Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Year-end figures

Subscribers (email and RSS) = 113 (last year = 95)

Total page views for the year = 15,096 (last year = 15,933)

Posts for 2011 = 34 (last year = 34)

Exhibitions: After five years of not exhibiting because of studying for a degree, this year I've had new work in five group shows from April onwards (the National Museum show from April to June, Women in Art annual exhibition in October-November, The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago annual exhibition  November-December, Y Art Gallery Christmas show, and Soft Box Studios End of Year show), altogether about 12 pieces.

Yet another blog: I've started a new blog linked to my art classes website. It's mainly for announcements of upcoming workshops, additions to the website, new videos if any, etc. Partly so as not to clutter Drawing etc with things for which it wasn't intended.

Some of this year's work

28.12.2011: Post was edited to correct dates of exhibitions.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

JSTOR early content

Just stumbled on this a while ago: JSTOR has made some of its content available free to the world at large. The relevant content is pre-1923 in the USA and pre-1870 in the rest of the world. I've had a peek, will have to go back when there's time. It could be useful for projects with a historical element or slant.



Saturday, November 12, 2011

Christmas cards

Mary Adam, three cards from an edition of nineteen
I thought I'd try to make my own cards this year and have almost finished. The design is from a drawing done at San Rafael in late August and is in seven colours, partly relief printed and partly screenprinted. The last colour is still to be done. They're printed on Strathmore 5 x 7" acid-free blanks. The card stock has a marked texture which I wasn't expecting but the ink went on smoothly without any problems. The thing is that I almost never send cards -- this year will be different because I made them myself . . . not sure it makes sense?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sketchbook website

"It takes me a long time to fill up a sketchbook, but when I do it’s so satisfying. They are my diaries, and when I look at old pages I can remember exactly what I was doing and feeling, even though there is no extensive writing."


Saturday, October 8, 2011

A work in progress

Flower piece
This is a work in progress, charcoal on cartridge paper, 18 x 24". I'd like to take it to a good state of finish which I haven't done very often  with charcoal (and have so far resisted the urge to switch to paint). The flowers are frangipani and plumbago. Lots of measuring here, and checking in a mirror. An earlier version actually looked better, hope to be able to get beyond that as the drawing progresses. (Now I'm committed, why did I do that?)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Looking back and looking forward

Mary Adam, Savannah Rain study, A4

Looking back over the last few months I've been doing too much, if that's possible, and yet not achieving enough. The degree result came on April 12. Since then I've made a couple of complex prints plus a whole lot of small experimental prints; researched and written a paper on the length of the OCA painting courses; filled well over a hundred sketchbook pages; made a couple of short videos as preparation for online art teaching (if anyone happens to find them, please give them a thumbs up if you like them); painted a number of small still lifes, some of which are junk and some I'm pleased with; had a linocut accepted by the National Museum for the "Women and Art" exhibition (proud of that, it's in the catalogue); had a couple of personal setbacks; finished, sent and got back the third assignment for Printmaking 1 with great tutor feedback; and started two new websites. Now it's time to take stock and get some idea where I'm heading. Not to beat around the bush, this blog might go quiet for a while. But probably not for long, I just need some time to think. Not complaining, it's an ok place to be.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Gummed paper tape 2

The screen with the new fabric and gummed paper tape. This will be followed by two coats of urethane varnish over the tape and about 5 mm of screen. A heavier weight of paper would have been better but this is doing the job well enough for now. Will try cartridge paper next time.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Testing the gummed paper tape

Brown paper with a thin coating of gum arabic.
The fabric on my small screen needs changing. It's an old-fashioned wooden frame which enables me to change the fabric myself. I found out yesterday that this type of frame is no longer being made,*** (wooden frames are available, see below)  the aluminum ones are preferred because they don't warp. The disadvantage of aluminum frames is that you have to send them to a shop to stretch new fabric.

Luckily screens don't need new fabric often. The small screen has held up well for about three years, through countless washings, often with chemicals such as bleach. Now it has a haze of ghost images and the gummed tape is breaking up. The tape on that occasion came from a roll which was new at the time but which has since become stuck together because of humidity. So that idea about making my own gummed tape in small amounts as needed now comes into play.

