February 11,2020


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

                              #44   DUMB LIKE A FOX©

G.B. loved to find visitors and newcomers to town to whom he could boast and brag.  With only five hundred townspeople, most of whom were his employees, tenants, when he found a couple or individual passing through Ash Fork, he gave them the grand tour of his property. 

            He would hunt me down and say, “Charle I’d like y’all to meet these people, they’re from New Jersey – I’m a takin’ ‘em out to the quarries.  We’ll be back in four hours, if y’all need me.”  Then to the people: “This is my wife Charle, she’s a strange English type Canadian painter lady – she paints rocks.”
           With a kiss and a big smile filled with enthusiasm, he was off!  He gave the people a never to be forgotten tour of his property, wonderful insight into the flagstone industry, a tour of the beautiful countryside and an inspiring and knowledgeable discourse on the flora, fauna, geology and history of the area.
           On his night prowls after sending home teenagers, and watching for drifters he could always find a transient working as cook or dishwasher at Alice’s, thus providing himself with a captive audience.

            One such gentleman had parked his old motor home on stone yard property while working in Ash Fork so the man was obligated to humour G.B.  In the discussions G.B. registered the fact that the man had been a cabinet maker in the early years, and he might need him to work with Wayne on the houses and . . . He had his framer!

            “Charle, got somethang to tell ya’ll. Somethang y’all’ll like real good.” He raised his hand and wagged his index finger side to side in my face. I got y'all a framer!”

            A vacant apartment in his old building behind the 76 station was opened as a workshop; supplies, tools and tables were set up for efficient use.  I could drop off the day’s en plein air production and find them ready to hang when I brought in the next day’s work – all for minimum wage!

Posted by Charlotte Madison at 04:00
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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?