Words written about some of my paintings

CONTINUUM

Written by Al Rempel who is the father in the painting at the right. He is a writer and a teacher as well as a published poet.

WE HAVE PLUNGED INTO THE CONTINUUM

INTO THE PULL AND PUSH OF LIFE

OUR DAUGHTER, AT THE CENTER

ALL FEET AND HANDS GRABS ON,

FEELING FINDING HER MOTHER’S BREAST

LATCHING WE HAVE BEEN IMMERSED IN THE FLOW

AS THE FUTURE SLIDES PAST

OUR DAUGHTER UP FRONT REACHES OUT

TO US TO THE WORLD POINTING US

TO THE PRESENT LIVING WE HAVE

JUMPS INTO THE COMMOTION AND JOSTLE

OF PARENTHOOD FILLING IN THE BACKGROUND

AS WE HOLD HER UP AND FEED HER,

SWIMMING OUR WAY THROUGH LOVING

CONTINUUM 1 - Copy - Copy - CopyCONTINUUM 3 - Copy (2)

 

CONTINUUM IS TOO LARGE TO PUT INTO ONE PEICE ONLY. 48 X 139 INCHES – ROLLED CANVAS DONE IN OILS.

YOU CAN SEE THE MOTHER AND FATHER AND THE LITTLE GIRL WHO ALREADY SHOWS LEADERSHIP QUALITIES. I loved creating this painting and showing the beauty and benefits of the Continuum 100% -S-CONTINUUM  100% S 12' X 4' - Copymother nursing her child.

 

 

 

THE WOUNDED SWIMMERS painted shortly after the 2004 Tsunami, addresses “Swimmers Series”, themes of isolation and physical distress.In this series of paintings a female form appears to float in a body of water.

Forms suggesting other figures or body parts appear in the first and second painting, yet convey a sense of displacement or abandonment. A shock of red appears beside a swimmer suggesting some kind of injury, which forces questions about her capacity for survival.

In the final painting of the triptych, a boat heaves into view renewing a sense of hope. On another level, however, the painting represents the Artist’s own struggle with an incapacitating illness. Representative of her own physical crisis and lack of certainty, the series of paintings also trace her journey through to the eventual hope that successful treatment provides. All three works are 36″ x 48″ and painted in oil.

Monique Germaine draws imagery from outside of her studio. The visual catalyst of “The Wounded Swimmer”, for example, lay in the artist’s encounter with a woman named Lisa, swimming at Sproat Lake on Vancouver Island BC. Lisa’s hair was dyed red and when she was swimming it looked as if she had been wounded. It was like blood to the Artist. It became the inspiration for the series.

 

 

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The painting above is Breakthrough started in 1987. The painting is 74″ x 50″ and done in oils. Here Monique Germaine contrasts the then deteriorating Gastown with the relatively new and popular Granville Island in Vancouver British Columbia. As cobblestones erupt and puppets fade from view on the right, the bustle of Granville Island Market provides a sharp contrast to the unpopulated Gastown. The limp and un-manipulated puppets are a sharp counterpoint to the vital characters on the left of the painting.

On the right are two puppets (figures which are manipulated totally by others) who are dying and slipping down into the earth. Shoots from their transformed bodies are thrusting through the brick to the left and finally transformed into a vigorous new life that has roots and strength of its own and the power to make a space for itself. The left side of the painting represents our conscious selves (you may recognize Granville Island Market) with her younger child Peter counting his money, while the right side symbolizes our unconscious (scenes from Gastown). As in all the Artist’s paintings, the two unite to form a whole.

 

 

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Portraits are sold unframed so the clients can choose the best frame.

The artist does paint portraits from photos but loves to meet her clients as well so she can get to the soul of the person.

PORTRAITS ARE PAINTED ON STRETCHED CANVAS AND DONE IN OIL.

 

 

(Monique’s Friendly Links)  I am not sure where to put your links but I don’t think the contact page is a good place.

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INSTALLATION OF ONE OF MONIQUE’S PAINTINGS

THE SHIP HAS COME

36″ X 48″ OIL

SHIP HAS COME #2

36″ X 48″

COMPASSION

36″ x 48″

MONIQUE WITH RIDERS #2

BONE

24″ x 48″ – OIL ON WOOD

 

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THE WOUNDED SWIMMERS painted shortly after the 2004 Tsunami, addresses “Swimmers Series”, themes of isolation and physical distress.In this series of paintings a female form appears to float in a body of water.

Forms suggesting other figures or body parts appear in the first and second painting, yet convey a sense of displacement or abandonment. A shock of red appears beside a swimmer suggesting some kind of injury, which forces questions about her capacity for survival.

In the final painting of the triptych, a boat heaves into view renewing a sense of hope. On another level, however, the painting represents the Artist’s own struggle with an incapacitating illness. Representative of her own physical crisis and lack of certainty, the series of paintings also trace her journey through to the eventual hope that successful treatment provides. All three works are 36″ x 48″ and painted in oil.

Monique Germaine draws imagery from outside of her studio. The visual catalyst of “The Wounded Swimmer”, for example, lay in the artist’s encounter with a woman named Lisa, swimming at Sproat Lake on Vancouver Island BC. Lisa’s hair was dyed red and when she was swimming it looked as if she had been wounded. It was like blood to the Artist. It became the inspiration for the series.

 

 

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The painting above is Breakthrough started in 1987. The painting is 74″ x 50″ and done in oils. Here Monique Germaine contrasts the then deteriorating Gastown with the relatively new and popular Granville Island in Vancouver British Columbia. As cobblestones erupt and puppets fade from view on the right, the bustle of Granville Island Market provides a sharp contrast to the unpopulated Gastown. The limp and un-manipulated puppets are a sharp counterpoint to the vital characters on the left of the painting.

On the right are two puppets (figures which are manipulated totally by others) who are dying and slipping down into the earth. Shoots from their transformed bodies are thrusting through the brick to the left and finally transformed into a vigorous new life that has roots and strength of its own and the power to make a space for itself. The left side of the painting represents our conscious selves (you may recognize Granville Island Market) with her younger child Peter counting his money, while the right side symbolizes our unconscious (scenes from Gastown). As in all the Artist’s paintings, the two unite to form a whole.

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below is a slideshow

LEE ALAN PATCHETT

PIPE SMOKER

STEPHANIE TARA

MIKE BEEDE

VIC DESAUTELS

CAL JESS MADAME VASKO   ———————————— DONNA DESAUTELS 2008 CHARLES MCKAFREY EDDY JOHNSON CHARLES MCKAFREY KYLE AND JENNIFER MONIQUE’S FIRST PORTRAIT GIRL WITH HAT ALICE’S GRANDAUGHTER SANREGRET GRADUATE ANOTHER SANREGRET GRANDAUGHTER Framing & shipping extra. International shipping. —————————————————————————–   below is a slideshow

LEE ALAN PATCHETT PIPE SMOKER STEPHANIE TARA MIKE BEEDE VIC DESAUTELS

CAL JESS

MADAME VASKO

 

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DONNA DESAUTELS 2008

CHARLES MCKAFREY

EDDY JOHNSON

CHARLES MCKAFREY

KYLE AND JENNIFER

MONIQUE’S FIRST PORTRAIT

GIRL WITH HAT

ALICE’S GRANDAUGHTER

SANREGRET GRADUATE

ANOTHER SANREGRET GRANDAUGHTER

Framing & shipping extra. International shipping.

 

 

 

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