Friday, August 24, 2012

An art show opening

Last night we went to an art show opening--but not just any opening.  This was my stepson Ben's first solo show of his paintings.  Ben is a talented photographer, filmaker and painter.  This year he's tumbled into painting in a big way.  It started when he was invited to take his cameras along on a boat trip up the coastline of BC with a group called Artists for an Oil Free Coast.  At the end of the trip he was invited to submit a painting for the group show and the book this group is producing.

But once he started painting he just kept going and over the summer he has produced seven large paintings that capture the spirit of this remote and beautiful coast that will be threatened if oil tankers are allowed to travel through it.  Here are three of the paintings.  The one at the top will be part of the group show.

Here are a few scenes from last night's opening.  The paintings looked beautiful on the old brick walls of the Habit Coffee Shop in Victoria's Chinatown.

That's Ben on the right talking to his high school art teacher.

I'm so proud that Ben has taken this giant step forward with his painting.  I see big things ahead for him.


  1. Oh, I love the bottom one with the rocks in the river. Beautiful flow of colors and shapes. You're right, I think he's a talent to watch. And imagine! he just tumbled into painting.

  2. What wonderful painting they really convey his feelings.
    I especially like the second one. I rather like the size of the paintings they give your eye a chance to really look at what he is saying.
    I would love to see some of his painting in a year to see what progresses.

    What a great post today.

    cheers, parsnip

  3. Loved these paintings!
    I rarely do husband is a painter and I'm very impressed!

    1. Thanks Elizabeth. I'll pass your comments on to Ben.


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