|Heritage Lake in Saskatchewan, Canada. North East of Prince Albert.|
I was floating around on the internet one day and came across some paintings of canoes that were just fascinating to me. I thought I had written the name of the artist down, I probably did, on a scrap of paper that immediately got lost in the pile on my office desk. I couldn't find the name, but I remembered the art. The pictures were so impressive that I couldn't get them out of my head and I kept looking for the artist. I remembered it was a lady and she was Canadian but nothing else.
|Serenity Camp at Heritage Lake were I hang out for a few days every summer with some amazing women.|
Like some of us do when we see art that we like, we try making it ourselves. We study it and attempt to make something similar.
The first time I tried drawing the canoe my friend told me it was a really strange way to draw a chicken! I guess it did kind of look chickenish and we both had a good laugh when I told her what it was supposed to actually be.
Here it is, in my journal. I guess the circle at the top made my friend think it was an eye.
I tried again, a different canoe shape this time and this is what that looked like.
This time I painted on a piece of recycled cardboard. I liked the odd shape of it and the little quote on the side were random lines that I cut out of an old paperback.
It says "And there where water lapped at his fatigue he waded out into the water". Nonsense words or a message about a friend's son who had committed suicide the week that I painted this? I try not to think about those things to hard.
Next came a bigger painting. A canvas this time, I was getting braver I guess.
There are still a couple ideas floating around in my head so I think I will add a few more canoes to my fleet.