Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Little Campfire

Gordon MacDonald's solo show is now in full swing. We're enjoying speaking with lots of people that have been lured into the gallery by his luminous skies and open spaces filled with colour and abstraction. This show is the perfect sampling of all things Gordon is passionate about painting. Make sure to get in or experience the entire show online HERE

This year more than ever before, we have noticed subtle and engaging narratives have started to emerge into some of his landscapes. If you've had a chance to see the paintings in person, then you probably already know this, but just in case we wanted to point out one very special piece that has people talking each time they view it in person.

The work pictured above is called "Long Lake"  which Gordon MacDonald 
talks about in his own words: 

When we look at something very light like a sky, what is in the darkness falls away and detail is lost. We are aware of what's there, but it's what we know rather than whats in our vision. Since in most cases, the sky is lighter than everything below it and a balance had to be struck with detail and colour. I thought a bonfire would be interesting because  if small enough, it would become something we know given the distance the painting should be viewed at. It also implies a human presence. Canadian landscape painters, as opposed to American ones are more likely to leave people out all together.

Detail of the small surprise- the small campfire in Long Lake by Gordon MacDonald