In the Spring of 2006, Vivien posted about the launch of her Inland Waterways Project. I was instantly smitten with the idea of creating a body of work around bodies of water.I have always enjoyed the out doors and have a special affinity for water. I need to be around water as much as I need to drink it. It cleanses me, balances me, restores me and in short, feeds my soul.
Now I'm entering my third year working on the Waterways Project. Immersing myself in the project has changed my work in ways I could not have imagined. And I will be sharing this in future posts.
The slide show gives you some idea of the wet areas around my home near Chicago. Even in this area of dense population, it's possible to find tranquillity on the streams, rivers and lakes.
Last Spring, my husband and I purchased a battered old aluminum canoe we affectionately call "The Leaky Cauldron" and have been mad paddlers ever since. We entered the Des Plains River Marathon in May (and did not finish last).
As an artist, what I most search for is meaning. I'd like to use my Waterways Project to raise awareness of the degradation of the rivers, lakes and streams related to human activity.After a summer of paddling on rivers that were both class "A" (The Kishwaukee) and rivers with floating sewage (one section of the Salt Creek), I'd like to see more being done to clean up the illegal dumping that occurs. Eventually, I'll donate some of these paintings to raise money for an organization involved in supporting clean water legislation and enforcement.
I am looking forward to many more watery adventures in our canoe and in my art work. I'm thankful to Vivien for not only inviting me to join such excellent, creative company here at Watermarks but for inspiring me to begin the Waterways Project. I hope you enjoy sharing in our love of all things wet and wild.
To follow the Waterways Project and more, visit my blog, Non-Linear-Arts
Several of us are involved in a web site called Paintmaps
It's a lovely way to connect with other landscape artists and see the location where their art is created.
This is a painting from part I of the Waterways Project
Spring Peepers: Zion, IL Spring 08
Here are two oil pastels created this fall. Both are 12" x 12" 30cm x 30cm
Lake Michigan #5
Lake Michigan # 8