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Inspiration on a Wednesday night

November 24, 2011

I visited the Art Gallery of Ontario for the first time in a long time last night and was taken back by some words written in one of the galleries. It’s a quote from a Canadian author Frederick B. Housser who lived at the beginning of the 20th century and wrote about Canadian painters, specifically the Group of Seven , a group known for going deep into the wilderness to paint nature far from any human touch. He wrote:

“The new type of artist puts on the outfit of the bushwacker and prospector; closes with his environment; paddles, portages and makes camp; sleeps in the out-of-doors under the stars; climbs mountains with his sketch box on his back.”

The references are a bit outdated (bushwackers?) and the words are clearly meant for drawers and painters, but the general sense applies to any creative field. The more we put ourselves out there, the deeper we dig into the story of the people and things we draw/paint/photograph/write about, the more we try to understand them and to relate to them, the better artists we ultimately become.

And, in the spirit of art, can we agree that it is a beautiful thing that, regardless of all technological advances and the opening up of information, some things still require the good old human touch? 😉

Peru mountainClimbing that mountain (literally) for the shot in Peru, South America 🙂 

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