For this job the tape has to stick well to the wood and the screen fabric, I want it to last for a couple of years. The idea is to seal the join between the fabric and the wood so that ink can be cleaned out of the screen thoroughly after use.

The brown paper that I have is rather thin but I tried it anyway. The first try didn't go too well. I applied a single coat of gum arabic with an ordinary soft bristle brush, about a No. 8. Afterwards I realised the gum was thick in places. Went ahead today and cut it into two-inch strips, moistened them with a wad of damp kitchen paper, and stuck them onto the inside of the frame and about 3/4" onto the fabric. The tape stuck in some places and came away in others, which isn't good enough, so I pulled it all off.

I  used the same tape to stick a piece of watercolour paper to plywood and that was fine, it stayed firm.

I made a second set of tape, applying a second thin coat when the first was dry instead of just one coat. I then cut the paper into strips as before, moistened it and applied it to the screen. This appears to have stuck properly. When the tape is fully dry tomorrow I will varnish the whole frame and it should be good for another couple of years.

*** EDIT, added March 11, 2012: Wooden frames for screen-printing are in fact still being made, see http://mary-adam.blogspot.com/2012/03/pakchoi-screenprint.html

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tree, Chaguaramas 5

Mary Adam, Tree, Chaguaramas
Not how I envisioned it but this is how the final print looks (but no two are identical). I cut a new block for the grey because the previous one had thrown off the registration. Unlike a reduction cut I still have the blocks and may try it again with variations in the colour, this isn't quite what I was after.


It's such a wrench to sell books but it must be done,  Having a quick re-read of some sold books before they go on their way, this passage from Immanuel Kant (1724--1804) strikes me as fresh and direct and relevant  -- must be something wrong with me.
"Enlightenment is man's release from his self-incurred tutelage. Tutelage is man's inability to make use of his understanding without direction from another. Self-incurred is this tutelage when its cause lies not in lack of reason but in lack of resolution and courage to use it without direction from another."
(In The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology, ed. Donald Preziosi, 1998, OUP).

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Plate drawing

Mary Adam, Bread and plate, coloured pencil

The reason for doing this was to keep on drawing and to make the plate sit down flat on the cloth, so it's not very exciting. I used coloured pencils, my least favourite medium. I don't have a big selection, just a box of twelve from the supermarket and a set of five from the art shop that I've had for ages. Even with that I used very few colours, maybe five or six overall. The main place I couldn't get the colour right was the inside of the bread. I'm definitely not a colour pencil-ist but they're nice to have, it's a different kind of experience, slow and measured. I was surprised to find that they can be erased as long as the mark doesn't make a dent in the paper.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Art books for sale 1

Frameworks for Modern Art, ed. Jason Gaiger, 2003, Yale Univ Press in association with the Open University. ISBN 0300102283 Paperback, good condition -- US$ 12.00 SOLD

The Shock of the New, Robert Hughes, Alfred A Knopf, New York, 2002.  Paperback, good condition.  ISBN 0679 728767. US$ 12.00

Keys to Drawing, Bert Dodson. North Light Books. ISBN 0891 343377. Paperback, good condition. US$ 10.00

Drawing Essentials, Deborah Rockman. Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN 9780 195314328. Paperback, good condition. US $ 10.00

A Foundation Course in Drawing, Peter Stanyer & Terry Rosenberg. Watson-Guptill, New York, 2003. ISBN 08230 18687. Paperback, good condition. US$ 10.00

Complete art foundation course, Drawing, watercolour, oils and acrylics, Curtis Tappenden, Anna Taylor, Paul Thomas, Nick Tidnam. 2006, Cassell Illustrated. ISBN 1-84403-4879. Hardcover, like new. US $ 12.00

Collins Artist's Manual, ed. Angela Gair. 1995. HarperCollins Publishers. "The complete guide to painting and drawing materials and their use". ISBN 13: 9780 00 4133638. Paperback, like new. US $ 10.00

