16″ x 20″ Acrylic
Last October, we were blessed with some beautiful sunny days and we didn’t hesitate to take advantage of them including some family hiking, canoeing and walks down to the lake.
This was our first fall in Elliot Lake, a time I had eagerly looked forward to. It had been at least 40 years since I had experienced a northern autumn and I looked forward to the brilliant reds that we didn’t see as much in Southern Ontario. Many Elliot Lakers were disappointed in the lack of intensity and brilliance of the fall colors this year. It was blamed on the long and rainy summer and the warm fall weather that didn’t include the usual amount of frosty mornings and cool overnight temperatures.
Despite that, the fall was a wonderful time, and we can’t be happier in our new home in Elliot Lake.
I’ve been happily rediscovering this lovely city and the natural beauty that surrounds it. I think growing up here, I took so much of its beauty for granted. I plan to continue exploring all the area has to offer.
I’m excited too, to be showing this painting and offering it for sale in the Elliot Lake Arts Club Annual Christmas Show & Sale, along with my blank note cards. It’s just the beginning. Stay tuned for more!
There is a really cute, smart, funny, adorable little girl and her name is Klara. I am so lucky to be her grandmother. Klara is really lucky too because she has 2 awesome parents who love to travel. So Klara has visited more countries in her 3 young years than many adults have in their entire lives.
16 x 20
In this painting, she is standing in a weathered old wooden boat along the shore of a beach in Greece.
She was only 2 at the time, though I’ve captured an older Klara in my painting. She has the brightest smile and eyes that twinkle and light up the world.
I must confess that I painted her face at least 8 times before I was satisfied that it was Klara. There were times when I considered giving up. But a dedicated artist does not give up.
Portraits are a true test for an artist. You have to capture what you see, so there is an amazing amount of concentration. And the ultimate thrill when you’re successful!
Heading to Calmer Waters – 16 x 20 Acrylic
I get a little homesick or should I say “cottage” sick standing back and looking at this painting. My sister Gabie and I often go kayaking on Lake Lauzon. When you round this point from the larger open part of the lake, you approach the bay where our family’s cottage is. And the water in the bay is always calmer.
If you look in the upper left, there is a boat house that belongs to the cottage. It is leaning now, because it’s support posts have shifted from upheavals from too many cold northern Ontario winters. It was built by my dad, back in a time when you were allowed to build over the water’s edge. The front end is rotting now too, so it will probably need new supports some day or perhaps it would have to be removed. It’s not really being used at all now. Well, I think it is home to a beaver at times when my sister doesn’t annoy him too much by shooing it away.
This painting also takes me to a time when I’m on vacation and spending time with family, when life slows down, and takes me to those calmer waters. It’s a nice memory.