Title Mourning/ Gratitude
The weeping willow speaks to me
about my pandemic fears and grief.
But also of the privilege
to paint plein air within this peaceful place.
Connected by the morning breeze
the house and willow, river flow,
and with my painting, sun and shade,
hold safe, harmonious space.
A skein of geese blesses this day,
a rooster crows with surprise.
The neighbourhood jay offers happy jeers.
I feel grateful.
Barbara EguchiB.L.A., OALA, CSLA, TWS
landscape architect / artist barbara@bREAL.ca
My deep interests as a landscape artist and landscape architect are complementary to each other.
Through art I openly explore our shared environment- earth. The many joyful and challenging experiences I have helps in my continued emergence and growing awareness of life. Art provides a medium for me to observe, reflect and wonder and allows me to share my experiences with others.
As a landscape architect and environmental planner, I enjoy creating cultural landscapes- beautiful and meaningful places for people to live- landscapes where they can find calm and delight in each moment.
In my ‘professional’ capacity, I have traveled the world designing many types of engaging environments. To balance that, I regularly practice ‘urban sketching’ and painting ‘en plein air’ in and around Toronto where I reside. This ritual helps to ground me, and the intimate engagement I experience through plein air art reconfirms the gratitude, joy and peace I feel for having Toronto as my home.
Barbara Eguchi is a member of bREAL inc., a collaborative art and design studio whose work includes a wide spectrum of creative media. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work in landscape architecture and watercolour painting. Barbara is a member of the Ontario Plein Air Society and a signature member of the Toronto Watercolour Society.