“2011 FALL SHOW SALE”, ‘Featuring a Collection of Paintings from 1995 – 2010 by TISH SAUNDERS’

'Spirit Swimmers' by Tish Saunders

'Spirit Swimmers' by Tish Saunders

This is an interesting show because it spans 15 years of painting.  Included are pieces from shows  I have had through these years, for example,  “‘When the Green Woods Laugh” show from 1996  at the Dandelion Co-op Gallery.  This show was all about Trees – magical, symbolic trees in pastoral,  day or night settings.  The trees represented abundance, love, the softness of night settings,  wisdom and mystery.

'Abundance' by Tish Saunders, 1996

'Abundance' by Tish Saunders, 1996

The “Magic Island Show” at Galiano Art Gallery situated at the Galiano Inn was in 2003.  This show was a celebration of this little island of Galiano and island living.  Our unique setting here gives us insights, makes us see connections.  Our whole experience is like living in parentheses (our rock) surrounded, in every direction, by the sea or sky.  The paintings look at an island in the dawn, or in the midst of a storm, or in a state of sleep or harmony or as a symbol of a metaphysical reality.

'Passage Westward' by Tish Saunders, 2003

'Passage Westward' by Tish Saunders, 2003

“Life of the Ponds”,  which was the opening show for Insight Art Gallery in August 2005,  was a show I really enjoyed painting.  I spent many hours observing the pond life – the gold fish, the dragon flies, the way the sun’s rays penetrated the pond’s surface and refracted through the water.  In this show I wanted to paint some very large pieces in order to really use the big walls the gallery provided.

'Life of the Pond' by Tish Saunders, 2005

'Life of the Pond' by Tish Saunders, 2005

In this present show, I’ve included some pieces from “Cosmic Colour”, a show all about prismic colour in 2006.

“My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!”
-William Wordsworth

Wordsworth says it – the colours of the rainbow lift our spirits!  The power of colour and light affects a person’s state of mind and health.  My continuing colour explorations have shown me that colours can have a positive effect on your outlook and your health. My paintings for this show were mainly abstract colour studies and the colours just sang out beautifully.  Below is an example of one painting using one simple hue in a powerful way.

'Prayer of Healing' by Tish Saunders, 2006

'Prayer of Healing' by Tish Saunders, 2006

In 2010 I had a show entitled ‘Sacred Geometry’.  I had been painting some mandalas beginning in 2005, and in this show there were many beautiful mandalas.  Over the years, the mandalas have been very popular and there are only a couple that are still available for sale.

'Revealing Process Mandala' by Tish Saunders, 2008

'Revealing Process Mandala' by Tish Saunders, 2008

'Daisy Delights Mandala' by Tish Saunders, 2010

'Daisy Delights Mandala' by Tish Saunders, 2010

I hope that this show and all of the pieces on display are enjoyed by viewers.  Its really been fun for me to assemble pieces from 15 years of painting and see them all hanging together.  There is a distinctive thread running through all of the work, and this reminds me of comments made to me by long-time viewers of my paintings – they often say that my approach can be so different in every show, but they can always tell its my work.

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