Tuesday, 24 August 2010


My good intentions to post at least once every two days has fallen by the wayside, so I hope these pictures I want to share will make up for my time away.  Today I sold a painting that I did  7  1/2  years ago.  How poignant it is to release a painting into the world after so many years, as it came to feel like an old friend in my shop.

PeaceDance was created in March of 2003 as a counterbalance to the sabre-rattling in the autumn of 2002.  It is poster size at 69.5cm x 49.5cm, done in watercolour and tempera.  I've often been asked to reproduce it but I find myself still thinking about it.  The best  part of this story is that this piece will end up in the office of a criminal prosecutor for the Crown  in Calgary, Alberta who must interview the child witnesses she encounters in her work.  She hopes that PeaceDance will be something to soften their unfortunate and often tragic circumstances.  I am humbled.

I find I can be so easily distracted and disarmed at times and regret that I am not as productive as some.  But life is so full and I have made myself available to old friends and new, recently, that I, on the other hand, have no regrets.  Over the weekend I visited an antique shop with one of my dearest friends that is run out of the old house I used to live in.

I get so wistful when I go back, as I have occasion to do every summer.  I already made a small purchase earlier this spring, but I was allowed to take a photo of this winsome twosome to remember them by.

After a few hours of playing with watercolour yesterday this odd little picture unfolded.

As always, I'm taken with the imperfections of the detail.

Back in March of this year I made this watercolour that somehow reminds me of the one I made yesterday... in feeling, if not in style, so different from PeaceDance, not a message to the world so much as an expression of some unnamed feeling as I explore unknown territory.

Yes, a message of courage and peace as we make our tentative steps into the unknown.


barbara@sparrowavenue said...

do you still have the Japanese dolls from a long time ago?

Enchanted Blue Planet said...

Yes I do, such as they are, dismantled and tucked away in a box somewhere.

Elise Muller said...

the watercolour you did in March reminds me of Gustav Klimt - I love it!

Enchanted Blue Planet said...

Thank-you, Elise. What a compliment!

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