INSIGHT ART GALLERY is now Tish Saunders’ personal studio

INSIGHT ART GALLERY was opened in August 2005, and ran as a gallery until the end of September 2014.  These files and images have been retained as an historical record of some of the wonderful shows that the gallery featured during these years.

The gallery space will now be my own studio space, as I continue to paint and make art.  This website will now focus on my own individual work and will gradually be built in the time to come.

 

                                                                                                                     ARTWORK BY TISH SAUNDERS 

CosmicTree by Tish Saunders

Cosmic Tree by Tish Saunders

For many years, I have  been creating acrylic on canvas paintings,  hand-painted glass vases, a beautiful line of jewellery using semi-precious stones, art mosaics for walls, fine art prints, cards, bookmarks and fridge magnets.  I have also created a group of art cards related to the solar and lunar horoscope.  This site has been created to focus on all of these creations and, at present, is a work in progress.

 

 

 

‘INTO FALL’, The Group of Six at Insight Art Gallery, August 27 – September 28, 2014

INTO FALL WRITINGS – Group of Six

 

Betsy Fairbrother -This month I will be showing some works inspired by both my island jaunts as well as my visit back east last fall. The resplendent hues of the fall foliage, from green to brown, to red and gold, and the multi-coloured patterns of the fallen leaves on the ground were a visual feast.  I am enamoured by the incredible warmth and light that the season brings.

Autumn Colour, by Betsy Fairbrother

Autumn Colour, by Betsy Fairbrother

 

Anne Popperwell – I have painted many subjects, but over the many years I have been painting, I realize that light is my real subject. Light that reflects off surfaces, that is diffuse, light that is concentrated in one area and especially luminous light that appears to come from the subject/the painting itself. With these ideas in mind, I describe my latest work as “Luminous Horizons”.

Island Sky by Anne Popperwell

Island Sky by Anne Popperwell

 

Tish Saunders – We are moving ‘Into Fall’ now and in this last installation, my work is moving into the world of the abstract and non-objective realm. I’ve included one abstracted painting called ‘Lucky Day’, which I painted when we learned that the fire, which was blazing on Galiano, was finally under control.  We had watched as the Mars Water Bomber flew over us and dipped to the ocean to fill up, then circled and headed south to the fire. What a relief!  There are some colour field paintings- studies on black that explore the canvas surface, and some mosaics. One is a small landscape made of semi-precious stones called ‘Island Jewel’.

Lucky Day by Tish Saunders

Lucky Day by Tish Saunders

 

Francine Renaud -Fall, is no doubt a gorgeous season full of light and colors. It brings me both to the beginning of a new creative season, and, also to the completion of what has been a busy summer, as I worked with The Group of 6, to present you our work. I am very excited to present you these recent pieces ….. These works embody my love of trees. of working with wood, carving it to create imagery that is inspired by being part of this island. What also excites me is the creative use of contemporary tools and technologies to freshen our attention and enjoyment in seeing artwork.  I am choosing subjects both known and fictitious. They suggest a story to be told and very well may be the characters of an ongoing story …..  The real quest for me, behind the tools and the subjects, is to give these works a feel that is both timeless and fresh, so that you, who get to see them and live with them, will be filled with vitality and a sense of place.

Jump for Joy Chocolate Hare by Francine Renaud

Jump for Joy Chocolate Hare by Francine Renaud

 

Laurie MacCallum – For this show, I have created a series of wall pieces, inspired by the qualities of porcelain, and by the quirky, sensual shapes and forms of the garden and coast.  Are they animal?  Are they plant, or a hybrid?  From the garden, or a tidal pool?

Bruce Dolsen – For this final show of the season I have returned to “The Bluffs”, inspired once again by the imposing form of the “Grandmother Tree”, for which I have chosen the Coast Salish name “ekwiyeqw”.  While painting these forms again and again over the last few months I have retained in my consciousness an awareness of our island as an ancient place; perhaps “ekwiyeqw” embodies that antiquity, a history of rootedness far beyond our life span. As for the two nude studies, in pairing them with the trees I ask you, the viewer, to create the link yourself, to see the relationship between one bodily form and another. Limbs, arms, legs, and trunk: the vocabulary is the same. We are just variations on a theme, living in the light.

