December 13, 2020

Pathways into Future

Unknown are the 'Pathways into Future'. This abstract painting creates some mysterious pathways into the future. Imagine going through underwater caves, curved pathways leading into woods or a garden or leading you into uncharted directions. Therein lies the excitement of discovering the unknown future.

"There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doorways of perception." - Aldous Huxley

One of the most intimidating things is to stare at a blank piece of paper or a blank canvas and not know where to make your first mark.

When I work on an abstract painting, I don’t have anything preplanned. I like to play with the colours and patterns and let the painting come to life as it will dictated by the colours, shapes, lines and intermingling of colours. What exactly do I mean by that?

Here’s the very first step in the painting, ‘Pathways into Future’. I sprayed my paper with water and began to apply colours. I let the colours take the pathways and shapes they chose. At this point I don’t even know which way the painting will be oriented,portrait or landscape. I have nothing concrete in mind.

The challenge is to now think and figure out what colours and shapes to add in order to create a painting that adequately presents my thoughts and emotions. As I start applying more colours, the painting begins to emerge.

 From water colours, to acrylic ink, now I move on to acrylic paint. I add bold colours with a palette knife and start creating some drama and mystery.

It is fun to think of little underwater caves emerging and diving through those caves to explore and discover treasures. With that thought in mind, I add more details and define the shapes more to create ‘Pathways into Future’. Where will each pathway lead me? What will I discover? I tend to follow the light which leads me to endless possibilities hidden in the future.

January 3, 2024

Highlights of 2023

2023 was a year filled with creativity, art exhibitions, donations, and much more. The public art installation 'Sackville: A Visual Snapshot' was unveiled in February and a virtual tour can be done now from this website. Personal growth meant taking online courses and attending workshops.

April 18, 2023

Sackville Blog 5

How do I depict a group of settlers that lived here in the 17th and 18th century? Representing the Acadians proved to be quite challenging. I couldn’t find images that would tell the story of Acadians and depict their existence in the Tantramar area. There are some paintings by some artists, but not actual photographs.