Artists are like Beaver,

creating habitat, supporting life..

The Artist not only displays habitat, both interior and exterior, but also controls habitat in service of his/her daily work.  Watching Kathryn Bond, for example, you might see her

setting out in her kayak on the cool green waters of Georgian Bay near Parry Sound, Ontario, paddling rocky wind swept pine tree loaded shore lines, companioned maybe today by a young loon, curious as we are, what is she up to? With her camera searching for a scene that captures her imagination, and in finished form on her easel, ours… Or Alex Beard, visiting the beleaguered country of Kenya, his project, the Watering Hole Foundation,
http://www.wateringholefoundation.org/

to save those elephants and other endangered species if they possibly can…

Or Ralph Siferd, alone in his studio, buried in the woods near Orillia, Ontario, painting in old-fashioned, exquisite classical materials and detail, his dream of a medieval knight adventuring… talking with his vibrant green parrot as he works…

As I wander through the blogs posted here, increasingly I see and feel the stories of habitat they tell, and feel my own urge to visit the cool quiet contemplation spaces of galleries displaying these works, imagine the walls housing human activity of all sorts decorated with these images, the way landscape is decorated with the products of the living that inhabit it…

And, I think of diligent industrious Beaver, our Canadian totem animal, whose daily work creates habitat supporting the life of  a myriad of other creatures…

All these artists use Upper Canada Stretchers stretcher bars (canvas stretchers) and love their quality and our service, so consistent over the years…We carefully select and then chew that wood into shape, just as does Beaver…

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