Grandmother Tree by Bruce Dolsen

Grandmother Tree by Bruce Dolsen

 

‘SPRING INTO SUMMER’, by The Group of Six, at Insight Art Gallery, June 25 – July 27, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Two Mugs by Laurie MacCallum

Two Mugs by Laurie MacCallum

 

Laurie MacCallum  Not much says summer more than fresh produce and flowers from the garden.  For this show, I continue my exploration of form and surface treatment to create work that presents references or contains the bounty of early summer.

 

Delta Hybrid Daisy by Francine Renaud

Delta Hybrid Daisy by Francine Renaud

Francine Renaud   This part of the world is blessed with an abundance of life. The seasons come and go with their gifts and we receive this abundance. When spring changes into summer we receive the abundance of flowers…For us, artists devoted to what the eye and brain perceives, the sight of a flower is always cause for a pause, for gratefulness…. To look at a flower is such a touching experience. To realize that life not only takes care of this complex practical construction of everything that manifests on this planet but, that it does it with beauty, with the elegance and practicality of proportions, with the infinite combinations of colors, all in harmonious relations to one another. Now for the painter this is a source of awe, because, it takes a lot of skill and understanding to get close to this beauty…

 

 

Life of the Pond by Tish Saunders

Life of the Pond by Tish Saunders

Tish Saunders    Studying nature has always been an exciting pursuit for me and when I get excited about things I paint them, or lately, I make mosaics. I’ll sit quietly and notice how the light is reflected in water, or how the sun lights up the bottom of the pond, or watch dragonflies – every one of them different colours, every one seemingly with a character of its own.  It makes me feel like I am a part of nature, and so is everything else.

 

Forest in Sunlight by Bruce Dolsen

Forest in Sunlight by Bruce Dolsen

Bruce Dolsen   Lately, I’ve been looking at the light through trees, and I realize that I can look at the light or look at the trees, but not both at the same time. In painting, however, anything is possible: in this series I have been drawn to the light playing on the forest floor, dappling on verticals and through the canopy above. By painting on a black ground, my first challenge has been to isolate the points of light, then let the verticals, horizontals and diagonals emerge. And so, the tangle of the forest reveals itself in all its complex beauty.

 

Reflections by Betsy Fairbrother

Reflections by Betsy Fairbrother

Betsy Fairbrother   Living on an island, one encounters water from our coastal shores to our local ponds. These paintings were inspired by the reflections and sparkle of light dancing across water.  Being by the water edge gives me comfort, as I so enjoy observing the myriad of colour and the fluid grace of our precious waters.

 

Storm Clouds by Anne Popperwell

Storm Clouds by Anne Popperwell

Anne Popperwell   How alike, the sea and sky, interactive and reflective of one another. Amazing to realize it is these interactions of sea and sky that sustain life on Earth.  In Chinese Buddhism, asparas are beings who play flutes and dance between the ocean and the sky connecting the elements. I like to think that my sea/skyscape paintings are an expression of that dance and of the light that enchants me.  If my work has a purpose, it is simply to express my joy at the awesome thing that is nature and my goal is that you, the viewer, experience some of that joy and awe.

 

‘INTRODUCING THE GROUP OF SIX’ at Insight Art Gallery, May 31 to June 22, 2014

 

Exciting things are happening at Insight Art Gallery in 2014.  Things are changing!In August 2005, Guy and I began showing art at my studio, Insight Art Gallery.  Nine years later, we have had 50 art shows. Many of Galiano’s exceptional artists have shown at the gallery and there have been lots of very popular shows.  Musicians and poets, local and from afar, have performed and inspired visitors at our opening receptions.Now, the gallery is opening for yet another season, and it is time for some exciting changes.  A group of practicing artists, Francine Renaud, Bruce Dolsen, Betsy Fairbrother, Laurie Maccallum, Anne Popperwell (of Saturna Island) and I, have formed a cooperative group – ‘The Group of Six’.  We are six island artists who have come together, and are inspired and committed to making art.  Our first show, which opens on Saturday, May 31, will be called ‘Introducing the Group of Six’.  Each month, we will be opening a show of new work, and each month we will be adding to the picture of what we want to say.  We will all be present at each opening reception and we invite everyone to come to the gallery and share our new cooperative energy and visual offerings

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Tish Saunders

For many years I have painted realistic landscapes, healing mandalas, abstracts on canvas – always exploring new ways to paint.  When using sacred geometry, my strokes of colour (tessellations) resulted in landscapes that were reminiscent of mosaics.  This year I began using broken china and tiles to create still lifes and landscapes that are mosaics.   Now I’d like to share with viewers, the fun I’ve had recycling china and forming it into Irises, tulips and poppies, or a series of steaming coffee cups!

