Marilyn Bouma, Top of The Bluffs, watercolour and pencil on paper. © 2020
Top of The Bluffs
I have always loved the flow of Sumach trees, especially in winter when the trunks and branches take centre stage and are etched against the sky. There is a small grove at the edge of the bluffs which creates a beautiful framework to see a glimpse of the lake below. In early spring the water is all colours of intense blues – from azure, to aquamarine to cerulean.
The Child as an Artist
This work features doves based on a friend’s memory of hearing their coos when she walked to school through
a grove of evergreens. I believe I drew the child as an artist – the position is that of looking and possibly holding a sketch pad. I always wanted to be an “artist” whatever that is. In the Inuit culture there is no word for art.
Maybe an artist just “is” and art is the doing. I have always drawn and painted images that I have wanted to do. My profession is graphic design so my art has always been my own expression. There are many people who are better artists than me, but I realize that no one else is in my head or has my imagination to do the work that
inspires me. I also gave the child red shoes, which is symbolic of feminine creativity. This is my domain.