Staying at Home 9 – Vegetable Beds

Watercolour and ink on paper

Yesterday it was both warm and cool enough to sit outside and sketch for half an hour. We haven’t had many of those and when the weather was right I have been busy gardening. The boards are there to try to keep the animals from digging.

Still #uskathome in St. Catharines.

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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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Sts. Cyril and Methodius (again)

12″X12” Acrylic on canvas

Here is another square foot painting, possibly for submission to Small Feats, the annual Niagara Artists Centre show and fundraiser. We shall see.
Sts. Cyril and Methodius is a Ukrainian Catholic church in St. Catharines. It is a familiar sight to anyone who drives the Queen Elizabeth Way between Hamilton and Niagara Falls, as it is right by the highway.

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Another Small Feat

12″X12” Acrylic on canvas

I have started working on some paintings for NAC’s annual “Small Feats” fundraiser. Here is the first, perhaps not quite finished but nearly there.
I am not sure that you can actually see these buildings anymore, they are pretty hidden behind the Meridian Centre. But a few years ago these rear views were among the first things you saw when coming off the 406. I always liked them. I believe that the stilts were there because rge raceway used to run along there.

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Cherry blossom time

6″X8″ oil on board

Here is another one I painted a couple of years ago and never posted.
So many of these Niagara orchards have been ripped out and replaced with vines, they may have to rename Blossom Sunday.

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Vines Contre Jour

6″X8″ Oil on board
A couple of years ago the Niagara Artists’ Centre annual fundraiser Small Feats experimented with offering smaller, 6”X8”, paintings as well as the usual square foot works. As I was swamped with work at the time I decided to go with this size. None of mine sold and I guess it wasn’t generally very successful because they didn’t repeat this size the following year.
At the time I forgot (or didn’t have time) to scan and post them and I just remembered them now that another of my favourite local arts organizations is looking for donations.
This one will be available at the Carousel Caravan silent auction. It is valued at $100 but starting bid will probably be around $10, so you may be able to pick up a bargain.

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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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