February 06,2020

                                             Excerpt from
                                      STONE AND CANVAS©️
                                               Written by
                               Nana Cook and Charlotte Madison
                                            Copyright 2019


                    #37 Time to Paint!
During my months of healing G.B. reluctantly accepted the fact that no matter what the incentive, I would not take a shift at the gas station.  “No matter what!”  I could not endure whiffs of gasoline, I consistently and repeatedly resisted his pressure to return to it.  Other than a quick check on operations between patrons to keep an eye on the books, I avoided all gas pumps. 

            G.B. was totally confused and outraged when he discovered I could not make myself enter the stone yard office, even to see the repairs. 

            So now, my phobias and G.B.’s tantrums gave me time to paint!


Posted by Charlotte Madison at 02:17
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For over forty years, painting related totally to the American Southwest. It was people of the dry hot desert, solid mesas, cacti, stone and canyons that made my heart leap.

When I realized I would never see the desert again, I began a search for something to paint. Nana suggested, B.C, vineyards and took me to Penticton where I did one painting. Nana and Gary then began to take me on Mystery tours of the island and always included a vineyard. But they all were so green! So many leaves so many trees - I don't do trees and I rarely use green - dont really like looking at green, but I got started on a duty series not an inspired series.

I guess it was July or early August when we were driving home from a winery visit. I was grousing about painting the Festive Flying Grape series when Gary said "Start another series, you can work on more than one at a time."

For some reason those words triggered the words "I could paint the Island artists!" Nana and Gary agreed and it was the topic of conversation all the way home

For a while I was afraid I wouldn't get volunteers to pose but it is rolling and each one offers something special to inspire me. And it is lovely to feel all I am doing was sparked by Gary and like all I do, supported by Nana.

April Update 2012 Sixteen fine artists, many of national repute, have posed for Artists of Vancouver Island and many are booked or promised. There will be no poses after June 30,2012. When I have painted all twenty-five I will turn my thought to . . . what next?