‘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.

 

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Gulf Island Artists – Showcased