Newfoundland family history

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The image here depicts what I envision as an iconic Newfoundland fisherman. A true Canadian image.

The history behind this image has so much meaning for the family that asked me to draw this portrait for them.

1987 - The Newfoundland Pen newspaper published this photo with a little story about how Curtis Chambers was with his two boys on the fishing docks on Bear Cove for the afternoon. The family has been meaning to turn this photo into a portrait to be shared by the family since.

Cousin Shawn took it upon himself to put this portrait into motion. First contacting me almost a year ago, the portrait finally took fruition and is now framed and is in the hands of Curtis' daughter who lives in Anchor Point, Newfoundland. A surprise Christmas present!

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Look at that cigarette hanging out of his mouth. The Sou-wester, the light reflecting off the hood. The leathery skin from years of being on the boats catching fish, day in and day out to make his living.

Now take a look at the reference photo from the newspaper.

This portrait was a challenge as it was nearly impossible to see the details.

 

Sugar and spice and all that is nice...

 

 

This little sweetie pie's father contacted me to have this portrait done of his little girl recently.

Commissioned as a lower detailed portrait, the shading is very light but the details of her dance outfit dress and hair give the finished portrait character.

 

Her personality and sweetness are evident through focusing on the smaller details.


Sweet Rides - Oakville Car Cruze

The Oakville "Car Cruze" hosted by the Lions Club of Oakville is in full swing for the 2016 season.

Old and new, proud car owners bring their sweet rides from all around every Tuesday from 6-9 pm, until September 24th, 2016. At last count, over 150 cars each week gather in the parking lot of the Boston Pizza located at 270 North Service Rd W, Oakville, ON L6M 2R8.

I dropped by the Car Cruze recently to take some photos of the goings on. Included is the recent completed portrait I have blogged about, and the same car at the show.

She's there every week.

 

 

If dinner is on your mind, Boston Pizza offers specials every Tuesday night.

With door prizes, 50/50 draws and nightly raffles, the Lion's Club of Oakville together with hosts Boston Pizza, Budds' Oakville and more, raise money each week for the Dog Guides of Canada, Halton Heart & Stroke foundation, Kerr St. ministries, Oakville Peewee baseball, to name a few.

If you're looking for something to do this evening, come down to the Car Cruze!

Your support will be appreciated by many.

 

Native roots

Last spring, the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation tribe in Manitoulin Island requested a portrait of one of their former Chief in office.

The portrait was to be given to this former Chief as a personal gift, as well as a print of the original, to be part of their boardroom display.

They were very pleased with the resulting completed portrait. The original hangs in her home, and a custom print was created that now hangs framed in their boardroom, along with the other Chiefs dating back to the 1800's.

You can read a little of this First Nation tribe's history here.

 Completed pencil portrait

Completed pencil portrait

 

The photo shown is the original reference photo for the base of the portrait. As it was small, details were hard to see. Fortunately, they had a few others for me to look over for the composition of the portrait.

I am proud that I was able to create a piece for Aundeck Omni Kaning's display as part of their community, and part of Canada's rich history.

 Original reference photo

Original reference photo