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Jewels of Winter

The Jewels of Winter

36" x 48"

Little Lake Shaguinda

The ice falls feel like 1920's art deco spiral staircases built by nature. I love the colour of the iron from the rock in the falls themselves. This place is close to my heart.

 

Where I am Held

Where I am Held

David Lake

Lovely campsite nestled in the deep of David Lake. Every time of day and season presents a different experience.

Where I am Nourished

Where I am Nourished

24" x 36"

I spent a long time drawing these trees in my sketchbook. They seemed to go on forever. The redwood pines created stripes on the Island floor, beckoning to journey through and continued all along the length that you can see in the background. A beaver dam, the tiniest frogs and microscopic pink flowers dotted the shoreline. The waters, clear and lovely.

Cabin Shore

Cabin Shore

46" x 18"

You don't have to look far to see Canada's beauty in the fall.

Pine Island Shore

Pine Island Shore

46" x 18"

There is a lovely channel view through this Pine Island screen.

Drapery

Drapery

24" x 30"

The life cycle of trees at our cabin. It's always sad to see one go.

Devotion

Devotion
20 x 40

....and yet flowers grow in amongst the darkness providing hope.

Surrender

Surrender
20 x 40

Acrylic on canvas

The rhythm of rocking vibrent colours of tangled water lilies set against a contrasting backdrop.

Search

Search
30" x 36"

Near Site 28, OSA Lake

Acrylic on canvas

Looking around pillow moss through the trees.

Gardner_Settling into the quiet.jpg

Settling into the quiet

30" x 36"

Site 28, OSA Lake

Acrylic on canvas

Shadows of OSA

Shadows of OSA

Site 28, OSA Lake

24" x 30"

Acrylic on canvas

 

Gardner_Freeland Lake Water

Freeland Lake Focus

Acrylic on Canvas

16" Diameter

Looking down into Freeland Lake, there are layers of life thriving,

Finding the Timbre of Winter

Finding the Timbre of Winter

18" x 24"

After 4 in winter I love taking photos in Killarney. During a snow shoe hike on George Lake, my family went around the back of Turtle Rock towards First beach. The effects of light through the trees are amazing.

 

Das Erwachen

Das Erwachen

24" x 48"

The Fort Rose Maple Company

In the back lot of Fort Rose, there is an area of swamp maples that have been dug out a little extra so that the ice forms in the marsh and the family can skate on it. I've been watching the melt of the ice out there for years. It's a very pretty area of densly populated maple.

Resting Place

Resting Place

9" x 12"

Remnants of mountain life. I so respect these treasures.

 

Morning Mist

Morning Mist

9" x 12"

Touring Grace Lake on an August morning.

Cathedral In Winter

Cathedral In Winter

24" x 30"

This was fun to paint at the cabin after a hike around Pine Island to my favourite spot.

 

West Portage

West Portage
Grace Lake
Killarney Provincial Park 
24"x30"

This painting expresses the work & rewards portaging involves. 

Reaching

Reaching
Nellie Lake
Killarney Provincial Park 
24"x30"

Waiting

Waiting
Nellie Lake
Killarney Provincial Park 
24"x30

בתולת ים

בתולת ים
Nellie Lake
Killarney Provincial Park 
20"x20"

Seated in Skin

Seated In Skin
Nellie Lake
Killarney Provincial Park 
20"x20"

Repose

Repose
Nellie Lake
Killarney Provincial Park 
20"x20"

Through the Wind

"Through the wind" 2017
George Lake, Second Beach
Killarney Provincial Park 
20 "x20"

Oxidized Perception

Oxidized Perception
George Lake, Sunset Rock
Killarney Provincial Park 
20"x20"

 

Philosopherswalk Tree

Philosopherswalk Tree

Philosopherswalk Cabin

40" x 30"

acrylic and gold leaf

Crimson Dance


Crimson Dance 
24" x 30"
Killarney Provincial Park

I was cross country skiing in December along the Chikanishing Creek in Killarney Provincial Park around noon, mesmerized by the colours in winter. Lovely cool shadows and the reflections in the Creek of the trees, snow and sky. The entire scene built up like a dance.

Winter's Dialogue

Winter Dialogue
24" x 30"
Killarney Provincial Park

Skiing during the Winter break along the Chikanishing Creek we happen along this clearing and we are never too sure how the ice and snow will coat it. It never looks the same and always amazes me.

