Lynne Cohen: Artist & Friend

Lynne Cohen, Photographer

These past few years I’ve been blogging about a friend and mentor who had cancer. Last spring photographer Lynne Cohen died after a lengthy and ferocious battle with lung cancer. I say ferocious because although she was given a very short time to live she found ways to beat the odds […]

Souvenirs of Canada Day

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Day 2014

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Day 2014

Happy belated Canada and Independence Day to my Canadian and American friends! Canada’s been my home for the past 40 years; it’s hard to believe the time’s gone by so quickly. On our first Canada Day here, I remember my parents being […]

Reflections: Collaging with Your Camera

When it comes to collaging there are many ways to layer your images. In the real world we can use mediums (paints, inks, etc.) and materials (ie. papers, tissue, transparencies, etc.) to achieve layered effects. In the virtual world, software such as Photoshop allows us to do the same using a concept called “layers” with […]

A Stroll through My New Neighbourhood

“Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.” — Karle Wilson Baker

Today I thought I’d share some photos of my new neighbourhood with you, in particular, some views of the trails, walkways and beach I’ve discovered along the Ottawa River where I live. I’m fortunate to have a calm and inspiring view […]

Reflections: Choosing Characters for My Visual Journal Pages

Michelle Casey, "Fukushima, Hiroshima, Nagasaki", Collage/Mixed Media Journal Page, 8.5 x 6 inches, April 2011. Photo of woman by Teneshia Carr in Noise #26, UK, 2010

During my first “Pieces of Me” exhibition, a visitor enquired where I was in my journal pages. “I kept looking for you!” she said. I told her I […]

Everything Old is New Again: Re-inventing Stories to Collage

Michelle Casey, "The Little Mermaid", Collage/Mixed Media Journal Page, 8.5 x 6 inches, 2010. See lower down for written text.

Since time immemorial, story tellers have been taking old stories and making them new again. Walt Disney after all was not the first man to relay the tale of Cinderella – its origins […]

Artist Mentors I: Paul Lowry, Madman or Genius?

Many of us know that we’d never be the artists we are today if it wasn’t for the inspiration we received from our artist mentors of the past. I found mine at university in the departments of photography and art history. There, a few special professors brought art to life in a way I’d never […]

Ruth Ann’s “Gifts from Heaven and Earth”

“Gifts from Heaven and Earth” (Dedicated to Arlene Margaret O’Rourke), Ruth Ann McClure, Mixed Media/Collage, 16 x 20 inches, 2012

Today, I take great pride in sharing “Gifts from Heaven and Earth” a commemorative Vision Board created by Ruth Ann McClure. A number of my spotlights have focused on students wishing for particular […]

Canadian Gharana Arts Festival Photo Album

Michelle Casey, Canadian Gharana Arts Opening, Ottawa, June 2012

In June I was pleased to participate in a group art exhibition: “Inspirations of India” held by the Canadian Gharana Arts Festival here in Ottawa. The event was a celebration of arts being practiced by Indo-Canadian and Canadian artists alike inspired by India. For three […]

April Showers Bring… My New Mini Book Portfolio!

Mini Book for Elaine, Collage / Mixed Media, 5 x 7 inches per page, 2011

As promised in my spring newsletter, I’ve just posted a new portfolio of a few mini books I made last year. It includes a couple of the books whose stories (Kevin’s and Gillian’s) I’ve shared with you already and […]