February 09,2020

                                         Excerpt from
                                 STONE AND CANVAS©️
                                           Written by
                       NANA COOK AND CHARLOTTE MADISON
                                 Copyright 2019 offices;




“Charle, I’m gonna make a fortune!

            Guess what I’m gonna do?” Pat Big Deal McNeill asked as he blew through the front door of home.

            I laughed and shook my head unaware.

            “Well the army needs to get rid of some obsolete printed circuits up in Utah — truck loads full of ‘em, and I plan to buy ‘em an’ move ‘em down here onto my place, under a big canopy. I’ll lay a fire, get a cauldron, an’ after a hot burn, I’ll render ‘em down — I’ll make a fortune.

            My vacant expression told him this needed more explaining, so he continued.

            “They use valuable elements in those circuits, sorta like you use solder. You know what solder is don’ cha? Well I’ll use acids and whatever it takes to separate those elements. I’ll be rich!”

            Once Pat got going on the printed circuits, G.B. and I took a break from work and painting so we could head out to McNeill’s ranch to check on “Big Deal’s” painting progress and see for ourselves whatever it was he was doing to the printed circuits.

            Big Deal McNeill struck a mighty pose beneath an immense canopy that billowed and flapped in a high wind, He stood behind a humungous cauldron wearing a dark stained smith’s rubber apron and high, black rubber gauntlets. With the sight of it all I could almost see Arthurian Knights materializing between the trees. As he stirred his elemental brew the heavenly aromatic Juniper smoke from his fire swept me back to starlit nights atop my butte.

            The vapors rose around him, until at one moment he was almost hidden, at another seemingly fading away into the mist that encircled him — that beautiful mist, that insidious mist, that toxic vapor.

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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?