It's Canada Day here tomorrow... and Rockport is hopping with visitors and activities! The River is bustling with craft of every kind... the streets and restaurants filled to overflowing with vacationing visitors.The atmosphere is electric with excitement, as people cruise about seeking photos and souvenirs. Many interesting and interested visitors cruised in and out of the Gallery. One one occasion... three paintings ldeparted with them! Summer has arrived in Rockport... and as with all otherwise sleepy low season tourist destinations... there is little privacy or places to go to avoid the crush during the day. Evening settles down the street movement to a waltz tempo and that's when locals emerge to sit out and walk about! Life is good!
Canada is a vast and diverse country geographically... despite its smaller population than its nearest neighbour the USA. Every region possesses its own unique beauty and cultural differences. I have enjoyed the great pleasure of painting in all but one Canadian province... Newfoundland. But that's in our "bucket list"... things to do and places to go before life plays dirty tricks... as it most certainly will for us all.
I have lived in Nova Scotia on the eastern Atlantic coast of Canada for five years... my brother Don lives in Viuctoria, BC on the Pacific coast and my younger sister Chris lives in Edmonton, Alberta... nearer the central region of Canada ... known as the Prairies. In short... there are Shermans all over the map in Canada/// and at the moment Venice Italy and the Barbados as well!!!
No matter where each of us lives though... we come from extremely PROUD... LOYAL...and staunch Canadian stock. And today... more than any other day in the year... I am so very proud that my Scottish and English forefathers took the courage to leave their native homelands behind... to find a better life for themselves... and for their future family. I always feel blessed when I realize that upon making that dire choice... they forever lost the ability to share time with their own loved ones... even up until death separated them forever!
On this special day... I humbly and reverently offer my thanks for that ultimate gift of sacrifice on our behalf. I pray that our life and work do honour to that gift!
"I"... no "We"... are deeply blessed!
Happy Canada Day everyone!!! Fire up da barbies! HA HA!!!
Here's a cross section of some of my favourite paintings from my past travels across this vast country! Hope that they inform and entertain you today!
A BIG Hello ... From the Rock! Happy Canada Day!
A Colourful Hello... Talk about colour theory!
Paint Box Pride
Rusitco, PEI Lighthouse - oil on panel 20x24 inches
Peggy's Cove Light, NS...Maritime Monarch oil on panel 14x12 inches
Heaven on Earth... Kingsburg, NS oil on canvas 36x48 inches
Bienvenue (Welcome to ) a Charlevoix! - oil on canvas 30x24 inches
En Souvenir de (in memory of) AY (AY Jackson) -oil on canvas 48x36 inches
The Greeter, Les Eboulements, Charlevoix, Que oil on canvas 20x24 inches
Madawaska Relic -oil on panel 20x24 inches
The Magnificence of Algonquin Park Through the Seasons -(quadriptych oil) on 4 canvases 6x12 feet
Still Soaring! Indian Head, Saskatchewan oil on panel 12x16 inches
Lake Louise, BC in Winter oil on canvas 30x36 inches
The Real Canadian Idylls, Kananaskis, BC oil on canvas 36x48 inches
Ribald Royalty, Ribbon Creek, BC oil on canvas 36x36 inches
Life's A Beach, Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC oil on panel 24x48 inches
In Nova Scotia they called me "The Winter Painter." Winter remains my favourite time to get "out there"... often on my snowshoes to hike out to be alone with Creation!.... It restoreth my soul!!!
Good Painting to all!