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“Algonquin Dreams”

Algonquin Dreams

“All things want to float as light as air through the world witnessing all that is. I am a mote of dust floating freely in the firmament, a person who merely is, and I feel full of joy for all worldly treasures, the immaculate gift of life.”
― Kilroy J. Oldster

8″ x 10″ acrylic on canvas.

I’m quite enjoying my new found hobby and getting the feel of the brush. This is my 9th painting, since taking it up in February. I have the advantage of having many photographs to base the paintings on, though I take quite a bit of liberty in my interpretation of the final image. I also have the advantage of being able to photograph them and retaining all the true colors.
The basis of this image was a canoe trip into Ontario’s Algonquin park, many years ago. I clearly recall the colours of the clouds on that warm, midsummer day, splashes of pinks amid the pure whites. Fond memories of blissful days on the water in my canoe.



“Edge of the Marsh” – Peterson Road, Maynooth

“Edge of the Marsh” - Peterson Road, Maynooth

“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.”
― Susan Polis Schutz

This is another recent image I made while stopped at the roadside of Peterson Road, near Maynooth, Ontario. The road itself has a long history, being a primary connector between several of Ontario’s small towns and serving as a southern entrance to Algonquin Park and the start of many a cone trip into the park.

I made this image because it is such a typical scene in central Ontario, with its many lakes and even more numerous marshes. It’s the scene most people speed by on their way to the cottage to ‘enjoy nature’. Yet, they have passed by the very nature they claim to be getting back to. Forgive me if this sounds judgemental, it’s not intended to be. It’s something I have done so many time myself.

So, I offer you here, as small moment, frozen in time, to consider as you pass by it. Look deep into the scene, breath its life, and simply savour the abundance of beauty we all too often take for granted.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 70 mm
1/125 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200

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