Thursday, October 23, 2014

The final creation to come out of my shop before I move

I started a special piece before our house sold.  I had wanted to do something that would be representative of where we were moving to. Prince Edward Island has at least 50 lighthouses, so I thought I would paint one on pallet wood.

I used a photo that I took when we went there last year, and also looked online for more photos of West Point Lighthouse.  The black and white stripes are what make it stand out and recognizable.

Being the precise, mathematical fool that I am, I measured the photos I had and figured out the ratio between the width of the black stripes compared to the white stripes.  I cut my pallet wood with that ratio, so the white striped pieces are wider than the black ones (except at the bottom).

I used a dry brush technique after drawing out the design on the wood.

I also used pallet wood for the frame. This piece is 13 1/2" wide x 27 1/2" tall.

Here's a photo I took in 2013, of my daughter Laura, husband Eric and dog Cisco at the West Point lighthouse:

Although we were not initially looking in the area, it turned out that we bought a house in a town only 20 min. drive from the West Point lighthouse!  Coincidence?

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  1. How pretty Julie! YOu are multi-talented for sure!

  2. Lovely! So sad you have to leave your shop behind. :(


  3. I'd say it was meant to be! The lighthouse art is gorgeous and such a great piece for your new home and new province.

  4. Great picture, and you did a fabulous job with the painting. Do you have to pinch yourself sometimes? to see if it's real?

  5. Love your painting and the attention to detail with the mathematical wood cuts, just you!

  6. Wow! Wow! Wow! That is a terrific piece!
    I hope the move has gone smoothly (I too would miss that forest path though).

  7. Julie this is just AWESOME! I love it! So perfect. You are moving to Prince Edward Island?! What?! I have always wanted to live there (Anne of Green Gables, fan) How wonderful for you, best of luck getting settled!


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