Original acrylic painting, varnished for UV protection, on a gallery wrapped canvas, with 1 1/2" sides, painted black, ready to hang as is.
The Original Painting is thick with texture, rich and glossy.
Smaller sized prints (22" x 36”, and 12" x 24") based on this painting, are available on this shop, under "prints" for a limited time, as supplies last.
Available to view at the Muse Art Gallery, in Kenora, Ontario, from April 14-July 9, 2022, as a part of the public art gallery show, "Power of Place", featuring the artwork of Walter J Phillips and Melissa Jean.
Available for purchase here on this site only, for pick up after July 9, 2022.
About this painting:
Over the last 5-6 years I have been looking for the location that Walter J Phillips painted an untitled Watercolour in the Lake of the Woods region approximately 100 years ago.
At first I thought it was a channel. I hiked up to all of the highest points in the area, including Blueberry Mountain and places that looked over Devil’s Gap. It wasn’t there. None of the island and channels lined up as in Walter J’s painting.
So I started in different high points. Things started to line up the further I went. I knew I was close but every year the line up of islands wasn’t quite right. One summer I thought I was close but had to get a little higher up, so I found a house in the area that was quite tall, overlooking that part of the lake. I decided to take a chance and knock on the front door. When a woman opened, I showed her the printout of the Walter J I was in search of, and asked if I could take a photo from her second floor balcony. She was so generous and friendly, opening the door wide and ushering me up to the second floor balcony, which was actually through her bedroom! She also showed me her own paintings and mentioned she was a hobby artist. We talked about the artistic process at length before I left. Unfortunately that wasn’t the right angle and line up of islands so I tried again and again in different spots. Two years later (by now I had a good idea of about where I needed to be to get the right angle) I hiked in from two different points, moving branches and wading in knee high ground brush to finally discover the right angle. I went back again for the sunrise, making a lot of noise to alert the many bears that were in the area at that time, and got the shot I needed to make this painting.
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