Thursday, March 12, 2015

Beyond Words...

My post this morning will not be taking its usual form... in that I am not going to offer  my usual column or "treatise" to express what has been occurring in my "Universe". I am rather... going to post the pictures that will make up the soon to occur exhibition at The Glass House Gallery and Studio... opening on Saturday, March 28th, 2015... between 2 and 4:00 pm.

In so doing... I hope to demonstrate my continued belief and contention that "making pictures" is yet another ... equally valid way of expressing one's self. While this "voice" is mute... when compared to the other, it is equally capable of stirring thoughts... and emotive responses such as passion. Like each of you... I simply live to search for better ways to improve this voice because you see... I choose to believe that my voice is unique. But then again... so is yours!!! Each of us quite simply sees the world through a set of eyes and with our very individual and complex brains try interpret and record in paint our impressions.

What I have to say may not be totally unique from the others who journey beside me, but what I have to say has always come from inside me alone. It represents my view of my inner "Universe". Through my paintings... my other "voice" I invite you to visit and to better understand my journey. Take what you will from what I show you. I offer it to all of you to enjoy and perhaps find who some worth in it that might inspire or encourage you.

Enjoy this current chapter which "journals" this newest chapter in my painting and life adventures.

Good Painting... to ALL!!

"Winter Warmth" - oil on gallery wrap canvas 20 x 24 inches

"Wind.. Water and Rock" - oil on canvas 8 x 10 inches

"TimersStands Still in the Islands" - three canvas triptych oil 6 x 36 inches

"Sunscape" - oil on canvas 20 x 16 inches

"My Tangled Garden" - oil on canvas 30 x 24 inches

"Comes the Morning, Delta Mill" - oil on gallery wrap canvas - 24 x 30 inches

"Quiet Waters" - oil on canvas 12 x 16 inches

"January Thaw, Rockport" - oil on oak panel 10 x 17 inches

"Spring... on the Run" - oil on canvas 24 x 20 inches

"Just Before the Run" - oil on canvas 8 x 10 inches

"Sunlit Point" - oil on canvas 11 x 14 inches

"Between Showers, Smuggler's Cove" - oil on canvas 16 x 20 inches

"First Ice, Smuggler's Cove" - oil on canvas 10 x 12 inches

"January Thaw, Oro" - oil on canvas 20 x 24 inches

Fred Guild's River Grandeur - oil on canvas 16 x 20 inches

"Island Belles" - three canvas triptych 12 x 34 inches

" As Time Goes By" - oil on canvas 36 x 30 inches

"River Dance" - oil on gallery wrap canvas 40 x 30 inches

This large canvas is the "tour de force" for the show. It represents all of the joy and majesty that the River offers each of us blessed to be raised on its shore. It really is a landscape
 that can be found in so many places within the Thousand Island Archipelago. As well, it is a site which indeed repeats itself throughout the entire Frontenac Biosphere Reserve... from Algonquin Park through to the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York.

The playfulness of certain of the forms in direct contrast to the more realistic treatment of other forms I believe, demonstrates the varied ways that the landscape can be interpreted and painted. Despite the tension that this situation creates, the composition weaves it together in harmony and warm color.


  1. Comes the Morning and Winter Warmth...the light you have captured in these two is just super brilliant, Bruce. I also love Fred's Guild...I know I've seen several incarnations of this piece but for some reason, this time it gave rise to my own mental images of memories of things read or seen over the years. Each piece is just truly beautiful and I think I can just never pick a favorite anymore; there are too many of them.

  2. Good morning Sherry!... Thanks for the legs up comments! Very encouraging!

    Believe it or not... "Sunlit Point Is my favorite in the show. Simply because... it fairly "painted itself". I just held the brushes! One of those rare "Aha" moments in life!

    Now down to the preps for delivery to the Gallery on Tuesday! The hard past is done though!

    Good Painting!... and I DID so love your kitten water color. Sensitive,,, loose and transparent. A gem Sherry!
    Warmest regards,

  3. I always enjoy your voice, whether it comes through in words or in your paintings. Looking at these, I fell in love with the triptych, then said, no, the mill and that gorgeous warm light is my favorite, no wait, Smugglers Cove with new ice and I want to live there - this one must be my favorite! ha ha Must mean there are A LOT of good paintings in that bunch! Best of luck with the show :)

  4. Hi there Rhonda!... Thank you for your visit... and for all of your enthusiastic comments about the paintings!

    It is always one's hope that their work inspires thought and a better appreciation for the beautiful Eden that we are blessed to live in.

    I admire your searching and very creative projects as well Rhonda, I believe that we value many common principles and a desire to share our processes openly with others!

    Good Painting... and Searching!

    Warmest regards,

  5. Hi Bruce, it's a nice, varied collection, with different subjects and sizes. All together they give a good impression of life along the river. Hopefully there will be something to appeal to everyone, and I hope it goes well for you.

    All the best,

  6. Thanks Keith!... The Gallery gals were simply" over the moon" about the show... and excited to get it hung! I am most anxious to see it hung as well. The show opens on this Friday... with the vernissage being held on Saturday, March 28.

    I was asked to be present and to present a short talk about the exhibition... the River and its importance in my life and my painting! Look forward to that opportunity to share further!

    Thanks for dropping by and for your gracious and uplifting comments and best wishes!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,