Experimental Drawing, Robert Kaupelis, 1992. Watson-Guptill Publications, New York. ISBN 08230-16226. Paperback, fair condition, US$ 10.00 
Clement Greenberg, Art and Culture: Critical Essays, 1961. Beacon Press, Boston. ISBN 08070 66818 paperback. Very good condition, includes “Avant Garde and Kitsch”. US$ 12.00; weight: 0.5 Kg, 1 lb. SOLD
Clement Greenberg, The Collected Essays & Criticism, Vol. 2, Arrogant Purpose, 1945-1949: ed. John O’Brian. The University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0226306224, paperback. Good condition. US $ 14.00; Wt >1 lb, .5 kg. SOLD
Malcolm Andrews, Landscape and Western Art, 1999, Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780 192842336, paperback, used, good condition. US $ 12.00.
David Sylvester, Interviews with Francis Bacon. 2007, Thames and Hudson. ISBN 9780 500274750, paperback, good condition. US$ 15.00 (wt .51 kg.) 
Donald Preziosi, ed. The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology, 1998, Oxford University Press. ISBN 0192842420, paperback, good condition.  US $ 12.00. Wt over 3 lbs, 1.5 kg SOLD
Luigi Ficacci, Bacon. 2006, Taschen. ISBN 9783 8228 21985. Paperback, good condition. US$ 8.00 (wt 1 lb, 0.5 kg.

Added Wednesday July 13, 2011:
Drawing: Seeing and Observation, Ian Simpson. A & C Black, London, 1992. ISBN 07136 68784. Paperback, good condition. US $ 10.00 
Creative Paint Workshop for Mixed Media Artists, Ann Baldwin. Experimental techniques for composition, layering, texture, imagery and encaustic. Quarry Books, 2009, ISBN 13: 9781-592534562. Hardcover, like new. US$ 12.00 
If you are interested in any of these please email me on folio12@gmail.com.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Gummed paper tape

I've been thrilled to discover a way to make gummed paper tape when you need it. This could be useful in our climate where the humidity dampens those very expensive rolls of gummed tape enough to stick them together and ruin them before you've used a fraction of the roll. The way to do it yourself is to cut some strips of ordinary brown paper, a heavyish weight, brush on gum arabic and allow to dry. When you're ready to use the tape dampen the glued side with a sponge and apply.

What's it good for? It's good for stretching watercolour paper (on a board that's bigger all round), and easy to remove afterwards by dampening it because gum arabic remains water-soluble.

It's also great for sealing the edges of a screen for art screenprinting. After it has dried give the tape a double coat of polyurethane varnish.

See also Testing the gummed paper tape

Tree, Chaguaramas -- Update

After printing a few sheets of the third colour I've decided to abandon this print for now because the registration of the yellow is way off. I didn't realise it was so bad until the third color went on. Luckily each colour is on a separate block so starting again is no problem except I'm out of paper and will have to wait for more to arrive before going ahead. Expecting to resume in a week or ten days.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Tree, Chaguaramas 4

Tree, grey and yellow blocks

The grey and yellow blocks are printed. Started out with fifteen, printed one upside-down by mistake and a couple more are doubtful. There was a complication with the grey because the "plate" is thick styrotex and it threw the registration off a bit.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Tree, Chaguaramas 3

Although I haven't been posting I'm working on the tree and have started cutting the blocks. This time I'm making a separate block for each colour and this is the "separation" for the black block:

The "Black" separation for the Tree linocut (shaded areas)

The shaded areas will be left on the block and will be printed with black ink, everything else will be cut away.

It's funny, twenty years ago in 1991, it was all in the day's work to do sophisticated colour separations on the computer, everything automated and fantastic quality. Today, along with millions of others, I'm working out which shape goes on which block with pen and paper, and cutting it laboriously by hand, shaving by shaving, and getting satisfaction and enjoyment from the process. I feel there's some deep lesson to be learned if I could only think what it is.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Tree, Chaguaramas 2

Feeling I didn't know the tree well enough I decided to make some exploratory studies. First I played around with the drawing in Gimp (or do you say, The Gimp?), which I'm just starting to learn.

Tree, digital manipulation of drawing
Then I made a collage, in fact am still working on it, there are some changes from this afternoon which are not in the photo . . .  I have no definite plan in mind yet.

Tree, collage
Still don't know it well enough so I made a drawing from a photo taken at the same time. This has more detail and gives me more of a feel for the tree. Am thinking I need to go back to Chaguaramas and do another drawing and find out what species it is -- the trunk looks as if it might be a young Banyan?

