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On The Water
Painting - Acrylic
I wanted to do a painting of a canoe like the one my husband grew up with at his grandparents cottage on the Rideau River near the lovely town of Merrickville, Ontario. Merrickville, also dubbed 'the Jewel of the Rideau', has become a favourite weekend getaway spot on the gorgeous Kingston-Ottawa Rideau Heritage Route. Located near the mid-point of the canal system, Merrickville evokes fond memories of times gone by. You won't find any parking meters or traffic lights here but you might find the Town Crier and very friendly villagers......... This painting was a culmination of elements that I was looking for to complete the scene.......I love the look of wooden docks and with the details with every piece of wood being different, painting it is a joy. Instead of just setting the canoe out on the lake or river I tied it up to the dock. To bring more interest to the painting I added some pink water lilies into the water. I wanted the canoe to be green like my husband's grandparents canoe, which we now have. I have many photos that I've taken of our canoe to work with, but the rest of this painting is from my mind's eye...............
Primarily a self-taught artist, working in acrylics, I enjoy the process of drawing and spending time developing the composition of each work. I paint the natural world, landscapes, seascapes and stylized florals that are saturated with color, and presented in a unique fashion. I have been influenced by the works of Canadian artist, Lawren S. Harris, for his bold and vigorous depiction of the Canadian landscape, as well as American artist, Georgia O'Keeffe, most notably for her paintings of large, oversized flowers.
May 22nd, 2013
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