I have always loved art in all its forms. Sketching, painting, pottery/clay creations, carving, floral designs, and many, many other forms, styles and mediums of art.
Even as a young kindergarten student, my teacher pointed out that I had a talent and passion for the arts. I can remember many times during my school years getting into trouble for not paying attention because I was doodling and sketching cartoon characters. These characters always made me smile and gave me a sense of peace. I understand now this was my escape…a total state of focus … a oneness of body, mind and spirit… my Zen. Although at that time I really didn’t know what Zen was, I certainly do now and zen out for many hours in the course of a day. 🙂
Being an artisan vendor in the Ottawa Byward Market, I have discovered, much to my surprise and delight, that folks like to ask about why I created a certain painting or piece. Even more surprising to me is they love to listen when I tell the story… and there’s always a story behind an art creation. They’re interested in why I painted a certain subject, the historical facts or folklore related to it, the feelings behind the painting, any little gem or take away that only the artist (me!) can tell, and many other aspects.
There are many times I exhibit my art when I’m not there in person to chat about it, so I’ve decided to start a blog that showcases not only my sketch and/or final art piece but also tells its story…as if I’m telling it to only you, the reader. A more personal approach to my art that I hope you truly enjoy!
This painting could possibly top as one of my favorite. I sell my art on the Ottawa Byward Market and on this particular day I was selling and sketching in the back of this building Le Moulin De Provence. In the back of the building most days there is a Busker that preforms. On this day it was this Japanese lady playing her japanese instrument. Now although she is talented she does play the same songs each and every day, all Buskers do the same. The owner of Le Moulin De Provence doesn’t enjoy her music and on this day stood there watching her and wishing she would stop. This brought a smile to my face and knew I had to capture this moment. Just another day in the Byward Market. From My Point Eh View
Changing of the Guard is an annual tradition that occurs almost every day at 10 am on Parliament Hill beginning late June and ending late August. It’s a spectacle of colourful pomp, pageantry and music.
I had an opportunity to capture the amazing colours and add my playful, fun characters. I sometimes add myself to the art. Can you find me in the painting? (I’m the one taking the picture.) If you’re ever fortunate enough to witness this performance, you won’t be disappointed. I’ve had a number of people purchase a print, including individuals that were or are part of the ceremony, and they have indicated “I nailed it”. That’s what puts a smile on my face! From My Point Eh View
I’m very fortunate to sell my art in the Ottawa Byward Market. I actually sell my art on this exact street i.e. Byward Street. I was also raised in the area. So I did some research on what it must of been like in 1954, the year I was born. Here is a link on the history of the Ottawa Byward Market. An amazing place to this date!! 🙂 From My Point Eh View
Every piece of art has a story this one ended with making a couple of buddies happy but started by making me realize something.
I have a couple of buddies that often visit me when I’m down at the Byward Market sketching and selling art. There are days when they spend a few minutes and then there are days they spend hours chatting about everything. These two lads are both wheelchair bound and have been most of their lives. Saying that, I have never heard them complain of their situation…as a matter fact, I’m sure they don’t see it as a situation…it’s just what it is. They are also best buddies that help and support each other. On this particular day, they were viewing my latest art, the one thats part of this page. I was showing them all my little characters that I love to add, when one of them ask me “How come there are never no handicapped characters in your art?” I honestly didn’t have an answer so we chuckled about it and it was forgotten. So I decided they were right and thought what a better place to add them but into this piece, seeing they love to ride down the canal. The next time they visited, I told them the piece was finished and to go over and take a peek and let me know what they thought. When they saw it, it brought a smile from ear to ear which in turned warmed my heart and brought an even bigger smile on my face. They asked for a number of prints to give to their family and friends. Often when they are visiting and in my stand, I’m showing someone this piece of art and I ask them to let me know if they recognize any of the characters in the piece. When they recognize my buddies, this brings a smiles on all our faces. They often purchase the piece and ask if it’s ok to get a picture of all of us together, including the person who bought the art …again more smiles. 🙂
Using pencil, ink and watercolour, my style is impressionist, I paint a variety of subjects and then often add little characters that puts a smile on my face 🙂 I have so much fun adding these little characters that I’m sure when someone is watching me paint they must wonder what I’m laughing about. When someone views my art I hope it puts a smile on their face and brings them a sense of peace. From My Point Eh View
The Unknown Soldier brought back many years of fond memories. My dad was a war veteran and he marched in the Veterans Remembrance Day Parade, never missing a single Remembrance Day. I proudly waited along the route to see my dad march by. My dad has passed now but I still go to Remembrance Day and respectfully watch our older veterans that remain, never forgetting what the Veterans and The Unknown Soldier represents…giving us our freedom. From My Point Eh View