Four seasons: captions going clockwise:
Blue and Yellow,
A Good Day to Saunter,
The Harvest and the Hunt,
and The Long Night
All four paintings are Acrylic on canvas
10 x 16 inches
Dougal M. Haggart © 2019
at the dramatic, and inspiring opening of the Four Seasons
in Climate Crisis Show at the Heliconian Club in Toronto,
35 Hazelton Avenue. But at the time I was too entranced with
the dance performances, and musical pieces to think of it.
Although I may talk more about the exhibition -- it is
dealing with such a crucial theme -- I think this is the last
story about an artist.
Dougal Haggart created a lovely quartet of pieces representing
each of the four seasons. Dougal explains that she, "grouped
4 small landscapes together linked by elements signifying the
season in the foreground of each painting." She adds that she
used her colour associations with the seasons -- "from no
colour in winter, to the exciting relief of the bright colour returning
in the spring."
The figure in A Good Day to Saunter is experiencing the
high heat of summer, and in The Harvest and the
Hunt the person is battling the cold winds of fall.
There is a delightful warmth to all four paintings. Even in
The Long Night there is a well lit house in the distance
watched over by a white arctic fox on the hill. You feel
like you could climb down the hill and find some supper
and a warm drink. That painting was inspired by an amazing
trip Dougal took north of Churchill, Manitoba in 2006 to see
the polar bears. You can read about that journey and feast
on the photos here.
As we face a serious climate crisis, the paintings in the
Four Seasons in Climate Change Crisis exhibition serve to
remind us of what we will be losing if we don't save our
Have a caring about your planet day.