Creating anything is essentially a task that requires concentration, focus and a space that fosters experimentation. As such, it is often a lonely task. But it is the artists who have gone before, and the ones with whom we play, that also stir the creative juices and help us to think outside of our own patterns and ways of doing things.
I regularly play with artist friends, and more than anything, appreciate the different methods of creativity I discover by doing so. An often-as-possible-for-one-who-lives-in-another-province playmate is Alice Saltiel-Marshall, an incomparable oil/acrylic/watercolour artist who has embraced the mixed media world with a passion. Alice teaches me as much as my mind can absorb about the world of painting realism, and if I ever manage her feather touch with a paint brush I will feel it has been a life well-lived.
|Mail from Gran ©Alice Saltiel-Marshall|
|Summer Harvest © Laura Leeder|
|Birds on a Wire © Eileen Gidman|