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Brenda Clews
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May 3, 2016 Poetry & Music Salon @ Palmerston Library Theatre
We had an exquisite Poetry and Music Salon in the Theatre at Palmerston Library in early May! Our features, Elana Wolff and Susie Berg, who read both collaborative poetry and some solo pieces, and Jim McCuaig, who made his guitar sing extraordinarily detail...
We had an exquisite Poetry and Music Salon in the Theatre at Palmerston Library in early May! Our features, Elana Wolff and Susie Berg, who read both collaborative poetry and some solo pieces, and Jim McCuaig, who made his guitar sing extraordinarily detailed and resonant East Coast Blues, ...
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3rd Iteration of a Portrait (w-i-p)
Are we the way we look in photos? Are there other iterations? Other resemblances? This is the 3rd Iteration of a painting-in-progress. The figure is a bit larger than life-size, the painting size is 40" x 39.5", and he is one of the loves of my life, my son...
Are we the way we look in photos? Are there other iterations? Other resemblances? This is the 3rd Iteration of a painting-in-progress. The figure is a bit larger than life-size, the painting size is 40" x 39.5", and he is one of the loves of my life, my son.
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Three On The Scene: Upcoming Art Show
              Next month, an upcoming show: Three On The Scene, paintings by Philip Cairns, David Bateman and moi, June 4-19th. Reception Sunday June 5th, 1-6pm. Arcadia Art Gallery , 680 Queen's Quay West, Toronto.
I have done some new pieces for this show...
Next month, an upcoming show: Three On The Scene, paintings by Philip Cairns, David Bateman and moi, June 4-19th. Reception Sunday June 5th, 1-6pm. Arcadia Art Gallery, 680 Queen's Quay West, Toronto. I have done some new pie...
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Split Mask, my performance videopoem, published in CrossBridge
Split Mask  is a political poem. It is an interlaced, layered, multi-media piece that took 3 years to complete. It is about dictators and refugees, about the masks we wear, what the torn mask hides and reveals. It is about what I hear on inside of the mask....
Split Mask is a political poem. It is an interlaced, layered, multi-media piece that took 3 years to complete. It is about dictators and refugees, about the masks we wear, what the torn mask hides and reveals. It is about what I hear on inside of the mask. My performance videopoem has been ...
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My latest painting
My latest painting. Untitled (for now), © Brenda Clews, 2016, mixed media, 5'5" x 2', Canson archival 140lb watercolour paper.
My latest painting. Untitled (for now), © Brenda Clews, 2016, mixed media, 5'5" x 2', Canson archival 140lb watercolour paper.
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I Am a Watercolourist
I am a watercolourist, and have known this for years, and for years I have been trying to mimic my watercolour techniques first in acrylic for a very short while and then for years in water-soluble oil paints. Returning to watercolour for three of the four ...
I am a watercolourist, and have known this for years, and for years I have been trying to mimic my watercolour techniques first in acrylic for a very short while and then for years in water-soluble oil paints. Returning to watercolour for three of the four rolls that will be in the group show I ...
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Detail of 3rd Iteration of a Portrait
The painting is no further ahead, but I like this moment of beginning, with a backwash, some quick block-in of paint on the features and yet with the pencil sketch still visible. So I re-photographed in bright sunlight. The detail is clearer. _  
The painting is no further ahead, but I like this moment of beginning, with a backwash, some quick block-in of paint on the features and yet with the pencil sketch still visible. So I re-photographed in bright sunlight. The detail is clearer.
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+Erik Chong Thank you ...it isn't finished yet, but hoping to keep that quality of another landscape behind the one that is the subject. Nice to see you here, too Erik!
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'Split Mask,' a videopoem published in CrossBridge!
Split Mask  is a political poem. It is an interlaced, layered, multi-media piece that took 3 years to complete. It is about dictators and refugees, about the masks we wear, what the torn mask hides and reveals. It is about what I hear on inside of the mask....
Split Mask is a political poem. It is an interlaced, layered, multi-media piece that took 3 years to complete. It is about dictators and refugees, about the masks we wear, what the torn mask hides and reveals. It is about wha...
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Three On The Scene: Upcoming Art Show
              Next month, an upcoming show: Three On The Scene, paintings by Philip Cairns, David Bateman and moi, June 4-19th. Reception Sunday June 4th, 1-6pm. Arcadia Art Gallery , 680 Queen's Quay West, Toronto.
I have done some new pieces for this show...
Next month, an upcoming show: Three On The Scene, paintings by Philip Cairns, David Bateman and moi, June 4-19th. Reception Sunday June 4th, 1-6pm. Arcadia Art Gallery, 680 Queen's Quay West, Toronto. I have done some new pieces for this show, and am sharing them with you.
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I'm a 'Wonder Woman Artist' tomorrow night LOL!
Here is a drool-worthy detail of one of the pieces I'll be exhibiting tomorrow night at Arlene Paculan's 'Wonder Women.' If you'd like to get a sneak peak of what will be in the group show at Arcadia in June (with Philip Cairns and David Bateman, two accomp...
Here is a drool-worthy detail of one of the pieces I'll be exhibiting tomorrow night at Arlene Paculan's 'Wonder Women.' If you'd like to get a sneak peak of what will be in the group show at Arcadia in June (with Philip Cairns and David Bateman, two accomplished artists, writers, playwrights, ...
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love the piece. have a great show.
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Roll 4 - Painting finished!
While still untitled, this painting is finished. It took about 2 weeks. I photographed the painting in direct sunlight and that's why all the colours, especially the yellows, are bright and rich and vibrant. In a darker room, they tone down. It is nice to s...
While still untitled, this painting is finished. It took about 2 weeks. I photographed the painting in direct sunlight and that's why all the colours, especially the yellows, are bright and rich and vibrant. In a darker room, they tone down. It is nice to see the painting in full spectrum light, ...
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Roll 4, anacrusis #6
They are dancers, but still no title. iPhone photo taken at night, so colour corrected and upped the exposure, right side catching a bit of light-glare, so the 'burn tool' applied to the right (@ 13%), probably giving it more contrast than the real piece.....
They are dancers, but still no title. iPhone photo taken at night, so colour corrected and upped the exposure, right side catching a bit of light-glare, so the 'burn tool' applied to the right (@ 13%), probably giving it more contrast than the real piece... which is about 5'5" long (as tall as ...
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+james kalin, thanks, sweet of you
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BRENDA CLEWS is an African-Canadian poet, painter, videopoet and editor living in Toronto, Canada.
She has edited textbooks, written articles for newspapers, taught yoga, done temporary office work, and dog sitting, while maintaining a reclusive lifestyle of writing and painting. She has a degree in Fine Arts and abandoned a PhD in English Lit many years ago.

