Cardinals, Robins and the Heart of the Canadian Rockies

Cardinals, Robins and the Heart of the Canadian Rockies

“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

Singer and Songwriter

Oh to let something bigger than you to run your life… to surrender the fight with the mind’s designs… and greet the day with a new song.

Walking, watching, listening… having conversations with the project and with my creator.

A bright light appears. Brighter than what the mind can imagine. I test the waters… see how it feels…

Discovering that maybe I’m not who I thought I was, who I became as a young one. Maybe that’s not entirely true. Maybe I am who I thought I was, but I pushed it down… buried it, then sealed it shut with what is not love.

Because LOVE is a magical elixir healing absolutely everything. Where does the LOVE come from?

Everyday when I walk, the sing song of the cardinals and red-breasted robins attune my ears, and at night as I lay my head down their sweetness fills me.

AND, I live in wonder at this thing… this pull in my heart.

Secrets of the Great Bear Sea

Secrets of the Great Bear Sea

“My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.”

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

American Poet

Secrets of the Great Bear Sea—an abstract representation of the mystery and wonder that supports one of the last incredibly diverse and rich ecosystems in the world—in Canada’s wild pacific paradise. Stretching from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the Alaskan border, these breathtaking azure-blue/green temperate waters that provide life to bizarre and colourful invertebrates on the seafloor, fascinating forage fish, sea otters and the great whales, are all at risk from overfishing, oil spills and pressure for an oil and gas super highway. I dedicate this painting to the protection of the Great Bear Sea.

The Land of the Midnight Sun

The Land of the Midnight Sun

“There was a time when it was believed that everyone was the same – animals, birds and humans. It was believed that a creature or human could change from animal to bird, human to animal, bird to animal. It was also believed that with the change, animals and birds had the power to speak”.

~ Edward Nazon

It is extraordinary to me that since my trip to Miami in January, I have been walking daily.

Long walks, sometimes briskly and sometimes leisurely. Cold days. Snow days. Rain days. Fog days. I walk.

I walk in one of Toronto’s most beautiful park areas, with rivers, creeks and streams.

I walk and see the horses at the stables. I walk up hills. I walk.

I walk for anywhere from 45 minutes to over an hour.

I walk.

For years I have been watching people walk. Noticing how effortless it seems to them and thinking how most people take walking for granted. It’s just something the body can do without thinking, until it can’t.

For years the pain plagued me, saddened me, and made me more and more immobile.

In Miami we walked everywhere and we biked for hours at a time. It was the most active I had been in years. Every day I urged myself on, ignoring how my hips resisted. But, overnight I became determined that I needed to take action now. So, I kept on, and I kept on when we got home.

I’ve been working with a chiropractor who has created a list of hip stabilizing exercises and foot drills to support me. And, as I dove into my Canada Legacy series, first the Yukon piece and having just completed the Northwest Territories – Jewels of the Northwest, I found myself consumed and being changed.

In the walking, I feel connected and I connect to the land and piece before me. It informs me and it dreams me, and the paintings are flowing in a way I find so rich and rewarding.

Now, I wonder what Nunavut will bring…

Kiernan

Dreaming in paint for the Yukon…

Dreaming in paint for the Yukon…

From the depths of the waters that flow, the scale of the mountains on high, the wildness that refuses to be tamed, there resides a reservoir of strength that awaits any on a quest of seeking to know oneself.

It beckons the hungering spirit. It tests us to know where we are; where I end and you begin and to set the boundaries between while honouring the truth we are all connected; to each other, to LAND-SEA-SKY and every breath in between.

Spell of the Yukon—with passages of time abutting the forces of nature there is a bridge; a place where the stillness offers moments of reflection. Where have you been… Where are you now… Who are you now… What have you learned… What flecks of gold are offered to you now…What passion remains undiscovered, untapped…

The answers can be found in the slowing down, in considering life’s mysteries and heeding your own counsel.

SPELL OF THE YUKON: Yukon Territory by Kiernan Antares

SPELL OF THE YUKON: Yukon Territory by Kiernan Antares

It was a slow and labourious start with tests and a failed experiment, then finally it began to come together… dreaming each night of the mix of paint and the flow… the blending and scraping.

My first Canada Legacy series piece complete! Come on over and check out the information behind Spell of the Yukon.

Set on a 24 x 30″ panel – the painting is inlaid with an inch of black paint framing the art.

Ah… Yukon was glorious to explore and now thoroughly enmeshed in my soul.

Next up – Northwest Territories! Whoo hoo! I’m excited to begin anew!

Kiernan

Fun in the sun, art show and now gearing up for the Yukon

Fun in the sun, art show and now gearing up for the Yukon

That’s my handsome guy Paul and the love of my life, in the photo. I’m standing on the tips of my toes to get in the shot. Yup he’s tall and I’m kinda short.

We made a mini vacation out of the Art Fusion Galleries Exhibition trip. Enough time to enjoy some sun, some beach, some biking, a good amount of walking, and a tour in the Everglades scouting for alligators and wildlife.

Enough time and activities to make me realize that I really need to get more physically active. So, when I got home I got myself an activity tracker – an UP3 Jawbone and boy do I love it! It’s handy dandy motivating and I’m absolutely amazed that today I have logged in 8,470 steps so far, and most of those were in this morning’s walk as I’ve been on the computer this afternoon trying to get caught up in things, so that I can get back to my research on the Yukon Territories for my Canada Legacy Series Project. Whew sorry – that was kind of a long sentence!

It seems all my inspiring captivating thoughts for today were scooped up in my walk. So, I’ll simply share a few photos…

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