Another little 8×10 painting finished today. This is the Wolfe Islander III heading to the island in the summer of 2011. This is from a photo taken by Mj. The day was hazy – but I like bright coloured paintings (surprised?) so I lifted up the shades…
If you ever get a chance to visit Kingston Ontario, I suggest that you walk on the ferry and visit the island for an hour and then take the ferry back. It is a nice little trip that costs nothing but time.
Today, is by the way the 198th Birthday of Sir John A. MacDonald. It is also a month since Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence began her hunger strike and to mark support of her a bronze of MacDonald was defaced in City Park Kingston last night. I have very mixed feelings about this subject.
Oh Laura – I have such fond memories from my childhood in going to Wolfe Island with my sister and a couple of friends during summer to go swimming there. The sandstone shelf that flowed into the lake where we swam was beautifully weathered, warm to sit and bask on, and the trip by ferry was such a nice prelude and finale to a sun-blessed day. Kingston has a special place in my memories -it was the first place we callled home in Canada.
As to the defacement of the monumental sculpture of Sir John A., I understand the motivation behind the act, as it’s an attempt to redress historical wrongs that have been felt, but never given voice by the native populations whose territory was encroached upon by settlers, and uninvited outsiders. Such acts of iconoclasm are not unusual when there is social unrest, even though they give rise to mixed feelings.
I ask myself, though – should an inanimate object be revered more and given more consideration than the justified ire of a wronged population? Just asking. G