Robert Achtemichuk

What I see becomes a sort of visual illumination, like a match struck unexpectedly in the dark, a gift, lighting my path into wonder -Virginia Woolf

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“In Homer Watson’s Foot Steps”

10 paintings from the exhibition are now at the Kitchener Downtown Business Improvement Association office, in Kitchener across the street from Queen Street Commons. Open between 10am and 5pm, Monday through Friday.

March 19 2015 400pm

Following Homer Watson’ footsteps I found images like his – riverside views, trails in the woods, individual trees, stands of trees. The paintings were done on the spot, following Homer Watson’s method of “plein air” painting, a method that he himself borrowed from the painters he admired, precursors of the Impressionist movement such as Constable, Corot, and the painters of the Barbizon. Like Homer Watson, I wanted these paintings to raise our awareness that we all need these natural wooded areas, these landscapes and these points of view to be preserved for our collective health and spiritual well being.

Thanks to the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund for a grant in 2014 to make these paintings possible.

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Orienteering Homer Watson’s painting sites 5

In Doon there is a wooded area called Tilt’s bush, a woodlot and a large marsh. It is surrounded by houses and is newly acquired by the City of Kitchener. I have enjoyed many walks here and love that there are no trails and there are old trees. Lots of hemlock fir trees that cast a wonderful light green glow on the snow. This first image was painted outdoors using vodka and water and the paint did not freeze until it was on the paper. It looked like an encaustic painting with snow flakes sitting on the paper when I finished. I brought it to the car and drove off only to see after 10 minutes that it had puddled and was moving around. When it dried it looked more like the snowing scene I was witnessing.
January 9 2015 315 pmJanuary 9, 2015 3:15 pm
January 2 2015 400 pm cJanuary 2, 2015 4:00 pm
January 4 2015 330 pmJanuary 4, 2015 3:30 pm
I appreciate the support of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.
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