Irises by Tish Saunders

Irises by Tish Saunders

 

-Francine Renaud

For the opening of my first season with The Group of 6, I chose a theme dear to my heart: The Moon.

The Moon is a very strong element I keep on rediscovering with awe from this Island.

Through its regular hide and go see it changes nightly our experience of dusk, deep night and dawn.

Its presence is multiplied on an island, given that the waters surrounding us act as reflectors.

I am moved to explore the range of colours our skies offer around her presence, while forests, meadows and shores take on such different proportions.  A different set of creatures show up for her light…..

Moonrise Through the Cedars by Francine Renaud

Moonrise Through the Cedars by Francine Renaud

 

Anne Popperwell

I have been painting and exhibiting my work in public and private galleries for over twenty years. My paintings in watercolour on paper and acrylic on canvas are included in private, corporate and public collections in Canada and in private collections in the U.S. and Europe

My primary inspiration and fascination has always been nature and I hope in my paintings to share my experience of the beauty and joy of our stunning natural world. -

Artsia Winged Rose by Anne Popperwell

Artsia Winged Rose by Anne Popperwell

 

Laurie MacCallum

For a while now, I have been using classic forms or shapes, and coastal environmental elements as a basis from which to explore the unglazed surface.   To me this means impregnating the surface with smoke, colouring the clay body with stains, imbedding texture with colourants or leaving the surface bare.  My recent work includes 2-dimensional pieces which incorporate natural and found objects.

carved Naked Raku by Laurie MacCallum

carved Naked Raku by Laurie MacCallum

 

Betsy Fairbrother

In the darkness of winter, I was drawn to paint with colour, lots of colour. My subjects are treasures found, island landscapes, dreams and bees.  Painting has become like learning a language to me, an expression and response to my world. I hope to express lightness, joy and the good things in life.

Still Life with Tulips & Oranges by Betsy Fairbrother

Still Life with Tulips & Oranges by Betsy Fairbrother

 

Bruce Dolsen

I have been painting and showing my work on Galiano for the last seven years. I have come to embrace the natural beauty of this island and the endless food it offers the artist’s eye. The wave-carved shores contain a history of continuous human habitation going back thousands of years, and one of my favourite places to paint is the white shell beach at Montague Provincial Park. I seek to capture the moment in colour, form and line.

Sunlight on Rocks by Bruce Dolsen

Sunlight on Rocks by Bruce Dolsen

 

 

‘SATURNA ISLAND ARTISTS SHOW’ August 31 – September 28, 2013

During a Trincomali Arts Council meeting in the Spring of 2012, we spoke about the mandate of the council to encourage inter-island activities which strengthen a cultural connection between the Gulf Islands. After the meeting, Donna-Fay Digance, of Saturna Island, and I decided we would do just such a thing and began to plan a show for September 2013.  Hopefully this show will be a prototype for more inter-island shows in the Gulf Islands.

One of the difficulties that has faced artists attempting to show their work on different islands is the actual travel to the islands to bring their work and attend the Opening Reception.  Unless people can meet the artists and talk to them about their work, there is not a strong connection or dialogue.   The ferry schedule often doesn’t allow artists to return to their own islands in one day, so they must deal with the extra expense of accommodation where they are visiting.  The Saturna Artists, all Trincomali Arts Council members, chose to apply to the council for help with funds towards transportation and advertising in an effort to really meet and share their stories and ideas.  After due process, the Trincomali Arts Council has chosen to grant them assistance and as a happy result, all of the Saturna Artists will attend the opening.  All involved would like to thank the Council for their assistance.  We look forward to an exciting show and visit with our fellow artists from Saturna.   –  Tish Saunders, Insight Gallery

 

 

Spirit of the Fraser by Jack Campbell

Spirit of the Fraser by Jack Campbell

My art has always been a personal way of looking at life.  In my drawings, paintings and paper sculptures I am intrigued by shapes, whether they be clouds, trees, water, structures or the human form.  Everything has a shape or a pattern.   My approach to subject matter is:   Exploring with pieces (or shapes) of colour”.    Analysing the subject matter into a few main shapes, I decide to further simplify them and add detail (or small shapes) where necessary.

