Old lighthouse…

...on Lake Superior's Grand Island near Munising, MI. Credit: NOAA. Photograph was taken by NOAA - Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory and can be found here. CC BY-SA 2.0

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Burleigh Falls…

“I think about you. But I don't say it anymore.” ― Marguerite Duras, Hiroshima Mon Amour Photography by Rick Harris Image found here. Some rights reserved

Artist to Appreciate: Steven Rhude

“Oh I do like to be beside the seaside…”

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Steven Rhude, “On the Edge”

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Nova Scotia artist Steven Rhude is most often characterized as a realist painter, akin to Alex Colville and Christopher Pratt (both also from the Maritimes).  However, Rhude’s representational style is decidedly more nuanced.  A close examination of his works reveals an underlying splatter technique that is almost pointillist (and adds wonderful texture) as well as distinct aspects of whimsy and irony, all of which might be more appropriately regarded as a kind of magical realism.  His paintings prominently feature icons of the Atlantic provinces — dories, lighthouses, fishing sheds and buoys, among others — as signifiers of place, identity, memory and loss amidst ongoing changes affecting that region of the country, particularly since the early 1990s ban on cod fishing altered a centuries-old economic equilibrium for coastal communities where living has never been especially easy.

In discussing his early artistic training, Rhude has noted that…

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Lake Louise …

... Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Bluer than Helen's eyes she lies Under the blue cloud-drifting skies; A daughter fair of light and air Harriet Monroe Image source

Tiny finch…

...related with breast of purest red. In resemblance to the robin. Cheerful in appearance. Fearless in hunger for daily bread. Outwitting all sparrows gathered. Well fed brave in the fight sharp in wit, Red breasted little poll hard to outwit. by Lorraine Rohtmets Image source

Christmas heights…

...Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada...Andy Clark/Corbis It looks beautiful but no way will you get me walking across that bridge...my experiences with Kane's Bridge across the Yarra River at Fairfield has almost scarred me for life but I still have enough bravado in me to cross it IF I have to! 🙂

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