February 13,2020

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


               #46   CACTUS

I mentioned Cactus the burro, but I may haVe forgotten to tell you who he really was.

           When G.B. rented a house a few blocks away from our house, he bargained with the tenant. “Y’all can keep Cactus in y’all’s yard in trade for his manure. I will use it at my rent houses.”      

           Some times the tenant tethered him to graze on a weedy triangle where Old Route 6 split to east/west traffic through town.

           Sometimes, on occasion when weeds were high, Lorraine would take me, set up my chair, easle and paints, then leae me there to paint and pet sweet Cactus.        

           Have you ever heard a braying burro?  

           Have you ever been close beside a braying burro?

           Locals were accustomed to Cactus, but when I was lost in thought, close against or painting him, he would suddenly comment about nothing in particular so loudly and prolonged that it peeled my skin and shattered my brain and my scream outdid his bray.

            When startled, I have always been a screamer, so our duet terrified east and west bound traffic and his manure made the sweetest corn, spondiferous vegtables and   .   .   . strawberries!


Posted by Charlotte Madison at 01:13
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February, 2020
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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?