Bonsai Pine

Bonsai Pine
24" x 30"

Clinging to white quartzite at the top of the West Pillar at The Crack. It's probably over 100 years old and has seen it's fair share of weather through the seasons and decades. A reminder to us that we are survivors.
 

 

Winter's Rest

Winter's Rest

24" x 30"

Memories of striped snow resonate as we had walked along Shirley's Cove and through the birch wood on the way to Lumsden Lake in Killarney Park.

Gardner Essential Journey

Essential Journey

Looking into Kakakise from the Root wall, Killarney Provincial Park

24" x 30"

As we journey through the wood we find that we take only what is essential in confronting the beauty before us. The conversation with the land goes on as we negotiate the safest route to descend. Off to the side of the trail there is an inviting lush area in which most don't climb down.

Painting "Essential Journey" - It may be possible that it is too much fun to paint!

#toomuchfun 2 #paint #thecanvascalls #envelopedinlove #hikingadventures #thecrack #killarneyprovincialpark #inlove #philosopherswalk

A video posted by Danielle Gardner (@philosopherswalk) on

 

Gardner Resiliency

Resiliency

The West River, just passed Widgawa Lodge

24" x 30"

Light is catching the foliage
Life growing out of death
Hope for our future in times of change in our world.

http://www.widgawalodge.ca

 

I linger in the echo

I Linger in the Echo

30" x 40"

This piece is about the shedding of everything you know as you ascend the mountain and the reshaping and rejuvenation that occurs when you are there. It was interesting to paint the reflections and the bottom of the lake at the same time. I love the colour of the caramel rocks that go under water when it rains up in the mountains. The last time we went the water was over these rocks and you could see the colour coming through the crystal clear waters. The echo refers to the sounds we made while having a lunch here, our voices bouncing off the surrounding mountains that continued. This place leaves me longing to return and explore other sides of this amazing little lake. This is the last piece of Summer 2016. I painted 27 pieces and taught many lessons this summer. To end with this is such a great reward and gift.

We recorded some footage of "I Linger in the Echo" and we are putting together a short piece:

 


Jeweled Island

Jewelled Island - O.S.A. Lake H29

40" x 30"

When you travel to this amazing site you feel proud of your accomplishment being there. It boasts of a large body of land with beautiful jewelled features and clear water swimming in a very deep and unreal intense blue. I've painted the inky late day version but here you can see the lighter tones in the water and how they deepen. This painting is about the beauty of the colours that surround you and shape your experience there.

 

 

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Enraptured by Grace

60" x 24"

Painted during Artist in Residency 2016 at Killarney Provincial Park

Three separate panels of a cloudscape and a Jack Pine. This is the site we stayed at as we hiked up to the Carmichael Rock. It's a large site that offers spectacular views of the surrounding La Cloche, bell shaped, mountains. Painting this was assaulting to the senses much like the real life experience was. I began with an underpainting of Neon Pink, Paynes Grey and a mixed teal that shines through the layers of the painting. It was enjoyable to see how it progressed and people's reactions from a few parking lots away. The piece stands with a bit of space between them to show your wall colouring behind. It becomes an architectural piece that frames out a window onto this special space and moment in time. It needs a space that complements its size and colouring. When shown at the Killarney Art Show and Sale July, 2016, this piece was against a yellow wall. When I got home Saturday night I photoshoped the wall to a neutral colour and it made a huge difference.

 

 

Granite Ridge - Hawk Cliff

Granite Ridge - View of Hawk Cliff

36"x48" Acrylic on Canvas

Artist in Residency, Summer 2015

This piece was painted at the top of Granite Ridge this past August 13th, en plein air, and then completed in my studio, philosopherswalk north as a part of my time as Artist in Residence in the Park.  I have worked and painted in Killarney park for over 10 years and received the volunteer service award for Ontario.  I continue to be committed to assisting art education in the park to keep alive the legacy of the Group of Seven who protected the park and the Ingersoll community as a secondary school art teacher at IDCI.  The weather was fine on the 13th and the winds kind, as I taught a lesson to interested campers and painted at this magical site.  Next summer I plan on painting the sister view overlooking the Georgian Bay.

 

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Available for sale in the philosopherswalk studio April 30 & May 1:

Killarney Lake looking towards Freeland

Killarney Lake looking towards Freeland

36"x48"

Artist in Residency, Summer 2015

All who enter Killarney Lake from the Freeland Portage will pass a narrow channel and happen upon this scene of lush pine and vibrantly coloured topaz waters with a white quartz shoreline. Old trees can be seen in the transparent waters in the calm of the morning, later reflecting the movement of the wind and the scene surrounded by wildlife such as families of loon, and the occasional snapping turtle laying her eggs. The shore is a welcoming scene and a landmark for the way back to the George lake campground.

