Beginning in late summer 2011, I started making paintings of the scenery in and around Big Bald Lake, in the Kawarthas (Ontario, Canada), as seen from a kayak or from sitting on the rocks. Acrylic paints turned out to be eminently portable, so over the following years I continued to seek out new places to paint; now in addition to the Kawarthas, I have also painted in Prince Edward County, the Almaguin Highlands, and the south shore of Nova Scotia. All of the works were painted en plein air, and finished on location. A record of most of the paintings I have completed to date can be viewed online here: http://varethane.sevensmith.net/paintings/
I aim to highlight the natural beauty of these spaces, which are both accessible and remote, and which can change so rapidly with the seasons or human activity.
Painting – Acrylic