Toronto Lakeshore in Oils

A breakwater creates a place of sanctuary, a relief from the wild waves and rough water. The place of calm extends onto the shoreline where waves can no longer erode and destroy. The benefits of a place of calm are felt throughout the ecology of an area.

It leaves me meditating on the rhythm of the waves, the sunlight glancing across and shining through the water. More importantly I contemplate how to be the breakwater for my dear ones, learning the lesson from those who have shown me grace in times of tumult.

It leaves me thinking about the ceaselessly rolling waves, the tumult beyond the breakwater and the sounds of shore birds in the sky., thinking about the things that draw us together and meditating on gratitude.


This painting has been inspired by my dear sister-in-law Jan‘s video of the Lake Ontario lakeshore near Toronto. Jan passed away suddenly in May and has left us all bereft. Yet we are reminded of all the seeds of love, compassion and empathy she sewed into our lives. She was the breakwater for her family and many others. Now we must needs find ways to grow into that role for each other.

May this painting speak to your heart from my heart.

Though this piece is still in progress, she's reached a resting point. I hope you'll come back and see how she finishes up.

Time to pause and reflect.

Tweaks to follow...

~ Renée

Refuge

30 x 40 x 1.5

Oil on canvas

Refuge, Oils on Canvas, 30” x 40” x 1.5”. Waves roll into the shore after spending their wild energy on the Rocky breakwater.

Refuge, Oils on Canvas, 30” x 40” x 1.5”. Waves roll into the shore after spending their wild energy on the Rocky breakwater.

Dreaming of Lake Side Painting Days

I'm dreaming of the peaceful contentment that filled my heart while painting on the shore at Charlton Lake.


The light bouncing, rippling on the water created delicate colour shifts that fascinate the eye and mesmerize the mind.


Capturing those ripples and craggy rocks is a meditative process. Looking at the paintings afterward transports me back to those warm memories, fills me once again with contentment and yes, a longing to go back and do it again.

“I Hear You Calling Me” (SOLD)  30”×40”, Acrylic on Canvas, crop closeup, Copyright Renee

“I Hear You Calling Me” (SOLD)

30”×40”, Acrylic on Canvas, crop closeup, Copyright Renee