My family took me up to Vancouver BC for my birthday a few weeks ago – what a fabulous gift! We took the Amtrak Cascades up, which was a relaxing way to go, especially with two kids. We stayed downtown at the Pacific Palisades and spent the next two days walking, busing, or sky training around the city. I recommend visiting a city two weeks before they host the Olympics – very festive but without the crowd.
The first thing I did was drag my family to the Vancouver Art Gallery. I was so excited to be able to see some of Emily Carr’s work in person! Emily Carr was a Canadian artist who lived and worked in the early 20th century. I think this quote from her biography sums her up nicely:
“Her life is irrevocably connected with the Canadian West, the place where she was born and where she chose to spend her life, with only a few brief interruptions. Her independence as a woman when domesticity was expected, her resolve to travel frequently and unaccompanied to isolated First Nations villages, and her devotion to art despite the obstacles, distractions and criticism, remain inspirational.”
I forget how wonderful it is to see works in real life! I’m always astounded by their size and depth and pull.
I’m sure anyone who has seen my work would understand why I love this so much. Look at that tree! How it ripples and twists, dark yet vibrant! Wow.
Oh, to follow that path! This painting is amazing… at 51 inches high you just feel like you can step into this world. I went to college on the northern California coast and lived among the giant redwoods for five years. I see her Forest and I know it, the damp and the dark and the mystery. I love how the treetops are not clear cut (ha ha), how the branches come from every which way.
Look at that sky! It is like rippling glass.
I love looking up towards the sky through a grove of trees, and I always wish I could capture that on paper. Emily Carr does it here, though this little image doesn’t do it justice. I love the movement in this piece, and the stunningly bold colors.
I had a great time in Vancouver, and I can’t wait to go back in a non-soggy month and for a longer period of time. We got just a taste of the great trees on a brief visit to Stanley Park.