From May 4th till May 29th 2022
A PLACE for the ARTS
ALONG THE TRAIL...
by Elizabeth Popham
Beth Popham recently circled back to the visual arts after a career as a university teacher. This show is essentially a visual log of her journey. She works primarily in acrylics – sometimes combined with pen and ink – and photographic decoupage. The inspiration for many of her paintings comes from en plein air outings and long walks with her trusty Canon Rebel T7i.
Looking out to the horizon in this beautiful natural environment, so full of lakes and waterways, forests and farms, is a gift to any artist. But, although many of her painting are landscapes or street scenes, Beth enjoys shifting focus to the beauty that resides along the edge of the trail, remembering William Blake’s hope that we not lose the ability “to see Heaven in a wildflower, and eternity in a grain of sand.” Whether in botanical studies, portraiture and life drawing, or landscapes, Beth is drawn to the elegance of shape and line. Her favourite subjects could be called “micro-landscapes” or “natural abstracts”.
Meet the Artist: Beth will be on location at APFTA on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday May 22nd.
In looking out to the horizon, landscape painters can miss the beauty that lies at the edge of the trail. Sometimes I just sit down and focus on what meets my gaze … Trees are replaced in the line of vision by grasses and wildflowers, ripples and reflections become focal points, small things become monumental!
Most of these surreal images have evolved from botanical “portraits”, but the subjects have been abstracted to emphasize the elegance of shape and line …
Looking out to the horizon at lakes and waterways,
forests and farms in the beautiful Kawartha Lakes!
Van Gogh in the North Woods, 18x24, Acrylic on canvas, $300.00
Town and Cityscapes
Along the streets in Cobourg, Hastings, Lakefield, Peterborough, …