I have a pretty decent stash of wrapped canvas in various sizes to choose from so my first task was to determine the size. Did I want to go large scale like "The Poppy" or smaller like "Tree with Flowers"? Ultimately I chose to go smaller with a 9x12 gallery wrapped canvas. Next, and the hardest part of all was the subject. I dug and clicked through most of all my photos on my hard drive and KodakGallery.com account. I eventually had to go through some of my friends and family's "Shared" albums. I came across an album of my moms from when she and my sister came to visit me in Maine in the Fall of 2007. We took a trip down through Fryeburg, ME and into Conway, NH. We stayed that this super cute B&B called Crystal Lake Bed & Breakfast. The beautiful fall foliage around the lake and with little white steeple church just made this shot quintessential New England.
I took a few creative licenses primarily with the trees. The original picture has oak trees, but I decided to go for birch trees. Ultimately, I am very happy with this piece. I framed it temporarily with a frame I found at an antique shop. Unfortunately the canvas is a little too deep for the frame so until I find another way, this will have to do.
Below are the original photograph and the competed painting. Please enjoy!
|Crystal Lake, Conway NH, Taken Oct 2007|
|"New Hampshire in October"|
12x9, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas