Over the past summer there was much to do getting my new gallery up and running as well as moving ahead with the long awaited re opening and recovery. In addition to these at times mundane realities that are part of a gallery owner and artists' day to day, new art must be coming along, always!
A good bit of this creating time was directed to the planning, execution and finishing off, (varnishing, framing etc) of 2 new large works, both showcasing the much admired splendor that is Georgian Bay's eastern shoreline, all set in the glorious season of autumn.
With projects like these and the very considerable time that goes into each, I tend to work away at each for a few days or even a solid week, then typically put it aside for some reflection or away time, redirecting my focus onto something else for a while before coming back to it. The separation allows me to reignite the initial enthusiasm for the project and see past the many challenges of getting things to my liking with the artwork.
While working at both of these pieces, I imagined myself crawling up and over each of the landscapes depicted, becoming intimately connected with the intricate and varied terrain and all the elements contained within and upon it. My goal was to create paintings that presented themselves as almost sculptural, fabricating the illusion of 3 dimensions from 2.
These sweeping depictions of the Canadian landscape, manufactured with brush, paint, and a lot of care are now available for repeated hikes and explorations of the mind, even as they hang on some wall; a clear reminder of the rugged, captivating beauty that exists just a short journey from home.
Here they are situated in the Kilby Gallery. Professionally copied images will follow soon, allowing for a closer, more revealing presentation of each.