Winter…contemplative time. What is rising to the surface in my thoughts, yet again? Music and the evocative images they awaken. I come back to Prairie Wind from time to time. Neil Young is one of the reoccurring influencers I can always lean on. For a few years now I’ve thought about that image he sings about of “Just a farmer’s wife hanging laundry in her backyard.” It was included in the song to illustrate the point that some people think is nothing out there on the prairies but they are mistaken. There is more going on than meets the eye. The image is simple and stark but so loaded too. It makes me think of hardships, loneliness, housework, hard work, gender roles, the ever present wind and the beauty in simple tasks and the mostly long gone feeling of curling up under fresh off of the line bedding. So many layers. I hope to finally get to these images in my head on canvas while listening to some tunes.
The MAG Artist Tour is happening September 28, 29 & Oct 5, 6 in Merrickville, Ontario
I’ve be showing my work at FM Studio, 330 Main Street East with Silversmith Fiona Macintyre.
Here’s a little peek behind the curtain. Each little leaf droplet is created by dripping wax. I do this between gentle colour changes of paint layers. The inked tree and little blackbirds were the first to arrive on the white washed surface. It’s blissful and meditative work as I listen to music and remove each and every wax dropping by hand.
To celebrate the end of a long winter and the arrival of warmer days I like to paint a small series of tulips. I have some available at Windsor’s Courtyard in Merrickville and some on their way to Visual Effects in Yellowknife. Pick one for yourself…supply is limited and each one is a unique original.
One of a kind originals to celebrate! Each is created with alcohol ink, hand cut collage inked pieces and a art resin layer that offers UV protection. A wood support with colourful 1.5 inch sides completes the art piece. Look for these at the Merrickville Spring POP-UP Maker’s Market this Saturday, March 23rd!