You never know what plants you have around you until you look. These berries can…
Today is Canada’s birthday! Come, join me in the celebration! ‘See how this country has made me what I am today… Happy Canada Day!
Hard to believe:
You may not know but I came to Canada as a child from across the ocean; (no I did not swim)! We left most family behind and started a new life here.
In our discovery of our province we fell in love with all the natural wonders and abundant beauty! We didn’t even have to venture far or out of our province for such diverse natural landscape. I came to love the water; the clear blue frigid depths of Tobermory (above) to the fun of the Muskoka’s.
Is it any wonder that I became an artist?! I bet all those hikes and trips to the cottage just gave me too much subject matter. Everywhere I turn I see something that I want to capture forever in a painting. So hard to believe that all this can be in Ontario and still be so near to the major GTA (Greater Toronto Area)
We settled in, went to school and started families of our own in this multi-national diverse paradise. I have never felt out of place, always welcomed, loved and at home.
In my own Backyard:
A misty morning view in my yard captures so many colours and emotion. Listen for the birds, maybe there is a wild turkey walking by or a sneaky raccoon. You would think I live in a remote place but I can actually walk to a mall in a few minutes.
Amazingly short walks away are many many waterfalls since the Escarpment (a rock ridge 1000 miles long) creates a change in elevation. That makes for over 100 waterfalls in this city alone. Imagine that! Never a shortage of landscape reference.
Our unique Geography also has us close to a large body of water; Lake Ontario. Ships pass under our lift-bridge & come into our harbour from all over the world. Many walk paths allow everyone to enjoy the view.
I never tire of seeing the lake, from close or from the top of the bridge, it means home to me and my family.
Always some surprises! The animal lover in me is so happy to welcome all the critters. Sometimes we are in quite close quarters! ‘But that makes for never a dull moment…
Calming and Serene:
Taking a stroll nearby, collecting some leaves (eco printing) & walking the dog. It is therapy for the soul. Quiet contemplation and appreciation of where we live and the many opportunities that this country has and does provide. Thanks dad for taking us on hikes every Sunday through the Royal Botanical Gardens, I’m sure it has translated into my art.
The Red Maple leaf on our flag, and the maple leaves that make prints for me; thank you. I will try to keep you safe Canada and let others see how wonderful it is.
If you have a chance sometime in the safe future come visit Canada. North or South, East or West, you will not be disappointed. When you see my art you will be looking at ‘Canada’ – this wonderful country of mine!
Happy Canada Day!!! from Barb & family 🇨🇦❤️🇨🇦