POETS & PAINTERS at Foy House – April 21st, 2024

POETS & PAINTERS at Foy House – April 21st, 2024

POETS & PAINTERS
Sunday, April 21st

Please join us for the opening reception of POETS & PAINTERS, a group show of paintings, drawings & collage in support of Foy House. Eight poet/painters – Norman Allan, Clara Blackwood, David Bateman, Philip Cairns, Brenda Clews, Raymond Helkio, Jennifer Hosein, and Daniel Maluka – will present a ten-minute set of poetry from 1 – 5 pm, followed by an open mic. The exhibit runs from April 21 – 30. Foy House is located at 92 Isabella Street in Toronto.

 

 

Painting Angels, part 3

Painting Angels, part 3

The first angel was an accident. In my darkest time, the angels that followed were like the work I’d done years before, of demons and almost-humans that reflected my life and observations and what came to me in the night.

Then it came time to put the darkness away. I began to paint angels that would keep watch over us. Now I believe in Happy. I think that if you believe, you can find it.

 

 

Painting Angels, part 2

Painting Angels, part 2

When I was still in the dark place, I wrote a poem,

     only feathers string me up across the sky, one nudge or wrinkle and I fall, crash through violet dusk and skyscrapers, this wingless, landlocked, flattened creature of despair 

that described the fragile threads/feathers that kept me from falling through the sky. I drew a version of the poem, and what appeared shortly after on my canvas was an angel that hovered above the city, pulled upward by her wings. People saw in her what they needed to:  a guardian angel, an angel of hope or an angel of sorrow. That painting is Angel Over the City.

 

The painting appears on the cover of Brandon Pitt’s powerful book of poetry, Tender in the Age of Fury. For more about Brandon Pitts, visit http://www.brandonpitts.com/