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Reflections of McCraney Lake

This is one of my absolute favourite places to visit in Algonquin Park. After a 1km portage through the woods carrying a canoe through  27 mud puddles, the views and quiet and sounds are well worth the effort of visiting McCraney Lake. It is a shallow lake, so there are a lot of fallen trees…

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A Whole Field of Dahlias …for me!

It’s not often I get a chance to paint something for myself… so I set aside some time, and instead of painting just a vase full of dahlias, I painted the whole field so I can have ALL the dahlias! 😆  I visited this gorgeous field of dahlias many times in the late summer to…

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Octopus Vs Ship | Old Yeller

This old painting was hanging in a local antique thrift shop for years… I had passed it over about five times, until finally deciding I wanted to bring it home to give a bit of a refresh. Painted in 1950 by Jean Godwin, the canvas board was warped and coming out of the frame. There…

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Octopus Vs Ship

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on this collection of Upcycled Vintage Art… Octopus Vs Ship! I came across these nine paintings (nonupulets!) a few months back. This European style of seascape was very popular in the 80’s and 90’s. These are the remnants of a collection of mass produced replica artwork… the paintings were almost identical,…

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Octopus Vs Ship : The Beast

Part of my Octopus Vs Ship series, The Beast is one of eleven upcycled vintage art pieces I have been painting this month. This sort of seascape was very popular in the 80’s and 90’s, replicating the style of the old masters. This 2×3 foot painting (plus the vintage frame) was unwanted in the aftermath…

Evening Soak

Another recent Upcycled Vintage Art project… Evening Soak. This brown style of landscape was very popular in the 70’s… but not so popular now! I gave this unwanted ugly-beautiful painting a refresh by adding an oversized toad having a soak while enjoying the amber sunset. My Upcycled Vintage pieces are inspired by damaged artwork and…

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Ladybug Walk

A new piece in my Upcycled Vintage Art collection… Ladybug Walk. I found a large vintage print-on-board (in this gorgeous frame) and thought I could do something really fun with it! The print was damaged, scratched and warped. So I touched up the scratches by matching the paint and blending it in. It took a…

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Enjoying Winter Painting

It’s been nostalgic working on a few painting commissions which I want to share in more detail here. A view from my childhood, we visited our friends cottage almost every summer at Lorimer Lake, Ontario. My mum would grab an inner tube, and swim across to the little island and back, while we kids would…

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The Old Tree on Rain Lake

And one more painting to share before I have a break for the year… the old leaning tree that “used to be” on Rain Lake in Algonquin Park. A gift for my folks, this tree is an iconic landmark to my family. My great-grandfather, Ralph Bice, was one of the earliest guides in the park…

Dawn on Grass Lake

Was happy to deliver this 2×4 acrylic painting to it’s new home yesterday. The view of Grass Lake in Ontario holds special meaning to the couple who commissioned it, and was such a pleasure to paint. Here is a time-lapse of the work in progress on Instagram, and below are a few up close details……

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