Prairie Bliss

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Hello everyone, today I am sharing a place that I knew has always impacted me as an artist but has been hard for me to articulate as a subject and that is the Saskatchewan prairies. I do not live there but it has been a crucial part of my upbringing. I have always travelled to them but had never truly appreciated to its capacity until I moved to Montréal. Also up north there is my small quaint paradise of a cabin that has many special memories and is where I say the beginnings of my practice as a painter started. This is what I want to share with you today.

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I guess I’ll start with my true realization of how I came to feel this love for the prairies. I am used to big open skies and vast horizons, it is where I feel the most comfortable. Whereas for me Montréal felt condensed, industrial and like I could never quite get enough nature to satisfy me. I always say that I didn’t like Montréal as I could never see the sky. This might sound odd to some but I am used to seeing prairie flats where the sky never ends… And in Montréal there was never a big enough sky for me there was always a bridge or a peninsula park in my way. It was during this time that I began to understand my connection with the prairies.

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When I was homesick I would go to google earth and look up the highways and act as if I was taking those road trips to the lake where the cabin is. I think the reason I love it so much is because of all the diverse nature that is there. Among the flats there are so many critters that you can find it’s amazing!

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Also at the cabin that was where I did my first copy of a Studio Ghibli film watercolour painting. It was the yellow bakery Kiki goes to live at in Kiki’s delivery Service:

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From there my practice worked at trying to refine those detailed watercolours, then I moved onto fibres and natural dyeing and now I seem to have made a bit of a return to watercolours. For a long time I had wanted to paint my own images based off of pictures that I took and now I feel as if I have done enough copies and learned how to draw so that I can do these types of works. But enough of my talk I want to share the pictures I have and hope you feel at least a bit of he magic I do.

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I hope you enjoyed and were transcended a bit of the magic of nature. I know I was and it makes me twice as excited for my trip there soon! Until next time!

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Adieu.

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