Alice Briesmaster - Painting and Photography

Welcome to my Website!

Green is the prime color of the world,
and that from which its loveliness arises.
— PEDRO CALDERÓN DE LA BARCA

I go to nature to be soothed and healed,
and to have my senses put in order.
— JOHN BURROUGHS

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
— CLAUDE MONET
 







GREEN is the colour of the heart chakra, of balance and harmony. It soothes and relaxes the body with its healing energy, which those of us who choose to live and work in cities greatly need.  We are living beings, but are surrounded by buildings made of metal, glass, and brick.  We walk on concrete, not grass. In green spaces, our spirits are refreshed, and we find some momentary sanctuary from our busy urban lives.

Through my photographs, I wish to share with you my love and deep appreciation for the beauty to be found in nature every time we step outside our door. We are fortunate to have many parks and green spaces in Toronto. Nature can be found everywhere, even in this big city!

For several years I have been making note cards of my photos to sell at local markets, gift shops, and events.  These photos were taken primarily in my own green oasis in St. James Cathedral Park, in the historic St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, and on the Toronto Islands. Some photos were taken in other city neighbourhoods and parks, and farther afield in the Ontario countryside.

I capture images of city and nature as I see them, in an immediate way, with no special camera settings or lenses.  Flowers and trees, birds and animals simply ARE. Bursting with life, intricately designed, and in glorious colour. We all need at times to “walk into green” so we can feel renewed and truly alive!
  
'WALK INTO GREEN'
St. James Cathedral Park


My Photo Gallery
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**photos are copyrighted ©  and property of Alice Briesmaster**


Spring Scenes 2016

tulips in St James Park

young red tail hawk

Edwards Gardens

crocus

Front St. East

Miss Puffy and friend


Farmers' Market Bounty 2015


Goats, Alpacas, and Donkeys

Dwarf Nigerian Goats


Alpacas

beauty shot

Donkeys 

Autumn at Alderville Black Oak Savanna


PAN AM Games - Summer 2015

Pachi and Old City Hall

Fireworks at Opening Ceremonies

rhythmic gymnastics - ribbons

silver medal for Canada in group gymnastics

2015 - City Scenes
Toronto Skyline from Algonquin Island

love locks - Distillery

Kensington Market


the Beauty of Flowers 2015


WINTER Dec'14 - Jan'15

FALL 2014

Lake Muskoka

SUMMER 2014
Edwards Gardens

winter ferry ride to Ward's Island - Feb' 14
view from Algonquin Island

Long-tailed Duck 


Allan Gardens Easter 2014


MY PHOTO ALBUM of FAVORITES

Old Town and St. Lawrence Market

view from 109 Front St. East  

St. Lawrence Market 

North Market


Gooderham (flatiron) Building

skyline view along Wellington St.


St. James Cathedral Park - King St East

St. James Cathedral
 
 
 
 
 
Buddha Bird
 
one of my first digital photos
 

Edwards Gardens

candy striped tulips
 
 
 
 
High Park

purple grackle
 
Red Admiral butterfly and cherry blossoms
 
Grenadier Pond
 
 
Toronto Islands
 
Centre Island
 
view from Algonquin Island
 
view from Ward's Island
 
yellow flag iris
 
marinas at Ward's Island
 
Ward's Island cottage

Stratford, Ontario
 
Avon River swans
 
 
Avon Theatre
 
 
the Bard
 
City Scenes

King Street East - St. Lawrence Hall
 
Sugar Beach
 
King & Starbucks
 
Distillery District
 
Evening on the Gardiner

Lakeshore
 
Urban Canyon

Casa Loma
 
and.....African Lion  Safari  - "the guardian"

Algonquin Park 
 
Lovely still pond
 
the Spruce Bog
 
Gray Jay
 
Icicles, lichen and moss on rock wall
 
Beaver dam
 
Last year's leaves
 
 
Gardens in Grafton ON 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
September 12
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Autumn Scenery near Parry Sound
 
 
 
 
 
 
Georgian Bay and 30,000 Islands
 
 
  
 
 
 
Christmas at Allan Gardens

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Altered Views
I am experimenting with Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.
   The artistic filters work well for flowers and city views.
 
Why not try it yourself?
 
Hollyhocks
 
Toronto Aglow

gerbera daisies

Toronto Skyline - graphic style
 
Bee in the Zone
 
Sakura Cherry Trees in High Park
 
City Lights
 
Tulips in St. James Park
 
fishing for walnuts (I added the string)

Tundra swans, Aylmer ON
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