Silver Mirror

Silver Mirror

Georgian Bay, near the lighthouse in Killarney

30" x 40"

During a certain time of evening, before the sun starts to set, the water on the Georgian Bay can look so amazingly overexposed. The entire area turns into a brilliant silver mirror and these gleaming rocks and sounds of the open water splashing along the rocky shore take hold of you and makes you feel like you belong to it.

OSA Lake

O.S.A. Lake, Killarney Provincial Park
30" x 48"

Inky rich blue O.S.A. Lake seems like it goes on forever even though it's not that big a lake. The surrounding mountains protect it's inhabitants on a few canoe sites that great their visitors with Islands of trees dancing in chorus. Evening paddles and leisurely swims in it's depths quench the thirst of visitors. I have such a tremendous affinity for the bluest blue of the lakes in Killarney on a sunny day.

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

Pine Island Channel, Killarney

30" x 48"

We usually snowshoe or ski around the Island during the solstice, but this year we were able
to kayak through the channel where there should be fishing huts and snowmobiles. As we
came back the ice was slowly freezing over. I painted from my cabin window and was
amazed that I was able to document the changing season.

Walk of Honey

On the way to Lumsden Lake - Walk of Honey
24" x 36"

Drinking in the colours of fall in Killarney is an amazing thing to do if you get the opportunity.
Cheerful colours, crunching leaves and rushing streams are what greet you instead of bugs.
There is nothing like it.

Grace Lake

Grace Lake
24" x 30"

This charming view is from site 179 has greeted visitors from before the days of the Group of Seven. Carmichael and Jackson painted here and the lake echoes it's appropriate name. It's narrow and small and surrounded by quartzite hills that are challenging and gratifying to climb, anchored by slivers of rock dotted with pine. The paddle and portage in are well worth it. The light, the sky and the weather frequently changes as the weather each time of day. There is a lot of wildlife that inhabits this kaleidoscope for the senses and incredibly romantic. I have never witnessed it the same way twice.

February Walk

February Walk
24" x 30"

A few years ago my husband and I camped at the top of The Crack in February. There was such beauty on the way there. The ice falls on the rocks looked like jewellery or pearls to me. I love how the iron from the rock coloured them. It was perfectly crisp weather and one of the most romantic times we have been camping. We camped right at the top.

Killarney Site 20

Killarney Lake - Site 20
24" x 30"

Killarney Lake is beautiful in the autumn. You don't have to paddle far in to reach a pretty destination. We have fond memories of taking our pup Buffy there. The time before this trip our oldest daughter brought a plastic English Golden and placed it on the rocks here. This time we had the real thing! Fond memories of that trip, beautiful weather.

Chikanishing View

Chikanishing View
24" x 30"

One of our favourite hikes, even just for dinner, is The Chikanishing Trail. The Georgian Bay at the middle of the loop offers spectacular views that include a small island. Like so many, we love to picnic there and wade out to the island over the sandbar and relax. Sometimes the sky is so blue it's unreal. I love how the trees grow out of rock and cling on through their years just like us. Surviving.

Little Lake Superior

Little Lake Superior
24" x 30"

This painting is about the age of the landscape and how it survives. It mirrors the journey through life. Moving, compromising and overcoming obstacles life throws our way.

Strength in Numbers

Strength In Numbers

27" x 36"

Artist in Residency, Summer 2013

I sat in a sandy ditch at the side of a beautiful windy road, the trek down to second beach in the George Lake Campground, in Killarney Provincial Park and painted this wall of root and walk that I have known all these years through every season. It was like painting an old set of friends, my dogs at my side, working through the layers en plein air. I love how these resilient friends cling onto the rock and grow with very little soil.

Turtle Rock

Turtle Rock - framed in black

25.5” x 48”

Artist in Residency, Summer 2012

 

David Lake

David Lake

48" x 7"

Artist in Residency, Summer 2010

In the interior, on David Lake, there is a great section of rocky islands with massive cracks running through the rock. A great sense of texture to behold while canoeing through the large expanse of water.

 La Cloche Exit Culmination

La Cloche Exit Culmination

48" x 14"

Artist in Residence, Summer 2009

This painting was completed en plein air, while surrounded by children who were camping. They joined me and painted and drew things they saw during my summer in residency in 2009.

 

 


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