The Love that Surrounds Me 1 & 2. Diptych 36" x 36" ea

Monday, October 13, 2008

New Work, New Show

Art Show Invitation Open to All
Lions Bay Art Gallery Exhibition in Downtown Vancouver

Where: Terasen Centre
Address: 1111 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
Date: October 15-31
Time: 9am - 6pm Mondays thru Fridays

I am SO-O-o-o-o excited to have finished a new tree series:

the crooked, forever shedding
Arbutus tree - no two look the same.

The inspiration comes from vacationing on Vancouver Island for years and also living in Nanoose Bay (on the Island) for 4 years. This tree has been winding it's way through my creative grey matter and meander-doodling around my sketch book for some time, but it has now finally appeared as a series of paintings.

Because they are curvey and bear little red berries, I envision them as females, whereas the Garry Oak (also particular to the Island) conjurs up the male species for me. This impression came to me when I saw an Arbutus wrapped so lusciously around a Garry Oak on one of my forest walks. The looked like lovers.

The Arbutus is a messy tree. They don't shed leaves in season with other trees... just when you finish raking up the fallen autumn leaves, nature decides that the Arbutus needs to rebel to the expected cycle and cast its left overs on the ground! The deep red bark peels like fine paper, leaving a constant mess everywhere, but creating an incredibly smooth and hard under greenish bare type of bark.

"Unobstructed Ocean View" 30"x6" (above) SOLD

"Good Ol' Boys" 24"x20" SOLD

As soon as I finished the first two paintings seen here above, Alice had already sold them!

"Reach Out and Touch Someone" 20"x24"

The last few days here in BC have produced a balmy autumn with the warm red, orange and yellow leaves still hanging on to trees limbs. Soon a gusty wind will race in, and whoosh them on their first and last flight through the air, then float them gracefully to the ground, leaving the boney sticks of naked trees exposed.

Today was rainy and a little foggy as I was hiking around Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver and Whitecliff Park in Horseshoe Bay. The painting below reminds me of many days that I've stood by the ocean and watched the sky darken as it approached me...

"Storm Watcher" 12"x36"

... kind of my favourite days - fresh salty air, the sound of waves on the sand and not many people on the beach. Love it.


Ms.Barbara Jane said...

Beautiful new paintings. Happy to hear they are selling too! I love the arbutus tree, so beautiful and such an amzing colour under the bark.
Great post!


Thanks Ms. Barbara Jane!