Yesterday, one of my favorite artists had a showing of his new work at one of my favorite galleries here in Vancouver. Kiff Holland is a terrific painter (and so too is his son Jonathan). I always feel not just comforted, but refreshed, when I see one of his paintings.
I like his oil work but I LOVE his watercolors, they're so lyrical and clean. The colors are gorgeous, and I especially love the way he captures the water. Many of the paintings are of the waters around Vancouver - many of them have boats, mostly sailboats.
The painting at the top of this blog is of sailboats in False Creek and of my bridge, the one I look out at every day - the Burrard Street bridge - so this is a particular favorite of mine.
He also does wonderful paintings with glass. Rows of bottles or oil lamps. I suspect that it's the reflections of the water and the glass that tempts him - I know that it's what tempts me when I see the paintings.
I paint a little ( a very little!) myself - and always in water color - but when I see Kiff Holland's work, it's easy to see the difference between a rank amateur (me) and a master. But I like to do it, like to fool around with the paint, like the feel of the brush in my fingers, like to get the color just right. I'll never be a painter but I love doing it.