Salt Spring Island artist Jeannette Sirois has created a series of new coloured pencil drawings featuring birds and florals. Fascinated by details, her delicate renderings of the natural world are a treasure to behold.
"My biggest quest is to capture the unseen: ultimately allowing the spectator to experience and sense the air, the light, the smells, and the sounds of a stream gurgling in the spring, the cry of the cicada or the background noise made by tires on a rainy day downtown."
This documentary resulted from an unexpected encounter between a painter and a young filmmaker. The idea of carrying out a magnificent project came from their first exchange. Without a budget and funding, simply for the love of art, these two artists wanted to express a familiar feeling: The desire to be an artist.
He takes it all in from the perspective of a passerby. Compositions are caught on the run. Momentary scenes of which the recollection contains only the essential. They are spontaneous - not to say improvised, as Robert captures many familiar locations in Montréal. It is a free-style, remembering a place in how it once was or should be, in one's mind with a hint of mischief.
Our incredible Canadian landscape, famous for its rich, diverse terrain and radically shifting colour and mood, continues to be a muse and inspiration for artists. The challenge is the same as it was a century ago. - to capture its unique beauty and charm with an original voice.
Landscape painter Rod Charlesworth recalls, as a young boy in Terrace, BC being "compelled to draw." By age seven, his family moved to Kelowna, and he was happily sketching all the time; at twelve, he was painting.