Art, Canvas

Whimsical Worlds: Developing Ideas - Canvas or Works on Paper?

Spring had come once more to Green Gables - the beautiful, capricious Canadian spring, lingering along through April and May in a succession of sweet, fresh, chilly days, with pink sunsets and miracles of resurrection and growth. The maples in Lover’s Lane were red-budded and little curly ferns pushed up around the dryad’s bubble, away in the barrens. Behind Mr. Silas Sloane’s place, the mayflowers blossomed out, pink and white stars of sweetness under their brown leaves. All the school girls and boys had one golden afternoon gathering them, coming home in the clear, enjoying twilight with arms and baskets full of flowery spoil.
— Lucy Maud Montgomery, Author 'Anne of Green Gables'.

Tuning in to the audiobook of 'Anne of Green Gables' while living in the Maritimes have been much more enjoyable now that I've seen the red dirt roads described in the book (albeit in Nova Scotia rather than Prince Edward Island). Can't help but love the way Anne sees the world - despite being an impoverished orphan without friends, she has an enviably rich imagination and the heart and soul of an optimist, seeing beauty in all the world around her. It's through this sense of wonder, whimsy and delight that we continue exploring this whimsical world. 


The exploration process continues with the Whimsical Worlds series. In these two paintings, I took sketches and created finished pieces on canvas using oil and acrylic paints and mediums. The result is a slightly textured, painterly look, a departure from the more illustrative mixed media pieces on watercolour paper. More on those later. In the meantime, you're invited to take a look at some work in progress shots and detailed shots for these two snapshots into a hidden world of beachy islands and coasts. :) 

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Look at the sea, girls - all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more than if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds - Anne.
— Lucy Maud Montgomery, Author - 'Anne of Green Gables'.