Occasionally we will experience mild and humid conditions in winter. The air is full of moisture that freezes as it contacts the bare tree branches. Makes for a magical scene.
Next month I am looking forward to teaching a workshop as well as exhibiting my portrait show "My Tribe" at the Summerland Art Gallery. The workshop is full. The reception for the show is 7:00 on May 9. I will have giclee reproductions to give to each of my sitters which I will hand out at the event. I am looking forward to seeing many of you there. I will be giving a talk on portraiture at the Leir House in Penticton on April the 6th at 11:00. I would like to get a dialogue started about thematic process rather than exclusively portraiture. There are great advantages to focusing ones energy on a particular subject for an extended period of time and I'll share what the benefits have been for me.
The days lengthening light is reaching further down into my familiar canyon. The sounds of freshly liberated water overwhelms the crack of ice under my feet. My days of safely exploring the upper reaches of this private little landscape are diminishing and the promise of springs new life stimulates my imagination.
Climbing up onto the hillside above Okanagan lake affords a view to the south; low fog above the lake and earths colours breaking free of winters cover.
A good friend sent me a picture of his children playing at one of our local beaches and as the day was gray and I didn't feel motivated to leave the warmth of my studio so I lept ahead to my favourite season. Painting scenes of children at play always brings a smile. Very enjoyable.