Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes, your easy smile is your museum.
— Ansel Adams
Dad, today is your birthday and you would have been 89 years old. We miss you! Mom misses you very much too! We were so lucky to have you at our side, all of these years. You were a quiet man, extremely conscientious and you showed me what it looked like to be a good husband and a good father. You taught me how to organize myself, you transferred your love of history and genealogy to me, you showed me how to measure drinks for guests and how to assemble airplane models. You brought me along on train rides, accompanied me when I was sick, came to see me in Ottawa when I was at university and feeling lonely, you cracked me up with your sense of humour and your great outlook on life. You certainly had a special wisdom and a great philosophy. You were an avid reader with books lying all across the house, in every nook and cranny. I am an avid reader also with books lying all across the house, in every nook and cranny. You knew when to shut up — which is a great quality for keeping friends and family in harmony — and you knew when to speak up too. You showed me that men and women are equal, you were a feminist-dad -) You always had the time for me, despite your very demanding job as well as giving your time to the MOCO club, the Richelieu Club, taking photographs for the Regattas in Valleyfield, being on the topographical committee for the city of Valleyfield, perusing through the city’s history and helping out whenever you could. You were a great role model Dad and I still miss you, and always will. Happy Birthday -) I painted this building today as you had once told Mom, probably as a joke, that you would buy it for her. Do you remember where it stands? It is at the junction of route 201 between St. Stanislas de Kostka and St. Louis de Gonzague. You said that it would stand tall for a very long time and you were right, as it is still there. So here it is for you…
Paper: Stillman & Birn Sketchbook
Colours: Aureolin, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin & Indigo
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen EF DP1000AB
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Location: Junction of Route 201 & Route 236, Québec, Canada