A woman brought me some photos of a village someplace in Northern England. Having just returned from a vacation there, she wanted something that would capture the romance of this riverside dwelling. I seldom have painted from another persons photos, preferring instead to decide the angles and viewpoint myself on the spot.
I was commissioned by a young woman to create this view of the Harmony Lunch, a local Waterloo landmark. Her grandparents had frequented this restaurant as a young couple and have continued to do so with their grandchildren. The family has generations of fond memories at the Harmony Lunch.
This painting was commissioned for a man who flew night missions in W.W. II. His heart is still clearly in Scotland, even though he has lived here all his life. It is not unusual for a person to commission me to paint a personal spot, a dream perhaps. I feel flattered that someone would take me into their confidence.
This painting sprang from a commission that I did in St. George, Ontario. I was thrilled to see on just one farm, eighty acres of orchard. This farmer has a complicated system of bird boxes that aids in the control of pests. This is certainly better than using a lot of pesticides.
The suite of 11 paintings:
Acres of Orchard (Image #0699)
This historic piece was painted as a commission and shows teams of horses powering the thrashing machine near London, Ontario. The man in the centre of the sweep was responsible to keep the horses moving in a steady, deliberate way. The small boy with the white shirt had a very sharp knife to cut the string from each bundle or sheaf. His job was boring but he would not space out as it was very dangerous for the man holding the sheaf if the boy were to slip.