009

Central Technical School Art Centre:
Year Three: Weeks Eleven and Twelve
November 16-27, 2009

Art History - Week Eleven

Umberto Boccioni – Self-portrait

Futurism -

Giacomo Balla -
Umberto Boccioni -
Gino Severini -

Art History - Week Twelve

Kasimir Malovich

Suprematism -
Kasimir Malovich -
Piet Modrian -

Constructivism -
Naum Gabo -
Vladimir Tatlin -

Bauhaus -
Walter Gropius -
Paul Klee -

Tuesday Weeks 11 and 12: Photography

Beauty Theme photos project continued:

Wednesday Weeks 11 & 12 Sculpting

Worked on enlarged model – abstract sculpture. Sketched design for social commentary constructivist sculpture – the next project.

Friday – Weeks 11 & 12 Printmaking

Plexiglas series of Greek Women series revised. Zinc etching plates are prepared for the Greek Cat series – filed and hard ground was applied to nine plates. Began the filing of the six additional Plexiglas plates.

Images not taken by me are found at

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Art Centre - November 2-13, 2009

Central Technical School Art Centre:
Year Three: Weeks Nine and Ten
November 2 - 13, 2009

Art History - Week Nine

Fauvist Art video 1 -
Fauvist Art video 2 -

Henri Matisse - Madame Matisse (The Green Line)Date: 1905
Matisse video -

Maurice Vlaminck – Picking Up Deadwood (1906)
Maurice Vlaminck -

Expressionism -

Franz Marc – Yellow Cow
Marc video -

Wassilly Kandinsky -

Art History - Week Ten

Class Field trip to McMichael Canadian Art Collection -

Pictured Above: Ningeokuluk Teevee, (b.1963)Cross Current, 2005lithograph56.4 x 66.8 cm Reproduced with the permission of Dorset Fine Arts

I visited the Cape Dorset exhibition - Nunannguaq: In the Likeness of the Earth while the class toured the Group of Seven (I attended that exhibit recently).

We all enjoyed meeting with the artist Ed Bartram to hear about his printmaking – he’s a former printmaking teacher at the Art Centre at Central Technical School.

One of the prints from Ed Bartram: The Eye Within exhibition
Pictured Above:Ed Bartram (b. 1938)O.S.A. Lake Killarney, 1998 mixed media printvariable edition, ed. 10 80 x 120 cmCollection of the Artist

Ed Bartram’s website -

Only one other living artist has been exhibited at the McMichael – also a CTS Art Centre teacher – Doris McCarthy -

Doris McCarthy: Medicine Lake, 2000, oil on canvas, 36" x 48"

Unrelated to the field trip or to the art history class – a good friend sent along the link to a video that features Vincent VanGogh paintings – there’s one typo near the end of the slide show but the overall effect is worth watching (4:44 minutes)

Tuesday Week 7: Photography

Beauty Theme explored and shot: Examples of topics - Autumn, Stones, Shells,
Angels, Leaf, Light through glass

Tuesday Week 8: Photography

Beauty Themes Film developed and Contact Sheets prepared, selected photos printed.
Below see three examples of selected photos:

Wednesday Weeks 7 & 8: Sculpting

Urban and Rural Settings for placement of abstract sculpture photographed.
The sculpture will be placed in these settings using Photoshop.
Model for sculpture and settings are shown below.

Friday – weeks 5 & 6 Printmaking

My Lithograph has been printed.
Final version of Greek in-laws in the garden linoblock is completed.
Greek Family series of three linoblocks are being test printed.
Plexiglas series of Greek Women series has been started – one is ready to test.
Zinc etching plates are being prepared for the Greek Cat series.

Images not taken by me are found at

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Art Centre: October 19-30, 2009

Central Technical School Art Centre:
Year Three: Weeks Seven and Eight
October 19-30, 2009

Art History: Week Seven

Alphonse Mucha – White Star

Art Nouveau -
Alphonse Mucha -
Gustav Klimt -

Art History: Week Eight

Red Maples - Lawren Harris

Group of Seven -
McMichael Canadian Group of Seven Collection -
Wikipedia: Group of Seven -
Virtual Museum Gallery: Group of Seven -
Group of Seven Videos -
Lawren Harris -

Tuesday Week 7: Photography

Beauty themes shot.

Tuesday Week 8: Photography

Beauty Themes Film developed and Contact Sheets prepared.

Wednesday Weeks 7 & 8: Sculpting

New models created and photographed:

Models 1 and 2

Models 3 and 4

Models 5 and 6

Friday – Weeks 7 & 8: Printmaking

Lithography and Linoblocks

Continuing the cutting of the linoblock based on the photograph shown above

I completed the litho portrait again and the first and second etch are done – ready for printing. The paper is torn. My second drawing hasn’t quite captured the original charm as is too often the case when one tries to redo a drawing. I’m eager to see how it turns out in the printing.

Images not taken by me are found at