Les bateaux/Boats

The year is speeding by. Time for a blog as summer dawns. Boats will be my theme today as we enter the Canada Day weekend. This watercolour is a small one, fitting on a greeting card. We see three  boats in the foreground. Consciously indistinct, these watercraft can nonetheless elicit  a few remarks. First, the larger vessel sports a flag, the Canadian flag. Large ships must declare their country. How do we broadcast our nationality? Privileged to be of this nation, do we realize what a gift we receivd?

Les deux autres plus petits sont peut-être des canots. Ce sont des bateaux de vacances, de détente. Imaginez le calme , la fraîcheur sur un lac ou la mer, les mains possiblement dans l’eau, la rame parfois active, parfois dans le canot. Il n’y a pas d’urgence, pas de cédule, ni commerce . Beaucoup de contrastes avec le gros navire. Comme c’est facile d’imaginer les différents niveaux de stress associé à ces  bateaux.

In painting these boats , I subconsciously coloured the big (and maybe commercial vessel) red. The small canoes are softer , pale blue and orange. Size and colour influence how we perceive the boats . Their placement near the pier makes it us guess at the depth of the water. What we see in our environment and the conclusions we draw can differ from one person to another.

Cette petite aquarelle nous invite à penser aux diverses activités que l’été va nous proposer. On aura la chance de prend le gros bateau qui peut mieux paraître ou d’emprenter un canot afin de profiter du calme. Soyons conscient de nos choix pendant la saison des canicules! Amusez- vous dans les vagues rafraîchissantes! Soyons fier d’avoir cette chance de changer le tempo de nos vies!

Hoping you can get out on the water this Canada Day! 🇨🇦

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