Tree, graphite
Don't seem to be anywhere near a print yet, this could take a while, much more than two weeks. It has become very interesting to me and I want to take time to explore it, wherever it may lead.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Tree, Chaguaramas

Tree, Chaguaramas, graphite

I've been looking for a drawing for a relief print and think I'll try this one which I did in Chaguaramas on Saturday May 15 on a drawing/painting day with a group from Women in Art. Will report progress as it goes along, though not necessarily every stage -- the print will take at least a couple of weeks. Haven't decided yet what techniques or colours I'll be using. Here goes . . . 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Yellow Poui

I took this on April 6, just got around to editing out the worst of the wobbles and barking dogs.

Saturday, April 30, 2011


After working on a painting for six weeks for the ASTT show on "Celebrating Forests for People", I decided at the last minute before taking it to frame that it didn't cut the mustard. I liked the first sketches, based on some photos I took in Lopinot last year. The painting in the end had a whole raft of techniques incorporated in it, not for the sake of it but each one for a specific reason or for some effect that I wanted. Some of the techniques might be my own inventions, I haven't heard of them before although I tend to think there's not much new under the sun in painting. I found myself not remarking on my "inventions" or even realizing I'd invented anything, only remembering them days afterwards when the matter of "invention" in art assessment came up in conversation and only then did I recall this ... and that .. and the other. Even now I have to rack my brain to remember those  so-called inventions. For example ... I started the painting off by taking prints from the final block of the croton linocut with different coloured water-based inks. My intention was to glue them to the board to give a subtle background texture of foliage and exuberant growth lines. Then again, water-based ink is not waterproof and I needed to overpaint in acrylic, so I tried spraying fixative over the prints. This worked fine and the inks didn't run when I painted acrylic on top. A useful thing to know.

The first sketch had an invention too.  I haven't read about it or seen it done, but I'm sure it must be used routinely by artists for roughs, it's so useful and quick and effective. The sketch was done with markers (Faber Castell Pitt pens) which are strongly coloured. To lighten the background I glued on tracing paper which worked well.

Forest sketch, markers on paper 9 x 12"
The downfall of the painting was one invention too many, when I added some oil-based printing ink to the last layer. I didn't like the resulting marks and tried to remove them with turps which was a mistake -- it got to be a little like Mr Bean with Whistler's mother.  So that's the story of the forest painting.  It wasn't a big loss, it didn't have anything of the freshness of the sketch above, they never do! I have to get  out of my head the idea that a spontaneous lively spur-of-the-moment drawing can easily be scaled up or translated to a different medium.

At the same time, I've gained confidence in my ability to invent and now realize I do it all the time without remarking on it even to myself. It's a matter of bringing unconscious things into consciousness which might not always be a good thing? Besides, I doubt any of these are new, they're things that happen naturally.  You encounter some sort of obstacle when making work and look around the environment for a way around it. I bet if I googled any of these I'd get pages of results.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Who's who

Who's Who, mixed media, 12 x 16 ins
I did this for a change of pace in September 2010. It started as a doodle and after a while one thing led to another and I got lost in it which is always a nice thing to happen. There should be some familiar faces in there, if not then it's very badly drawn.

These are contemporary artists drawn from a UK magazine. I don't think either of them is recognizable but I like how the two drawings complement each other.

Added 23/4: These are the "originals" in the top drawing clockwise from top left:

Monday, April 11, 2011

Reading to pass the time

I'm twiddling thumbs and trying to make the time pass in a multitude of ways, waiting for results to arrive. Books are the best in this kind of scenario for occupying one's mind in pleasant ways. Here are a few I've just read or am reading.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, Vintage International. A novel by a Swedish writer set in Sweden. A terrific story. Translated from the Swedish. Published c. 2005. The author is dead now, what a pity.

The Bostonians by Henry James. Had this in the bookshelf for aeons, never read it. In fact I never got past the first few pages of any Henry James novel before. This one is going well so far, I'm on page 126. Writers have to be observant and be able to interpret what they observe and therefore they know a lot, and Henry James knows a lot. That plus flashes of brilliant imagery keeps the pages turning.

From the library (first visit in months):

Complete Photoshop CS3 for Digital Photographers by Colin Smith and Tim Cooper -- I wanted to find out how to do something in Photoshop. Found it out from this book and probably won't read any more. It looks pretty good if you have Photoshop (I don't).

