Tuesday, March 18, 2014

F is for Forest Inchie

So.  Forest.   I immediately thought about Emily Carr, a Canadian artist who was famous for her paintings and drawings of the Canadian forest.  I first learned about her when I read The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland.  Inspired by the historical novel about Emily Carr's life I started searching out her art and really fell in love with the vibrant colors and chunky brushstrokes used to bring the forests of British Columbia to life.  Oddly, I never did read any of her writing... I need to do that.  When I visited Victoria, BC, Canada, I was disappointed to find that her home which is a museum was closed... BOTH TIMES!  But, I did get to see some of her work in person at the Royal BC Museum (which I HIGHLY recommend visiting if you are ever in Victoria, Canada.  It is an outstanding museum.)

While I don't do a lot of drawing or painting... it's not really my strong point, this challenge made me want to pay homage to Emily Carr with a colorful forest drawing using my new colored pencils that I've been itching to play with!  I actually did a good handful of forest drawings - you know, when it's only an inch you can be left wanting more sometimes!  Then it was hard to pick which to go with, so I just played a little more tonight and created a couple more.  I decided to go with this one because while it's not really anything like an Emily Carr painting, I like to think it has her essence with my streaky colors.  If not, we'll just pretend.

I had a lot of fun with this Every Inchie Monday, so thanks!

10 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing such interesting stories. I've never been to the western hemisphere, but, when I win the lottery, I will buy a cabin log in BC..... based on all the pics I've see, and I love the cold.
    I looked up Emily Carr's art - you've captured it beautifully! An inchie well done and so poetic!

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    1. THANKS SO MUCH! We're even... I haven't been to Australia yet. Someday!

      I love the cold, too, but I'm in Southern California, we don't get a lot of cold here. The Pacific Northwest is truly beautiful. You should definitely take a trip there =)

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  2. What a wonderful way to introduce your inchie :-) I've not made it to Canada despite both my step kids living in the USA (Simon in San Francisco & Nicki in Maine) but we de still have part of the old Caledonia Forest in the Cairngorms about 90" drive away from us in Scotland - they were the pines that inspired my inchie!

    Sally

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  3. I like the one you went with, Jenn! I also like how you always involve a little session of knowledge and trivia with your Inchies!!! You are so AWESOME!! I haven't had a chance to play with my toys you gave me, yet. But I'm inchin' to do so!!! Love you girl!!! Thank you, again!! :0) XO Share Humanity

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  4. Beautiful. I didn't know Emily Carr so thank you for introducing me to her and I can see why you fell in love with her work. I think your inchie is a great tribute.

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  5. Thanks, friends! I'm very excited to have introduced you to one of my favorite artists (of course, I have a zillion "favorite" artists). maybe I should do more themes on artists? I'm already dreaming of doing a Toulouse Lautrec style inchie for "Figure", but that's just crazy to think I could ever try to draw a PERSON. hahaha We'll see.

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  6. Thank you for all the information with your lovely inchie.

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    1. Some call me wordy... this gives me the chance to not only create art, but also to blither away, too!

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  7. love this. You did an awesome job

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