This Painting Will Mess With Your Brain
Canadian artist Robert Gonsalves has been drawing since he was a child. When he was a teenager, he began experimenting with paint. Influenced by Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, and Yves Tanguy, he works in a genre called “magic realism”, which suits his paintings very well. His paintings require several weeks of drawing and planning, and about three weeks of solid painting. He completes approximately four paintings a year. His paintings tell several stories, travelling out of the bounds of the first subject in the painting, and somehow back again.
See more paintings by Robert Gonsalves here.
Mitchell Waterfalls, Australia
Mitchell Falls was a very beautiful four-tiered waterfall that we thought truly embodied the beauty and rugged character of the Australian Outback in the remote Kimberley Region of Western Australia. As you can see from the photo at the top of this page, this place provided that rare harmony of a scenic oasis nestled in a rugged red rock wilderness under cloudless blue skies that also felt very private (as not many people would make it all the way out here). Indeed, Julie and I thought it was the highlight of our WA visit in June 2006, and we knew that we’d remember this place for a very long time the moment we first saw the falls and what it took to get here. In fact, the closest place that we could think of that might come the closest to what we experienced here (i.e. that Shangri-la-type feeling) would be Havasu Falls in Arizona, except with far fewer people.
Moraine Lake, Canada
Once termed a “20 dollar view” because of the lake’s appearance on Canadian money, the splendour of the setting is worth much more than that. The glacier-fed lake is only about 14 kilomteres out of Lake Louise, making it easy to see them both in the same trip. It is situated in the Valley of Ten Peaks and each provides its own unique view.
It’s likely many favourite views are not on the list simply because there are so many to choose from. A wealth of grandeur is something Canada is famous for and it should be celebrated.