I have not been so excited to get out of the house in ages…. The weather yesterday was exceptional and I had the opportunity to combine and art supply and RV pick up with a good tour of the countryside for reference photos. Flu free and having my voice 90% back is wonderful! I saw some beautiful farms, fields and valleys. Some of the most impressive places had nowhere to stop to take photographs. Next time I bring the man (read chauffeur)….
Yellow Field, Photograph, ©Michelle Basic Hendry, 2008
Sideroads are a wonderful and relaxing way to avoid long weekend traffic. You don’t get to your destination any more quickly, but the journey is far more enjoyable. I drove down one section of road that is more of an ATV track (thankfully I drive a Jeep). The road narrowed through this dense forest. The sun was coming in at a late afternoon angle and the floor was carpeted in trilliums.
In an earlier post I spoke of starting a project of painting abandoned and historic homes. I have since found a community of people who appreciate these old Ontario buildings and archive them photographically. The generosity of one member allowed me to find an exceptionally beautiful ruin within minutes of one of my errands. (Her portfolio.) I was able to spend some time taking some photos of the site and a painting is in the works….
Innisfil, Photograph, ©Michelle Basic Hendry, 2008
I drove home via backroads and found a number of beautiful buildings – some occupied, some not. I think that the western end of Oro-Medonte is the best kept secret in Ontario. Despite what could have been a rushed and stressful day, I arrived home relaxed, with everything completed on my list and excited for the next day-trip….
Oro Abandoned, Photograph, ©Michelle Basic Hendry, 2008
Laketrees is holding a contest allowing bloggers to vote for their favourite artists. I was lucky enough to be included in the list of 17 paintings. There is a poll and the artist with the most votes wins $100. There is some lovely work there – all of very different styles. I encourage you to visit and VOTE! (Mine is #9 – just in case 😉 )