a difficult season and a beautiful thing

north shore trail – 11.5″ x 18″  watercolour / acrylic  painted directly on absorbent ground on gessoed birch panel

Tania Kasperska I am impressed aye Your work ..!!!

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Micheal Zarowsky thanks Tania, very kind of you to say so. i like what we have to share with our tiny connected part of the world,
 

Hilary Clark Cole You make a difficult season a beautiful thing

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Micheal Zarowsky Morning Hilary, well, yes it is that! both difficult and beautiful at the same time. (having said that, i find every season has it’s own particular difficulties n beauty)

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In making art, you carry out your own vision, not anyone else’s. It’s more personal than showing your influences and it’s beyond trend. And this is easier said than done.

Garry Hamilton Well said. And usually not understood by beginners wanting to learn How rather than Why.

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trail thru winter 15    20″ x 24″ – watercolour / acrylic painted directly on absorbent ground on gessoed birch panel

beaver ponds, reflections and poison ivy: all part of summer

 

broken line and colour
descending

drowned land (5)
24″ x 32″
watercolour / acrylic painted directly on gessoed birch panel

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Ed Reliuga and just when I thought I had seen your full array of “tricks”…..you do this. “Infinity rings” morphed into so many fractyls. I’m surprised and, again, in awe.

Micheal Zarowsky no no not tricks, envelopes, pushing the envelope, most of the time, envelope gallops across the Serengeti without needing any help; sometimes it needs a push (pond with birch reflection 12 mile bay rd 26 x 40 watercolour on arches paper)

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Ed Reliuga gasp

You do realize that you are now entering the realm of artistic sorcery!

Seriously, Michael, you “do things” that are truly amazing and stupendous. I watch. I look…..try to understand and learn. Each time, you leave me in a state of stupified wonder. My mouth is officially agape.

Micheal Zarowsky occasionally self-centered moments arise, in which i will for a brief second or 2 entertain the thoughts that i am perhaps one of the more original and in that sense best watercolourists in this country, but then i pick up a glass cleaner, clean my glasses and see that i am only a legend in my own mind, and then go back n wonder just how if ever, i am ever gonna sell another painting…..
Micheal Zarowsky i posted this cause it was in the show over the weekend, at least on friday, got no response so i took an hour off on saturday morning, and drove it over to and left it with Ester at Gallery on the Lake in Buckhorn, who shows n tries to sell some of my work. she liked it as well….so we shall see what luck she has with it……

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Marilyn M. Elliott Ed Reliuga I agree about the sorcery. I would so love to watch him actually do this!

Micheal Zarowsky Marilyn M. Elliott it’d be like watching paint dry…no wait… that’s exactly what it would be, so in search of a metaphor here, hmmmm okay i got it…it would be like watching grass grow

Marilyn M. Elliott Micheal Zarowsky We’ll be the judge! Set a video camera on a tripod and let it roll next time you’re working on one of these then post it here.

Micheal Zarowsky Marilyn M. Elliott like i own a video camera! there is a thought that has never crossed my mind before. i have an early digital came i use to record the paintings a week or 2 after i have detached myself from them and Wendy n I agree we will not paint over them

Marilyn M. Elliott Micheal Zarowsky It did occur to me to ask but I just forged ahead instead. 😉 Still, it would be nice to see!

Micheal Zarowsky Marilyn M. Elliott i am trying to figure out how to manage getting / paying for  an android i-phone type thingy so i get get on instagram and explore the promotional value i hear so much about there. so am still a horse n buggy riding thru a techno space age worl

 

places to lose oneself

quiet places that neither reveal themselves easily, nor ask anyone to specifically to come there

creek meandering past where the winter gods live 2  32″ x 24″   watercolour on arches paper

 

 

 

 

 

Tania Kasperska Fabulous…!!!

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Tania, kind of place where i feel at home…

Ed Reliuga Truly astounding, Michael.

Jeanette Marshall You are breaking new ground in Canadian art history, Micheal! I expect that there will be a big wing in some major institution to house your creative treasures once you’ve departed the Blue Marble.

Micheal Zarowsky got my passport renewed but not in any hurry to travel off planet – okay thanks for the confidence in the lasting power of the work but as you say it appears i will benefit from it even less than i am doing so from it while alive

Ed Reliuga The real trick is to gain notoriety for your work…..get that big wing in some major institution….and to earn a fat living while still inhabiting this Blue Marble.

I’m rooting for you Michael

Micheal Zarowsky i like the fat living part – no sugars just a diet high in fat living

Susan Mary Shimmering wonder 🙂

Micheal Zarowsky shimmering and melting wonder – it was early november, still warm and the snow was melting faster than i could sketch it…

Ellen Cowie Seriously a favourite of mine now! I must see it in person! El Marshall take a look!!!

