carla maskall art
A West Coast Artist's Paintings

Bird’s, Circles and Balances

Oil on 24" round birch wood panel.
During this past year of Covid -19, many Canadians turned to birdwatching. As well in 2020, the population experienced an increase of awareness of the need to re-educate themselves about indigenous history. After signing up for a free online course offered by the university of Alberta, I discovered a TED talk featuring Dallas Arcand called “living a Circular Life.’’ In his talk, he shared the sacred teachings about the ‘“ability of the circles to restore harmony in the world.” He also discussed how we must live in a circle with the “ flow of nature” not against it and urged listeners to “reconnect with nature .” This painting is of a Northern Harrier Hawk that often perches on a piece of driftwood by my home in Surrey. I chose to paint this hawk on a circular panel to represent the past year of circular growth and awareness of nature and learning of indigenous history that will hopefully bring some harmony and balance to this world. As well, I hope the circular panel will produce some excitement in fellow birdwatchers as it offers them a familiar view like that through binoculars or a camera lens.

Bird’s, Circles and Balances