Brian Scott’s penchant for primary colours earned him the nickname “Too Much Blue” when he lived in Cumberland.

Brian Scott’s penchant for primary colours earned him the nickname “Too Much Blue” when he lived in Cumberland.

‘Too Much Blue’ at the Filberg

Show and sale June 10-11, with 10 per cent of proceeds going to NIC Foundation

Artist Brian Scott had a studio in Cumberland for 20 years.

At the time, everyone in “Dodge” (as Cumberland was known by locals) had a nickname.  One of the reasons for nicknames was locals couldn’t pronounce  the names of coal miners who came to Cumberland from Eastern Europe.

Scott’s nickname was “Too Much Blue.”

Cumberland folk liked their art in muted greys so all that blue was way too much.

Scott was inspired by a visit to Amsterdam and saw Van Gogh’s painting “Starry Starry Night” and did a Cumberland series using shades of blue as the underpainting.

Being a diehard open-air painter, he would be out at night with a miner’s lamp painting night scenes, or standing in a snow bank doing blue paintings of Cumberland Christmas.

This series became hugely successful, shipping Cumberland paintings and Christmas cards worldwide for Vancouver companies operating worldwide.

Jeff MacDonald, an engineer with Husky Injection Mouldings in Hong Kong, actually came to Cumberland and met Bronco the mayor and loved the village.

Some of the locals were not so impressed. Scott was banned from painting some miners’ houses as they were upset by his outrageous colours. They disliked how their cottage painted CPR brown to disguise years of coal dust was painted red to get the artist’s much-loved primary colours. One irate local even threatened a lawsuit.

Scott has a new local cable TV show, appropriately called Too Much Blue.

His first show features a night scene of the harbour and how he uses blue to unify the bright  primary yellows and reds and secondary purples and greens.

Scott will be hosting a show and sale at Filberg Park Saturday and Sunday, where he will be on hand to offer more anecdotes about his time in Cumberland, and talk about his new cable television show.

The show and sale runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Ten per cent of all sales will go to the North Island College Foundation.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Royston resident and photographer Tanja Kerr took a quick video of two eagles taking a quick dip in the water earlier this week. Video still/Tanja Kerr
Video: Eagle spotting in Royston

Photographer Tanja Kerr ensures her camera is always nearby

Rod Bitten of Union Bay won $500,000 in the Lotto Max draw on Jan. 15. Photo supplied
Union Bay electrician gets shocking surprise with $500K Extra win

Rod Bitten has been hard at work with home renovations, which is… Continue reading

Eighteen-year-old Aidan Webber died in a marine accident in 2019. He was a Canadian Junior BMX champion from Nanaimo. (Submitted)
Inadequate safety training a factor in teen BMX star’s workplace death in 2019

Aidan Webber was crushed by a barge at a fish farm near Port Hardy

Oyster River Fire Rescue members were called out to a suspicious fire in Black Creek. Two vehicles parked at a private residence were destroyed by fire. Photo courtesy Oyster River Fire Rescue
Suspicious fire destroys two vehicles at Black Creek residence

Oyster River Fire Rescue personnel were dispatched to a fire at a… Continue reading

The Northeast Woods in Comox is a popular area for hikers and mountain bike riders. It's also a protected park and conservation area. Photo by Scott Stanfield
Comox Valley RCMP seeking witnesses to ‘indecent act’ in Northeast Woods

Comox Valley RCMP are looking for witnesses after a man was seen… Continue reading

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, vice-president of logistics and operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada, speaks at a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
B.C. records 500 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, 14 deaths

Outbreak at Surrey Pretrial jail, two more in health care

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Vancouver Canucks’ Travis Hamonic grabs Montreal Canadiens’ Josh Anderson by the face during first period NHL action in Vancouver, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horvat scores winner as Canucks dump Habs 6-5 in shootout thriller

Vancouver and Montreal clash again Thursday night

A suspect has been arrested in connection with fires at Drinkwater Elementary (pictured) and École Mount Prevost. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Arson suspect arrested after fires at Cowichan Valley schools

Drinkwater Elementary and Mount Prevost schools hit within a week

A woman writes a message on a memorial mural wall by street artist James “Smokey Devil” Hardy during a memorial to remember victims of illicit drug overdose deaths on International Overdose Awareness Day, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Monday, August 31, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. paramedics respond to record-breaking number of overdose calls in 2020

On the front lines, COVID-19 has not only led to more calls, but increased the complexity

Nanaimo RCMP are seeking the public’s help after a man allegedly assaulted a clerk at James General Store on Victoria Road on Jan. 18. (Submitted photo)
Suspect screams at customer then assaults store clerk in Nanaimo

RCMP asking for information about Jan. 18 incident at James General Store

Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)
Two Nanaimo care-home residents have died during COVID-19 outbreak

Death reported Monday was the second related to Chartwell Malaspina outbreak, says Island Health

Members of the BC RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) is on route to Drummond Park opposite of Fulford Habour on Saltspring Island after the discovery of a suspicious cylindrical-shaped device. (Google/Screencap)
Bomb disposal unit en route to Salt Spring Island after suspicious device found in park

Police say a resident discovered the device Wednesday morning in Drummond Park opposite BC Ferries terminal

Seven streets in downtown Duncan, including Station Street, will soon have new native names added to their signage. (Submitted graphic)
New Duncan street signs will be in English and Hul’q’umi’num

Seven streets to get additional names in First Nations language

Most Read