A great thing about living in Canada is the never ending influence of landscape. This country is huge (10 million square kilometres) and diverse… It stretches from the Pacific Ocean on the west coast to the Atlantic Ocean in the east, and all the way up to the Arctic ocean in the north.
“A satellite composite image of Canada. Boreal forests prevail on the rocky Canadian Shield, while ice and tundra are prominent in the Arctic. Glaciers are visible in the Canadian Rockies and Coast Mountains. The flat and fertile prairies facilitate agriculture. The Great Lakes feed the St. Lawrence River in the southeast, where lowlands host much of Canada’s population.”
This crazy diversity and great big openness has inspired artists, poets, musicians, philosophers and countless ordinary people like myself to wonder at the vast majesty of it all. It is amazing. Over the years I have seen inspired landscape renditions from students of all ages – sometimes the youngest are the most impressive. Here are some of my favourites – hopefully they will inspire you too.
“There are strange things done in the midnight sun,
by the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.” (Robert W. Service – famously illustrated by Ted Harrison)
This land is our land… Possibly impossible to recreate the giant natural wonder with picture or words, but it is always so inspiring when talented artists try.
Have you lost yourself in the landscape lately?