March 07, 2011

The Art of the Klondike

While in Dawson City, I dropped by a painting workshop at the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture. Paints were supplied, but participants had to bring their own surfaces to paint on. I found a piece of box outside one of the local grocery stores.

The workshop was overseen by Mary Dolman, whose artwork you really should check out.  Go on, I'll wait.

Mary Dolman (right) and a participant discuss a painting.

There is a lot of talent in Dawson City, so it's not surprising that the community can have it's own institute, gallery, and be the catalyst for the creation of the Yukon School of Visual Arts.  If you know a budding artist, get them to check out that site.  Go on, I'll wait.

It had been a couple of years since I had done any painting (other than house painting).  While the other participants were using acrylics, I stuck to watercolours.  One day I'll get past my monochromatic, non-acrylic mental block.

Here's my painting.  I call it "Fresh Medjool Dates".

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