Random Thoughts: Artwalk

It never ceases to amaze me! Support from the general public for Lake Country’s ArtWalk continues to be unbelievable. Hundreds of visitors course through the Community Complex to view art from so many different disciplines. Held annually on the 2nd weekend in September it is the largest and perhaps most prestigious event of its kind in the interior of British Columbia.

This was the 9th year that I have had my work on display at Artwalk. For me, it is a real honour to be included with so many other fine artists. Not only is it interesting to interact with the many visitors that will pass by my work but is so much fun to greet the many friends and acquaintances who take the time to come out and visit.

People watching is all part of being at Artwalk. Locating myself close to where my work is hung I can easily eavesdrop on conversations and observe reactions when people view my or other artists work. Sometimes I insert myself into a conversation to clear up a misconception or to answer a question that may have been expressed aloud.

Sometimes questions are direct. “Is that picture photoshopped?” Or “What kind of camera do you use? It must be expensive.” And sometimes, the comments are just plain hilarious.One comes to mind.

Two ladies, elderly as I recall were having a conversation about my Great Blue Heron. Their conversation concluded when one of the ladies realized that I was nearby and exclaimed, “This painting is better than a Robert Bateman!” And then she capped this off with, “You made it look just like a photograph.” All of us who heard this conversation just about collapsed as we tried to stifle our laughter.

Neither of my two ‘Artwalk’ images found new homes. But,  I had a great time interacting with visitors and learning a few things from my fellow artists. To me, that is a

the most important outcome from the Artwalk experience.

There is one image that I had hoped would have been juried into Artwalk this year and another that I should have submitted for consideration. Both were made in the Avitar Grove near Port Renfrew. They depict the west coast rain forest. I did submit Regeneration, an image of the second growth forest showing nature’s regenerative powers after the area was heavily logged in the early to mid 20th century. I just loved the brilliance of the varying shades of green in the forest that day. 

Ancient Oldgrowth is an image that I should have submitted to the jury panel. It shows the juxtaposition of an ancient old growth red cedar amidst young, tender deciduous branches and leaves. The ‘old ancient’  had been there for hundreds of years, the ‘young tenders,’ just a few.  In my mind, both of these images show the past and present beauty of the westcoast rainforest. 


This entry was posted in Education, My Work, The Creative Process.


  1. Corol September 15, 2019 at 1:47 pm #

    I’m glad you had another successful showing, Stu. Sweet comment by the elderly lady about the Heron.

  2. Ronald Mullins September 15, 2019 at 2:12 pm #

    Another great story Stu. Keep doing those ‘Robert Bateman’ style paintings… and maybe even take a photo or two…. Don’t you just love ‘old’ folks!

    • Stu Dale September 19, 2019 at 9:26 pm #

      Thanks Ron. As you know I love to write. Yes, us old folks can be entertaining.

  3. Tony September 15, 2019 at 2:37 pm #

    Good article Stu.
    I clicked the links but they weren’t live.
    Thanks for sharing

    • Stu Dale September 19, 2019 at 9:25 pm #

      Thanks for reading my article Tony. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m not sure why the links didn’t work. Will try to find a fix.

  4. John Bradley September 15, 2019 at 11:45 pm #

    Enjoyed the article Stu. It is great fun to eavesdrop.
    Great photos. Things find homes. I’ve just found a home for my poem “Resonance”. It’s taken 18 months.

    • Stu Dale September 19, 2019 at 9:24 pm #

      I think I may have a home for the Great Blue. Thanks for commenting.

  5. Dave Hutchison September 17, 2019 at 6:46 am #

    Wonderful blog post Stu. I remember clearly when and where you took the Ancient Oldgrowth image. Perhaps submit it next year. I think it had a chance for acceptance. The green sure pops!

    Take care. Dave

    • Stu Dale September 19, 2019 at 9:22 pm #

      Thanks for your comment, Dave. I remember when I first saw what the image could be. Pretty much turned out the way I had visualized it.

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