Brenda has had solo art shows at York University (2000), Q Space (2013) and Urban Gallery (2014), and been in a number of group art shows including 'Birthtales' (1992) at A Space, 'Birth2' (2004) at Ayer Lofts in the US, '5 By 5' (2013) at The Gladstone Hotel, and forthcoming at Bampot and Yellow House Gallery (2014). Her artwork has appeared in 'Addiction to Perfection' and as two journal covers and in a poster for ‘ARM Magazine.’

Her poetry has been published in print journals, 'Tessera,' 'ARM Journal' and 'Labour of Love,' and on-line at 'SaucyVox,' 'Qarrtsiluni,' 'Mothers Movement Online,' and 'The Browsing Corner.' She presented papers yearly at conferences at York University and OISE on the maternal body from 2001-2006. Her video poetry has been featured at 'Moving Poems.'

LyricalMyrical Press published her chapbook, 'the luminist poems' in 2013. She has a full-length collection of poetry, 'Tidal Fury,' forthcoming with Guernica Editions. She hosts monthly Poetry Salons with 2-3 featured poets and open mic at Urban Gallery in Toronto.

She cites her early years spent barefoot, living in a compound of mud huts, with many wild animals and the wonderful Ndembu people, in the jungle of Kafue National Park in Zambia, for her deep resonance with the beauty, strangeness and brilliance of the tribal mind and the natural world.

She is a multi-media artist whose approach to a topic may include poetry, painting, theory, dance, recordings, and video. Brenda's oeuvre focuses on the plethora, the multiple callings, the obsessive muse, the prism rather than the spotlight, or on multiple spotlights. She writes, "Where else do you flee? How do you combine yourself?"

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I met a lion in a jungle in Zambia (Africa) when I was 4 years old. I was alone. I shook my finger at him, 'Stop roaring at night! Nobody can sleep!' When asked later by my incredulous parents what 'Mr Lion looked like,' I said, "Blonde!'
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    Fine Arts, English Literature, Interdisciplinary Studies
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direct link: Vampires and stuff. Story by moi, Brenda Clews (who forgot one of the main punch lines of her own story, sheesh). A story about

Rubies In Crystal: Figure Sculpture, Week 5
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Forgot my 'art glasses' - blended tri-focals that enable me to see the model clearly and up close. So I used some off-the-shelf readers that

Rubies In Crystal: Poet Sketch Series: Art Bar
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Alex Boyd @The Art Bar @Black Swan Tavern 22 OCT 2013, 11" x 8.5", graphite, charcoal, conte on 130lb paper. ___. brendaclews.com. Posted by

Rubies In Crystal: Poet Sketch Series: Art Bar
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Roger Greenwald @The Art Bar @Black Swan Tavern 22 OCT 2013, 11" x 8.5", graphite, charcoal, conte on 130lb paper. ___. brendaclews.com. Pos

Rubies In Crystal: Installing Our '5 By 5' Art Show @ the Art Bar @ The ...
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Installing Our '5 By 5' Art Show @ the Art Bar @ The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. Greg Nordoff's, Jennifer Hosein's, Brenda Clews's paintings

Camarillo Fire births Phoenix
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Camarillo Phoenix photo by Terry deWolfe Several days after the recent devastating Camarillo Fire, a friend spotted this miraculous flower.

Rubies In Crystal: Pics from Art Bar feature last night
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Some pics taken at Q Space last night during my feature at The Art Bar. The first, with thanks to Jennifer Hosein for taking it, and the sec

Digested Sucks Notes And Highlights From iBooks And Spits Them Out In Ev...
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It seems like just yesterday that I was complaining about the lack of sharing and export in iOS reading apps… Maybe that’s because it was on

editorial: Why the Griffin Award is so important |
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KJ Mullins-Toronto: Since 2000 the Griffin Trust has been funding the Griffin Prize, a celebration of poetry and the world's best poets. Thi

"An Evolution of Toys" -- Surreal Digital Art and Poetry
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In this surreal digital art piece, I worked to reflect how the interests and pursuits of our minds mature slowly over time. The poem is an e

"The Memory Pool" -- Surreal Digital Art and Poetry
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This surreal digital art piece seeks to exemplify certain functions and attributes of experiencing memories. Metaphor, symbolism and a bit o

"Sunrise On My Crooked Little Island" -- Surreal Digital Art and Poetry
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This surreal digital art piece was crafted to express certain perspectives I have used to cope with scoliosis. The image is based on a recen

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A videopoem performance piece: I seek who allows me to write. In the sunlit corridor, perhaps. An encounter with my eclipsed twin, who answe

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The idea of 3-D printing works extremely well because it cuts down on very complex, high precision manufacturing methods that may not be ame

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Today is the last day of #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Some writers still crunching the last of their 50,000 words before the l

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