20 Years From Now...

"20 YEARS FROM NOW," Mark Twain said, “you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did.”THIS online journal is dedicated to our next 20 years!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Sketches of Life

In 1968 I met Doug Andrews at the Art College of Ontario in Toronto. We hit it off immediately, and one day while we were sitting in the cafeteria laughing like a bunch of two-year olds on a sugar high he said, "I hope we're still friends when you're 64."

Doug Andrews

I doubt he had any idea he'd bake a chocolate cake for my 64th, but that's exactly what happened this past week. 

On the evening of Friday, June 6th we attended the Opening Celebration of his art exhibit "Sketches of Douro-Dummer" at the Douro-Dummer Township Library Art Gallery.

By definition sketches are smaller works, painted on location and completed within a few hours. They differ from his larger paintings that take months to finish in his studio. He has received many awards for his paintings in exhibitions across Canada and he is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists. Photos and more info about his larger paintings (and beautiful gardens) are available online HERE, but first enjoy these five images of his sketches (15 total were in the showing).

Fourth Line Stone House - SOLD
Winter Friends - SOLD
Warsaw Caves Near the Canoe Launch - SOLD
Winter on the Farm - SOLD
Spring Thaw
Ouse River - SOLD

After farmsitting so many times and taking the dogs for a walk in these very fields, John spotted "Winter on the Farm" and HAD to have it. He insisted a red dot be placed on the tag before another person snapped it up. Good thing too, because approximately 60 people attended the celebration and four more paintings sold within the hour.  


On the back of the program Doug shared this tidbit of wisdom: When buying from an artist, you're buying more than just a painting. You're buying hundreds of hours of failure and experimentation. You are buying days, weeks, months of frustration and moments of PURE JOY. You aren't just buying a thing, you are buying a piece of heart, a part of a soul, a moment of someone's life. Most importantly you're buying the artist more time to do something they are passionate about.

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6 comments:

  1. A wonderful account of a dear, mutual friend and his artistry! Didn't realize it was your birthday, Dianne! Happy Belated!!

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    1. I do my best to keep that information to myself, Alan. Goodness knows the years creep up without any help! As for our dear mutual friend. Yup. He's a keeper!

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  2. I'm singing "when I'm 64". You and Jim - this is your year for that song!!! Beautiful paintings and John picked a really nice piece. I love Spring Thaw both literally and the painting!!

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    1. It's a fun song and if Jim sings it I promise to hum along! ;-)

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  3. So neat that you still know each other after all these years. Love his sketches.

    Happy Belated Birthday, hope it was a good one!

    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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    1. It's a rare occurrence, Ruth, and perhaps that's why it's so special. Thanks for taking the time to leave a message while your daughter and grandkids are visiting. :)

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