Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall . . .

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Walking Path Along the Shore, Kejimkujik Seaside, N.S.

“Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.”

                                                    ~ Henry David Thoreau

Artist to Appreciate: Katharine Burns

k-burns-perfect-dayKatharine Burns, “Perfect Day”

Capturing in a painting the emotion of the coastal landscape is a tricky thing and something that Halifax-based artist, Katharine Burns, has managed to do perfectly. Inspired by the serenity of Nova Scotia’s beautiful shores (one of my favorite places!), she skillfully renders the movement of ocean waves, with varying shades of light dancing across the water’s constantly shifting surface beneath vast expanses of cloud-covered skies.  This past August, Burns had her first (of what I’m sure will many other) well-deserved solo show, this one entitled “Sea Level” and held at Argyle Fine Art in Halifax, which showcased many of her seascapes.

On her artist site she notes: “Preparing for my first solo show was one of the hardest things I’ve done.  For six months I went through periods of serious self doubt and frustration along with some moments of sudden realization and inspiration.  It was a bit of a rollercoaster for me emotionally but I learned a lot and grew as an artist.”  You have to root for that sort of spirit and candor!

In addition to Burns’ evocative seaside paintings, her other work is also terrific.  I especially like the painterly style of her series of bicycle paintings, a few of which are below.  More of her art can be seen on Burns’ artist site here.

[As an side, much like the Ian Tan Gallery on Canada’s West Coast, Argyle Fine Art on the East Coast has a stellar roster of emerging and established Canadian artists and both are among my favorite independent art galleries.  As I’ve done with some Ian Tan Gallery artists, this is the first of several posts I’ll be doing on a few artists represented by Argyle whose work deserves greater attention.]


Katharine Burns, “Diffused Light”



Katharine Burns, “Glisten”



Katharine Burns, “Lawrencetown”



Katharine Burns, “Road Racer”



Katharine Burns, “Linus”



Katharine Burns, “Bicycle Series 2”



Katharine Burns, “Marginal Road”


Related Posts on O’Canada Blog:

Lyssa Kayra’s Inspired Tree Ring Art

Intricate Pebble Paintings by Kristina Boardman

David Pirrie:  Mapping Western Terrains and Our Sense of Place

Andrea Kastner and Rejected Things

Artist to Appreciate: Richard Ahnert

For the Love of Old Barns


Rustic Barn with Red Doors, Windows and Roof, Ile d’Orleans, Quebec

“I’m so glad you’re here . . . 

It helps me realize how beautiful my world is.”

                                                              ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Late-Summer Sunsets on the Bay of Fundy


“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”

                                                                      ~ Rabindranath Tagore


Colorful Backwoods Groundcovering in Harbourville


Walking along a backroad trail in Harbourville, Nova Scotia near the Bay of Fundy shore these small flowers hugging the ground caught my attention.  While their more commonly known and larger floral cousins (such as roses, tulips, lilies and the like) may receive more attention, the abundance of these tinier, prosaic blooms poking their vibrant colors through rocky terrain and from under scattered logs provides a perfect backdrop for a hike close to the water on a lazy summer day.

Welcoming Another Year of Wonder


Lichen-Covered Rocks and Windblown Pine, Kejimkujik Seaside, Nova Scotia

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.”

                                                                                                   ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Crisp Maritimes Morning


Rusted Tiller Wheel, Annapolis Valley, N.S., Along the Bay of Fundy Coast

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.”

                                                                                       ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peaceful Seaside Inlet in Newfoundland


A Quiet Fishing Village, Newfoundland

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”

                          ~Henry David Thoreau


A Peek at the Annapolis Valley


View Across the Annapolis Valley and Minas Basin I, Nova Scotia



View Across the Annapolis Valley and Minas Basin II, Nova Scotia

“This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals . . . .”

                                                              ~Walt Whitman

Stanley Park — Non-Traditional Views

Blades of Grass, Stanley Park

Blades of Grass, Stanley Park


Many photos from Vancouver’s Stanley Park are of the more traditional sights there, such as the native American totem poles about which I posted earlier.  I certainly have taken my share of those but I also like less customary images of off-the-beaten-track details from a location such as Stanley Park.   These images I captured from the Park are examples of ordinary details that convey a different sort of majesty for that place.

Weathered Mooring, Stanley Park

Weathered Mooring, Stanley Park


Bush and Rock Minimalism, Stanley Park

Bush and Rock Minimalism, Stanley Park


Along the Seawall, Stanley Park

Along the Seawall, Stanley Park

Breathtaking Kejimkujik Seaside

Seaweed and rocks, Kejimkujik National Seashore, NS

Seaweed and Rocks, Kejimkujik National Seaside, NS


On the south shore of Nova Scotia about 110 miles (175 km) southwest of Halifax sits the amazing Kejimkujik Seaside, which is an extension of the much larger inland Kejimkujik National Park.  Its remote hiking paths along windy shores offer breathtaking views of Nova Scotia at its natural best.  These pics are from a memorable hike there on an overcast day.

Windswept pine, Kejimkujik National Seashore, NS

Windswept Spruce, Kejimkujik National Seaside, NS


Color amidst the rocks, Kejimkujik National Seashore, NS

Color Amidst the Rocks, Kejimkujik National Seaside, NS


Rocks Among Tall Grass, Kejimkujik Seaside, NS

Rocks Among Tall Grass, Kejimkujik Seaside, NS


Wildflowers, Kejimkujik Seaside, NS

Wildflowers, Kejimkujik Seaside, NS


Lichen-Speckled Boulder, Kejimkujik Seaside, NS

Lichen-Speckled Boulder, Kejimkujik Seaside, NS


Old Farm Tractor Along Charlevoix / St. Lawrence Shore


Quebec Month / Installment 12

Driving a couple of hours north of Quebec City in the beautiful Charlevoix region, we came across this bright red tractor along a scenic stretch of the St. Lawrence coast. Farm tractors are rarely situated this close to a shore line, so its rustic charm beckoned the camera.



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