Since I haven’t painted very much in quite a while, I thought it would be a good idea to loosen up with some fun acrylic paintings of classic monsters for Halloween. I started with Frankenstein. He received quite a bit of attention on the front porch Halloween night.
This is one of the many intriguing passageways one would encounter while exploring Windy Lake. My hope with this painting, was that my rendition of the water would set the mood of this scene and capture the viewer’s imagination.
Here is the finished oil painting. This little island is nestled in a small, quiet bay on Windy Lake.
With this painting I wanted to capture the mood of a typical peaceful early summer morning on Windy Lake, which is just outside of Sudbury Ontario. My vantage point for this scene was looking across Tower Bay towards the fire watch tower in the distance. Cascaden Tower is one of many Ontario fire lookout towers still standing today.
Jack Nyler manned this tower until he was 75 years old. Traveling by boat he would access a small rustic shoreside cabin at the base of the hill where he would spend the week. Not only did he have to scale the ladder up the side of the tower, he first had to begin each day with the long steep climb up a crude trail to get to the base of the structure. When Jack retired in the late 1960?s, younger blood took over a few years, then the tower closed in 1972. Fire watchmen like Mr. Nyler played an important role in helping to protect and preserve our precious Ontario forests.
I am donating this painting to Burlington Firefighters for a fundraising auction. If you look closely at the background you can see the fire watch tower in the distance.
This is a oil portrait I finished in August. I couldn’t post it as it was a surprise for Paula after she had her baby boy. Proud dad Carlos commissioned me for this one.