At One With Nature by Jack Campbel

At One With Nature by Jack Campbell

Shapes have a life of their own, joining with other elements to create and often complete the work.   The final work of art is a re-birth of subject matter, evolved from my visual, emotional and spiritual interpretation of the forms.  -  Jack Campbell

 

'Coastal  Green' by Donna-Fay Digance

‘Coastal Green’ by Donna-Fay Digance

I create original fabric art in my studio on Saturna Island. I like to work on themes, created in a series which include landscapes inspired by pristine Saturna Island, dancers and other figures in imaginative “dreamscapes”. The art hangings are created from hand-dyed & painted silks & cottons plus a variety of  commercial novelty fabrics such as tulle, net, lame & velvet.

 

'Boulders' by Donna-Fay Digance

‘Boulders’ by Donna-Fay Digance

The many layers of collage and appliqué are quilted together using free motion stitching including dense “thread painting” and machine embroidery. Areas are then embellished with paint sticks, fabric paint and other surface design techniques. The work ranges from mini landscapes to large wall hangings.   –    Donna-Fay Digance

 

 

Ave.de Paraiso by Anne Popperwell

Ave.de Paraiso by Anne Popperwell

My experience of the natural world compels me to paint. I first moved to Saturna Island to paint the eroded sandstone shoreline and, drawn by the colours,  started painting flowers from my garden.   In Mexico, I was so moved by the beauty and power of the big surf I painted a series of  wave paintings. Influenced by the bold colour of Mexico, I painted a series of tropical flowers on 4’x5’ canvases.

Calla by Anne Popperwell

Calla by Anne Popperwell

I’m fascinated by the interaction of sea and sky, which creates moments of such remarkable beauty and I am currently working on a series of  paintings drawn from these experiences.

'Uplifting Clouds' by Anne Popperwel

‘Uplifting Clouds’ by Anne Popperwel

I work in both watercolour on paper and acrylic on canvas and I love both mediums for different  reasons. -  Anne Popperwell

 

 

Duo by Andree Fredette

Duo by Andree Fredette

I am very lucky to live on Saturna, surrounded by emerald forests, on a bluff facing the water and the sky. I wander outside daily, usually with a camera, and I bring home a visual buffet to feast on, in the studio. I am a textile artist, a quilter.

Green Leaf Study by Andree Fredette

Green Leaf Study by Andree Fredette

For me, quilting is a mixture of colour play, problem solving, mark-making and craftsmanship. After a period of reflection, I am back in the studio.  -   Andree Fredette

 

 

Saori Vest by Teresa Higgins

Saori Vest by Teresa Higgins

Moving from a working life in the Cariboo to semi-retirement on Saturna Island in 2007 has been a terrific inspiration for my weaving.  With more time and an environment of lush forest, garden, sea and sky, I am enjoying working with the colours and textures I see and feel around me every day.   I’ve taken many workshops over the years to hone my mostly self-taught skills.

Woven Scarf by Teresa Higgins

Woven Scarf by Teresa Higgins

Inclined to be practical, I weave items that are useful as well as beautiful, things that warm the body while feeding the soul. I weave throws, shawls, scarves, tea towels and am now producing simple clothing items on my new SAORI travelling loom.   - Teresa Higgins

 

 

Fortune by Janet Strayer

Fortune by Janet Strayer

My artwork expresses my perspectives as a life traveller across many real and imaginative boundaries. I hope to communicate the inner and outer worlds we inhabit: their richness, variety, and wonder.

Girl&Dragonflies by Janet Strayer

Girl&Dragonflies by Janet Strayer

My paintings have won some awards, had some solo gallery shows, appeared in published media and books, and found homes in interesting places. I am drawn (literally) to the human figure and life in all its forms, colours, and varieties of expression. I love to paint.   -  Janet Strayer

 

 

Flowers BlockPrint by Karen Muntean

Flowers BlockPrint by Karen Muntean

 I’ve always enjoyed printmaking….viewing it and doing it….so decided to try my hand at the most basic and simple printmaking technique of all:  linoprinting.   Finding subjects that can be successfully reduced to one or two colour prints isn’t that easy; these are based on sketches and photos, from Saturna and from travels.

