Art

endless possibilities

 

How could I not respond to my wonderful friend Tina from Travels and Trifles who is hosting this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge: Creativity in the time of Covid with her as always inspiring images and words.

A few weeks ago I was intrigued by my beautiful granddaughter’s Disney Read and Glow drawing tablet so my lovely daughter gave me a present of one for myself. Here are a few of my “creations” some of which I have already blogged about. In these challenging times it has been fun to explore the endless possibilities that this brilliant little children’s drawing tool provides.

   

 

   

 

 

Thanks Tina for always inspiring us with your Travels and Trifles.

from spirit bark to spirit dark


 

Spirit Bark

 
On today’s third anniversary of the horrific terrorist attack in Barcelona this recent painting of bark from the magnificent trees in the Pacific Spirit Park serves to re-introduce my post from three years ago entitled “From Spirit Park to Spirit Dark” in which my painting of the park that day became transformed into a memorial for all those so tragically lost, as we remember them once again on this sombre day.

 

From Spirit Park to Spirit Dark – August 18th, 2017

 


 

Spirit Dark after Guernica, in progress


 

Spirit Park

The evolution of today’s post:

The Pacific Spirit Regional Park in Vancouver is a beautiful jewel in our city, a place of peace and tranquility that I have posted about many times, and as recently as this week’s Photo Challenge from The Daily Post. On our last visit there one of my photos inspired me…
 

 
…to set up a number of sheets of newsprint on the studio wall and see where it took me with charcoal, crayon and paint.
 
     
 

 

I was happy that the image was progressing well and was close to being finished…


 
…and then yesterday morning came the news from Spain of the horrific terrorist attack killing and injuring countless innocent men, women and children from all over the world, enjoying a summer’s evening in Las Ramblas in Barcelona.  The images were heartbreaking, and one particularly was unforgettable, a baby’s stroller abandoned on the sidewalk and a child lying motionless in the street.
 
I shall never forget the first time I saw Picasso’s Guernica in New York in 1965.  It has haunted me ever since, and those images from Barcelona immediately brought it back to me.  It is perhaps one of the greatest works of protest art ever created, painted by Picasso after the attack on the city of Guernica in 1937.
 
Suddenly my Spirit Park in the studio seemed a million miles away from the reality of the carnage and horror happening across the sea, and images relating to another time in history started to appear amongst the trees together with that stroller and that beautiful innocent child.
 

 
As I send sympathy and condolences to all those suffering from yet another crime against humanity, Spirit Dark in some small way is my way of protesting these evil times.
 
One more photo from that morning in the park perhaps allows me to end with a ray of hope in our dark world.
 

 
 

Post Script 17.8.20
 
    
 
Two years ago in October 2018 visiting the Reina Sofia in Madrid was a special day on our memorable trip to Spain, the highlight of which was seeing Picasso’s Guernica for the second time in over fifty years having first seen it in New York in 1965. Once again, standing before the painting, it takes one’s breath away with its impact as an artistic statement against the horrors of war and of man’s inhumanity to man. Sadly so little seems to have changed in our present times as we see dictators and autocrats across the world continuing to demonstrate that same inhumanity as they terrorize their own people and attempt to prevent democracies from flourishing. To my American friends all I can say is VOTE.
 

The painting was finished this year.

VJ Day


 

Pacific Spirit Park – 15.8.20 – acrylic on canvas

Painted today to honour the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day, which marks the end of the war in the Pacific and the Second World War. Lest we forget.

finding comfort


 

“I find comfort in contemplating the sunflowers,” Vincent Van Gogh.

I hope this bouquet gives comfort to all those grieving and suffering across the world tonight, with special thoughts and condolences to the parents of 3 year old Alexandra Najjar who was shielded by her mother after the explosion in Beirut but sadly died in hospital two days later. Just one story among so many but one like all the others that breaks our hearts.

ground zero


 
The former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall was ground zero when the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945 and is now the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, a UNESCO World Heritage Site also known as the A-Bomb Dome. On August 9th a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. As we commemorate this 75th Anniversary and the horrific loss of civilian life and suffering that ensued our thoughts and condolences are also with all those suffering loss and devastation in Beirut today, where a modern-day ground zero has resulted in images so reminiscent of those seen in Hiroshima seventy five years ago.

glowing variations


 

You can never have enough bouquets to say thankyou. 
For healthcare heroes everywhere.
 

 

Enjoying the possibilities of my Disney Read and Glow drawing tablet.

sublime Yuja


 
What a treat today enjoying the sublime Yuja Wang whose breathtaking virtuosity was on full display on the final day of Virtual Verbier Festival, thanks to Medici TV. Seeing and hearing her play is such a privilege and in these troubled times her inspirational artistry uplifts us all.
 

Thank you Yuja.