Being an unabashed romantic and eternal optimist, my own personal thoughts generally tend to lean towards focusing upon the blessings and achievements... and my gratitude for those life gifts. That is my intention again for 2015, though I must truly admit that it is not nearly as easy as in other years this time around. The life challenges for our family have been immense this year... and my spirit has been greatly challenged.
I believe and maintain that Faith... Hope and Generosity collectively form the underpinnings and foundation for Peace and Happiness. This applies to both personal and creative living. In my humble opinion, they are inseparably one and the same. This coffee cup logo points out my agreement in a sassy ... tongue-in-cheek kinda' way... HA HA!!
It has been very difficult... even nigh unto impossible many days this year to maintain Faith and Hope in the face of the world events. In the very face of the most deplorable of human acts and conditions... even generosity seemed unobtainable to lessen the pain and suffering of the unfortunates who faced daily oppression.... hunger and terror in their displaced lives. A state of Darkness seemed to mantle the entire globe.
But in the face of this all.... Let us each of us with our unique Spirit choose to promote Peace and Sharing... as we do through our blogging. I know that the Light emanating from many posts that I customarily visit... rekindles Hope within my heart. And I thank all of you who contribute that gift so unconditionally for your caring and sharing
Being a "River Boy"... I have always been drawn to Lighthouses... not just for their unique architectural traits. I have always been drawn to the symbolism and the real purpose that I associate with them. As in art... "beauty" must always be in concert with function and purpose. That marriage insures that the viewer be involved in a dialogue of sorts with the subject matter ... and the artist.
When one examines the evolution of the Lighthouse in marine history... one is brought face to face with the fact that the underlying role of the "Light" remains the same today... but that the architecture itself and the role of the "Keeper" have all but disappeared. Most lighthouses are electronically controlled... and are no longer manned. Only in a few very remote and specific sites.
Though the Artist-Romantic within me rails at the loss... the Realist knows and recognizes that the Light continues to offer safety and service... but in a changed way. I continue my journey content in the knowledge of this fact. BUT... still I still busy myself at recording the remaining presence of those that I can discover here in the Islands and The Great Lakes... with a few Nova Scotians and West Coastals thrown in for good measure.
I would like to share some of these magnificent structures from Canada's Maritime past that I have had the privilege to visit and paint. In choosing them as a subject for this last post of 2015... I challenge each of you to be a "Lightkeeper" in your own existence and art.
Share your "Light" generously... unconditionally and regularly in 2016... Shine on!!
"Maritime Monarch, Peggy's Cove Light" - oil on panel 14x12 inches SOLD
"Mare's Tails O'er Ironbound Island Light", NS - oil on canvas 30x36 inches SOLD
"Nocturne, Rustico Harbor, PEI" - oil on panel 20x24 inches SOLD
"Deep Cove Light, NS" - oil on panel 16x20 inches SOLD
"Winter Watcher, Prescott ON - oil on canvas 16x20 inches GIFTED
"River Sentinel, Sunken Rock Light, Alexandria Bay NY" oil on canvas 30x24 inches" SOLD
"The Way Things Were, Salmon Point Lighthouse - oil on canvas 16x20 inches SOLD
"Pulling in Winter, Point Traverse Light - oil on canvas 12x30 inches SOLD
"Silent Sentinel, Squamish Light, BC" oil on canvas 30x36 inches GIFTED
It seems so very appropriate to end 2015 on my blog by offering my thanks publicly to my partner in Life and Art, Deb. I should like to acknowledge her constant presence... and her magnificent artisan-ship here at The Paint Box Gallery. Without her love... guidance... business acumen and artistic contributions there would be little or no success at the Gallery. She is ... The "Lightkeeper"of my Soul... and "I" am greatly blessed to have "Her" at my side!... Love you Babe... and Thank you!
"Sunken Rock Light" 24x18 inch stained glass design in an oak frame
"Georgian Guardian, Brebeuf Island Light, Georgian Bay" stained glass 24x30 inches SOLD
"Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in."
from Anthem - Leonard Cohen
"We can easily forgive a child that is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light"
Let us shine our love on the world together... to make the world a better place!
Good Painting!... to ALL!!... and Happy New Year!!!
See you in 2016!!!