“REALMS OF AN ISLAND IN THE SALISH SEA”
Work By Francine Renaud
Galiano Island, September 3rd to October 1st.
Opening Reception Saturday September 3rd, 4pm – 7pm ♥ Music By T.NILE
Open Sun. Sept.4, 11:30 – 4:30 OPEN: Thurs., Fri., Sat. 11:30 – 4:30
Finally a day to stay put. I can now start sharing what I have gleaned from this trip to the Netherlands with you my friends……
The slide show is fun but so is the picture list. Try it ! :-)
These photos were taken today in the little village where we are staying just 10k out of Amsterdam. We are surrounded by bike paths, pedestrian paths on dikes through this fertile landscape. It is criss-crossed with canals and ditches full of ducks, geese, swans, herons, swallows, terns, european oystercatchers, magpies, pigeons, sheep, cattle and horses just to name a few.
The architecture is of great delight, endless variations on a theme. The small scale and proportions are soothing and feels just right. Roads here are one car, one bike, one pedestrian wide. Encountering opposing traffic is mostly a quick negotiation.
Here I see a Culture that has courted Nature for so many centuries and shaped it to make it pleasant for us humans. Holland is in a feast of flowers right now.
More to come!!!
I have been busy since October putting together a solo show for this coming September at Insight Gallery on Galiano Island . I am now starting to post again. I will be posting regularly and, amazingly, I can inform you that something new is posted.
I invite you to share a visual diary of my world as I will be traveling throughout B.C., Belgium and the Netherlands. I am so happy to now have the tools to share my visual discoveries through this blog and Facebook and to know how far and wide it can reach. This is amazing to me.
This photo is the start of a collection of heraldic emblems and symbols that I know will come my way.
Saturday- July 31st, Sunday-August 1st, Monday-August 2nd
11 am to 5 pm
I was asked last September to produce a panel that would be part of a large mural.
“Unity through Diversity” was the umbrella concept for Mural Mosaic and we were asked to be inspired by the amazing richness and beauty of the life forms of our coastal habitat.
”The sea trouts” 12″ x 12″ Acrylic on panel
The larger image was unknown to us and we were given a panel loosely painted to be our guideline.
The final unveiling event and the release of the book is taking place this Sunday June the 20th at the Galiano Inn. An event that promises to be exciting in a wonderful setting. The lieutenant governor will be meeting Galiano artists as well as the many other artists who participated.
You to are invited!!! For all details clic on Kunamokst
Here are some thoughts on my chosen subject……
The gem like quality of a fish freshly out of water has kept me fascinated ever since I can remember. There is something so intriguing about Neptune’s Kingdom.
I enjoyed capturing through layers of glazes, the glistening of their bodies in a fluid environment. Their speckled backs and silvery colors are so very attractive to me.
Of course their speckles are part of a very successful camouflage, a way of being invisible at a most vulnerable time. They spawn like salmon, on gravel in the shallow waters of a riverbed.
Artwork Exhibitions Mixed-Media: "Integral Vision" "Reconstruction" Acrylic on panel Hybridity Mixed-Media
by Francine Renaud
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Reconstruction, daily reassembling….. What to save? What to discard?
Mixed-Media, Acrylic on panel, 36″ x 36″ x 2.75″
This image,”Eye of the Meadow” is part of a series called “Reconstruction”. This series of Mixed-Media panels were shown in Vernon at Gallery Vertigo as part of a group show curated by Judith Jurica. These works explore in a visual form, the realisation of all of my internal cultural influences and hybridity. And, by extension, “Reconstruction” explores the hybridity of British Columbia and Canada’s multicultural fabric.
I am also introducing an icon, the Alpine Daisy, to represent all that is indigenous as, an integral and constant presence. In “Eye of the Meadow” I use the Daisy as a lens through which we can observe our part of the world.
Through the Daisy’s lens we can see a wave constructed from the hand of the Green Tara.( This is a recurring icon in my work ) It represents the presence of Asian cultures, Buddhism, the Feminine as well as a gentle, strong, protective force over a landscape reminiscent of the southern Gulf Islands.
An other icon part of this image is the Acanthus leaf. You can see it as a repeat pattern around the Goddess’s graceful and gentle hand. The Acanthus leaf represents European cultures.
I think of two dimensional work as the live playing field of aesthetics. Live because the interaction with the viewer is always active.
In this case my presentation with this blog makes it now INTERACTIVE .
So, please feel inspired to leave your thoughts.
This is the series: “Reconstruction”.
“Eye of the Meadow”, ” Skeena”, ”Swift Crossing”, “Turtle Island Flora”.
This series is a group of works that are part of a larger series called :
”Hybrid Self, Indigenous Heart”.
This larger body of work also includes another series of pieces called:
“Hybrid Self, Indigenous Heart” is a project in the making.
Last Friday Stephenie, who was on a visit from Banff, dropped in Island’s Edge Gallery where I was working for the day. We had a great chat. Stephenie mentioned that she wanted to see these again, so here are the paintings Steph!!!
All the best from the coast.
Playing in our Mt-Pleasant garden, showers of cherry blossom petals are flowing down the pavement on 21st, just like a stream.