Theories of Art Today, edited by Noel Carroll, University of Wisconsin Press. Twelve philosophical essays about the definition of art. One of the essays is about how art can't be defined. I'm planning to read two or three of them or at least try.

Assessment: Case studies, experience and practice from higher education, edited by Peter Schwartz and Graham Webb. London, Kogan Page, 2002.  Libraries are wonderful for books like this that you would never buy. On the blurb it says among other things: "Offering a compelling series of case studies, this book brings together a variety of assessment techniques. By taking the reader into real-life situations, it focuses on showing how assessment can provide a transparent and meaningful link between learning activities and desired learning outcomes".  I had high hopes for the book but have to say they were dashed. The "real-life situations" were often chatty anecdotes and there was not a lot of concrete information.

Under the Net, by Iris Murdoch, Penguin, first published by Chatto & Windus in 1954. An odd story, comic in places. The first part is dodgy, the second moves along at a brisk pace with many laughs.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Croton reduction linocut 6, final print

Croton reduction linocut, final print
This was done a couple of days ago, the prints are dry and packed away already. I'll take it out and look again in a month or two. I'm not sure if I prefer the last one with the brown-red ink, before the black was added. I toyed with the idea of stopping the run and letting it stay as it was; then went ahead, thinking that's what I planned, let me see it through. With future prints I will a) improve the registration system to reduce the number lost during the process, and b) when in doubt keep a few back at the penultimate stage. However I doubt that this exact situation will arise again.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Croton reduction linocut 5

Croton reduction linocut, fourth colour

It's not perfectly registered but I was pleased with this when lifting it off the block. The process is quicker now, the inking is less because so much has been cut away.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Croton reduction linocut 4

Croton reduction lincut, the third colour

This one was disappointing. I lost the first four (out of twelve) because of mis-registration and took ages to figure out what was wrong. My system consists of a sheet of the same paper that I'm using for the print run taped to the work surface, with an outline of the block drawn on it, and with narrow strips of lino acting as guides. The guides stayed in place but the tape holding down the paper became unstuck allowing movement to take place. In a nutshell, the block shifted in relation to the guides when burnishing the back of the paper. I now know that I need to devise a better registration system.

After figuring it out and securing the base sheet, there was considerable improvement but it became evident that slight shifts had taken place in the earlier colours. So none of them will be spot-on perfect.

I'm not too cast down. It reminds me of a time some years ago when I was drawing a friend, a successful businesswoman. It didn't go well and the friend commented that she would never choose to do something with such a high failure rate. It made me stop and think ... I'm still thinking ... it's true, in art the failure rate is high but it's one of those things that one accepts as an artist, it's part of the job. The rate improves over time, with practice and experience, this I know for sure, my rate is far better than it was ten or fifteen years ago. Definitely a long term prospect though, no quick miracles in this field.

Right now I'm relatively new to printmaking and expect glitches to occur and one did and no harm, it's good experience. I will continue with this linocut (two more colours) and will be happy if I end up with three or four passable prints.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Croton reduction linocut 3, the second colour

Croton reduction linocut, the second colour
This colour didn't print as smoothly as the yellow, the ink was a different consistency and was tending to separate in the tube. I blended it as well as I could on the glass with a palette knife. I'm hoping the slightly mottled effect won't be a problem, maybe it will have a charm of its own. So far my registration system is working reasonably well. This was actually printed several days ago, I'm only now getting round to posting it.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Croton reduction linocut 2

Croton linocut in progress, the yellow block

Supplies arrived yesterday and the yellow is printed (hand-burnished) and hanging up to dry. Now to cut the same block for the next colour. I'm expecting to lose a few to mistakes during printing, I hope not more than one per colour. 

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Croton reduction linocut 1-- high hopes

Croton, first cut of the lino block, 12 x 9"
This is one of several small projects I have going on at the moment, some of them involving printmaking. It's a reduction linocut with five colours planned -- too ambitious, maybe, but I can't see a way of doing it with less. It could go horribly wrong at any time, a slip of the cutting tool and so on, but right now I'm hopeful, and keen to see it taking shape. I've used markers to indicate where some of the colours are, it's too easy to cut the wrong bits. I'll be printing it by hand unless I can find somewhere in Port of Spain with a relief press or etching press. 

