Storms come and go throughout our lives. Experiencing them help me understand the life cycles of the earth and how we are are so interconnected thus part of those cycles. I love being embraced by the mist produced by a pounding surf after a storm has passed. Soon the calm sets in and once again I pause in a very tranquil state of mind. This 24×36 acrylic painting of where land and sea meet (Ucluelet,West Coast of Vancouver Island) reflects this notion. Have an inspired week everyone.
Taking the BC Ferry from Swartz Bay (VICTORIA) to any of the Gulf Islands is fairly routine for us. That said, the views are spectacular and always inspire me. Every trip I repeatedly say, “I’ve got to paint that” On this day we were heading over to MAYNE ISLAND and as the ferry weaves in […]
Behind the Canvas: Peter Van Giesen
A wonderful article about me by Renee Phillips, director of Manhattan Arts International, has appeared on its blog. In the article “(Inset Title”), she has written: Peter is inspired by “The Eternal Aura of Nature”, for him, the act of creating art is “a mystical process, a spiritual work…” Please read the article at […]
Living on an island means taking a ferry to get to the mainland. This view is one that frequently pops into view as the ferry leaves the terminal. Islands upon islands, ocean passes and distant shores. This image fills my dreams and came easily to me as my brush moved across the canvas
Even on a clear summer day the mist hides in the mountain valleys and in the coastal fjords that abound in the pacific northwest. High above the Coastal Mountains greet the viewer, laughing at attempts to understand. I think Mountains are great reminders of our place in the world.
I love boating on the ocean. The never ending variety of tides, currents and wind keep me tuned. Even when I am not boating I am capivated by images of others boating. Following a stormy week the skies started to clear and the sea calmed enough for this captain to head out of the safe […]
On occasion I climb a local hill in Victoria, BC called Mount Tolmie. From the peak the view is 360 degrees of spectacular scenery. One view that I never get enough of is that of Mount Baker or as the First Nations people called it, the White Sentinel. It is an active volcano and dominates […]
The Atmospheric conditions on the northwest pacific coast give us endless days of mist that pervade the senses. I love the feeling of being enveloped by it. The forests here grow large and deep. It is as if the trees welcome the misty days. They certainly thrive in this moist environment. As hard as it […]
Summertime is my time for getting away and reflecting on all matter of topics. One of my favorite places is Saturna Island where we have been going for over 20 years. One this particular trip we spent time in Winter Cove which is a popular boating destination. Surprisingly on this day there were no boats […]