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Arnold Mikelson Festival of Arts

The time has come again for the annual Arnold Mikeslon Festival of Arts! This year marks the 40th anniversary of this fantastic show. Mr. Mikelson and his wife Mary organized the first festival forty years ago with a handful of artists and a dream to bring original art to the community. Today the  festival has grown to be one of the largest art exhibitions in the area. Over 100 new and established artists display their artwork amongst the lush gardens on Mary’s 3 acre property in White Rock. Cheri and I have had the pleasure of participating in the show over the last 2 years and are excited to be taking part again this year!  This outdoor event takes place over the two weekends of July 13,14 and 20,21 and is open from 10:00am to 6:00pm each day. Click here for a link to the festival’s website that includes directions to the location.

I have just finished my third cargo ship painting in the series. I originally found this ship at anchor in Vancouver’s harbour, west of the Second Narrows bridge, looking south-east. It was that ‘magic hour’, that time of day when the sun is sitting low, casting long shadows, and creating that warm glow of light. The scene was further enhanced by the storm clouds that were rolling in, contrasting with the remaining blue sky.

The sun was shining bright on the stern of the ship lighting up the orange exhaust stack, creating a colour that was very difficult to re-create. My typically subtle palette was at a loss for this orange, but thankfully I was able to find a match using multiple glazes of Pyrrole Orange over a base of Cadmium Yellow.

The ships name is ‘Donghae Star’, but a database search shows that she is a bulk carrier out of Panama, hence the paintings title. This painting is 14″x26″ and is acrylic on canvas. We will be showcasing this painting as well as the others in the series at the upcoming Festival of Arts and hope to see you there!

finished vancouver harbour painting copy Arnold Mikelson Festival of Arts‘Panamanian Star’ 14″x26″ acrylic on canvas