Plein-air pen and wash on paper

Jean Burns Fenced in

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When the weatherman predicts rain and showers for the day, he is usually right on the mark. Today was such a day. It implies that I can do some painting inside. The result is shown below.

I had some photographs of the work in progress of Gerda’s latest project to use for this ink pen and watercolour sketch. With the help of many volunteers and financial support from the community, some local artists produced large paintings, to decorate the fence and thus screening the demolition site. Actually the paintings are huge, meaning 4′ x 8′ panels.

In addition to these paintings archival photographs depicting Nanaimo’s heritage,  obtained from the museum and the archives, were reproduced on panels of the same size as the paintings.

Jean Burns Building Leftovers Fenced in.

And that is not all. The Art lab of the Nanaimo Art Gallery produced 24 colourful paintings, one from each participant, for the same purpose. Check out the Art lab here.

All of these pictures were mounted on the fence surrounding the partially demolished Jean Burns building that was damaged beyond repair during a catastrophic fire, about a year ago.

It looks quite spectacular and it is worth your while to make a trip downtown and walk around this site.


Author: John Hofman

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