Micheal Zarowsky it is only matted up / no frame nor plexi for it as yet / why, do you think i ought toss it into the mix?

Karen Phillips Curran wonderful work

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Karen, hopefully some of me comes thru the work otherwise

Cathy Groulx Any news from the WAG?

Micheal Zarowsky Hi Cathy, yep yep yep. thanks for all your efforts; they chose one of the 2 i sent in. will drop it off july 4th or so….

Cathy Groulx I got one in too! Congratulations! When you and Wendy are coming give me a call or e-mail me and perhaps we can meet for a coffee. Would be nice to have a visit and tour Woodstock

Micheal Zarowsky Cathy Groulx sounds like a plan

Wendy Truswell Wow

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Wendy

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Frank Horenkamp This guy does really nice stuff. Excellent.

Berni Aziz He has two (I think) websites that have myriads of the best stuff! I recently made the most spontaneous purchase I’ve ever made because I am smitten with his infinity rings…I am quite happy!!

Frank Horenkamp Good for you you go girl

Micheal Zarowsky the watercolour page tries to, with limited success, to focus on watercolours…our studio (martha’s in paget) when we were in bermuda, / sunlight sneaking in 22″ x 30″

 

Berni Aziz You are full of clarity! A clear vision you see. It is not really abstract, at all. It is authentic truth of light and dark. I like your brain wiring, Micheal.

Micheal Zarowsky well, ‘abstract’ in the sense of an idea being abstracted from the whole; the idea trying to express the essence of what is there; as to wiring: hmmm  Any questions of originality are they a multi faceted function of
seeing developed over time or can they be a direct expression of expression of
how one is wired up one of course one realizes how one is wired .. up. My wiring, well lets not go there…

Frank Horenkamp Do I sense a possible Asperger connection? The perception, eye for detail, talent and the form in writing? That’s a compliment by the way. I just felt a complexity when viewing your work and reading what you wrote. Diagnosed myself hope you don’t mind me asking.

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Micheal Zarowsky hi Frank, not sure this is a subject for public discussion.

Frank Horenkamp I understand. In my case it doesn’t bother me though. Just thought I’d let people know so they understand me a little better. Anyways I can understand why Berni loves your paintings so much.
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Micheal Zarowsky can continue this privately – on messenger? to see where it goes if you want although am away this weekend working a show

 

winter reflections rippling towards chill of dusk 32″ x 50″ x 1 3/4″  watercolour / acrylic painted direiictly on gessoed birch panel

Zarowsky at Art for Autism Festival

Zarowsky at Art for Autism Festival

You are invited to join me at the Art for Autism Festival taking place this weekend, where I will be taking part / showing / selling new works – all works posted at www.zarowsky.net

Gala Preview Evening: Friday June 16th – 7 to 11 pm

Art Festival: Sat & Sun, June 17th & 18th – 11 am to 5 pm

At The Mount Community Centre: in The Auditorium & Gathering Room: 1545 Monaghan Rd, Peterborough, ON

flyer image: once upon a time / first / snowfall / 12 mile bay rd / georgian bay / 26″ x 24″ / watercolour – acrylic painted directly on gessoed panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

crossing seasons

 

In making art, you carry out your own vision, not anyone else’s. It’s more personal than showing your influences and it’s beyond trend. And this is easier said than done.

trail thru winter  (14) 24″ x 14″ x 1 3/4″

watercolour / acrylic painted drectly on absorbent ground on gessoed panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

late day sunlit hillside  12″ x 12″ x 1 3/4″

watercolour / acrylic painted drectly on absorbent ground on gessoed panel

evolving rains

Occasionally facebook posts end up in a thoughtful exchange worthy of reposting to the blog;                                                in keeping with trying to get anyone seeing my work to see it / see what is there/ these exchanges will on occassion focus on particular moments in time which is a large part of what we offer up: light and water explored / expressed thru particular moments in time.

Having said that; my post for the rainy day of the riverdale walk with the open option of coming by the studio on a later date unfolded as                                            

rainy day forecast tomorrow all around BOOTH 35

we may or may not last the morning / the day / will decide how to handle what there is to handle when we have to handle it….

soooooooooooooooooooooooooo…… if you don’t see us there tomorrow..
remember that the open studio remains open as long as there is interest

riverdale artwalk / jimmie simpson park,
queen street east between degrassi n booth ave., toronto
sat june 3rd & sun june 4th 11 to 6pm

website: www.zarowsky.net

appropriate flyer image given the weather:
(The beginning of) RAIN
26″ x 34″
watercolour on arches paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ed Reliuga gasp!

