Built by my Great Grandfather in the 1800's, this barn remains stalwart while the rest of the homestead returns to the earth from which still springs beautiful ancient grains. Just outside of Humboldt Saskatchewan, home, until my Father was called to the war as a romantic young man of 18.
Grandma and Grandpa's farm remained a focal point for our family of 7 for many glorious, adventurous summers. One never tires of remembering and to have been able to see it again, paint it on site, and to immortalise it by my own hand was indeed a special pleasure.
This painting and 4 others will be part of a special "Wine Festival Art Gallery" in the Village on Silver Star Mountain a satellite gallery of Gallery Odin. The special two day gallery as well as the main gallery on 2-215 Odin Road, will show and sale the works of several local artisans - show times and locations here
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
I painted the above scene on location (not far from my home) a couple years ago and then stashed the study on my shelf with a stack of others. The study jumped out at me a few weeks ago so I painted it again in the studio. This is an excellent process as you tend to recall everything from that days painting experience; the vivid colours, the clear crisp air, the breeze blowing the leaves and the various painting challenges both resolved and unresolved. Something special is captured when painting "en plein air" and it generally carries over to the studio piece.
"Autumn" will be available at Gallery Odin's Summer Show Starting June 26
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!
While visiting friends in France last year, we attended an open air market in the fantastic medieval town of Monpazier. This was only one of the beautiful views we enjoyed as the village is a member of The Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France") association.
This painting plus 6 others of mine and many works by several other local artists will be for sale at the Wine & Food Festival on Silver Star Mountain this weekend - Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th. Kal and Maria Molnar of Gallery Odin have taken over the Ski School in the heart of the Village to display local paintings for patrons of the festival.