Our vacation to Niagara-on-the-Lake was just fabulous in so many ways. I have shared many postings of beautiful flowers, delicious food, and various outings. For my final vacation posting, I want to share one of my very favorite moments. I just love art and have been searching for a long time for the right piece of artwork for our front room. During our trip I told Greg I was going to search for a piece of artwork. As we walked up and down the main strip there were different art galleries. Peaking in the window they had the typical clean, white appearance, which is fine, but none of them “spoke to me”. So needless to say I did not venture into any of them. After our walk along the Queen’s Royal Park, we turned down Victoria Street to avoid a crew of city workers. To my left I noticed a beautiful Victorian farmhouse surrounded by a gorgeous garden.
Then I saw the sign indicating there was an art gallery. It belongs to Angie Strauss a Canadian Impressionist. I told Greg to stop because everything about this place spoke to me and I needed to visit.
Angie’s art gallery is behind the main house in a coach house. On my way there was this cute cat relaxing!
On your way to the art gallery you are treated to the beautiful gardens that Angie planted. Below are the pictures I took and here is the link to the pictures Angie has on her website. I must admit I was anxious to get inside and did not get proper pictures. Many of the Impressionists were known to be influenced by nature, painting realistic scenes, and painting outside. In their time, they were rebels breaking all the rules through free brush strokes. Walking through these gardens I knew this was going to be a special experience because an artist is influenced by her surroundings!
I love the natural entrance to her art gallery and as you reach the door there is a beautiful painting to welcome you! I did not take any pictures of her artwork except what I purchased. I hope you will go to her website to view her beautiful art, which of course does not do it justice as when you view it in person. Plus she has a Facebook fan page with pictures of her beautiful artwork and a newsletter.
As I walked into the art gallery Angie herself – a beautiful, warm person that I immediately connected, greeted me. What a special treat to meet and talk with the artist. Walking around her art gallery I knew I was home with the beautiful Impressionist art work! So many pieces of the art spoke to me. Here is a link to her artwork online. I love the Impressionist artists as I find such freedom and expression in the art. It is also what I love about abstract and modern art. I do enjoy and appreciate other forms of artwork. But the Impressionists provide an avenue for me to get lost in the artist’s paint strokes and emotions. The direction of the brush strokes, the length of the brush strokes, the depth of the paint, and color blending, provides a direct connection with the artist. So much emotion can be felt through these paint strokes. Anger, happiness, sorrow and so much more. The mind and heart is freed through this style of painting allowing each one of us to have a very different experience. As I walked through Angie’s gallery, I experienced so many wonderful emotions viewing her paintings. I got lost walking down an autumn trail and walking through vineyards with a wine master – each picture takes you to new adventure. However, one picture in particular spoke to me, Sunbeams, and I bought the reproduction. You can see its beauty and complexity in the below picture. A lot of artwork is matted and framed. But to me one of the purest forms of art is the unframed finished canvas. It stands on its own with the canvas being part of the art.
Below is a picture of Sunbeams hanging over my computer desk, where I spend much time working on blogs and testing articles. It is a beautiful fit for the room and I love sitting on my contemporary black leather couch getting lost in the beauty of this painting. Or when I have writers-block, to gain inspiration by allowing my mind to be free. I still need to find the proper lighting that will illuminate it so much better. When I open the blinds to let in the little natural light we have in this room, the painting just lights up!
There is so much going on in this complex painting. I first noticed the cascading waterfalls reminding me of our New Hampshire hiking trips. Look at how the subtle pinks, blues, greens are blended together and progressed to different hues and brightness. It is hard to find an absolute beginning and end, which I believe, represents life since I rarely believe there are absolutes – but more blending of life experiences. This blending of colors provides a sense of depth, as there are smaller pictures that are “carved” into the picture and others that provides the effect of a waterfall cascading down the picture. There are beautiful Lilly pads and the blends of greens and heavier brush strokes that give you the sense of frogs and life. Plus there is a beautiful walkway that will take you on an adventure. There is so much more to this painting that I have not yet discovered; but I will love the journey. I can only imagine how long it took Angie to paint this beautiful masterpiece.
I also purchased a few pieces of beautiful jewelry that I believe is hand-made by her granddaughter. I just love wearing this jewelry as green is one of my favorite colors and compliments a lot of my fall and winter clothing. The other necklace is just so much fun to wear to work or a casual outing. I just love all the colors!
This is the closing posting to our Niagara-on-the-Lake vacation. I hoped you enjoyed the journey with us and it was fitting to close this fabulous vacation with something special. Do not forget to stop by Angie’s website and join her Facebook fan page. Let me know if there is anything you saw or moved you about this beautiful painting. And what type of art do you love?
Do not forget to check out the other postings from our Niagara on the Lake vacation!
Abacot Hall B&B at Niagara on the Lake
Niagara on the Lake Shaw Festival, Shaw Cafe & Wine Bar
Niagara on the Lake – The Butterfly Conservatory
Niagara on the Lake – Fort George Part 1
Niagara on the Lake – Fort George Part 2
Niagara on the Lake – Beautiful Homes and Architecture!
Niagara on the Lake – Their Beautiful Gardens Part 1
Pomegranate Martini & Niagara on the Lake and Their Beautiful Gardens Part 2
Niagara on the Lake and Their Beautiful Gardens Part 3
Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Old Winery Restaurant
Various Pictures from Niagara-on-the-Lake
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Queenston Heights Restaurant
Queens Royal Park