Onto a fresh chapter-
The old life isn't quite gone, there are still tasks to complete from my sojourn in Kitimat but the new is taking hold, though to a degree I'm drifting in limbo, not quite fastened to anything tangible just yet. I've been taking lots of photos and the most interesting subjects so far are dead things. And that's okay. Inanimate creatures are far more accommodating than live ones and the compositions often more interesting. I like this one above, as a tonal study with yellow accents; very spare and graphically appealing...to my sensibilities, anyway.
We currently reside right in the town of Fraser Lake, one block from an extensive network of trails around and up Mouse Mountain. It's a mere 100 meters in height so is a paltry substitute for the majestic mile high Mount Elizabeth that presided over every view in Kitimat and that I'm still reproducing for commissions. She's a grand mountain... but Mouse Mountain is close and blocks the morning sun till after 7a.m. so provides relief in addition to being a wee geographic feature.
What Fraser Lake really has to offer is sky - full of wonderful cloud formation, dramatic light and amazing sunsets. Last summer, when panicked at the thought of abandoning moss, fern, mountain and temperate forest, I spotted a glorious sky: cloud towered against an evening light that sent beams piercing through to fields below, power poles and lines silhouetted in contrast. So - when Kitimat scenes are completed I will have clouds...clouds presiding over the most mundane, even drab or tawdry locations that I can find.
Because that amuses me.
Author: Eileen Hutson
'You need the dark to see the light'. Advice picked up in painting workshops has become a treasured mantra in both life and art.