Transcript: People of Ontario - Doris Kramer - Artist | Apr 30, 1990

(music plays)

A clip shows a woman using different colours to paint. A caption reads “People of Ontario.”

The caption changes to “Doris Kramer. Artist, Teacher. Thunder Bay.”

Doris is in her fifties. She has curly short blond hair and wears a colourful sweater over a pink turtleneck and round earrings.

She says WELL, IT WAS WHEN I
TOOK MY UNIVERSITY COURSES
HERE AT LAKEHEAD
UNIVERSITY.
WE HAD TO USE
EVERY MEDIUM POSSIBLE
SO THAT WE COULD
WORK IN A VARIETY
AND BE VERSATILE TOO.
AND WHEN IT CAME TO THE
POINT WHERE WE HAD
THE WATERCOLOUR, MY
TEACHER SAID, DORIS,
I THINK YOU'VE
FOUND YOUR NICHE.
IT CAME VERY EASILY AND
FROM THEN I DROPPED OILS
AND I DROPPED ACRYLIC AND
JUST WAS AN INSTANT
WATERCOLOUR ARTIST.
AND I THINK THAT WAS
PROBABLY ONE THING
THAT I WAS WAITING
FOR ALL THESE YEARS
AND IT REALLY WORKED
EXTREMELY WELL.
YOU KNOW, I STARTED A
PAINTING AND THE WATER
AND THE PAINT, THEY KIND OF
UNITED AND IT FLEW AND
IT WAS JUST A WONDERFUL
EXPERIENCE AND, OF COURSE,
I'VE BEEN IN LOVE WITH
WATERCOLOURS EVER SINCE.

As she speaks a clip shows her at work. She sprays a liquid over the flowing colours that will move around the canvas creating a psychedelic pattern.

Doris continues
NOW THAT I'M
MIXING THE MEDIUM,
IT'S STILL WATERCOLOUR
IS NUMBER ONE.
I'M JUST ADDING, YOU KNOW,
ADDITIVES LIKE A LITTLE BIT
OF INK, A LITTLE BIT OF BODY
PAINT AND SEE THE EFFECT.
BUT WATERCOLOUR
IS REALLY THE BASIC.
YOU KNOW, I START
WITH THE WATERCOLOUR
AND I ADD THESE THINGS
SO IT IS VERY EXCITING
TO WORK WITH
THIS MEDIUM.
AND IT'S INSPIRING
BECAUSE AS YOU DO THINGS,
THINGS ARE
HAPPENING, YOU KNOW,
AND ALL OF A SUDDEN,
THERE THEY ARE.

The screen shows close ups to Doris’ finished works along with a collection of other framed-paintings at a local store.

Doris says
FLOWERS HAVE A VERY
SPECIAL MEANING TO ME
AND ALSO TO OTHER
PEOPLE, REALLY.
WE GIVE THEM TO ONE
ANOTHER WHEN WE ARE HAPPY,
WE GIVE THEM WHEN WE ARE
SAD, AND, OF COURSE,
THEY ARE THE MOST
BEAUTIFUL THINGS
THAT WERE EVER CREATED
AND, OF COURSE,
THE COLOURS I AM VERY
TURNED ON BY COLOUR,
MAYBE I AM A COLOUR
PERSON OR WHATEVER.
SO I SEE A FLOWER AND I
JUST WANT TO PAINT IT.
SOMETIMES THEY TURN OUT
TO BE MORE REALISTIC
THAN OTHER TIMES BUT
THEY USUALLY DO FOR ME,
WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO
EXPRESS IN MY PAINTINGS.
A PAINTING IS AN ARTIST'S
SIGNATURE REALLY
AND YOU PAINT
WHAT YOU ARE.

New pieces of her work show a selection of flowers in a wide variety of colours.

Doris continues
I OFTEN SAY THAT TO MY
STUDENTS AND THIS IS WHY
I FEEL THAT IF I
PORTRAY IN MY WORK,
HOW I FEEL ABOUT THE WORLD
AND IT BRINGS HAPPINESS
AND SOMETHING
VERY POSITIVE,
I FEEL THAT I
HAVE SUCCEEDED,
I'M A POSITIVE PERSON.
I'VE GONE THROUGH QUITE A BIT
OF SAD THINGS IN MY LIFE.
AND I FEEL NOW THAT
I LIVE FOR THE DAY,
I LIVE FOR THE MOMENT AND
THIS VERY MOMENT
IS SO VERY PRECIOUS
THAT I MAKE THE BEST
OF THIS VERY MOMENT.

(music plays)

The end credits roll.

Editor, Jim Crewe.

Producer and director, Inge Johnson.

A production of TV Ontario.

Copyright. The Ontario Authority. 1990.

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