|Magic Pumpkins, acrylic, 16" x 20"- huge pumpkins next to the Forge|
One of my favourite spots to visit in my neighbourhood is the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. In the museum, you feel like being in an idyllic world where life is a lot simpler and less hectic. I enjoy walking my dog on the museum ground, even though he is not allowed in the buildings.
The little village does not only have historic houses but even a working forge, and sawmill. The volunteers wear costumes are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They put a lot of care in looking after the village, including planting vegetable gardens and feeding the animals.
I have visited the museum on several occasions with my painting buddies. We enjoy the quietness of the historic town. We do not have to worry about cars, there are shaded areas for a hot or rainy day, a picnic area, and for a day-long outing a great plus, washrooms.
Some of the paintings I created of the museum's buildings were done on site, others from reference photographs.
|Mainville House, acrylic, 16" x 20"|
The painting is part of my solo exhibition "Summer Destinations" at Tyros Shawarma Lebanese Restaurant at 5929 Jeanne d'Arc Boulevard South, Orléans, ON K1C 6V8. I would like to invite you to the "Meet the Artist" event on Sunday, July 19, 2015 from 2pm to 4pm.
|Duford House, acrylic, 16" x 20"|
|De Groot Barn, oil, 11" x 14"|
The 11" x 14" painting “De Groot Barn” is one of my first paintings for which I used oil paints while being on location. While I love my acrylic paints in the studio, I found it really hard to work with them “en plein air”. The paint just dried so fast, it was frustrating. As I had worked with oil paints before, I wanted to give this medium a try.
I am not sure what went wrong but there is a small area in the trees where the paint has cracked. Therefore, this is a painting I am not selling, even though the cracks look very intentional and have not increased during the years.
|French Hill Schoolhouse, acrylic, 15 3/5" x 19 1/2"|
|Tranquility of Winter, acrylic, 11" x 14"|
|The White House, acrylic, 10" x 14"|
|Watson's Garage, oil, 8" x 10"|
My 8” x 10” painting “Watson's Garage” is one that did not work at all like I had envisioned it. It does not excite me at all. When I prepared this blog, I realized it was not even on my website.
|The Vegetable Garden, oil, 11" x 14"|
The “11 x 14” oil painting “Vegetable Garden” was painted on an Arteast paintout. I am always fascinated with the range of produce that is grown at the museum. That particular day, I knew I had only a short time available to paint due to the presence of my young daughter who patiently read while I was painting. I did not feel like starting another building but painted the vegetable garden with the scarecrow.
|Quiet time, acrylic, 12" x 12" - one of the animals of the museum|
The museum is located at 2940 Old Montreal Road, Cumberland, ON K4C 1E6.