Seagull Print by Karen Muntean

Seagull Print by Karen Muntean

I’ve used a variety of Japanese papers, creating variations by the use of different colours and textures.

East Point Road by Karen Muntean

East Point Road by Karen Muntean

These small prints are in the “art for everyone” category, an inexpensive but original creation.     -  Karen Muntean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“ALONG THE PATH”, Paintings by Betsy & Susie Fairbrother, Ceramics by Laurie Maccallum, August 3 -24, 2013

 

Along the Path, Montague by Betsy Fairbrother

Along the Path, Montague by Betsy Fairbrother

“In June of 2012, my sister Susie Fairbrother arrived on the shores of Galiano for a long summer visit and to explore the island for inspiration. With our plans solidified to do an art show together in 2013, I felt compelled to be my sister’s guide, to give her an intimate sense of the islands’ beauty.
Together we journeyed the many paths that wind through our forests, along the costal walks, along ridges, over hills and around ponds. We found our way “along the path” in the sunshine or rain, from sunrises at Sturdies to sunsets at Montague, we came out refreshed, inspired and ready to paint.

 

Autumn Day, Cable Bay South by Betsy Fairbrother

Autumn Day, Cable Bay South by Betsy Fairbrother

We both worked from quick sketches & photos, but abandon those quickly as we both  prefer to  paint from memory…a sense of place, light and colour.
These new works are our connection to those special places we experienced together.
So along your path, come view our new works opening August 3rd at The Insight Gallery!      -Betsy Fairbrother

 

 

 

'Two Trees' by Susie Fairbrother

‘Two Trees’ by Susie Fairbrother

     I came to Galiano last summer to visit my sister and brother. I had no expectations; I just wanted to spend time with them; Betsy being forever my best friend. Together we walked, exploring the many paths and shores of Galiano. Betsy led, I followed. We did this every day come rain or shine. Betsy generously shared her island with me.

'Deep in the Woods' by Susie Fairbrothe

‘Deep in the Woods’ by Susie Fairbrothe

Its sweet forest scents and cools sparkling waters; kept me present. It was exactly what I needed, as it healed my tired city eyes and soul. The island lent itself to my imagination, giving me so much to paint from.

'Deep in the Woods' by Susie Fairbrother

‘Deep in the Woods’ by Susie Fairbrother

  I feel so fortunate and humbled having experienced the island, not just for its extraordinary beauty, but also for the people; the many colorful creative folk who call Galiano their home. I don’t know if I could ever paint the island like it is my home, but I did as a visitor who felt deeply “islandized” for a summer. Thank You.   -Susie Fairbrother

'On Top of the World' by Susie Fairbrother

‘On Top of the World’ by Susie Fairbrother

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

            I look to the beach for inspiration to create my contemporary, functional stoneware and alternatively fired ceramics.  Referencing First Nations pottery forms, it is the coastal environment that informs my work – the lines of the tree branches, the curves of sea shells, the surfaces of seaside pebbles. 

Ceramic Sea Stars by Laurie Maccallum

Ceramic Sea Stars by Laurie Maccallum

It is my hope and intent that these lines, shapes, textures and colours in my work convey the sense of quiet, intimacy, and wonder I experience living on the coast.

"Vase" by Laurie Maccallum

“Vase” by Laurie Maccallum

I am a recent full-time resident of Galiano Island, have been seriously potting for less than a decade.  I am an easily-inspired potter who loves to spend time in my studio with my husband and son puttering nearby.  I am a Mohawk of Kahnawake.                                                                              -Laurie Maccallum

"Bowls" by Laurie Maccallum

“Bowls” by Laurie Maccallum

             

‘SEARCH FOR A BETTER WORLD’, New Works by Roksan Kohen, June 1 – 22, 2013


'HeavyTrophy' by Roksan Kohen

‘HeavyTrophy’ by Roksan Kohen

   Roksan studied painting at the well-known Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul and has been self-employed as a visual artist and drawing/painting instructor for the past 9 years.  She has worked as an illustrator, designing logos/posters/banners for companies, theatres and universities, and has done illustrations for book and advertising companies, as well as selling her art works to organizations and individuals.

               Roksan emigrated from Istanbul in 2009, searching for a home, community and environment that suited her and her lifestyle.  She lived in Vancouver and then, finally, discovered Galiano. Like many of us, she fell in love at first sight and moved her in June 2012.

