This year I spent Canada Day at Art in the Park in Kamloops, BC. It was a fantastic day. There were approximately 90 artists with different displays set up all over Riverside park which was the perfect location for this event. There were potters, jewellery makers, people who worked with stained glass and more. My booth was busy all day with people stopping to check out my work and I ended up selling one of my originals as well as several of my daily paintings, and magnets. The thing I appreciate when I display or sell my artwork in this setting is the amount of positive feedback I receive. It really just feels good... and it encourages me to continue to put my work out there and to continue with my passion.
One of the best things that I hear from people is that my work makes them feel something..... and hearing that.... is all I need. I think this is probably because when I am painting I am emotionally connected to what I am putting on the canvas. The swirls in the sky are something I feel...almost like I am flying along them. The way I paint the bark on trees, or give them movement is my way of honouring them. They are painted with a lot of love and connection. The mountains are in every painting... they are a constant in my life here in BC and are a comfort to me.
I am grateful for the Kamloops Arts Council. They worked hard and did a fantastic job of organizing and promoting Art in the Park. Thank you to Lorel Sternig and Kathy Sinclair and all the others and volunteers who made this day such a success.
Liz R. Derksen is an artist living in BC.