Years ago in Calgary, AB a young girl modeled for us with her bicycle. It was obviously pretty small for her but she went everywhere on that thing. After two hours, I captured her and the bike on my 18” x 24” board but nothing more. So the piece sat unfinished for 7 years as I tried to figure out how to finish it. When I packed up all our belongings and moved to Kingsville, ON the girl and her bike made the road trip with us. It was full of potential energy and I’m glad I finally finished it, “Late for the Party”.
Last Monday, the Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Society were happy to have some relief from the bitter cold. We enjoyed a mild and sunny day along the lake near Colchester. Instead of a hot water bottle, I added a little bit of highly concentrated rubbing alcohol to my paints to keep them from freezing. Working only in black and white, I created a value sketch out behind the home of another artist who spent the day preparing for freezing rain, making sure her paths to all her maple trees were clear. We all helped her out when we needed to warm ourselves with a little labour.
As expected, the weather turned nasty again, so I hunkered down in my studio and finished my painting, “Maple Trail” 18” x 24” acrylic on board.
“Shannon Cowan is a writer and editor whose novels and articles are published in the United States and Canada. She and her family have built a green home and have converted six acres of semi-rural brush into a working farm.” Source: http://www.eartheasy.com
On October 30, 2012 she wrote an article for Earth Easy about children caring for chickens. She goes into all that is necessary to establish a small chicken farm for egg production and how involving children teaches them about our food supply and the care of poultry. She notes, “Although challenges do arise, watching chickens cluck and peck happily in the earth is a source of peace and entertainment.”
With permission from Shannon Cowan, I developed this peaceful painting from her photo.