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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Artist Talk August 13

There will be an artist talk about the project In Homer Watson’s Foot Steps this Thursday, August 13 from noon to 1pm at Homer Watson House & Gallery.

Homer Watson House & Gallery
1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener, ON N2P 1H7
Phone: 519-748-4377 Fax: 519-748-6808
October 19 2014 430pmOctober 19, 2014 4:30 pm
I appreciate the support of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund and and the Ontario Arts Council.
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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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Orienteering Homer Watson’s painting sites 4

On November 23 and a few subsequent visits I garnered memories and sketches to paint the grey Ontario November skies and the yard where chickens scratch for food and splash in the creek running through the yard. In the background are included the beige townhouses that surround this pastoral for miles.
November 23 2014 2pmNovember 23, 2014 2 pm 43.3880,-80.4354
In Doon (Kitchener) Ontario, on Tilt’s Drive is a chicken farm where you can buy eggs. As I have not seen any cows in the landscape that I have walked so far, I decided to paint these chickens. The farm is across the street from Homer Watson’s birthplace. His family house is still there. In Tilt’s front yard is a maple that was planted in 1857. In this sketch you can see the maple and an outline of the house in the lower right.
January 4 2015 4pm1857 tree Tilt farm
As a person under six years old I lived on a farm, where animals and chickens were in the barn and around the yard. Tilt’s farm brought back many memories of watching chicks grow up, walking around or through them and staying away from the roosters until they were soup.
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I appreciate the support of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.
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Seeing wonder in the backyard

How great is it to read an article about one’s artwork in the region’s major local media. I want to thank writer, Barbara Aggerholm and photographer, Matthew McCarthy from Grand, Living Well in Waterloo Region for creating this piece and editor, Cathy Storring for supporting “Seeing wonder in the backyard”.

I will be participating in the art fair, Art in the Yard at the Elora Centre for the Arts. Art in the Yard takes place July 5 and 6 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Elora Centre, 75 Mill Street, Elora, ON. 50 artists will be participating.

Come visit us in Elora, see the gorge, have ice cream, see the shoppes and our artworks.

Read “Wonder in the backyard”:
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