               Her vision is powerful – her presentation is unique.  She looks at the world we live in and speaks about it in her staggeringly detailed, skillful images.  You can hold up a magnifying glass and see more than you ever thought was there.  She speaks about now, the past, or how things may go.  She searches with hope and love and is driven to paint and draw.  Come see the fabulous results in June at Insight Gallery.

'Tale of the Rock' by Roksan Kohen

‘Tale of the Rock’ by Roksan Kohen

 

Search for a Better World

As an Istanbul based visual artist

I luckily have lived and painted on Galiano since June 1st 2012.

Walking on trails, asking trees to share their stories

With the aim of releasing the truth about who we are

Hoping that the current spirit of our age is moving

Towards an encompassing happiness,

I practise every day…love, kindness, art and appreciation

Grateful for eyes, I stare

For the breath I take

For the soothing sea

For the flying big bird and all the magical beings

Shining beyond beauty

Together  …

Searching for a better world

Helping each other along

To be a better one

Trying to find peace within

Without stepping on one another

How powerful we are

As we come together

What do we draw now?  …  Given the forces of nature.                                         Roksan Kohen

 

'Babylon Tower' by Roksan Kohen

‘Babylon Tower’ by Roksan Kohen

 

 

‘THE PAINTER & THE PRINTMAKER’, New Work by Francine Renaud, September 1 – 29, 2012

'My Neighbour the Owl' by Francine Renaud

'My Neighbour the Owl' by Francine Renaud

How nice it is to be in touch with you all again!

I am indeed excited about my upcoming show and you are in for some exciting evocative images and soulful colors!!!

The show will consist of paintings and prints mainly produced since my last September show at Insight.

'Moonrise' by Francine Renaud

'Moonrise' by Francine Renaud

I have mentioned to some of you that I often think like a print maker…..Well somehow, last fall, surfing the net, I came across “The Malaspina Printmakers Society” on Granville Island. I realized that a huge obstacle had been resolved.

I could rent access to a fully equipped printmaking studio and began working alongside some very talented knowledgeable artists. I still had all my silk screening equipment from the art tiles Frank and I were producing 10 years ago. I just had to wake up all these technical skills, get my wood carving gouges out to start some woodcuts, and learn to use water based inks.

To print in multiple colors requires bending ones mind around a fascinating puzzle. All of these constraints become a source of delight and flow when one gets back to painting again.

'Grand Owl' by Francine Renaud

'Grand Owl' by Francine Renaud

For those of you who love the visual arts and how, we artists, express the beauty of this island, this show will offer new ways of seeing our beautiful landscape and it’s creatures.

I am still working away at the cottage in my painter’s retreat mode. The quality of my work seems to demand that kind of space, something I need. The fact that I have my feet and my bike to get around has kept me close to home.

That feels just right these busy days before the show.

Yes it’s true, we haven’t been much around straddling two worlds, but it’s now time to catch up with you and share the good work that has kept me busy here and in Vancouver.

‘FROM THE GARDEN’, New Work by Bruce Dolsen, August 4 – 26, 2012

'Legacy - The Promise of Spring' by Bruce Dolsen

'Legacy - The Promise of Spring' by Bruce Dolsen

Wherever we go, we leave our mark; wherever we settle, we interact with the landscape; in whatever place we inhabit, we are inhabited. The paintings for this show focus mainly on gardens of Galiano, on the marks people make on the land, on where they live or where they travel. Stone steps in the forest, a path along the edge of a bluff, a row of beans, tulips arising from their winter sleep…all speak of human intention, and an attempt to “manage” nature in some way. And then there are the telling discards: mattress springs and liquor bottles buried under moss in the forest from a time before recycling became common, and—most amazing of all—the middens that ring our island, reflecting hundreds and hundreds of years of human habitation.

Blue Flags, Montague by Bruce Dolsen

Blue Flags, Montague by Bruce Dolsen

 

Some gardens are rigorously formal; others delightfully haphazard. Sometimes gardens get “out of hand”: they reflect a desire at one time on the part of landowners to expand their sphere of influence beyond their ability to cope, and they become rough around the edges. “I don’t have enough time to look after it!” they will say, watching nature take its course and reclaim, weed by weed, their well-meant interventions.

