Sunday, January 16, 2011
There are times when you are drawn short and take a deep breath when you see a painting. There is something about it that gobsmacks you. This is one such painting by Courtenay artist, Ron Morrison.
Lets begin with the sky - a wet on wet waterfall of colour that flows down the painting to the reflective metal roof of the building.
In some ways the roof is a continuation of the sky, a tin slide for the light to flow down onto the collection of old vehicles.
Look at Ron's play with shapes and movement. See the flow of white in the lower sky above the building. It leads to the back half of the building. Now, slide down the roof and see how the assembly of cars opens like an inverted V. Talk about design!
The picture is vibrates with activity. The tree branches spike into the sky, the foreground suggestion of grass dances with a variety of improbable colours. Then there are the unpainted sparkles which surround the work and that surprising flow of red in the upper right.
Where does it end? Ron's creative sparkle and vitality has carved him a unique and important place in the Canadian watercolour scene.
To see more of Ron's dramatic watercolours please click here.
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