Vivid Alliances: Shoreline Discourse at Big Bald Lake

Each day for the duration of Vivid Alliances, now on at the Westland Gallery,
I’ll pair and post a painting detail with a piece of original prose

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Shoreline Discourse at Big Bald Lake
Shoreline Discourse at Big Bald Lake ~ ~ Acrylic, 16×24”

Shoreline Discourse at Big Bald Lake

I’m tracing the edge of where the lake wanders up to the shore

As I watch, it pokes a finger of reflective inquiry into the reeds
around my shins, then waits

As in any conversation where give and take occurs
my wading deeply into the nuanced whys and what abouts
amid the comings and goings of theoretical speculation
causes a complicated shadow play

so I am careful that I am listening to hear
and not to prepare my answer

For your drawing is already perfect
and the telling of it as it is

a gift

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Vivid Alliances: Resurrection Moss

Each day for the duration of Vivid Alliances, now on at the Westland Gallery,
I’ll pair and post a painting detail with a piece of original prose

Click the link at the bottom of each post to see the full painting within the whole collection!
Ressurection Moss
Resurrection Moss, Detail ~ Acrylic ~ 48×60″

Resurrection moss is a type of plant that hibernates in times of stress, most often due to a lack of moisture. In Southern Utah it occurs in profusion on the red rock of the area, making the cliffs appear ‘dirty’ in its dormant state. Then, when it comes into contact with moisture it blooms vividly and lushly within a matter of moments. The emerald green against the red rock is a verdant sight to behold.

My dearest and I spent our winter break hiking the area and witnessed several of these blooms as a result of an uncommon amount of precipitation. We had an astonishing time climbing and hiking among the rocks and cliffs and watching them change before our eyes. Expansively illustrated AHA moments spent witnessing the earth breathing.

Immersed in the fulsome silent presence of those red rock cliffs, we realized that wherever we are, we need to make ever more space for breathing and mindful being. To create favourable conditions for bloom and growth to keep happening.

We likely all could do better than to just meet the most basic conditions of our lives. We need to get outside more, stretch out frequently to connect, reach inside to grok our selves more fully, do more to inspire our own resurrection moss bloom…

 

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Vivid Alliances, Sky Notes

Each day for the duration of Vivid Alliances, now on at the Westland Gallery,
I’ll pair and post a painting detail with a piece of original prose

Click the link at the bottom of each post to see the full painting within the whole collection!
Sky Notes, Detail ~ Acrylic,18x18”
Sky Notes, Detail ~ Acrylic,18×18”

 

Sky Notes

What I noticed, looking up
was an understanding of how things were
there. It all made sky sense

Until casting down and across this moving water pool
a different story told my eyes
I wasn’t wrong about you
but neither
was I right

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Vivid Alliances shows up on TV

A new exhibition opening at Westland Gallery/daytime London
In this Rogers daytime TV interview with Bob Smith, Danielle Hoevenaars of The Westland Gallery, Vicki McFarland and Erica Dornbusch discuss concept, thought and process around the works featured in the upcoming exhibition, Vivid Alliances opening March 7 at the Westland Gallery.

 

Vivid Alliances promises to be a 
“brilliant and joyful exhibition exploring colour and abstraction”.
It will be on exhibit at The Westland Gallery beginning March 7.

I hope you’ll come and be part of the wild colourful dance!

Curious about my process in this series?

Want to know about Vicki’s unique pouring process?

Erica Dornbusch and Vicki McFarland: Vivid Alliances
March 7th – 25th 2017
Reception: Thursday March 9th at 7:00 pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday March 15th at 7:00 pm

 

Westland Gallery
156 Wortley Road
London, ON
N6C 3P5
t: 1-519-601-4420
e: info@westlandgallery.ca

Resurrection Moss

(WIP) Resurrection Moss, acrylic 48×60″

Resurrection moss is a type of plant that hibernates in times of stress, most often due to a lack of moisture. In Southern Utah it occurs in profusion on the red rock of the area, making the cliffs look ‘dirty’ in its dormant state. Then when it comes into contact with moisture, it blooms vividly and lushly within a matter of moments. The emerald green against the red rock is a verdant sight to behold.

My dearest and I spent our winter break hiking the area and witnessed several of these blooms as a result of an uncommon amount of precipitation. We had an astonishing and expansive time playing outside on the rocks and cliffs. I couldn’t wait to get back to my studio to try to paint what I was seeing and experiencing.

Except, Welp; life was right there on our return and while I’ve had a couple studio days in between Life Stuff, they somehow weren’t the days of inspired brush dipping I envisioned… nope not. I felt boxed in and dried up on the small canvases I already had going and the new ones felt tight and restrained. Where was the space and tone that we’d been living in and I’d rushed back to relay? Not here in these pieces…. ha ha

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Not Not Painting but Not Painting

“Well, I have not been Not Painting while I’ve been Not Painting”

His eyes widened for a moment while he considered this.

“Ok”, he said momentarily, “I think I get you grammatically. Can you say more?”

We were outside, standing just off the trail in a deep forest off Northeys Bay Rd, near Lakefield, ON. ( We went outside in July and essentially came back inside in August at violet hour, when the end of summer streetlights came on and called us home. )

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Pop Up Post Show

This morning towards the end of my morning run, I came upon this random pop up art exhibit on a utility pole.

What a delight to stumble upon!

I loved the oddly juxtaposed mix of anatomical whimsy and various fasteners and hardware.

I don’t know who the artist is, so can’t give credit or find out more about them sadly.

There is never nothing going on…

 

Growing Stories

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“I got one I got one!”
“Wow, what a fish!!”

He got away,
Their palpable disappointment
Washed across the water

But that rock bass, in getting away,
got to become a giant
“Did you see how huge he was?”
“He was the biggest fish ever!”

Young boys editing life on the fly;
Loss flipping quickly to a hero’s tale

“Did you see how huge he was?”
“He was the biggest fish ever!”
“A giant!”
“Wait til we tell everyone!”

Listening to Crows

We headed out together, to run

Him; an hour, training at tempo

me, 45 relaxed; if I felt it…

Up to the highway in company;

jostling, chatting, planning.

Then he hit pace And turned right

Where the limo with the antler mount is parked

I followed, briefly entertaining the idea of trying to catch him

just to see what was in my legs, and his smile.

But a sudden caw-caw-phany

Stopped me in my tracks,

and on he flew away

on his own course.

Here, a murder of crows was talking insistently

in the trees above this sign.

Can you believe it?

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