Visceral Shift

Bugaboos Reflections, 30x20, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

On my recent visit to Ontario, I was reminded of my childhood in the Pannonian flatland in northern Serbia. I remember endless fields of corn and sunflowers, wide silvery rivers, and the moody windswept sky. Here is a painting of mine from many years ago, portraying the landscape of my native land.



Flatlands, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki



I left the Pannonian plains in the nineties and moved to a completely different landscape, to Vancouver, a city wedged between majestic mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

There were many adjustments to make, the least anticipated one being a visceral adjustment to the grand vertical shapes of the landscape. It took me several years just to be able to visually grasp what I was seeing on my first hiking trips to the mountains of the North Shore, not to mention the Purcell Mountain Range and the Canadian Rockies.

After all those years of living here, I still get surprised, awed, enchanted, by this land. The Bugaboos Reflections (featured on the top of this post) is a perfect example of expressing my feeling of sheer wonder. I wanted to show how it feels like when I find myself in a setting which is so hypnotically unusual, I almost think that I am in a fairytale. That scene is from the Bugaboos mountain in the Purcell Mountain Range in eastern British Columbia.


Talking about unusual, let's give its due to the Halloween with some terrific scary art!





Spider by Louise Bourgeois, National Art Gallery in Ottawa.



Happy Halloween my artsy friends!

Tatjana


Red Larch by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki




Pause, Look, Listen...


Golden Larch, 30x15, original acrylic painting
by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki


It's hard to paint at this time of the year when I am so humbled by nature. "See what I can do," she says and turns all the colors to gold, while I fumble with my brush. It happens every year, yet the glory of autumn never gets old.

This fall I visited the place where our great predecessors roamed with a brush and palette in hand, and where they captured little jewels of nature on canvas.

Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.



Colors of Algonquin, October 2017


I made a pilgrimage to the majestic collections of Canadian art:

McMichael Canadian Art Collection, in Kleinburg, Ontario
Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto
National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa



Paintings by Tom Thomson in the McMichael Canadian Art Collection


There is nothing I can say, nothing I can add to the beauty of the Canadian landscape captured in the works of masters:

Tom Thomson.  Lawren Harris.  A. Y. Jackson.  Frank Johnston.  Arthur Lismer.  J. E. H. MacDonald.  Frederick Varley.  A. J. Casson.  Edwin Holgate.  LeMoine FitzGerald.
Thank you!





I reveled in their paintings and listened to what they had to tell me:

Pause

Look

Listen

Observe

Remember

Enjoy

Take the time

Discover the endless gifts of nature

Feel the beauty




Paintings by Tom Thomson in the McMichael Canadian Art Collection


How can we not paint if we have the ability to do so?

Make art.

It is needed.



Tatjana



Rock Isle Lake, Banff, 30x40
original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki



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