Official public opening reception July 16th in Partners Hall at the Algonquin Theatre

Monday, October 1, 2012

MUSKOKA COLOURS is an art show by Janine Marson. It is on from September 28th. to October 29th at Muskoka Tourism, 1342 Hwy.11 North, just south of Gravenhurst 1.800.267.9700. If travelling southbound from Huntsville, take Muskoka Road #13 for the Hwy 11 turnaround and then go northbound to get to Muskoka Tourism Visitor Centre. Open 9:00-5:00 daily.

AHHH!!!!  The smells of fall...the crispness in the air, the mind blowing colours all leave me feeling heady, alive and blessed to live and work in Muskoka. I was out painting on Sunday afternoon to my favourite painting spot, Ragged falls. I grew up around the corner from this very special place. It is a place of peace and tranquility for me. I could stay there all day and never tire of watching the water meander downstream, and then bubble and rush downstream over rapids that lead to a spectacular set of ragged and rocky drops as it descends to the bottom. 

WOW...although it was a little overcast, the colours were singing for all they are worth!! Oh....the glorious hot oranges and reds, the glowing yellows...this is the time of year that I get to bring out all the hot big, boys of cadmium red and orange and all my fun colours of transparent orange oxide. 

I never take any of this for granted and am so thankful that all of my being gets to see, hear, touch, smell, and even taste the mist in the air. The beauty of this place transcends time and space. The painting of the woman is actually me. My son Jon yelled out to me, "Mum...don't move" He snapped a great photo of me that I later used as a reference to make this painting. I was caught up in the moment of basking in the sunlight and how it filled my skin and eyes with energy and light. The painting best describes how I feel as a person about this place. Many of my paintings express the joy and wonder that I see in nature, but this painting eludes to something more special and everlasting. I get to experience the ordinary in unique ways and have been given the gift to express it through my art. However this painting shares that fact that this earth is my temporary home, and one day I will truly go home.

This year I am more thankful than ever for the simple things in life that bring me joy. I may not have much according to the worlds point of view, but what I do have is immeasurable and overflowing. May you find peace and quiet in the beauty of this season. Happy Thanksgiving! 

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