Yesterday was a snowy Saturday in Toronto. I spent the whole day around the Spadina/St. Clair area and attended an art show reception at Galleria 814, which was displaying the work of Michael Stoeber. It was a wonderful show that celebrated the uniqueness in his beautiful abstractions.
The road was covered in mud and slush. This made me recall the second winter I was attending TSA…It was a piercingly cold winter accompanied by relentlessly falling snow, and Spadina Avenue was coated in mucky snow over an invisible surface of ice. Being in that weather, buried in winter wear and attached to a heavy bag filled with art supplies, had made me give up on the thought of chasing streetcar no. 510 to Union Station, since I didn’t want to break any of my legs or arms. At the end of that term, I had lost 5 pounds due to a busy schedule and maybe due to the body fat I’d burned throughout such a freezing season!
During that time, year of 2008, I drew a city scene of the corner of Spadina and Adelaide Street. It’s a 36×24″ drawing on mylar with conté and acrylic ink. The silk flora scarf in the drawing is a beautiful piece that I had bought from Japan and is special to me, as I have kept it for over 20 years. I wanted to wrap the gray gloomy sky and slushy roads with this scarf to help me get over that tough winter season, blanketing the coldness with a layer of spring warmth.