The richness of what lies beneath
Our displacement in 2023 is going on six weeks; we are still between homes. This time, all of my paint supplies are buried in the back of a storage pod that is safely tucked away in a giant warehouse in southeast Calgary. I went out yesterday and started buying some interim supplies and something to put them in.
I needed to stock up because my first live painting gig is coming up on Saturday.
Baby It's Cold Outside gala is a fundraiser that is going to help families in need. Fifty percent of the funds raised will help the Byerley family (owners of Yooneek Books in Okotoks) as their son Kolton is beginning an expensive course of radiation treatments and drugs that will fight the cancer that has returned to his body.
When Pamela Morgan, founder of Baby It's Cold Outside, graciously invited me to do a live painting at the event (last year I did a portrait of Marilyn Monroe) I instantly thought of doing my first live tree painting. In that same moment I thought that having Kolton and his brother Weston help with the under layers would be perfect. Their mother Rae-Lynne checked in with the boys and they both enthusiastically agreed.
Their memories, their marks on the canvas will be the richness in the soil from which will emerge a copse of trees reaching for the sky.
|Westin Byerley (left), Kolton Byerley (right)