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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.

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 12x12 paintings will be offered for $200 with some or all proceeds going to the Niagara Artists Centre

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 Feats" NAC fundraiser.

Snow Trees

12"X12" Oil on canvas

Niagara is still full of fruit farms, although they are fast being replaced by vineyards.

I can’t remember what sort of trees these were. In the winter they all bear the same fruit.

Smugglers’ Cove (again)

12"X12" Oil on canvas

I painted this in a smaller format a few years ago, all of these pieces are based on smaller oil sketches..

This is one of those almost secret spots in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Tucked down a steep path, on the bank of the river, there is a small marina here. From the name we can assume it was used for more nefarious purposed at one time. The far bank is Youngstown NY.

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

Whirligigs

12"X12" Oil on canvas

I'm back (maybe)

I finally have some time on my hands and am able to paint again with some regularity, so perhaps I can post a little more frequently too.

Every April, NAC (Niagara Artists Centre) hold a fund-raiser called "Small Feats". I have posted about it before but I haven't submitted anything for a couple of years. Over the past couple of weeks I have painted 7 square foot paintings with a view to choosing 3 to submit for consideration. I think I already know which ones I will submit, but I will post them all here anyway. They all have a Niagara theme, as do most of my paintings.

This one shows a couple of the wind machines that guard our vineyards against late and early frost. Everywhere else in the world a windmill usually generates electricity, here in wine country they actually require propane to run.