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Resident Artist Captures Sandbanks Scenes

Resident Artist Captures Sandbanks Scenes

Naturalist Weiss visits provincal park twice a month to paint his surroundings.
By Sean Tomlinson The Picton Gazette
Within the eye of the artist the simple and ordinary can turninto a frozen moment in time, the paint brush taking the mundane and giving it life.
Charles Weiss, resident artist at Sandbanks, knows this feeling well.
"The terrestial worlsd is always an exciting and eventful image," said Weiss.
Weiss has taken on the position of resident volunteer artist at Sandbanks this year, visiting twice a month on weekends to paint what he sees on the beach and amongst the wildlife environment that surrounds it.
He started the position in June and at the end of July, Weissmade one of his visits, stopping at the main beach on Saturday and the dunes on Sunday.
Weiss is a naturalist, illustrating the beauty and the scenery that so many of us take for granted. The lush, green branches
of the trees that dangle above the the beach and captured on his canvas along with serenity of a canoe ride beside the sandy shores.
He said one ot the most rewarding aspects of his volunteer position at Sandbanks is exploring a different use of the beach and sharing his art with others.
"It's an aspect of the park," he said "It's not camping or a typical day use it's more of cultural experience, and people might not be aware of that. That's one of the fine parts of volunteer painting."
Any scene the beach presents can findit's way onto Weiss's canvas. He said often an art piece begins with a prticular focal point either in the scenery itself or amongst a crowd at the beach and then it evolves from there."
"It's always a very exciting thing as an artist to try to capture the people at the park." said Weiss.
Often for Weiss the goal of a painting is a matter of capturing the essence of the culture and environment that radiates from the Sandbanks beach, both through it's visitors that play and relax in the sand and the wildlife that call it home.
Although he refers to himself as a naturalist Weiss says he has a strong interest in depicting wildlife, particularly fish. In addition to painting Weiss also doea wood carvings of fish found in the waters around Prince Edward County.
His art is a progression that starts with one entrypoint and then evolves, much like a puzzle.
Weiss decribed a painting he completed on Sunday at the dunes which showed a wide panoramicscens full of the beach goers with their colourful umbrellas and towels.
He finished the scene in about 3 hours, but as the crowd at the beach grew so did his painting.
" When I started there was no one here, but as the beach filled up and the people sat down on their folding chairs with large umbrellas , I added them to the painting." he said
Weiss, lives in Toronto and is a full time artist. He graduated from the Illustration program at Sheridan College in 1990. and has since pursued work as an artist mainly depicting scenes including nature. He has also contributed to newspapers and magazines, creating drawings to illustrate a current story.
His work may be seen in the current edition of Bobby Izumi's Real Fishing magazine and a recent Sunday Toronto Star.
Wiess sells his work on site at the Sandbanks, but said that he has pursued art as a career out of his interest and passion and not prely for the money.
He said that being an artist takes determination and persistence and its not a high money making business.
"It's a long time commiment as an artist to get to where people want to buy your paintings."

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