dogwood sunset

Micheal Zarowsky
Reflections on the middle of nowhere: Watercolours / Acrylics / Pastels
Dogwood Sunset Series

this is a less of a repost and more of an update…Dogwood Sunset which was part of Wendy’s collection from the day it was painted, was shown to great attention and scooped up at the end of the show / could go on about being sad to see it go, but instead will look inside to see if there are any more red sunset / dogwood ideas in me waiting to come out

both red forest and dogwood sunset were born along the lowland cedar lined edges of the saugeen river

dogwood sunset 22″ x 30″  watercolour on arches paper

 

 

 

 

 

Red Forest 1 22″ x 30″ Watercolour on arches paper (sold)

 

Telling more stories in keeping with the idea of working in
series.

Red Forest 2 22″ x 30″ Watercolour on arches paper (sold)

Wendy has called me artist guy for some time now. I guess
she was hoping to establish develop some sense of who I am
in me. Not that I don’t know who I am. Before this I was
worried-about-being-lost-in-the-forest-without-cigarettes-guy;
would never catch me going into the woods with less than a
couple of cartons of fags on me; not that I was worried about
being lost in the forest; just worried about being lost without
anything to smoke. Going out regularly into the woods with
my dad as a kid enabled some intuitive directional sense in me.
Works the same way as dropping crumbs as you walk along
without the crumbs.

Red forest 3 22″ x 30″ Watercolour on arches paper (sold)

 

So Wendy feels if she can get some identity sense into me,
then when in the woods, when I lose my edges and become
one with the forest, just in case I go too far, before I start to
separate into molecular particles ready to disperse out into
the universe, I can summon up the ‘artist guy’ mantra and
collect myself and find my way out of the woods.

 

 

 

Red forest 4 22″ x 30″ Watercolour on arches paper (available for purchase)


 

 

 

 

 

 

Red forest 6 22″ x 30″ Watercolour on arches paper (available for purchase)

 

The red forest series grew out of losing myself in the woods.
Not losing my directions, well not really, but really becoming
so one with the forest so that nothing else mattered. and no, I
am not crazy.

Deep in the woods came upon a moment, when it didn’t
matter which direction I went next, north south east west
didn’t matter, I did not know where I was, exactly. I just
stood there, and felt the whole weight of the forest
surround me. It was amazing.

Dogwood forest 22″ x 30″ watercolour on arches paper (no longer available for purchase)

 

It was breathing and I was breathing along in time with it.
Part of it, I could feel the trees out there way beyond
those I could see. Amazing and out of control again.

Dogwood Sunset 4 22″ x 30″ Watercolour on arches paper (sold)

 

Conscious of the forces involved, driven by ideas I could
only grasp bit by bit as it grew with the painting, and
looking for totally unexpected results, yet free to control
my thoughts and change my perceptions of how to
translate this into paint / into the point of new
beginnings / to an aura of ‘coming upon’.\

Dogwood sunset 3 22 x 30 watercolour on arches paper

 

The red forest series was sketched out ‘in’ the forest
interior, and to convey that sense of ‘oneness of the
forest’ I felt, I simplified down the number of colours I
would use.

 

 

 

Red forest 7 18″ x 24″ Acrylic on gessoed birch panel (sold)

dogwood sunset

There is a completeness

then everything is simple
and everything is complicated at the same time,

my paintings have an overall simplicity or directness to them
yet are made up of all the complicated stuff
that is that simplicity

dogwood sunset
22″ x 30″
watercolour on arches paper

 

 

 

 

Ed Reliuga I’ve literally been trying to catch my breath.

Oh Michael!

Micheal Zarowsky kind of a piece that might get national attention you would think!

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Micheal Zarowsky fun painting idea, n’est ce pas!

Ed Reliuga Serendipity?

Temporary Pollack possession in the midst of a Zarowsky moment?

Frustration or a fortunate oops?

Whatever the Genesis of this sublime (subliminal ) cerebral download, it’s truly Magick.

