Earlier this week my girls and I went off to the nearby village, which is a resort destination and contains, among its many shops on the esplanade, the summer employers of many local young people including my second son. We brought our cameras with us and decided to play tourist. We found it fun to try and see such familiar sites through the imagined eyes of visitors taking everything in for the first time. The result was a collection of photos, I am sure, quite similar to those of the thousands of people who flock here every summer.
|A cold, glacier fed, Canadian lake|
|My eldest daughter treated us to one of these favourite confections.|
|A tart, crisp apple coated in delicious chocolate, caramel and almonds. Yummy.|
|Where many, many local teenagers work for the summers. There's also a great coffee shop next door.|
|A dragon boat regatta was happening, with thousands of participants.|
|One of the dragon boats coming into shore with the caller/drummer at the bow.|
Unfortunately, Toni Onley died in a plane crash several years ago. I grew up knowing and admiring his work and only now am I able to put into words the beauty and mystery of his deceptively simple layers of watercolour. People are often heard to exclaim, when viewing a coastal landscape, "That looks just like a Toni Onley painting!" Toni could capture the essence of place and landscape like few others can. He painted abstracts, arctic landscapes, and scenes from Mexico, Hawaii, and the BC Coast. His paintings seem to float somewhere between earth and heaven, and he is loved equally among art critics and 'regular folks'.
Someone once said that great art picks up where nature ends. And so I leave you with one of Toni's works.
I found this painting on the Winchester Galleries website. I'm having trouble providing a link, so if you google 'Winchester Galleries Toni Onley" you will find more of Toni's wonderful work. The site is well worth the visit.