New Works - Nights on Fire
In a previous post, Smoke on the Water, I revealed four paintings inspired by our time at Lake of the Woods in northwestern Ontario this summer. After our stay there, my husband and I slowly traveled east for a few weeks, exploring the north shore of Lake Superior.
Luckily, we obtained the last available camp site (shown here) in Pukaskwa National Park near Marathon, for a week-long stay. We enjoyed hot sunny weather every day, which is rare on the Lake Superior shore. A 50-amp electrical hookup, as well as music from our satellite radio, were icing on our cake.
Pukaskwa (pronounced PUCK-a-saw) has been a National Park for over 40 years and covers an area of 1,878 square kilometres (725 sq mi), protecting part of the longest undeveloped shoreline anywhere on the Great Lakes. This photo shows me kayaking in a protected bay near our campground.
We were so charmed and delighted by this gorgeous park that I have posted a photo article entirely devoted to the highlights of our stay. See Pukaskwa: Lake Superior Perfection (Top Ten Photos).
For now, I would like to show you the first six paintings this special place inspired me to create. I assumed my initial pieces would feature magnificent Lake Superior water and rocks, but in fact the trees start out as the stars of this show.
One evening during our stay, we were strolling through the campground and I noticed how beautiful and varied the tall tree silhouettes were against the twilight sky.
I took a few dozen reference photos such as this one, looking up at the treetops.
Back in my wee mobile studio (otherwise known as the dinette in our trailer), I let my imagination run loose. I wondered what would those trees look like with a radiant sunset, starry night sky, northern light display, or a combination of these backdrops.
These paintings are the result of absorbing the essence of this magical place and letting my creativity soar.
#1: Sweet Dreams, varnished watercolour on 8 x 8 inch panel. Click here for more information about this piece.
#2: Nightfall, (below) varnished watercolour on 12 x 9 inch panel. Click here for more information about this piece.
#3: Awakening, varnished watercolour on 9 x 12 inch panel. Click here for more information about this piece.
#4: Last Light, (below) varnished watercolour on 10 x 10 inch panel. Click here for more information about this piece.
Then I progressed to these northern lights scenes:
#5: Night Fire, varnished watercolour on 10 x 10 inch panel. Click here for more information about this piece.
#6: Night on Fire, (below) varnished watercolour on 8 x 8 inch panel. Click here for more information about this piece.
I look forward to sharing with you more inspiration from this exquisite National Park. Stay tuned!
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