Everyone has their own take on landscapes with snow. My mother saw it one way and I saw it slightly differently. The first view is a 12″x 9″ oil on canvas board unsigned and undated but I know it is my mother’s work, M.E. Snelgrove. I titled it First Snow because sometimes late in the fall, when some of the leaves are still in full colour and have yet to fall, the first snow comes. The river has yet to freeze and the colours of the leaves are reflected in it. In northern Ontario, Canada, where I spent many years the snow would come in November and not leave until April. The winters were long and very cold. People were forced to shovel their roofs to keep them from collapsing.
Below is a 16″ x 12″ oil on canvas board painted in 1976 by me, L. Martel. There is a great French Canadian musician who wrote the song “Mon Pay” (“My Country” in French). His lyrics stuck in my mind when I painted this picture. “Mon pays, ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver” (My country isn’t a country it is the winter). In Canada our winters can be long, cold and hard to endure. But in that cold our resolve is tempered like steel is with heat.
It is a bit early this year to post this fun collaboration. The great American author and photographer, Marilyn Armstrong, provided the photos for the video. We were suppose to have a fierce winter storm this weekend. All we got was a few inches of powder snow, but boy, was it cold. It was -20’C which I think is close to 0′ F. Even that isn’t so bad because I can remember having weeks of -40′ C/F when we lived up north. That’s where the C and the F are the same. No doubt about it there have been some awful winter storms in our day. But this is mid to late January. Up to now we could see the grass and it was quite green. Perhaps this is it for winter. I can only hope. 3:19min.
In this video Etienne Charles describes his philosophy of the democracy of music. It isn’t about the individual, it is about the group and each person contributes to the music. If you have ever been in a band you will know what that means. You can know your part for your instrument and that is important, but when you put it all together the whole is grater than the sum of the parts. 4:26 min.
This is a 20″x 24″ oil on canvas titled Etienne’s Trumpet, which is now completed in 2019. It is framed, signed and dated. It will go on display at the QEPCCC in Oakville, Ontario on the January 21st. ( I have no idea what the QEPCCC means) I have since looked it up and it means Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre.
We are still having some very cold weather so to warm up a bit, I’m dreaming of Latin Nights. 3:20 min.
We’re having a brutally cold night tonight so to warm us up I’m posting this song called Night Markets of Thailand. It was a collaboration with the photographer Don Charisma. Thailand, in my mind, is a place of beautiful beaches and heavenly sunsets. 3:17 min.
This is a 12″ x 16″ oil on canvas completed in 2019. Last week I posted The Despairing Child this week I hope my efforts reveal the hope that a child benefits from a loving mother. I call it The Blessing, it is a laying on of hands that restores the soul.
We all have our stories and this one is mine. We were in Osaka, Japan and wandering around rather lost when we met a very kind and pleasant stranger. This was our encounter. 3:29 min.
This is a 20″ x 24″ oil on canvas painted in 1980. It was inspired by a picture I saw in the newspaper. I was going to post a more recent work called The Blessing but my camera died on me. So I’ll do that next week. Despair is crushing but to see it in a child is devastating.