Friday, May 15, 2009

Precambrian Painting Down By TheBay . . .

Hi Everyone,

I was teaching grade one/two today and it was a gorgeous sunshiny day again here in Ottawa. The lucky junior classes (grades 4,5,6) had their annual sports day. It was perfect weather for outdoor fun.

I have posted photos here of a painting that I painted a while ago.
It appeared in one of my solo shows at the Manx, on Elgin Street, Ottawa.
That's where you find the good brew and good food. No vast amounts of pub grease and they really present the chow well.

Precambrian was the name given to this painting during the Manx show. The dimensions are 24'' x 24'' x 1/2 on stretched canvas. It has a curved horizon line with delicate layers of colour above the horizon. This implies hills and woods and sky. Below the horizon are textured layers of poured underpaint with gold, copper and bronze acrylic applied to give the earth tones. Click on the photos to view enlargements.

This particular painting is now posted on eBay. Find froggy at the bottom of the page to hop to my Auctiva online store which links to eBay.

It is a long weekend here. The holiday originated to celebrate Queen Victoria. Her actual birthday is May 24th and the holiday used to be celebrated always on that weekend in May. Now it seems Victoria does not mind us having a movable feast in her honour. It was Queen Victoria who chose Ottawa to be the national capital of Canada. At the time it was on the border of Upper and Lower Canada (Ontario and Quebec) which put Montreal and Ottawa out of the running. Kingston was eliminated due to the possibility of American invasion. I think they wanted to get the Brits back for burning down the White House once upon a time.

We also tend to make colourful explosions in the sky to celebrate the holiday.
Thanks Ms. Vicky.

Happy weekend to you all.


john redmond
in Ottawa, Canada

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