Painting Completed: Jean Sibelius Square Park, Toronto

June 10, 2020

The Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius ” . . . is widely recognized as his country’s greatest composer and, through his music, is often credited with having helped Finland to develop a national identity during its struggle for independence from Russia. . . “

Quite probably, his most recognizable contribution and gift to us was ‘Finlandia’, the tune from which many of us have come to know as the melody for the well known hymn, ‘Be Still My Soul’:

Arranged & recorded by 3b4joy

Music is, for me, like a beautiful mosaic which God has put together. He takes all the pieces in his hand, throws them into the world, and we have to recreate the picture from the pieces.
~ Jean Sibelius 

The visual objective in this commissioned project, was to infuse the painting with the mood and the tenor of those 1970s years when I and my dear friend, Doug Todd, were living near The Jean Sibelius Square Park in The Annex of Toronto.

Those were challenging years, when we were actors in the ensemble known as Creation II, living communally in a large Victorian red brick Annex house. The experience permanently altered our lives, as what began as an altruistic experiment in communal living and performing, gradually descended into becoming a cult.

Therefore, this painting is meant to embrace the feelings of those times, and bring back the memory of a one acre oasis in the midst of spiritual confusion and personal ambivalence.

The completed work depicting a drizzly November morning, includes the emblematic red brick Victorian homes which surround the square, and a pair of Toronto’s ever-present pigeons to help bring animation to the solid silence of the memorable and remembered Jean Sibelius:

‘Sibelius Park November’

watercolour on treated art board

commissioned by Douglas Todd

by Lance Weisser June, 2020

[note: the rectangular size of this painting, 7″ x 13″, is preventing it being inserted here without undergoing distortion.]

11 Responses to “Painting Completed: Jean Sibelius Square Park, Toronto”

  1. Thank you so much, Ted Jennings

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  2. Kerfe, you make me smile. Thank you!

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  3. Thank you, in, it is good of you to give me encouragement and take the time. I’m enjoying your ‘them posties’.


  4. …..the words you choose on Midlode Mercury are always carefully selected, which brings even more weight to these, Francis. Thank you.

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  5. Beautifully done.

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  6. in said


    Love the colors

    Bright and full of great detail

    Liked by 1 person

  7. memadtwo said

    What a wonderful atmosphere. You can see it’s a place for contemplation. (K)

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  8. Very impressive. πŸ‘πŸ‘

    Liked by 2 people

  9. ….you are good people, Barry Comer


  10. Barry Comer said

    Douglass and Ingrid are very lucky!

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