‘STRUCK DUMB’

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Ed, we did a whole series of (beginning of) RAIN paintings from a friends place on the Saugeen River just outside Mt Forest. (The Beginning of) Rain 4 – 24″ x 32″ watercolour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ed Reliuga My first reaction was ….”how is that even possible?”

I can understand the “mechanics” of painting. ‘that’ part is, clearly, possible.

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Micheal Zarowsky just think backwards then paint backwards it is that simple: okay we were working sheltered under neath a bunch of cedars at the base of a hillside and could only work as long as the rain stayed delicate. (the beginning of) rain 14 26×34 watercolour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ed Reliuga This one actually makes me ache. I can literally feel the finer than rain/more than most rain.

Sincerely, Michael, beautifully…..sublime.

Micheal Zarowsky (the beginning of) rain 11 40″ x 26″ watercolour

 

 

Ellen Cowie As always, you leave me in shock and awe!

Micheal Zarowsky looking forward to your event .

 

 

 

 

Marilyn M. Elliott Ed Reliuga It is “seeing” and being able to translate that to the brush. He is incredibly talented..

Micheal Zarowsky so much for being talented; will have to see if i can get a job at mcdonalds or something like it or join the homeless…….

Marilyn M. Elliott Micheal Zarowsky Being talented and getting rich, especially in the arts, may not be the same thing. Just ask Van Gogh. But no one can deny that incredible ability you have to turn a vision — what we all see — into an image.

Micheal Zarowsky nothing to do with being / becoming rich / never was / not getting into debt again pretending to be able to pay my bills so

Berni Aziz I pray the good Lord blesses you and yours abundantly in every way – from here on out! And He gives you everything that you need and want! xo

Ed Reliuga No Michael, no need to apologize. Ever. You clearly work hard — very hard. But everyone understands that your business is not a typical 9 – 5 gig. You (or God) chose that you be an artist. A tough job.

Or…..perhaps don’t understand the job and economics of being a self-employed artist?

Micheal Zarowsky forget i said anything.

Marilyn M. Elliott Micheal Zarowsky Please don’t misunderstand. I don’t think anyone paints thinking they will become rich from it. it’s a kind of “calling” — can’t help it, in other words. But it is nice when one can earn his/her living from this “calling”, impulse, whatever it is.

Micheal Zarowsky have never done anything else / outside of putting myself thru Uni driving cab / have sold 13K+ paintings since we started and still as broke as day we began so no becoming rich was never really a motivating force……

Ellen Cowie Micheal Zarowsky the greatest compliment one can give an artist is                                                       to purchase their art. …Renoir

Micheal Zarowsky Ellen Cowie friends in switzerland who have some of infinity rings n rain paintings’ said: Caroline wrote: “I so love that you create an absolutely impossible situation to then shine! I have two ‘gessoed’ paintings of yours and everyone just stops and stares – and often reach out to touch… That’s how much they draw you in! They have an irresistible luminousness.”

Micheal Zarowsky Ellen Cowie like i could affffffford a Renoir.

october rain  22″ x 40″ watercolour on arches paper

 

May skip the rain tomorrow

rainy day forecast tomorrow all around BOOTH 35

we may or may not last the morning / the day /

will decide how to handle what there is to handle                                                                                                                  when we have to handle it….

soooooooooooooooooooooooooo…… if you don’t see us there tomorrow..
remember that the open studio remains open as long as there is interest

riverdale artwalk / jimmie simpson park,
queen street east between degrassi n booth ave., toronto
sat june 3rd & sun june 4th 11 to 6pm

website: www.zarowsky.net

flyer image:
(The beginning of) RAIN
26″ x 34″
watercolour on arches paper

riverdale art walk – june 3 & 4, 2017

riverdale artwalk / jimmie simpson park,
queen street east between degrassi n booth ave., toronto
sat june 3rd & sun june 4th 11 to 6pm

come see us / our new work in / at BOOTH 35

website: www.zarowsky.net

flyer image:
spring melt; open stream washago
12.5 ” x 18″
watercolour / acrylic painted directly on gessoeod birch panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flyer image:
  infinity rings / margaret lake
24 ” x 48″
watercolour / acrylic painted directly on gessoeod birch panel

autumn infinity rings

the infinity rings – the point is that the water patterns / circles expand and eventually go off the page / canvas / panel / and into your thoughts – that is what it is all about – in one sense the paintings are a beginning point – every time you look you end up in your own thoughts / so, depending on where your head is each time, you are taken to different places each time / hopefully you are in a good head space to begin with.

a new infinity ring incorporating autumn….surprised by the response to it….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

autumn hanging on by a thread 18″ x 17.5″                                                                                                                  watercolour / acrylic painted directly on gessoed birch panel

Sheila Davis Love this.

Micheal Zarowsky thank you Sheila, very neat of you to say.

