This project began with an intention to contribute good will into the world, but as I move more and more into it, I am reminded that one of the things that was a part of me from when I was a little girl, was to go into the stillness, the silence and to sense, listen and feel the presence of God in all things.
The sun, the moon, the stars, the land; the rivers and creeks I walked and listened to, the lakes and oceans I would swim in or watch the ripples and tides, the trees and leaves that whisper in their steadfast presence… everything would connect and fill me somehow.
And, even though I am connecting virtually across Canada’s nation, I can still listen, feel, and sense the spirit of the place… then paint and write the impressions that come. So, now it seems to me that it is not I contributing to the energy, but simply being an interpreter… bringing forth the beauty, power, wisdom, love and grace of our Creator and the LAND-SEA-SKY.
Heart of the Canadian Rockies—an abstract representation of the vivid turquoise crystalline waters of Lake Louise in Alberta. Surrounding it… the Victoria Glacier and an amphitheatre of rugged peaks provide an imposing backdrop to the lake. The healing properties and breathtaking beauty of this area are said to be awe-inspiring and transformative to the body, mind and heart. Think Heaven on Earth, Angels, and Hallelujah—they became my muse.
Located in western Canada, Alberta is bordered by the Rocky Mountains (consider as the spinal column of North America) to the west, prairie and badlands to the east, Northwest Territories to the north, and Montana to the south. Known as a prairie province, but its landscapes vary from towering mountains, glacial lakes and vast boreal forests to rolling foothills, fertile prairies and desert badlands.
I’d forgotten how magnificent Lake Louise and its surrounding valleys were until I immersed myself in photos and videos… paddling through the iridescent waters and climbing peaks.
Truthfully though, I had to reset myself during the making of this piece, as in my research, I became disheartened to discover the devastation taking place in the quest for oil in this oil rich province, and the government’s use of culling among the wild horses of Alberta. For it seems, each province and territory has its share of challenges. I have vowed though to tune in to the spirit of the lands—and paint this of Canada, so I called on the hidden realms to help me regroup.
“This piece of heaven that I’ve found
Rocky Mountains and black fertile ground
Everything I need beneath that big blue sky
Doesn’t matter where I go
This place will always be my home
Yeah I’ve been Alberta Bound for all my life
And I’ll be Alberta Bound until I die.”
~ Paul Brandt
This painting actually has another abstract representation underneath, so it’s in fact a dual piece.
As I continued my research I discovered that Alberta’s urban centers are also rich in the arts and culture. Many a famous writer, poet, singer, songwriter and painter have been brought into this world there.
I studied the arts and listened to the words, the visceral ruggedness of the landscape drew me into its world—and I experienced it in the Earthy qualities. Rich browns and reds—glorious paint blended with my bare hands. Oh I could feel it in my body and I was loving it.
These are some images that inspired me in the wild, deep, rich ruggedness. But then things turned muddy… and I felt something else wanting to come through. Scraping off the areas of thick paint, I prepped the panel to begin anew.
After listening to country music in the first round, such as Alberta Bound by Paul Brandt and Four Strong Winds by Neil Young, I did a complete switch in feeling, spirit and tempo.
I turned to Alberta’s K.D. Lang for inspiration. The first song up, Hallelujah. Swaying and breathing into it… I felt the call of the angels. What was Spirit wanting? I felt the paint colours, and that’s when I sensed the crystalline qualities of the lakes, glaciers and the Heavens above.
A power spot in Canada. A vortex of beauty and healing.
All the while, my daily walks in nature became infused with the sing song of cardinals and robin red-breasts, so much so that when I laid my head down at night to sleep their melodies came back to serenade me. ‘Sing with me’ spirit said, reminding me of the beauty and grace of life and living.
A Message from this Painting
There are moments in life that call for retreat; when the world becomes too noisy, too harsh on the senses, or over stimulating us. Our body lets us know, and the holiest thing we can do is practice some self-care in order to rejuvenate from the inside out. Especially in these turbulent times when it may seem the world is in trouble and we’re pulled in two, or we feel we’ve gone a bit astray from all that which brings us joy.
Heart of the Canadian Rockies—brings to you the healing crystalline light of the glorious Lake Louise. Your retreat is an investment that will pay yields of renewed energy, enthusiasm, and inspiration. Give yourself permission for quality time to let go and simply be. The more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.
“The moon comes to visit as a guest of the night.
Rose sits down by thorn.
Someone washing clothes asks for the sun’s forgiveness.
Compass leg circles the point.
Muhammad arrives here a stranger,
spring to this dry tree. Hallaj smiles at his cross.
The pomegranate flowers.
Everyone talks about greenery, not with words,
but quietly, as green itself talks from inside,
as we begin to live our love.”