There was a lot of preliminary work to get to this point. I didn't like the first drawing (which took hours) so I ditched it and started over, and a gouache study didn't look promising for making a painting. The strongly variegated foliage suggested that a linocut would be worth a try, so here goes. But of course I won't know until the end. 

I will update this as it goes along. I may have to stock up on paper or ink before printing the first colour. With a reduction linocut you get only one chance.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Crowded drawing 4

I'm hesitant to put this here, it's such a mess but I'm not planning to do anything else to it. None of the crowded drawings are meant to be presentation standard, they're personal explorations, groping around, mostly in the dark. If I do any more I think I'd do them on separate sheets and not in a sketchbook. It's an interesting way to go about a drawing, having no idea where you're headed, just filling the page and overfilling it, disregarding which way is up, adding things willy nilly as they happen so that it's partly a record of day to day existence. This one is partly painted over with white acrylic and I found myself not wanting to paint over some parts and I'm trying to decide whether to just do it, do something I really like and then paint over it -- would that be good for the soul?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Crowded drawing No. 3

Crowded drawing No. 3, pen, graphite and collage.

Not sure this one is crowded enough, I may have stopped too early. Also it's become too symmetrical which I didn't want. On the plus side, it works the other way up as well:

Still like the first one best. It was on a smaller page (8.5 x 11") which I don't have any of right now.This one here is 9.5 x 12". It's not that much bigger, it should be able to work, will probably try another. 

Monday, January 31, 2011

Birds in grass

Just a little pen drawing in sketchbook, half an A4 page. There's an idea behind it which I don't want to put into words yet, might scare it away.  

Friday, January 21, 2011

Crowded drawing No. 2

Page 12, graphite, ink, pen, collage
This is another crowded drawing like the one in an earlier post (which I've renamed). The idea of crowding a page with many unrelated elements came from a book and when I tried it out I liked the way the bits started to relate to each other in unexpected ways. And it forces one away from the figure-ground mindset. It'a another of those handy tools for the mental toolkit, something that could help to break through a block for instance. This one, a piece here and a piece there over several days from magazines, newspaper and the internet, seems to me not as good as the first, it's become a little self-conscious and heavy and the pieces hardly relate at all. But the individual pieces I like. I'm working on another and will post it when done.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Two drawings

A roll-up pencil holder
The first drawing is of a canvas roll-up pencil holder that I got in a sale. It's similar to a brush holder, and like a brush holder it's open at the top which allows things to fall out, though generally they don't. Unrolled, it has a row of loops for keeping in place pencils, pens, graphite sticks etc, and a couple of bigger loops for things like a sharpener or eraser, plus there's a safety flap at the "lower" end. It doesn't sound as if it would be effective but I really like having my drawing things in there and prefer it to a box. The finishing is nice but not flexible, there's only one size/position where it rolls up tight enough so that the snap fastener keeps everything inside.

Layered abstract drawing, crayon and acrylic on paper, A4
The next drawing is very different. It was done with alternating layers of crayon and acrylic paint. I had forgotten it and found it yesterday when going through the work done for the course. This is a nice kind of thing to do if one's mind feels particularly blank, one can keep going indefinitely, adding layers that conceal or partly conceal the marks underneath.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Missing comments

Thanks to a friend who alerted me this morning to the fact that some comments she had posted had never appeared. On checking into it, I found a whole load of comments "awaiting moderation", going back to at least May 2010, possibly earlier. I would like to apologise sincerely to all those whose comments didn't appear or who might have thought I was ignoring them, I assure you that could never be the case. In fact I was a little sad at the lack of comments but felt, hey, that's the way it is in the blogosphere, mustn't let it get me down!

How it happened, as best I can figure. I never had comment moderation on before because comments were few and I got an email immediately so I could always delete any objectionable ones manually. Then someone started posting malicious stuff about someone who was mentioned in a post so I turned comment moderation on, and went about my business, thinking I'd continue to get email notifications. But it seems that turning moderation on has the effect of turning email notifications off and I didn't realize that. It's taken a while and I might never have known if Lynx hadn't alerted me. It's fixed now and once again my apologies to those whose comments have taken so long to appear.