Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Mushing to a Song

In the dim dawn

In the dim dawn,
Mushing to a song in my mind from bygone times -
 -Loving that flute!
And the limbs of Poplar at the edge of the forest
And the grullo forms of Altamiro and Fidalgo
On this beautifully bleak Winter's day at Ravenseyrie.
"Didn't it feel good?"
Yes, it did!
     ---L. Gerard

The grullo forms of Altamiro and Fidalgo

Limbs of Poplar

At the edge of the forest

On a beautifully bleak Winter's day

At Ravenseyrie

Special thanks to Joni Mitchell for her song Help Me



Friday, August 31, 2018

Confluence / Painting, Poetry & Calligraphy



There is one month left for viewing my exhibition at the Gore Bay Museum.  For those who are not able to make it to the island, this blog entry will provide a virtual tour.  First my YouTube preview, then photos of each painting and its accompanying verse.  I hope you enjoy the show!

 



Many thanks to Nicole Weppler of the Gore Bay Museum and the Ontario Arts Council's Exhibition Grant program for making the Confluence/Painting, Poetry & Calligraphy exhibit possible.






TOP OF THE WORLD AT RAVENSEYRIE
"Sometimes fly with the wind, sometimes against it."  -L. Gerard
42" x 56" framed
Original Mixed Media Painting
Original Verse and Calligraphy
Chinese watercolour and sumi ink on Italian paper
$2,000
Top of the World at Ravenseyrie


THE SEASONED SKIPPER
"To age well we must continue to dream, for it is reaching for dreams that keeps us young at heart."  --L. Gerard
approx.  18 x 26  framed
Original Mixed Media Painting
Original Verse and Calligraphy
Chinese watercolour and sumi ink on Italian paper
$1,000

The Seasoned Skipper

BLANDING'S  TURTLE
"Take a break, make a pause, let the rest of the world go by."  --L. Gerard
30 1/4" x 37 1/4" framed
Original Mixed Media Painting
Original Verse and Calligraphy
Chinese watercolour and sumi ink on Italian paper
$1,500

Blanding's Turtle 


GREAT BLUE HERON
"Every path is meant to take you where you need to be."  --L. Gerard
Original Mixed Media Painting
Original Verse and Calligraphy
Sumi ink and Chinese watercolour on Italian paper
$1,500
Great Blue Heron
I RAVEN
From the place far beyond temporal reality,
From the place with no beginning
And no end,
From there, I Raven, have come.
--L. Gerard
38" x 52" framed, the full poem is on the back
I oversee the affairs of the earth,
I dance on the wind
With the sun and the moon.
I sing the poems of the mountains.
I play the rhythms of the seas.

I intercede on behalf of humans
Whose prideful preoccupation with their own creations
Provokes destruction.

For them, I Raven, make powerful medicine.
I show humans the Way--
The Way that is not back,
And the Way that is not forward,
The Way that is beyond temporal reality,
For Humans come
From where I come--
We are one.

Original Sumi-e
Yasutomo Silver Black Traditional Chinese ink on Steel Blue Construction paper
$1,875
I RAVEN


LA LOUCHE de l'ABSINTHE
"Life is a creative urge, live yours beautifully."  --L. Gerard
38" x 52" framed
Original Mixed Media Painting
Original Verse and Calligraphy
Sumi ink and Chinese watercolour on Antique Grey Classic Crest paper
$1,875
La Louche de l'Absinthe

LEGADO
"Sometimes insulate yourself from the elements, sometimes dance in the rain."  --L. Gerard
38" x 52" framed
Original Mixed Media Painting
Original Verse and Calligraphy
Sumi ink and Chinese watercolour on Steel Blue Construction paper
$1,875

Legado


THE BIG WIDE OPEN AT RAVENSEYRIE
"Let real life seduce you, embrace the sensuous touch of wind and sky."  --L. Gerard
38" x 52" framed
Original Mixed Media Painting
Original Verse and Calligraphy
Sumi ink with touches of Chinese white on Italian paper
$1,875
The Big Wide Open at Ravenseyrie


THE BLACK PEARL
"Once upon a blue wind, your wondrous, peculiar soul touched mine."  --L. Gerard
42" x 56" framed
Original Mixed Media Painting
Original Verse and Calligraphy
Chinese watercolour and sumi ink on Italian paper
$2,000
The Black Pearl


