One of McCarthy’s favourite places to sketch was in Ireland in the Spring. The frequent storms and rain not only gave nourishment to the land it provided Doris with vibrant colours and stormy skies. The immediacy of plein air painting is very apparent in this fine watercolour. One can almost hear the wind and the swaying branches, feel the breeze and smell the fresh earth and vegetation.
During David Bierk’s many travels he sketched and photographed the landscape, combining his painting facility with a fine photographic eye. In this finely balanced photo montage he captures the transitional nature of light in the French countryside while alluding to the work of Claude Monet.
Bierk’s photo based works were included in The Painted Photograph, a three-person exhibition organized and circulated nationally by The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in 2005- 2006.
In Angelucci’s own words; “The Timescape series is made of film-strip-like narratives marking a particular measure of time and space. Shot on the fly, during a walk or train ride, or from a car window, each strip maps a small journey: some a daily routine, others more unusual and of greater significance. Each Timescape seeks in its own way to fix a passage of time and place, while at the same time carrying a continuous sense of dislocation and transition.
The rough and ready hills and sturdy houses of the Newfoundland ports intrigued McCarthy with their patterns of shapes and colours. She painted them often during her many visits there capturing, as here, the spirit of the place and its inhabitants.
Greg Curnoe traveled to Pangnirtung and Frobisher Bay, Nunavut, in 1971, recording and painting as he went, capturing in this exuberant watercolour sketch the summer light and brilliant bursts of colour.
For the much visited Niagara Falls, Wiliam Kurelek focuses his gaze on the fragility of the boat, here almost overtaken by power of the falls. The finely rendered, hand drawn stone lithograph heightens the immediacy.