------ sun light to be specific, is truly amazing and I can well understand that many Peoples back in history worshipped the sun as their God - and I must admit that I'm fairly close to being among them! Today was the first day this year when Spring finally seemed to have arrived: a whole day of sunlight with no wind and about 14 C - how wonderful; but not to be repeated apparently as rain is forecast again for tomorrow. But still with that, and the few hours of sun that we have recently experienced here and there, the signs are clear: Spring will at some point stay and turn into Summer. I took my dog for a walk on the Dyke and it was so lovely with the birds twittering as well as new leaves and early wild flowers all over the place and the warmth of the sun making everything look more positive and infusing one with new energy and hope.
The final result of my "Dreaming of Spring" painting turned out fairly well as shown above, I think - not that it has any resemblance to the very early stage I posted in my last blog. It is a bit more of a technical experiment than usual, but something that I have been considering for quite some time: combining the use of painting knives and brushes in the same work instead of using either one right through, as I have usually been in the habit of doing - and using each group for its best qualities. And it really worked well with large squeegees and my favorite large palette knife making it quicker and more fluid to cover a large canvas with a foundation of texture and colour patterns to work out the basic composition and colour base - and then using smaller brushes for all the more finishing detailed surface work. It was a delight to work this way and I will definitely continue with this and develop it further.
Another thing I will continue with is to draw more off and on, especially with charcoal and/or pen and ink. The portrait you see above is of my daughter's sweet and gentle bullmastiff and is the first real drawing I have done in many years. It is the result of her urging me to do it for her in the memory of "Dexter", who we lost 6 or 7 years ago, but still miss.
And yesterday I got a bit of good News: I entered the National Juried Show in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island in late March and my Painting "Manning Park 5" has been accepted and will be included in their "My Canada" show from June 26 till August 8, 2017, at The Old School House Arts Centre. I am very pleased and consider it a great encouragement and honour to be accepted and have my work chosen among so many other submissions from very accomplished artists.
And on that cheerful note I will sign off for this time in the hope, that things will continue in a positive way!