'Garden Path' by Bruce Dolsen

'Garden Path' by Bruce Dolsen

And Nature will take its course: no sooner do we leave off our efforts to plow, plant, clip, pull, arrange, re-arrange and replace than Nature arrives with her agenda intact. Our carefully built walls crumble and erode, our fields give over to weeds and neglect, our pathways become hidden, and deer graze their way, unconcerned, through remnants of our plantings.  Still, the marks are there: faint but unmistakable indicators of human intention that proclaim, if not ownership, stewardship—a temporary status, at best.

'Still Life with Moon Snails' by Bruce Dolsen

'Still Life with Moon Snails' by Bruce Dolsen

 

I was painting in Kath Benger’s vegetable garden the very afternoon of her death, and I call the painting “Legacy—the Promise of Spring” because any planting like that is an act of faith that, when we must leave it, becomes a gift to others to make of it what they will.  Her garden reflects decades of mulching and weeding, and a sort of faith that there is something sacred about stewardship of the land. I didn’t know then, of course, that she would slip away from this life as I painted her bean rows, and the sea beyond. But I thought, as I painted, “Kath won’t mind.” And I thought of how she literally embraced the whole island, giving her loving attention to those she encountered, nurturing people and rejoicing in their growth just as she might, as an act of faith, plant beans and garlic and potatoes with the promise of life continuing, whether she is there for it or not. Maybe Art has something to do with this planting business, this nurturing of the spirit. If these images are nurturing, if they leave their mark, so to speak, then they have captured a moment of life, a sacred space, sunlight and shadow—the marks we leave in passing.

'North from Montague' by Bruce Dolsen

'North from Montague' by Bruce Dolsen

 

‘MERGING IN LIGHT’, New Paintings by Annie Okuda & Tish Saunders, June 30 – July 29

'Beach, Trincomali Side, Galiano' by Tish Saunders

'Beach, Trincomali Side, Galiano' by Tish Saunders

I am very pleased that this year Annie Okuda and I are having a show together.  I have known her and her family for many years, and as well as being my outstanding Yoga teacher, she is also a fabulous painter.  I look forward to seeing both hers and my work on the walls together.

'Stone Stairway, Galiano' by T.Saunders

'Stone Stairway, Galiano' by T.Saunders

These days, I have been doing landscape paintings, more on the realistic side, paintings of places that I know and like here on Galiano.  I’m interested in things like:  how the sky looks; how the light falls on objects; the kind of weather that is blowing through; what the surface of the water is doing.

'Looking Across to Vancouver Island from Dave's' by Tish Saunders

'Looking Across to Vancouver Island from Dave's' by Tish Saunders

I enjoyed the sheer distances when I did a painting from the Bluffs a while ago.  It was exhilarating sketching up there, and just feeling the height and breadth of the view.  You see almost all the way to Sidney – how tiny things looked that distance away.  Translating that onto a canvas required the smallest of strokes.

'Panorama View from Bluffs' by Tish Saunders

'Panorama View from Bluffs' by Tish Saunders

I’ve been visiting the Bluffs for 32 years now.  I felt a strong sentiment during the time I spent there.  It seemed to me that the Bluffs have changed in a slow, geological way, while the people, all the lives I’ve known here, were more like a fast, flickering movie in comparison. On this island, we have many beautiful places we can visit and contemplate such things. As I stood high up on the Bluffs, I was thinking that I was so very glad I found Galiano when I did.  I am thankful.  It has been my good fortune and honour to come to know this beautiful island and all the good people I have met.

Quietly painting and observing, standing on the shore or in the woods, these thoughts arise and make the work of painting even more pleasurable.  I hope that I have captured that in these canvasses and the viewer can experience the same joy that I have felt.

 

'Gladiolus with Tomato' by Annie Okuda

'Gladiolus with Tomato' by Annie Okuda

 

Merging in Light

In my life as Annie O.

I notice the light dancing around objects of beauty, in form and colour.

I am blessed with the opportunity to capture these images for posterity.

Come see my latest offerings of colour captives

that are free to jump for your joy.

See you at the Insight Art Gallery

Annie Okuda

'Sunset Bay, Rainbow Channel' by Annie Okuda

'Sunset Bay, Rainbow Channel' by Annie Okuda

 

'Rose Ganesha' by Annie Okuda

'Rose Ganesha' by Annie Okuda

 

 

Gulf Island Artists – Showcased