Today’s watercolour” Could have been a Paperback Writer?” shows an old manual typewriter. Technology moves at a dizzying pace and machines like these have become archeological curiosities. It is true there was something powerful about them, and that with this machine, a piece of paper, and an idea, you could change the world: or at least be a paperback writer.
Twenty years ago they built a massive bridge from Prince Edward Island to the mainland (a fixed link). The bridge in today’s watercolour is not that bridge. It is however a fixed link that makes it possible to travel over a bit of water on the confederation trail.
It’s a decision we’re all faced with from time to time: “Which game piece do you want to be?” Do you want to be the Race Car, the Top Hat, the Dog, or The Horse? It’s always a bit of a poser, but in today’s painting the choice has been The Horse.
When light shines on something translucent something quite magical happens. It transforms an ordinary item, and makes it come alive. I feel that’s what happens to the Crimson Jelly in today’s watercolour.
In Eastern PEI there is a gem. That gem is the beach at Basin Head. You can walk for a good spell on these “singing sands” (the sand squeaks or sings as you walk on it). In July the beach will be full of relaxing locals and tourists. In early June however you can go there and almost have the place to yourself.
Today’s watercolour Never Far from the Sea is a visual truism for someone who lives on an island the size of P.E.I. The weather, the land, the occupations, and opportunities that exist in this place all relate in one way or another to the ocean that surrounds us.
Today’s watercolour Cubist Jam is from a few years ago. Over the years I’ve done a few works that incorporated a grid system. The painting is far from the Cubist approach to representation, but Jam Jar made out of Squares was too cumbersome a title.