Hope you all enjoyed the challenge!!
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DAY 30 OF PORTRAIT OF ST. MARYS
The Tower and the Station, St. Marys
Well it's finally here!! Painting # 30!!
I decided to end with two truly iconic St. Marys landmarks - the old St. Marys water tower and the train station.
I want to send a big thank-you to all the folks out there who followed and supported the challenge. Knowing that others enjoyed the paintings and were following along made this challenge very special for me.
What's up next for Kathy?
Sunsets & Winter Plein Air
To help beat the winter blues... I will be doing another 30-day challenge in January 2016.
For this challenge - I am going to try something a little different..
I have decided to divide the challenge up this way so I can focus on practising some pretty specific painting skills. Also - because I still work a day job full time, I know it would not be realistic from me to complete 30 plein air works.
winter plein air painting should be an interesting experience. Maybe it'll help me learn to love winter a little more? Only time will tell.
Winner of St. Mary's Painting FACE-OFF!
DAY 29 OF PORTRAIT OF ST. MARYS
Driving down Robinson Street in the Fall
DAY 28 OF PORTRAIT OF ST. MARYS
Church Street Bridge, St. Marys
Today's painting features another water scene - the Church Street Bridge over Trout Creek.
I am always interested in your feedback about my art. As such - I created the following "Painting Face-off". I will announce the winning painting in my blog post on Oct 30.
DAY 27 OF PORTRAIT OF ST. MARYS
The Quarry, ST. Marys
I personally have many fond memories of the Quarry in St. Marys. This famous swimming spot is where I took many of my swimming lessons back in the day. I also met one of my best friends, Lindsay, here the summer before grade 9. One of the best swimming spots around.
DAY 26 OF PORTRAIT OF ST. MARYS
A Drive out Thomas Street, St. Marys
I stumbled across this lovely view of the Thames River one autumn day while exploring St. Marys (looking for painting ideas). The map below gives the approximate location of the photo.
DAY 25 OF PORTRAIT OF ST. MARYS
Vibrant Fall, St. Marys
In my opinion, I think fall is the most beautiful time of year. I love the colours. I also love the cooler, fresher temperatures.
Today's painting features a stunning autumn tree outside of Westover, in St. Marys, Ontario. What beautiful colours!!
DAY 24 OF PORTRAIT OF ST. MARYS
Quiet Morning, St. Marys
Today's painting features a lovely view of St. Marys across the Thames River. You may have noticed that during this challenge I have painted many early morning paintings - but there are no evening/night paintings. This is because I am a bonafide morning person. I love mornings and getting up early! Specifically I love the quietness and the calmness. It's very satisfying to be up and awake while much of the world is still fast asleep.
DAY 23 OF PORTRAIT OF ST. MARYS
Hearn's Ice Cream, St. Marys
Who doesn't love ice cream?
Today's painting features one of the best ice cream shops in Southern Ontario - Hearn's Ice Cream.
Interesting fact... before ice cream, Hearn's was a Dairy (owned by Kelly Hearn). The farmers would bring in the milk and it was pasteurized and bottled. It was loaded on a horse drawn wagon and delivered to customers around town. Some of you St. Mary's folks may still remember the milk man - Cliff Elliott. The empty bottles of milk had a ticket or token in them, and were replaced by a full quart of milk. Lots of fond memories for a much simpler time.
Thanks to Donna Aldis & to my mom for sharing this history with me.
DAY 22 OF PORTRAIT OF ST. MARYS
Sarnia Bridge in Summer
Today's painting features the Sarnia Bridge in St. Marys.
During the painting of this piece, I had the chance to listen to an excellent podcast I recently discovered called "Only Human". This podcast tells health stories from the human perspective. In the first episode, the host Mary Harris shares her story about having to go through chemotherapy during pregnancy. So interesting! If you need something interesting to listen to - consider checking it out (click here).
DAY 21 OF PORTRAIT OF ST. MARYS
GraHam's across the River
Today's painting features the Victoria bridge and GraHam fuels in St. Marys. This was a fun painting to do - I particularly enjoyed the pop of yellow!
DAY 20 OF PORTRAIT OF ST. MARYS
A Stroll Down Riverview Walkway
Today's painting features a scenic portion of Riverview Walkway in St. Marys. This particular portion of the path is parallel to the historic Mill Race. According to HistoricPlaces.ca, here is a little fun history on the Mill Race:
"The Mill Race was constructed in 1864 of large, locally-quarried course limestone blocks, to form a channel alongside the Thames River, to provide power to local mills. Since its construction, the Mill Race has seen many changes, the first of which was only shortly after its construction. In order to allow the Mill Race to pass under Queen Street to the mills to the south, its course was altered and an additional small arch was built on the eastern end of the Victoria Bridge, in 1865." Taken from HistoricPlaces.ca
See you tomorrow!
DAY 19 OF PORTRAIT OF ST. MARYS
St. Marys Museum
Welcome back! After a month off - I'm back to finish my 30 day painting challenge. I want to extend a big thanks to everyone who sent well wishes to me and my family during my dad's recovery from surgery. I'm happy to say he is doing well, and is on the path to a full recovery.
Today's painting features the St. Mary's museum. Not knowing a lot about the history of the museum, I hit the internet. Turns out the museum has a wonderful and informative website (click here to check it out). Here is an exert that tells why the museum has been referred to as "The Castle in the Bush":
"The community museum for the Town of St. Marys is located in a lovely old home sitting on a hilltop in a park at 177 Church Street South. It was constructed from locally quarried limestone in 1854. When George Tracy, an early settler to St. Marys, built it for his family, it was by far the largest home in the small village of log shanties. Almost immediately, it was nicknamed the Castle in the Bush. It has been the location of the St. Marys Museum since 1959." ~ Taken from http://stmarysmuseum.ca
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