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Everywhere…..A Painting

April 24, 2015
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When mind and brush are back in the game, everything, everywhere becomes a possible painting.

Last night my son took me to the Canuck’s vs Flames hockey game.  It was a marvellous display of colour, smells, sounds and emotion.  Perfect elements to spur the senses and creative juices.  My love for sports just added to the excitement and everywhere I turned I could see a perfect painting opportunity.  We were sitting up near the top ring in the arena and looking below at the thousands of fans with swirling towels in hand, reminded me of the energy and colour of one of my favourite Claude Monet paintings….The Rue Montorgueil in Paris.  This painting is full of LIFE and when you stand in front of it, hanging in the beloved Musee d’Orsay, you can hear the sounds and feel the emotion…..pre game excitement….painting opportunity number one.

Number two….a fan carrying a large beer, burger and fries while balancing ketchup, a program and an umbrella.   Number three…..a couple of fans sitting next to us, cheering after our team scores their first goal.  A young boy’s disappointment, worn on his face, when a give away gave the opposition the advantage.  Number four….the embrace of a couple when our team won the game.  Number five…our amazing view of the rink, the action of the players and the crowds.    And, the list goes on.

One valuable thing the impressionists taught those that follow, is the value in noticing LIFE around you and taking the time to record it in any way you see fit.

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