Week 29 - Getting back into the grove...

In Your Groove

I sometimes get caught up in post vacation funk. 

Coming home from vacation, from the adventure, newness, and constant change of travel to bills, cleaning, and dishes... it's a bit of a downer.

But after a week or so, I get back into my groove... happily.


Exibition on now in Halifax

Foggy Island View brings together a group of artists who participated in the West Ironbound Creative Residency in the summers of 2021 and 2022. Together the works explore shared experiences across time, united by the specific experience of being on West Ironbound Island, off the south shore of Mi’kma’ki. Featuring painting, drawing, textiles, sculpture, movement, video, music and writing, this show allows separate experiences to become common remembrances, and provides the opportunity to share, with a wider public, memories from our time spent on this rocky and rusty island populated only by sheep and a few stray deer. Join us for a reception and exhibition as we celebrate the magic of the island.

The West Ironbound Creative Residency is sponsored by the Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy | https://www.kccns.org

Below is the painting I entered into the show, Foggy Island View.


After Teddy
36" x 36"
Acrylic on cradled birch panel

Hurricane Teddy weakened to become Post-Tropical Storm Teddy, making landfall on West Ironbound Island, September 23rd, 2021.

Wendy Muise and I were on the island for our weeklong artist retreat when Teddy came to call.

What an experience! Rain lashed against the windows as we painted the storm away from within the cozy cottage.

Anxious sheep took shelter under the cottage, bumping against the piers. A fleecy beat to accompany the wind’s high-pitched whistle.

Wendy, the huddled sheep, and I emerged after the storm had passed. Glorious tumbled clouds, and a glowing horizon greeted us.

This painting celebrates getting through any type of storm to the brighter days that lay ahead.


In the Studio

Tidal Patterns - Acrylic on cradled board - 14" x 14"

I painted up this little 14"x14" limited colour acrylic this week. It's a bit different from my usual colourful palette. This painting is all about tones, a softer look at the Nova Scotia landscape. It's based on a photo I took of an inlet at low tide. The patterns of the receding water lay out a wonderful composition full of movement. 


Until next week...

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