Micheal Zarowsky telling stories at turkey time wandering away from the saugeen river                                                             dogwood sunset grew out of while deep in the woods came upon a moment,
when it didn’t matter which direction I went next, north south east west
didn’t matter, I did not know where I was, exactly. I just
stood there, and felt the whole weight of the forest surround me.
it was amazing.
It was breathing and I was breathing along in time with it.
Part of it, I could feel the trees out there way beyond
those I could see. Amazing and out of control again.
Conscious of the forces involved, driven by ideas I could
only grasp bit by bit as it grew with the painting, and
looking for totally unexpected results, yet free to control
my thoughts and change my perceptions of how to
translate this into paint / into the point of new
beginnings / to an aura of ‘coming upon’.\

dogwood sunset was sketched out ‘in’ the forest
interior, and to convey that sense of ‘oneness of the
forest’ I felt, I simplified down the number of colours I
would use.

Elva Hook WOW!!!!

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Elva, real happy with what we were able to express here:                                                                 Happy Thanksgiving to you Michael and Razor

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Sandra Heller Oh wow! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours

Micheal Zarowsky Thanks Sandra, assuming you are up here now,                                                                                        a Happy Thanksgiving to You & Yours

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David Brown This piece is staggering Michael. Wow.

Micheal Zarowsky thank you very much, David; Wendy says Bless you,                                                                            really cool and great to hear from you; and from both of us, a Happy Thanksgiving to You and yours

 

Zarowsky in Group Show at Petroff Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

infinity rings (125) 24″ x 48″ is one of seven new water paintings in a group show at the Petroff Gallery,
with Richard Sturgeon, Renato Foti and myself.

Exhibition runs October 1 – 16th, 2017

Petroff Gallery
1016 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, ON, M6C 2C5

Telephone 416-782-1696 Email info@petroffgallery.com

additional responses from c s p w c exhibit

…autumn day about many things….

autumn and eternity scattered along the water’s edge
20″ x 26″
watercolour / acrylic painted directly on gessoed birch panel

 

 

 

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Tania Kasperska Excellent always..!!

okay so while there is a healthy smattering of interest in the watercolour on paper i ought sneak in that there is a alternate study of the reflection with birches from divine lake that was managed with watercolour and acrylic on gessoed birch panel which has a totally different feel to it

birches across the pond
30″ x 24″
mixed media on gessoed birch panel

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Micheal Zarowsky thanks Tania, collaborative piece – beavers ate the trees into submission and Wendy bounced up n down on them to stir the waters and i painted it all leaving the beavers and Wendy out of it

Manon Beaute Gorgeous!!

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Manon, so glad you like it

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Yesterday at 7:16pm ·

Got back late last night from a few lost days up Georgian Bay to discover my painting (from tiny Divine Lake which is really but a beaver pond), has been awarded a prize, the Colors of Nature gift certificate, in the Open Water 2017 Show at the Aird Gallery, Toronto

birches across the pond autumn reflection
30″ x 22″
watercolour on arches paper

 

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Janet Bloomer Roberson Bravo 🙌

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Janet, glad the judges saw something in it they liked.

Janet Bloomer Roberson Micheal Zarowsky There is so much to love, Micheal!

Micheal Zarowsky Janet Bloomer Roberson so i ought not mention how Wendy was jumping up an down on the birch making water patterns in the still pond pissing the beavers right off.

Janet Bloomer Roberson Micheal Zarowsky Great memories you have 🙌

Micheal Zarowsky Janet Bloomer Roberson Elva Hook, during the cabbagetown show told me i ought gather them together in a booklet or book depending on my memory.

Janet Bloomer Roberson Micheal Zarowsky I agree!!

Heather Sisman Micheal Zarowsky Do this! I’m in awe of your art, but your writing is even more descriptive and spellbinding 😊

Micheal Zarowsky Heather Sisman sure okay given i only put in 16 hour days up to now what;s a few more hours – i can sleep forever once i’m dead

Heather Sisman How bout just keep doing what you’re doing then? 🙂

Micheal Zarowsky Heather Sisman like i can afford to do anything else…..no actually it might be fun to steal a few moments here n there towards it.

Heather Sisman Micheal you have such a way with words that maybe you should invest some time telling your story! I only know bits and pieces but would love to hear more! I always read the comments when you post because I love hearing how your work came to be.

Micheal Zarowsky you mean like having been commissioned to do a painting of poison ivy for a dermatologist so he could show his patients what they rolled in, i, who ought know better, have just applied a rash batch of it with a 2nd tube of lyderm…

Heather Sisman oh dear. I hope it clears up!

Micheal Zarowsky Heather Sisman of course silly….medicine has come a long way since…..

Jeanette Marshall Congratulations!

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Jeanette, appreciate your congrats and must say i was knee deep in a new beaver pond while this one was getting noticed.

