This painting is of a maple tree that was planted in 1857. It is missing a few limbs and has a few growths on it. The yellow house beyond the trees was Homer Watson’s birth place on Tilt drive in Doon. This watercolour painting is on Inshu gampi, about as thick as cigarette paper and looks a bit like wax paper but has much more sheen. Amazingly it holds paint, in a most wonderful manner. Come see it in the exhibition of this project, In Homer Watson’s Footsteps opening June 21 from 2-4.
On November 23 and a few subsequent visits I garnered memories and sketches to paint the grey Ontario November skies and the yard where chickens scratch for food and splash in the creek running through the yard. In the background are included the beige townhouses that surround this pastoral for miles.
November 23, 2014 2 pm 43.3880,-80.4354
In Doon (Kitchener) Ontario, on Tilt’s Drive is a chicken farm where you can buy eggs. As I have not seen any cows in the landscape that I have walked so far, I decided to paint these chickens. The farm is across the street from Homer Watson’s birthplace. His family house is still there. In Tilt’s front yard is a maple that was planted in 1857. In this sketch you can see the maple and an outline of the house in the lower right.
As a person under six years old I lived on a farm, where animals and chickens were in the barn and around the yard. Tilt’s farm brought back many memories of watching chicks grow up, walking around or through them and staying away from the roosters until they were soup.