Submissions - The View From Here: An Artist's Perspective on COVID 19

Artists of all ages (professional or amateur) in the Region of Waterloo are invited to participate in the McDougall Cottage online exhibit entitled The View From Here: An Artist’s Perspective on COVID-19. Paint, draw, dance, photograph - tug at our heartstrings or make us laugh - the medium, format and perspective you choose are up to you. Feel free to do whatever brings you comfort at this time. For information about this project and instructions on how to submit a piece visit The View From Here: An Artist’s Perspective on COVID-19. New submissions will be posted every Friday.


Harvest paintingHarvest Time

Submitted by Irene Thurston 

October’s crops and colourful landscapes signal another change in season.  The warm weather but cool nights remind us to enjoy our outdoor activities, while we can.  Gathering leaves for composting and mulching, planting garlic and bulbs and collecting seeds for spring plantings are only a few of the ways to prepare for a harvest next year.  With a little planning and good luck, the view from here will look even better in 2021.




No Exit work of art

No Exit

Submitted by Robert K. Mason

This painting is intended to show the dilemma being faced by people everywhere as they face this deadly virus with no apparent way to extricate themselves from this new world of isolation and remoteness from friends, family and the world as they once  knew it. 





Window VisitView from here

Submitted by Marg Johnstone

Window visit to our friend in Long Term Care. She died a few weeks after this.



Death, Life and Peace During the Pandemic]

Collage of black and white photos

Submitted by Rachel Brown
I would like to submit the following photographs for consideration and inclusion in The View from Here.  Please note that they do not have to be used together, but are simply meant to provide a selection of the photographs I have been taking during this project.  I call them, "Death, Life and Peace During the Pandemic".

Throughout the pandemic, I have been visiting the Mount Hope Cemetery in Kitchener for solitude, and to quiet my mind. While some have said it is counterintuitive (who wants to be reminded of death during a pandemic?), I find such beauty in the artwork, history and greenspace there.  
As the pandemic has worn on and my strolls have continued, I have noticed fewer people out and around, giving way to more wildlife.  These photographs are my attempt to capture the beauty, life and peace that I have found within this historical cemetery, in the midst of COVID-19.

Hope Springs Eternal Picture

Hope Springs Eternal

Submitted by Irene Thurston

Looking out from the awakening gardens, its refreshing to feel the warm breezes and hear the sounds of spring.  Bluebirds, indigo buntings and Baltimore Orioles cheer in the natural return of the season.  Somethings we can still count on. Time to plant our seeds of hope. Acrylic on canvas.






view from hereIt's only broken depending how you look at it

Submitted by Vicky Abrams-Ogg

My birthday  - a peaceful Grand River float with my husband. Greeted home at the Peel Street bridge by my eldest daughter, and awaiting breakfast tended by my youngest daughter. The celebration I thought I would have and the reality, beautiful in reflection. 









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Not All Heroes Wear Capes

Submitted by Nancy Hainsworth

I made this one for my husband (a nurse)







view from hereSelf [Quarantined] Portrait

Submitted by Isaac Serif 

Inspired by the cult classic “The Shining”, this piece aims to propel the feeling of anxiety, isolation, and boredom amid the pandemic. These feelings came about 3-4 weeks into the lockdown. During this time there were hardly any activities I found enjoyable. Having not worked on any productive/intellectual activities out of the house, it started to feel like I could no longer have peace of mind while confined to my walls. Times like this make it known how important it is to have breaks from the breaks...




view from hereCourage in the Eye of the Storm
Submitted by Carol Folino

This work is my latest painting completed in April, 2020. It honours a medical professional named Eleonora from Pesaro, Italy.  She is represented in the upper left of the painting. Special thanks to @Alberto_Giuliani for giving me permission to use his photograph of Eleonora that I used as inspiration for this one image in my piece. Giuliani is an Italian photographer who took photographs of doctors and nurses at San Salvatore Hospital in Pesaro, Italy. I was drawn to these honest and soulful photographs that show the deep imprints of the protective equipment these workers wear for up to 12 hours a day. They cannot take off the protective equipment to get a drink of water or even go to the bathroom for fear of impairing the effectiveness of the equipment. My husband’s family is from Italy so I was particularly invested in capturing the crisis the coronavirus has brought to this country. The figure (an original) under the wave is a symbol of all nurses who are putting themselves at risk every time they go to work during this pandemic. She is embracing, comforting and mourning for the whole of Italy who has been hard hit by the Covd-19 pandemic.  The approaching wave that is about to engulf them is a symbol of the pandemic itself:  unrelenting. If you would like more information about the piece or my art, please don't hesitate to contact me or take a look at my
other artwork on Instagram @carolfolinoart.

view from hereLimitations
Submitted by Ian Paul Albert

I am a visual artist and street photographer now currently living in Stratford Ontario. But KW was home that started my addiction for street photography. This photograph was inspired by the 'Limitations' of our outdoor activities during this scary period of time, we find ourself in. See more of my street photography @kwocphotography on Instagram.






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Early Easter

Submitted by Lindsay Godfrey

I’m a Personal Support Worker for the Region of Waterloo and I was very worried when all this started. I sent my kids away for a month in fear I would pick up the the disease at work and pass it onto them. I sent them to live with their aunt in Greeley, Ontario . We had to celebrate Easter together a month early as we would be apart, April 12, 2020.








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View From Here
Submitted by Joe Lethbridge 


The View From Here can be relative. Physically for me, here is in Cambridge where I was born and have always lived. Here, mentally is where I am most comfortable during Covid19. I still take my daily walks with social distancing measures in place. My walks though not as frequent. In my view I miss seeing so many people, exchanging our usual hugs. For myself, photography is not solely one of my art forms. It is my way of communication and a tool for my mental health well being. On walks, I will stop on the Main Street Bridge and see storm clouds hover, than quickly rain down upon me, but I know in time, Covid19 will have been another passing storm, like others before it. 

view from hereI will walk the path running along Melville Street to Concession Street and watch a great blue heron spying for fish just below McDougall Cottage, and oh how I miss going into the back yard of the cottage and getting closeup shots of flowers budding and in full bloom. I sit on the slope of the riverbank and sit awhile watching the heron. He is patient and aware. I too am keeping my patience and perhaps , like the heron, I am keeping my faith.











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I have returned to an arts and craft, I long ago set aside in boxes, that of jewellery making. Already close to eighty bracelets and necklaces. Perhaps when this is over, I will give some to essential service workers or residents at Queen's Square Retirement home, where almost daily I pass and wave, sometimes blowing air kisses just to see them smile, because seeing them smile makes me smile and that gives me hope. These are three photographs I have taken during Covid 19.










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Concurrent Enigma

Submitted by Roslyn Ramsay

View this video of Roslyn Ramsay's acrylic painting on canvas.