Here are a couple of beautiful videos made by Parks Canada of the Gwaii Haanas Marine Park. I will be there this June, as Artist in Residence.
One of the most important aspects of being an artist is to be able to have deep dialogue with other artists and discover their process, talk about the meaning of the work and the joy of creating. Understanding another's path can help you navigate through yours, and today I meet with Norman Yates, Canadian painter extraordinaire at the Whyte Museum in Banff, Alberta.
Janice Tanton's land and sea route to Gwaii Haanas National Park where she will be an artist in residence on Haida Gwaii in 2012.
I'm going to be an Artist in Residence at Gwaii Haanas! Artists in Gwaii Haanas is a collaborative effort between Gwaii Haanas National Park, the Haida Gwaii Museum, and the Haida Nation. For 10 days in June, three artists (two artist residents of Haida Gwaii and one visiting artist) will be guided by a Parks Canada staff member into remote areas of Gwaii Haanas National Park.
What a lovely day to begin spring plain air painting. Here was my setup this afternoon in Kananaskis.
I've been working today on "The Artist's Daughter" for the third session of the work. It's coming along nicely, but not there yet! See for yourself...
Art connects us and creates space for new experiences and dialogue. This is the true value of a work, whether it is a piece of theatre, music, writing, sculpture, dance or a painting that somehow moves us.
There are so many metaphors about what we all go through in life and in art. You can prepare yourself, but not fully - for the surprises that come. Finding your sweetspot, knowing how to be prepared for the next Tornado, and learning the lessons out of each stage of the process is important to developing yourself as an artist and a Full Time Human Being.
Simply, I'm grateful that the Creator has made me an artist today.