Nothing Sweeter -150 MY CANADA National Juried Art Show

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Blog

My entry “Nothing Sweeter” to the 150 MY CANADA juried exhibition has been accepted! They said it was a difficult decision to narrow the entries from 234 to the 65 paintings that will hang in The Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island B.C. from June 26 to August 7 to celebrate the 150th Birthday of Canada’s Confederation.

I had started this piece a number of years ago but was never happy with it until I revisited it this year with fresh eyes, and totally revamped it, and added my husband Robert (who makes the BEST Maple Syrup ever!) with our dog Siri. I improvised the landscape to reflect the landscape just north of here, it needed some more dimension, whereas our local sugarbush here in Prince Edward County is typically a flatter landscape. Altogether I felt it was very much a scene that represented what my Canada means to me…watching my husband collecting and making Maple Syrup every winter/spring, and this year it went on for 9 weeks!  I try to stay out of it, although being a taste tester isn’t so bad 🙂

The original inspiration for this piece came from  Mountsberg Conservation Area in Campbellville, ON where I used to work as their staff artist many years ago, and had created a duotone serigraph (silk screen print) of the horses and sap wagon they used for their Maple Syrup Days event.