Harriet’s Church

12″X12” Acrylic on canvas

Urban, but not a sketch. This is another I have been working on for the “Small Feats” fundraiser, now postponed indefinitely.

The Salem Chapel, or British Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in 1820 by African American freedom seekers and was a centre of abolitionist activity. Harriet Tubman was probably the most famous member of this congregation.
It is located in downtown St. Catharines.

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Lock 4 (again)

12”X12” acrylic on canvas

It looks as if the “Small Feats” fundraiser may have to be cancelled or postponed. This would be a shame as I know it is a significant source of income for the Niagara Artists Centre. Perhaps they will figure out a way of selling the paintings on line.
This is Lock 4 on the Welland Canal, as seen from the Glendale lift bridge. I am not sure why this view appeals to me, I have painted it before. I am reworking a lot of old themes these days, maybe with constant repetition I will finally be able to get them right. Sort of like a musician practicing her scales.

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A Path not Taken

12”X12″ Oil on canvas

This is the last of the 12x12s I have painted over the past few weeks, and it will also be submitted to the NAC show.
Although this one also started out as a real place it became somewhat mystical as I was painting it  and I decided that it would go well with my two commuting pictures.
Commuting to work every day through the countryside and farmland is a big improvement over highway and city driving (except in the winter when the roads are the last to be cleared), but there is still no time to stop and explore those other paths that look so much more interesting.

I plan to go back to my postcard sized format for a while and doing lots of drawing , some of which I may post here.

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Morning Commute

12”X12” Oil on canvas

It’s about 7:30 am, somewhere between St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake, late Summer.

This is one that I think I will submit to the Small Feats show at NAC on April 6. All 12×12 paintings will be offered for $200 with some or all proceeds going to the Niagara Artists Centre

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Evening Commute

12″X12″ Oil on canvas

I seem to have spent my entire adult life living west of my place of work. This means that for about three months of the year I am driving into the sun in the mornings or the evenings (or both).
Driving from Niagara-on-the-Lake to St. Catharines requires crossing the Welland Canal. There are several lift bridges as well as a high-level “Skyway”. This is the Lakeshore Rd. bridge, by Lock 1. The date would be somewhere in early November.
I think I will submit this one to the “Small FeatsNAC fundraiser.

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A Long View from Short Hills

12”X12” Oil on canvas

Here is another “LP sized” painting. 

Short Hills is a Provincial Park located between St. Catharines and Pelham (in the Niagara Region). It is especially spectacular in the Fall

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