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Donna Munro is the owner of PWL. She is a lover of family heritage and value, having focused her life strengths on studying Literature and Science for her younger life. She has found her roots and family meaning within Scottish and English culture. The start of the collection is focused on releasing family art to print.
The first artist Donna has profiled is her great-great-grandfather James Wharton, who was one of the first of the family pioneers to settle in Manitoba just as its communities opened up for settlement. Unfortunately, James Wharton spent most of his time working to get a nicer home for his wife, and did not have time to return to art when he came to the prairies.
Donna painted the James Wharton drawings based on gallery feedback that color sells and her own preference for color. The first sets done have been done to show the authenticity of the paper near the edges, the second being perhaps easier to frame eliminating paper edges, and the next set will now be colored.
A set of classics has been made with intention of building an exhibition collection. She is aiming to make large file sizes to be used in larger buildings to adorn museums and corporate places.
The second artist profiled is her grandmother Elna Brodie Niccolls, who was a committed family historian and who hand copied 8 or more of her books to give to family for a very meager wage. Elna was an artist, photographer, and writer. Most of her efforts using these skills were for pleasure and for supporting her roles as a wife and mom. She made photographs to record all the family and life moments she wanted to remember forever.
Donna just released an Indian Princess her grandmother originally drew. She restored it, drew in more details, painted it digitally, and prepared it for print. She theorizes that her grandmother saw the First Nations Princesses perform at her day's stampedes: either in Brandon or Moosejaw.
Donna has added her skill to these art restorations by redrawing over faded lines, color enhancing, darkening, and adding to the simpler images to make them appeal to a wider audience. Her favorite James Wharton print is Meeting at the Docks.
The collections you will find here are based on idea concepts: cotton like clouds, sunsets and sunrises, cute houses, birds, events, pastoral scenes (with reflections in water), historical art, people of import to the artist: Elna Brodie Niccolls collection, and James Wharton's collection. Somehow being from Calgary, Donna felt there should be some photos from the Western provinces with her work. She has taken photos during her trip west to collect her grandma's things to fill in the gaps. She hopes you love ducks, horses, cows and mountainscapes. Donna hopes to achieve at least 15 selections per collection, enough to permit someone to have about five matching or concept related prints. Some work is being designed with intent to go with show homes.
On your return visit, please visit the gallery displays.
Once my visitors have finished the visit for FAA art, and Donna would certainly not want to interrupt that venture here on Fine Art America, then please visit her on Amazon.com. Donna's author page is: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0069TK60A
March 23, Pellirojos Writing is offering a free promotional of a children's book, for ages 8-10, for those who visit Kindle and download this book to a Kindle friendly device. The promotion is only 24 hours. Enjoy!
This gallery is set up as a set on cream brown or white backgrounds. This is James Wharton's Art. This art was derived from data captures with different techniques over time. For example, about 20 years ago, one data capture was done with limited access to the work. Negatives were taken of these 30 years ago, but they have not turned up yet. Photocopies were taken for the purpose of sharing with family who also felt they had ties to the work. Another data capture was done 12 years ago. This is the basis of some of the other art presentations shown here. Images were then cleaned up and prepared for print.
If anyone in around Crosby, England knows of church or building ruins that look like this, I've wondered whether the man in the image "Jesus on Cross Liverpool" is a statue or a man receiving punishment. Our argument for it being Jesus is that there is a roof to protect the statue from degrading and therefore it must a statue of Jesus. Does anyone in England have an argument why this might be a man in stockade? Recall the timing is 1865 or thereabout. The social justice system of the time could well come into play. I would love to hear back from anyone who would like to express their opinion. My plans for this data set include selecting the image in the center, and placing them on an art paper composite I made from the original art notebook. I plan to do something like the pan looking upon the ruins, but the exterior image will be the paper. I am also experimenting with adding sepia or turning the ink a black brown as the ones I framed for my wall were ones in sepia--somehow I like the brownish ink. I don't have a deadline for this at this time. These will be added product interpretations and will not replace these ones.