TWINRAVENS / A 60's SCOOP SURVIVOR
Often the paths we travel are not by choice,
For Destiny has her say,
But with mindful awareness,
We CAN choose the manner in which
We follow them.
Find a way that is right for you,
And then boldly carry on.
--L. Gerard
38" x 48" framed
Original Mixed Media Painting
Original Verse and Calligraphy
Chinese watercolour and sumi ink on Antique Grey Classic Crest paper
$1,500

Twinravens / a 60's Scoop Survivor

THE SICILIAN / SIGNORA MISTRETTA
"Wise women and sage men know every situation is made better by the presence of flowers."
--L. Gerard
32" x 40" framed
Original Mixed Media Painting
Original Verse & Calligraphy
Sumi ink and Chinese watercolour on Italian paper
$1,650
The Sicilian / Signora Mistretta

SCOTLAND ROAD / ALMOST HOME
Fear finds no place to linger
When your heart is devoted 
To love and beauty.
Look for a road that inspires you,
Then boldly follow it.
--L. Gerard
23 3/4" x 36" framed
Original Sumi-e
Original Verse and Calligraphy
Sumi ink on Italian paper
$850


Scotland Road / Almost Home


NORTHERN EXPOSURE
"Sometimes turn off the modern world, let the wind bring the evening news."  --L. Gerard
Original Mixed Media Painting
Original Verse and Calligraphy
30" x 30" framed
$1,575

Northern Exposure


WHITEFISH
"Make a bend in time, leave manic routine behind."  --L. Gerard
24" x 24" framed
Original Mixed Media Painting
Original Verse and Calligraphy
Yasutomo Golden Black traditional Chinese ink and Chinese watercolours on Italian paper
$890
Whitefish


KILLDEER
"Beauty is better for the soul than perfection."  --L. Gerard
16" x 20" framed
Original Sumi-e
Original Verse and Calligraphy
Sumi ink and Old Gold iron gall ink on Italian paper in antique frame
$850
Killdeer
OUSADO
"Exhale unfulfilled longings, breathe in new possibilities." --L. Gerard
20" x 24" framed
Original Sumi-e
Original Verse and Calligraphy
Sumi ink on Italian paper, mounted on Japanese paper
$775



Ousado




DESTEMIDO
"Savour the moment, be in the Now."  --L. Gerard
20" x 24" framed
Original Sumi-e
Original Verse and Calligraphy
Sumi ink on Italian paper, mounted on Japanese paper
$775


Destemido






Saturday, June 9, 2018

Sorraia Photos on Exhibit



A former co-tenant at the Gore Bay Harbour Centre, Helen Siksek, has opened up her Fish Point Studio in the newly renovated, The Inn at Gore Bay (formerly Gordon's Lodge).  Helen is an enthusiastic promoter of the arts and has decided to host several exhibitions this year out of her new location.  The first exhibition is showcasing the love and beauty of Gore Bay five local individuals have captured with their cameras.  Helen organized, processed the images and has curated a wonderful sampling of just how incredible Gore Bay and nearby areas are.

Having followed my blog over the years, Helen thought it would be nice to have some of the photos of the horses and Kevin in the exhibition.  Though I have been madly focused on getting ready for my upcoming large scale exhibition of new artworks that will be opening at the Gore Bay Museum's gallery later this month, I was able to say "yes" to Helen's request for images for her photography exhibition because all I had to do was send her the digital files and she handled the rest.

My photos all measure 11 x 17 inches and are processed and mounted on sturdy foam core and can be hung with or without a frame, no glass necessary.  I decided I did not want to sell these images for personal gain, so Helen agreed to allow me to offer them up in a silent auction, with bids started at $30 each, and proceeds going to the Gore Bay Museum.  The silent auction will run for the duration of the show, from June 8 to July 8.  For more details please contact Helen at: helensiksek@gmail.com

Long time followers of the Journal of Ravenseyrie may remember some of these images, for all of them were published at one time in various articles of this blog.  If you are in Gore Bay, stop by Helen's shop to see them hanging in their printed format.  If you want to purchase one of these photographic prints, you can participate in the silent auction - you don't need to be there in person, just register with Helen before the end of the exhibition.

Being a bit socially challenged (anxiety in crowds) I did not attend the reception, but was delighted to learn that it was extremely well attended and all the photos from the other participants charmed viewers.  It was so nice that Helen wanted to include images from Ravenseyrie.  I think she did a super job and I am hoping people will enjoy seeing images from in and around Gore Bay that have great meaning for many of us.




After the Rain - Lilac Light

Boy Games

Wild Iberian Stallions of the East Bluff

Silvestre!

A Day at the Beach
Wild Stallions and Friend Kev
East Bluff Garlic Grower


Her Many Moods



Stevie on my Balcony