Yesterday was the first day of Spring for 2021, and for most of us I think that these longer and warmer days are filling us with hope and positive vibes. It's been a long, challenging year since covid lockdowns started here in North America and we're all ready for some sunshine, friends and family time, and moving forward in general.
I just wanted to share a little positive thing that happened for me recently. The Art Gallery of Algoma here in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario went ahead with their annual Winter Festival of Art a little later than planned, but just as fun none the less. This year's theme was "Finding Joy" - a rather suitable theme for art after the year that we've all had.
The entries were fantastic, as usual, and the theme really brought an energy and vibrancy to artwork submitted.
I am pleased to say this painting - Nourished by Beauty - won an honourable mention. I am really pleased with this one - it is a 30x40" alcohol ink painting mounted on wood panel and finished with resin. It is a site to see in real life as the size really brings it to life.
Nourished by Beauty is from a memory of one of my favourite spots up North near Lake Superior Provincial Park - Katherine's Cove. It's just such a nourishing place to be. The water crashes over these few really large rocks that are just scattered together at the beach. So amazing to ponder where they came from, how they came to rest right there, and why there aren't more of them. The waves come rolling in, hit these huge rocks and create these beautiful sprays of water in every direction. Just to stand there and observe is cleansing for your soul. It feels like everything heavy or tiresome gets washed away in those moments, leaving a sense of joy and wonder.
I hope you have a place or a piece of artwork that does this for you. We all need beauty that nourishes us regularly. It's good for your soul!
Thank you for sharing this joy with me! Happy Spring!