I walk my daughter to school every day. Often she asks me about when she will be able to walk on her own. It’s a great way to start my day and she’s my last little one and so, I wish I could do it forever.
This lovely spot has a view of the Bedford Basin. I have been walking by it almost every day for 10 years. I have seen it in all seasons and all weather. It’s a minuscule dose of nature in our ever growing small community in Bedford, Nova Scotia. I take a moment each time and look out or photograph and thank my lucky stars to live where I do with my growing family.
I have been working like this for a while but mostly on beaches. The truth about my surroundings have changed. School is back in session and I am often staying close to home. I am surprised about how much I enjoy staying near home. I would never have imagined that I would be one to prefer it. It appears that it has happened to me. I am not sure if this occured because of the pandemic we are living through or the fact that I am middle aged. I am glad though because it has been a great source of inspiration.
One thing that has changed in my work over the years is my reliance on reality to express myself. I have abandoned realistic imagery in favour of a more whimsical and imaginative one. This in turn has given me permission to change parts of landscape or adjust any composition to my liking. These watercolours on paper are a great way for me to express myself. I love including patterns and exaggerating colour in my work. They often lead to other larger acrylic paintings on canvas so none of this ends up wasted. It is my way of keeping a sketchbook. It is an affordable way to keep my creativity flowing.
The first image is of the view in the summertime. The second is the fall, and there is my daughter in the right corner. I have been occasionally including her in some of my sketches which is a side series I guess. The third is also an image of autumn. It is funny but when I try to make a bigger 9×12 watercolour I find it too big to make. I have tried several times over the last few months but I prefer working really small in watercolour. It appears that my acrylics are the opposite now. I find doing a really small acrylic not quite as interesting to make.
Every day is a learning experience and as I go I learn new things about myself. I think it’s important to just keep trying and exploring and learning. It’s also important to see the nearby things that are worth making art about.