|Peace - oil on panel 'en plein air' - 9 x 12 - $250|
|deer wander freely |
in the Ross Bay Cemetary
When I was there in March I took these photos of the grave site markers. She is buried with members of her family there. It is a peaceful place; and lovely to see the humble little art curiosities and gifts that are frequently left leaning up against her grave.
When we were out walking in Victoria along St. James street on Good Friday, we happened across the family home of Emily Carr, where she spent her childhood. It is a museum now, and it was closed on the day we were there, but the gates were wide open to the property. Jeff and I were curious and went into the grounds to explore it and peek into the windows. I enjoyed imagining what it would have been like growing up there.
As we came around the yard, there was an old grey shed-like building in disrepair quite close to the old house. We opened the unlocked door to reveal all sorts of artists paraphernalia jammed inside, alongside a small bed-shelf and other items of living.
|inside ' the Elephant'... brushes, photos, etc.|
It dawned on me that this was a replica of "The Elephant", which was the nickname that Emily gave to her trailer that she would camp in when out painting in the woods. I wonder if it was one that was created to be used in the movie 'Winds of Heaven', perhaps left with the museum to be used for display afterwards. It seemed odd to me that it was so exposed to the elements; there was a large hole in the wall next to the open door, where rain and animals could easily have gotten in. Whatever the reason it was there, it was like finding a treasure, albeit a faux one.
Canada is currently working a new paper bank note that will feature a 'prominant Canadian female figure'...I hope it will be either Emily Carr or another favorite Canadian artist Pegi Nicol McLeod.