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Secluded Sanctum

Shirley Sirois

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Sandy, UT - United States

Beautiful image, Shirley! Love the reflections and the overall mood of the photo! v

Washington DC - United States

Love the reflection in the water and your use of textures. Lovely work!! FL

Shirley Sirois replied:

Your comment is so much appreciated, Emily! Thank you.

Montclair, NJ - United States

This surely is marvelous, Shirley! And I really like the way you use textures to enhance your fine artwork! L

Shirley Sirois replied:

Your comment is so much appreciated, Kellice. Thank you.

Tabernacle, NJ - United States

Beautiful work and story. Always wonderful when the subject is something meaningful to you. v/f

Shirley Sirois replied:

Thank you so much for the special comment, Glen.

Reno, NV - United States

Beautiful image and reflections Shirley!...f/v32

Shirley Sirois replied:

Thank you, Donna, for the meaningful comment.

Edmonton, AB - Canada

Thank you, Jrr, for the feature in: Digital Touch.

Cottonwood, AZ - United States

.... Like the subject, technique, composition, and color... Today it was Published in the Internet publication ARTISTS NEWS.... Anyone can Just Highlight this link ---- - Use Ctl-C to copy and Ctl-V ---- to put it into the Browser Address, to view the publication. You can then, Tweet, FB, and email, etc a copy of the publication, to just anyone you feel would be interested. Happy Promoting! :-)

Clarence, NY - United States

Beautiful work. Congrats on your first place contest win. v

Grand Forks, BC - Canada

Congratulations your amazing artwork has been FEATURED in MOUSE!! Thanks for your participation and submissions. Sorry for the delay in posting new work to MOUSE I have been away spending time with my Granddaughter. Cheers and have a great day! Barbara F/V

Shirley Sirois replied:

I would say that spending time with your granddaughter is more important than spending time here. I thank you for the posting.

Bentonville, AR - United States

Shirley---congratulations on your 1st place win in the contest. Very nice work--! voted

Shirley Sirois replied:

Thank you, Nava Jo, for the congrats and I very much appreciate your vote!

Edmonton, AB - Canada

I appreciate the feature in: 3 A Day Greeting Cards fo... Thank you, Darren.

Edmonton, AB - Canada

Thank you, Joe, for the feature in: Excellent Self-Taught Artists.

Camarillo, CA - United States

Your digital treatment is extremely effective with this image. Nice work! v/f

Shirley Sirois replied:

That is so great to hear! Thank you, Meghan.

Edmonton, AB - Canada

Nice to hear that this awakened a memory, Nicolae, and thank you for the visit.

Calgary, AB - Canada

i like this one too Reminds me of a small church seen in Nova Scotia

Merritt Island, Fl - United States

Beautiful. You are such an artist with your layers! I love the entire effect. It has such a sense of isolation. f/v

Shirley Sirois replied:

AnnaJo, I usually think of painters as the artists and so I feel humbled to hear you say that. You're giving me a boost! Thank you!

Edmonton, AB - Canada

Thank you for the feature.....Voted on: Marine Two Memorial DC.

Edmonton, AB - Canada

That is lovely to hear, Lee. Thank you!

Thomasville, nc - United States

This is very lovely.

Glendale, CA - United States

Hello Shirley! Your work is all so beautiful, but I think this is one of the most beautiful church images I have had the pleasure to view. The reflection is special but the processing, with all its interesting textures and colors, elevates this above the usual church scene. f/v Kirsten

Shirley Sirois replied:

Kirsten, I feel very humbled by your comment on my work. My sister surprised me by ordering a box of cards with this church image and sent one on my birthday. I was very surprised at the fine job that FAA did. Thank you for staying in touch.

Edmonton, AB - Canada

I appreciate the feature in: Wisconsin Flowers and Scenery. Thank you, Randy.

Bronx, NY - United States

A lovely image with wonderful post-processing. f/v

Shirley Sirois replied:

That is great to hear, Dale. Thank you!