Jeanette Marshall Such a great place to be — both places.

Micheal Zarowsky Jeanette Marshall thought i would have the north all to myself only to find no shortage of people wandering about

Jeanette Marshall Is it migration season?

Micheal Zarowsky there were swarms of gathered birds doing air-o-bics as if practicing for circ de soleil / other wise saw 3 great blues one egret a night heron had 4 turkey vultures circling directly overhead sizing me up for a meal several hawks tons of squawking bluejays oodles of chippys running across the roadways several deer and lots and lots of moored boats

Jeanette Marshall I meant for the human species, lol. : )

Micheal Zarowsky well there were bunches of them, ‘groups’ is the word here, but they did not get very high off the ground nomatter how hard they flapped their arms,

Jeanine Laskar

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Jeanine, i like the idea of a high horizon line; worked the idea thru on panel with watercolours n acrylics and it has totally different feel to it – birches across the pond 30`x 24` watercoour é acrylic painted directly on gessoed birch panel

Jeanine Laskar Bravo

Micheal Zarowsky Hi Jeanine, thank you so much

Marilyn M. Elliott Yay!

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Marilyn, i agree yah says it all

Josy Britton Congratulations Michael! Richly deserved! I saw your painting last night.

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Josy, okay so no parents. ha ha.. still if they had come back from the other side i am sure they would have brought good news regarding whether i am hellbound or not.

Josy Britton So sorry, that was autocorrect. I must proofread.

Micheal Zarowsky Josy Britton so they did not come back from the other side? darn. i was waiting on some good news…. just kidding….

Micheal Zarowsky saw your pic with Rayne, Neville and Anita and one other man i don’t know and my piece in the background

Marilyn Woolston Congratulations Micheal!!

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Marilyn, been a while between awards now

Cathy Groulx Stunning! Justly deserved!

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Cathy, you are very kind

Michael Dufresne Congratulations, Micheal!

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Michael, almost made it up to your neck of the woods again

Garry Hamilton Congratulations Micheal

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Gary, appreciate your thoughts here.

Doug Paget Way to go Michael – well deserved……

Micheal Zarowsky thank you Doug, i do like what we were able to express thru paint in this one

Mari Jo DeWaal Beautiful! Congratulations!

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Mari Jo, how neat. you wore a red outfit to match the painting

Janis Duff Wonderful news. Good on you Michael!

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Jan, and even more birthday wishes to / for you; hopefully you will celebrate all year long

Vera Bobson Congratulations 🙂

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Vera, my first and only award this year …so far….

Gunilla Holmgren 💓 💓 💓

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Gunilla, what a heartfelt comment.

Tania Kasperska Great work ,great painting..!!!

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Tania, so glad you like it

Robyn Rennie That’s wonderful – congratulations!!

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Robyn, appreciate your kind thoughts

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Joel Zelikovitz Congrats Michael. Great honour and accomplishment

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Joel, very kind of you notice let alone offer compliments.

 

 

 

Marilyn Woolston Congratulations Micheal!

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Marilyn, iti s a good show and our piece fits right in with it

 

Cathy Groulx Wish it was closer! I would love to see this show!

Micheal Zarowsky you think they would put the exhibit up on their watercolour page, a different painting or 2 per day

Zarowsky at 92nd CSPWC Exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

 

my painting
‘autumn pond with birch reflection’ 30″ x 22″ watercolour on arches paper
was juried into the 92nd International Open Water Exhibition of the CSPWC

You are cordially invited to the 92nd Annual juried International Open Water reception evening Thursday September 21, 2017 6pm -8pm at the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto. (900 Bay Street MacDonald Block, Toronto ON) www.airdgallery.org

The CSPWC Open Water International Exhibition runs from September 20th to October 13, 2017. Please find attached the invitation with details. We look forward to seeing you there. Please feel free to pass this along to fellow artists, family and friends.

birches autumn pond reflection 30″ x 22″ watercolour on arches paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

birches across the pond  30″ x 24″ divine lake

mixed media  / watercolour / acrylic painted directly on gessoed birch panel

september waters

pickerel weed is changing colours,                                                                                                                                adopting reds on their way out,                                                                                                                                                   breezes stir the waters a little cooler now,                                                                                                                                                                                              the air thins to purples

 

windstirred moments

pickerel weed 19 devil’s lake
24″ x 24″
watercolour / acrylic painted directly on gessoed birch panel

 

 

 

Ed Reliuga sublime.