Christine Rooks Wonderful, Micheal!

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Christine, so glad you like….

Audrey Cooper So beautiful, Micheal.

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Audrey, a happy pond out st thomas way,

Piero Catalfo always great capturing water!

Micheal Zarowsky looking for new ideas was up sherborne lake way on friday / rolling hills spent the day following ‘mountain’ (a loosely interpretive term used here) streams running down through the fresh green down to wren lake / swarms of black flies but weren’t biting that day…

Terry Gardner So beautiful…you have totally mastered reflections…a difficult subject …

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Terry, and at the same time, there is oh so much i see in the water beyond anything i can dream of doing, that i just shake my head at and listen to the rattle going on inside…..

Patricia Gullage Stunning

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Patricia, and you guys live on the water all summer long

Patricia Gullage We had to leave the water I’m afraid we don’t know how long we’ll be gone a Medical Crisis with our Beautifull Daughter.

Micheal Zarowsky Patricia Gullage so sorry to hear…. say a prayer for her getting well quick.

Patricia Gullage Thank you Bro. Much appreciated.

Gunilla Holmgren Its magically ….Micheal 💓
Love it …😋

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Gunilla, has a presence now that it is sketched down to simple essentials

Tania Kasperska Michael this is very,very beautiful work ,congrats…!!

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Tania, one of those moment in time ideas..

Cathy Groulx You and I both enjoy painting water, and you have certainly got it down to a science.

Micheal Zarowsky thanks Cathy, not quite a science, the little i understand pales beside what i see that is beyond my currant understanding…but hey at least i will not run out of ideas to struggle with…..

Cathy Groulx Wish you would enter one of your pieces in The Woodstock Art Gallery juried show Visual Elements!

Micheal Zarowsky hey that would be neat cool fun exciting and where do i sign up…..

Cathy Groulx Go online to The Woodstock Art Gallery site and it will show. First you register and the submission of the photo is a second step of which they advise you how to do it. A bit different than most submissions.

Micheal Zarowsky Cathy Groulx okay…

Micheal Zarowsky the gallery outlines members and regional artists – is toronto considered regional?

Gordon Sellen Outstanding

 

   branches kissing the water   12″ x 12″                                                                                                                        watercolour / acrylic painted directly on gessoed birch panel

new orleans watercolours

  existing visual time warp …

 

after dark new orleans

30″ x 22″

watercolour on arches paper

always room
for the unexpected,
for a lively active unregulated
unfettered unsublimated imagination and the possibility
of spending parts of each day working through things

‘after dark, New Orleans’
17″ x 22″
watercolour on arches paper
unframed 1100.00

Ed Reliuga I sit there and look at all of the “white” areas and I am stunned. Do you use masks? What sort of sketching do you do? Perhaps you have signed a deal with the devil? How do you do this?

Seriously, Michael, I would love to see a video of you painting. Your technique is certainly established and the results are truly amazing.

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Micheal Zarowsky Watercolours / Acrylics sold my soul to the devil cheap cheap cheap, a longtime ago just for tickets to get across the big pond to see Paris and Venice…as the the whites – work backwards, light to dark not that that explains anything……..

Ed Reliuga ” work backwards, light to dark not that that explains anything……..”

Well, this is certainly the simplistic answer to the question. I “get it”. I just don’t quite comprehend how you are even able to do this. See More

 

Micheal Zarowsky Watercolours / Acrylics Ed Reliuga there ought still be a few slide show vids on you tube – of older work not of me painting though…painting for me is just apainstakingly slow oh slow process much like watching paint dry…or grass grow….sometime i close my eyes it is so boring…..

Ed Reliuga I can understand that, Michael. The part ‘between’ the conception of a painting and the completion, always seem to be the most tedious.

( cough cough )

..yes yes warhol had it all figured out with his production factory……

 

fleeting light

‘jazz balcony, new orleans’
12″ x 19″
unframed watercolour on arches paper
450.00

Tania Kasperska Fabulous..!!

Micheal Zarowsky Watercolours / Acrylics late day sun fun thanks Tania….

 

broken shutters, turquoise interior, n’awlins balcony
22″ x 20″
unframed watercolour on arches paper

available here / 450.00 unframed /
and / or at to Open Studio Sale
May 8th – 31st , 2017

All New work for sale posted on website: www.zarowsky.net
(If you see something online you can’t live without we do ship fedex worldwide)

The studio being small,
we ask you call ahead to set up a time that works for you.
(both daytime and evenings work )

Tel: 416.925.8510
Email: micheal@zarowsky.net

Tania Kasperska Gorgeous….!!!

Micheal Zarowsky Watercolours / Acrylics like Venice, new orleans has a worn out / visual historicity about it which is just fabulous…..

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