Edmonton, AB - Canada

Thank you so much for the comment, Charles.

Edmonton, AB - Canada

Thank you, Charles, for the feature in: Country Churches,

Prosser, WA - United States

A very unusual effect - Good job

Portsmouth, NH - United States

Very interesting shot! v/f

Shirley Sirois replied:

Thank you, Marcia.

Edmonton, AB - Canada

I appreciate the feature in: Wingsdomain Art and Photography. Thank you.

Edmonton, AB - Canada

Thank you, Rebecca, for the feature in: Manipulation.

Edmonton, AB - Canada

In a contest called "Best Sell", with 165 entries, this image was a high finisher. Thank you to all who voted for this image.

Plymouth Meeting , PA - United States

Congratulations on your sale Shirley!!

Shirley Sirois replied:

Thank you so much, Bill!!

Budapest, H - Hungary

Congratulations on your sale................Odon.

Shirley Sirois replied:

Thank you, Odon.....very much appreciated.

Edmonton, AB - Canada

Thank you, Neal, for the feature in: All Things Reflective.

Poquoson, VA - United States

So much to see in this, Shirley. I love it all! I especially like the reflections in the water.The sky has a mystery of its own.BEAUTIFUL!

Shirley Sirois replied:

I love what you are saying. Thank you, Marlene.

Edmonton, AB - Canada

Thank you, Jose, for the feature in: Stop time with art.

Edmonton, AB - Canada

Thank you, Marie, for the feature in: Must Create Art.

Capitola, CA - United States

nice use of color and balance

Shirley Sirois replied:

I appreciate your comment very much, Chris. Thank you.

Pleasanton, CA - United States

Beautiful reflections and texture work!!!

Shirley Sirois replied:

That is very nice to hear. Thank you, Laurie.

North Windham, CT - United States

Gorgeous work!!

Shirley Sirois replied:

Thank you very much, Carol.

Edmonton, AB - Canada

Thank you, Kerri, for the feature in: The importance of White.

Sequim, WA - United States

Lovely! f/v/l

Shirley Sirois replied:

Marie, I'm glad you like this image enough to make it a favorite. Thank you!

New Orleans, LA - United States

Shirley, very interesting processing of this image. It is quite painterly. V

Shirley Sirois replied:

Thank you, Cheri. Your comment is motivating.

Pueblo, CO - United States

This is incredibly gorgeous work! Instant v/f x 10!

Shirley Sirois replied:

Oh, Lenore, that is a great comment which I truly appreciate, maybe because the church holds so many memories. It was built by my great grandfather and many in our family were married there, including me. This was the year we had to cross over by boat. Thank you for the v/f x 10!

Galt, Il - United States

Beautiful, Shirley! Love the layering effect. F/V

Shirley Sirois replied:

Thanks for commenting, Bruce and I appreciate your "Favorite" on this image.

Port Huron, MI - United States

Gorgeouos!!!! V/f!!

Shirley Sirois replied:

I love your comment, Cheryl and I appreciate your "Favorite" on this image.

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In 1917, a log church was replaced with this frame structured building and all the work was donated by the parishioners. Once or twice a month the priest travelled 21 kilometers by horse and buggy via the Athabasca Landing Trail to serve this parish. During the winter he came by horse and cutter which took many hours, keeping his feet warm with a coal briquette foot warmer heater. He had a small barn behind the church for his horse and feed suplies. He stayed overnight in the back of the church which was partitioned off and equipped with a stove and bed. His dog, Prince always travelled with him.

In 1935 this church was moved from about one quarter mile to it's present location here in the hamlet of Tawatinaw. The Tawatinaw River located behind the church often flooded parts of the hamlet .The postmaster who had a boat would help the people cross over to attend the service.

The photograph which I worked with was taken in Tawatinaw, Alberta, Canada. My parents, a brother, a sister and myself were all married in this church so that was a motivation for me to try and make it a sweet memory.


March 23rd, 2012


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