In the meantime, back at the ranch, this large mixed media work, The Shipyards in the Evening, Lonsdale Quay, was chosen for the 2017 North Vancouver Community Arts Council (NVCAC) calendar for 2017. Apparently, it’s for the month of November. I am actually mystified that this one got in, because I totally suck at painting building structures, something to do with my difficulty with numbers and geometry I think. So measuring out the building and the windows on the canvas consisted of numerous failed attempts. I had to haul out my ruler and basically draw in the lines of the building and the crane behind it onto the watercolor paper with a Sharpie. The iconic building has, of course, trees and people in front of it, and buildings to the right of it and across the street. But after the struggle with the damn windows and the appallingly complicated roof and that flipping sign on top of it, I just about gave up. The sky was the only easy bit. I eventually stuck some no-name-brand trees on the right-hand side of the building, rather than try to add more buildings, because the paper was disintegrating! The NVCAC wanted “North Vancouver” images, and they got it, but yow, what a pain that was to do. But the NVCAC loved it?! Ehhmm – really?! Even my patient framer, the good Dylan from Colours in Port Coquitlam, looked at it and murmured that it had been “somewhat over-worked“. Yeah, right. But in any case, it will be prettily framed for the exhibition to bring out the red highlights, and only you, dearest readers, will be any the wiser about the struggle that went into making it.
Framed painting, ready for transport to the gallery