You do realize, Michael, that I have truly depleted my glossary of descriptive adjectives. Thanks to you, I’m going to actually have to either repeat and recycle them or I simply will have to “make up” some new ones.

This summery image is “superdelicious”.

And just to make it clear…… I’m serious. Your work never ceases to astound me. Really. I am truly in awe at how you are able to capture glimpses of not only a visual image but the emotional and the visceral feelings of Summer…..of a stolen moment….. a glimpse of light….of joy.

 

 

 

Micheal Zarowsky a close friend, who has since left us, god bless him, back in 1981 wrote up a one page summary of and for us: it holds true today as it did yesterday: Micheal Zarowsky seems to have a line of vision that is altogether novel and intriguing. He sees some fragment of a far larger landscape and he takes this element, turns it a little, plays with the colours, and creates a painting that is highly appealing blend of Impressionism and realism

Thus there is a grand landscape of cedar trees along a meandering sunlit river. This artist pierces this scene like a hungry accipiter, and in a moment the view becomes a great cedar root rising above a small pool of water. On the one side there is a clump of marsh marigolds, and on the other side sticks and reeds form a complex tangle Micheal sees all this but he elects to show us a small part of the water’s surface with a few leaves floating there, the broken reflection of the root, the yellow flowers and the reeds, and a veiled glimpse of the stones and ridges on the bottom of the pool.

The effect is startling because it is extraordinarily evocative of an Ontario landscape. We have seen all this intricate microcosm a thousand times, but it may never have occurred to us how much it is an essential part of the more familiar whole. We might wish that Micheal would stay at home in Grey County, or in Georgian Bay, or Muskoka, because we have an abundance of subject matter to offer him here. Even so, he has recently travelled to Nova Scotia where, to the surprise of no one at all, he has discovered dories and dinghies, great barnacle-encrusted posts, rocks, fish houses and salt ponds. And, of course, the result has been a whole new series of paintings in which we see the surfaces, lines, volumes and masses of colour that make us think of the sea and of the people who live there. Once again the work tends to be suggestive, allusive, and yet unmistakably of Nova Scotia, and by Micheal Zarowsky. It is a remarkable achievement. This artist has an uncanny ability to isolate the essence of a landscape, and then illuminate the small part of the whole, which becomes the very symbol of that which it represents. That, of course, is what abstraction is all about; but the genius of Micheal Zarowsky is that he presents the effect of abstraction while he is actually painting in a realistic way some isolated element that signifies, with utmost economy, the wider scene.

Anyway, we may rejoice that Micheal has returned from Nova Scotia and is once again finding river banks crowded with irises, and transparent pools, and fallen ironwood branches. And, as you will see, he has come upon our old Ontario bridges with their massive cement piers and their peculiar tendency to do altogether Mayan things with sunlight and shadow.
In fact this probably presages some future trip in which Micheal will actually see Chichen Itza and Tulum with his own eyes. One thing, however, is certain, he will not render the whole temple. He will take the iguana’s eye view of one small face of wall, and he make us understand that the ruins of the Yucatan are every bit as appealing as as are the bridges of the Saugeen River.

Ian Andrew Malcolm,

Ed Reliuga Well written and certainly true. Ian sums up an aspect of the appeal your work has for myself and so many others. But there is an undefinable quality to your work….something that can’t be put into words…..it can only be “felt”.

Again, thank you for sharing this…..and, of course, your work with us.

Micheal Zarowsky well we like to think we are painting our experience / we want to place you there, even though we hope to not see you there so we can have it all to ourselves…….sundown eramosa river sideroad east of guelph 11 x 15 watercolour on arches paper

Marilyn M. Elliott Micheal Zarowsky Oh…beautifully written and apt description of your work, Micheal. He nails it. For me, though, it’s not just what you see, it’s how you manage to re-create it on canvas or paper that is most amazing.

Micheal Zarowsky Marilyn M. Elliott re create it? oh that is easy Wendy marks it all in for me first…. 1 is for yellow; 2 for red….4 for blue – i keep forgetting what number 3 is…..

Marilyn M. Elliott Micheal Zarowsky Ha!

Tania Kasperska Wonderful artwork..!!!

Micheal Zarowsky morning Tania, thanks we are having fun working the pickerel weed in new directions beyond yesterdays efforts