1. Judy Mackenzie’s inspiration for her painting: I was inspired by the color of the water, of course, because color to me is one of the most important parts of a painting. Also, I love painting various kinds of water, and this small island and its reflections in the beautiful water was why i painted this particular scene.
2. Jean Tokers inspiration for her painting: I noticed this lovely fall scene while driving in to work one beautiful fall day. The Little River between the Little Shuswap and the big Shuswap Lake never fails to inspire as it changes with the seasons. Usually in the fall I notice the salmon run, many eagles and occasionally bears. But on this day this little deer was coming down for a drink and I thought it was picture perfect, a scene to paint.
Jackie’s inspiration for her painting: Since the subject was Lakes & Streams and since we live in the area of the Shuswap Lake and the largest salmon spawning area (Adam’s River) I associate Bears and Salmon fishing together.
Melody’s inspiration for her painting: My son comes to visit and brings his black retriever who loves to swim in the lake like so many other dogs on holidays. I did some research to find out some of the endangered and non- endangered species that live in our Shuswap lakes and streams and imbedded them into “Franky” the Black Lab. If you look closely, you can find 12 species along with other plants and natural items. The location of this painting is my favorite spot-on Shuswap Lake and that is 2-mile point.
So what is this you ask? The Blind Bay Painters created a large painting with 60 canvases combined to make one painting as a group project this year! This is a snippet of cropped picture of the whole painting all put together and framed beautifully (Thanks to Bill Burton for building our massive frame for it!) This painting will be present in the Reedman Gallery during the Canada Day weekend (Fri/Sat 10-4) Each artist takes one or two 6×6 canvases with a grid cutout of their part they need to paint. None of the artists except for the organizer knows what the final painting will look like until they are all complete and framed. The painting is both real and imagined, rich in colour and soft in feel, with local sites. Can you guess what it might be? Come to the show for a viewing!
It was like the last day of school, someone said. I chuckled, and delighted in the metaphor. The chatter was infectious and anyone who thought they actually could come to paint on the last day was fooling themselves. We came to visit, to share our concerns about one of our painting friends losing her husband and all that she had to endure this year and what we could do to support her. We came to catch up with some people who were away and this might be the last chance that we would see them until next fall. We came to celebrate, celebrate the great year we had together, the camaraderie that exists, and the blessing of not having a flood destroy our Canada Day plans. Oh yes, and we came for the food…Bayside Marina, you did not disappoint!