I gave an art talk August 7th along with Bev Wight at the Westmount Public Library.  Bev and I are inspired by similar things but end results are totally different. She ends up with abstraction and I end up with, umm, let's call it humorous expressionism. There are lots of "isms in art" as every afficionado knows. Take this one with a grain of salt. 

I was introduced as an artist who produces "bold" work. After the event was over, I started thinking about what the word bold means. I looked it up!

BOLD has to be written in bold font doesn't it?

Merriam Webster defines the word as follows (I selected definitions that I felt were the most appropriate):
  1. fearless before danger: intrepid
  2. showing or requiring a fearless daring spirit
  3. impudent, presumptuous
  4. assured, confident
  5. adventurous, free, (a bold thinker)
  6. standing out prominently
"Fascinating"!  Having grown up on a visual diet of Mad Magazine, I view my production as positively timid in comparison.  I constantly self-censor and often wish that I could set myself free from the psychological hang ups acquired during my extra-curricular catechism classes dispensed by Father Cyplak (spelling of his name is most probably incorrect). 

I was about 7 or 8 years old when I found out I was a sinner.  Before then I was a perfectly happy kid, totally unaware of my badness. Mom said that during this period of spiritual enlightenment, I lost weight, became riddled with anxieties, and had heavy duty nightmares.  I am not sure if these classes were essential to my education but I have no doubt that in long term, they fed my art.  

I am determined to get even bolder!  Like black chocolate, the experience is deliciously sinful. Sorry Father.


  1. franbenson@hotmail.com10 August 2012 at 19:42

    Diane-You certainly are BOLD! (It has to have an exclamation mark after the word too.) I had you as a teacher of drawing at DDO and remember your paintings were in bright colors, wacky and FUN!!

    Hope you are doing well and enjoying life.

    1. Hi Fran! I remember you very well! Thanks for commenting on my post, great to hear from you!


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