All That Remains, Study, 8" x10" oil on panel, en plein air
Last weekend I had the good fortune to have a picnic with my family on my Father's family homestead in Saskatchewan. We had not been there for many years and last year we located the family farm with lots of history sleuthing and GPS help, but sadly, I arrived without camera or paints. I longed to return so when the opportunity arose I made sure to bring my paints and camera. The weather was beautiful and the ever present Saskatchewan wind mercifully blew away the mosquitoes enabling us to enjoy every moment of this special place seemingly frozen in time.
Art in the Garden Show and Sale is this Sunday July 20th. If you find yourself in the sunny Okanagan, please stop by! Click here for show details
After being away for six weeks, I am happy to be home now and in the studio ... the Okanagan studio of beauty landscapes where ever I turn. The above scene was the result of turning around when I had pulled off the road for a phone call. I debated the discomforts of painting in the rain but the sun was drenching this Lumby farm in a spectacular way so I setup the umbrella and got to work. The fleeting sun and the cold rain made my strokes spontaneous and energetic ... ah another day in the office!
In August I participated in The Silver Star Food & Wine Festival. Kal and Maria Molnar of Gallery Odin organized an art gallery in the town centre as well as six artists (including myself) to paint en plein air for the patrons of the festival. The resulting paintings were auctioned to help raise money for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation. I am pleased to announce that $1325.00 was donated and we had a great time!