Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Daigle House

The original working title for this was originally just "Abandoned Farmhouse on the Trans-Canada Highway" but having done a bit of research I found that the place was known locally as "The Daigle House". 

This house stood not too far from Highway 17, outside of the town of Iron Bridge, ON, which if I recall is about an hour or two from Sault St. Marie.  My kids and I stumbled upon it while heading home from an epic road trip to Fort Frances.

What you don't see in this picture is the graffiti that covered the structure, and the small swarm of monarch butterflies that had converged near the front steps the day this picture was taken.

11x14 acrylic on wood panel
There's a lot I like about this piece, but my favourite detail is probably the most subtle. I'm absolutely in love with the little bit of sky that is visible in the top left-hand corner.  The sky that day was somewhat overcast, and I feel like I caught the little smidgens of blue that were peeking out perfectly.

I'm pretty pleased with the tree as well.

As usual, my perspective needs some work, but I feel like I'm getting better.

Sadly, what was left of the Daigle House burned down in early 2014.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Penetanguishene Harbour at Dusk [UPDATED]

12x 12 acrylic on canvas
Stumbled across the reference picture on the Penetanguishene Instagram page and thought it was kind of cool.

The original reference photo credit goes to Devon Mary Ward.

I'm not entirely sure if I'm happy with this. Some of the colors I like, and I like how the lights on the shore turned out.  I'll be submitting this and this piece to an upcoming "Places and Spaces" show at the Quest Art Gallery.

Wish me luck.

UPDATE: This piece was accepted and will be on display at the Quest Art Gallery in Midland, Ontario from June 24, 2016 to August 20, 2016.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Barrens, Muskoka Road 13

Between Highway 400 and Highway 11 in Ontario, there is a corridor of lakes, wilderness, and cottage country.

One of the roads that runs (partway) across this corridor is Muskoka Road 13, also known as Southwood Road (which never fails to get The Mountain Goats' "Southwood Plantation Road" stuck in my head.

Along this road there is a place known as the Barrens. It's a small, open lake, surrounded by Canadian Shield and low-lying shrubs. It's kilometers away from any civilization and I'm told at night it's one of the best places to look at the stars, due to its lack of light pollution.

It's one of my favourite places.

Acrylic on 20x16 Canvas
Of course, it's still rather popular and people sometimes leave garbage behind, which sucks, but made for an interesting detail in this particular landscape piece.

This piece took me about four 1-2 hour sessions to complete, and just seemed fall together beautifully.  As I've mentioned before, I love working with soft body acrylics, as the colours are rather vivid and the textures seem a lot smoother.