Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

Japanese exhibit

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on May 26, 2018 in Art, Inspiration, Paintings | No Comments

Nanaimo Museum‘s recently opened exhibit, “A Call for Justice: Fighting for Japanese Redress”, added a few, new to me, insights regarding the Japanese Canadian internment following the attack on Pearl Harbour. I had not realized, for example, that long …

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Chasing the light

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on January 15, 2018 in Art, Inspiration, Nature, Photography | No Comments

When we visited Newfoundland’s Fogo Island in iceberg alley a few years ago, our mentor, New York photographer Alex Fradkin, extolled the virtues of fog. Waking again this morning to the plaintive moan of foghorns, an oddly soothing sound, …

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Monet’s vision

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on September 30, 2017 in Art, Inspiration, Paintings | No Comments

I’ve long been a fan of Monet and seeing his recent show at the Vancouver Art Gallery reminded me once again of his brilliance – literally, his shining, his light. Cycling down the Seine to the sea in the 1970’s, …

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Italian weekend

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on September 18, 2017 in Art, Events, Inspiration | No Comments

We’ve just returned from a weekend in Vancouver, where we saw two Bard on the Beach shows: “The Merchant of Venice” and “Shylock”, neither an easy show to stage. For context, we visited the exhibit at the Italian Cultural Centre

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textile art

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on May 1, 2017 in Art, Inspiration, Nature | No Comments

On a cool and wet autumnal day, Saturday, April 29, I enjoyed a visit to the Waterfront Gallery in Ladysmith.  The featured exhibit of textile art, titled Current Threads, 2017 was presented by the Vancouver Island Surface Design Association.  …

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Out of Sight at the Nanaimo Art Gallery

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on October 6, 2016 in Art, Inspiration, Photography | No Comments

I’ve just returned from the Nanaimo Art Gallery’s current show, Out of Sight, a Vancouver Art Gallery touring exhibition of the works of Eadweard Muybridge and Harold Edgerton. Both photographers were fascinated by our subjective perception of motion, …

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‘Muse’ Show Opens Today on Granville Island

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on November 25, 2015 in Art, Events, Inspiration, News, Paintings | No Comments

The Federation of Canadian Artists‘ show ‘Muse‘ show opened today at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island. Two of my paintings of my own beautiful muse, my wife Isabelle, are hanging in the exhibit. You can …

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Water here and there

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on November 16, 2014 in Inspiration, Nature, Paintings, Travel | No Comments

Only a few weeks back from the Cyclades and it already seems like months ago. My second painting from these Greek islands, like my first, focuses not on the postcard vistas with their high contrast of light and shadow, but …

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Saltspring Island

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on July 3, 2014 in Inspiration, Nature, Paintings | No Comments

Canada Day was bright sunshine and so still that it was hot even by the water. Continued to work on a painting of a hemlock silhouetted against a background of islands and the sea off Saltspring, a strong vertical against …

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Totem

Posted by Peter Gutmanis on March 22, 2014 in Inspiration, Nature | No Comments

Just back from an overnight at Wya Point in Ucluelet and lucked into a glorious sunny day before the rain began. The lodge, set back just a bit from the beach, felt like a treehouse. Through a thin screen of …

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