Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sharing a wall

Seems entirely appropriate since we also share much else -- a life, a bed, interests, our daughter Jenny.  And I appropriate his name although he’s not inclined to do the same with mine as convention asserts its prerogatives.

An exhibit:
His black and white photos on top -- mine, the colour pastels and heavier stuff down below.
On till the end of April at HPL Hamilton Public Library on York Blvd.

© DH Cohen 2015

 © DH Cohen 2015

© DH Cohen 2015

© DH Cohen 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sketch of two women plus reflection

From peering into a shop window on Sherbrooke St. in Montreal, 2011.

Brush and ink on cover stock 8"x10"
© Marcia Cohen LaBelle MCL 2011

Monday, April 13, 2015


On slightly wrinkled paper,  this paper looks to be more wrinkled than it actually is - the young model  also trains as a gymnast.

chalk and charcoal on kraft paper 18"x24"
© marcia cohen labelle MCL 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cogito ergo sum

Cartesian - I think therefore I am or thinking precedes existence or I think therefore I strive.

chalk pastel on kraft paper 18"x24"
© marcia cohen labelle (MCL) 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A discussion

Two very fast drawings which helps to keeps one's hand moving.

pastel and charcoal on kraft 18"x24"
© marcia cohen labelle (MCL) 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Young woman wearing a hat

She also wore a lot of make-up which I chose to ignore as much as possible with some difficulty.

chalk pastel on strathmore 18"x24"
© marcia cohen labelle (MCL) 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

An atmosphere of waiting

Pastel on kraft paper 18"x24" 
© (MCL) marcia cohen labelle 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Inward looking

Perhaps absorbed with her own thoughts yet possibly aware of some degree of scrutiny from others - or both.

Pencil on stonehenge - 16"x20"
© Marcia Cohen LaBelle 2010

I received this deliciously painted  award from long time friend and fellow artist, Barbara Muir
two weeks ago. She has also promised to prepare a nutritious repast for me the next time I visit,
peach crepes and I suppose strawberries will soon be in season as well. 
But she is v busy with a show coming up at the Amsterdam Whitney gallery in NY so I'll give her breathing space until after that exhibit - one must be considerate! Thank you Barbara for this Happy Art Award, it makes me v happy and a tad hungry as well.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

two sketches - chair & shell

Charcoal, conte, pencil from small sketchbook May 2013

© MCL 2014

© MCL 2013

Friday, February 20, 2015

Tree in winter - 2012

That winter there was no snow to speak of, it came and went like a transient fair-weather friend. the local winter sports enthusiasts among us shrugged or wore long faces.

oil on illustration board 11"x14"
© MCL 2012

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Chalk on Tuesday

As opposed to ink Tuesday. This could also be read as chalk on or good point, or  chalk it up to experience etc

chalk pastel on canson 12"x 14"
© MCL 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Some time ago

End of November 2012

charcoal and pencil on cartridge paper
© MCL 2012

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Left arm extended

Bill is in charge of the music while we draw. He plays everything from light classical to you name it. Not long ago he played country and western -  He's in the Jailhouse Now - mildly catchy - since then it’s been determinedly lodged in my head  and  without thinking about it I'll find  myself humming the first line - background music I suppose - doesn't really interfere with one's concentration.  

charcoal and pastel on strathmore 18x24"
© MCL 2014

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


We thought we might possibly join a fitness club this month. Walk to the gym - 20 minutes, treadmill and weights - 30 minutes, walk home another 20 minutes. I feel better already  just thinking about it.

Pastel on manilla 18"x24"
© MCL 2014 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Driveway at night

Looking down on my neighbour’s driveway from a bedroom window, a year ago last February and now it's that time of year again.

pastel on black canson paper
©mcl 2o14

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Yoga instructor

i remember that this model was able to assume and sustain difficult  poses graciously, uncomplainingly with apparent ease and she was in fact a yoga instructor which makes me feel that I might benefit from a yoga class if I weren’t so resistant. 

pastel and charcoal on strathmore
© mcl 2014

Thursday, January 29, 2015

young woman leaning back

leaning back with her weight on her arms

chalk on manilla 18"x24"
©mcl 2014

Possibly a candidate for sleep


     chalk on manilla 18"x24"
     ©mcl 2014

Friday, January 9, 2015

On another planet

Apparently it was colder in all of wintry Ontario yesterday than it was on Mars at least according to the Mars Curiosity Rover – no kidding,  really... 

I suppose we could consider moving to Mars but than D would have to grow his own tomatoes! Nope out of the question.

conte, sketchbook 
©mcl 2015