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Persephone - A series of springtime observations

The final part in a six-part series, in which Marilyn Bouma observes and records the remarkable arrival of spring.

Marilyn Bouma, Top of The Bluffs, watercolour and pencil on paper. © 2020

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.

Marilyn Bouma, The Child as Artist, pencil and pencil crayon on paper. © 2020

Marilyn Bouma, The Child as Artist, pencil and pencil crayon on paper. © 2020

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.

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