13 June 2013

33 on 33: Day Twenty

When you head out tonight
In your quest for excellence in theater
I won't be there
I slammed my finger in the car door by accident
But I salute you in your ongoing quest
For excellence in theater

–TMBG, "Towson"

Today's stop for 33 on 33 was at Fields on West Lake, a stunning location made no less impressive by today's dreary weather. I managed to take a few photos of some of the buildings on the grounds (apparently in the midst of Mosquito Fest) before finally settling on a subject to paint (and before the rain started).

My subject: The Osterhout Henry Hall.

Their website claims it's "one of the most photographed barns in Canada" and I don't have any trouble believing that. My painting's composition is not from this angle, however. I was parked in a spot just to the right, enabling me a good view from inside the van since rain was forecast. Every day that I passed this majestic place I grew more and more certain that I would stop here for this project (here's my Map of Progress).

Carriage House.

A contender for Painting Subject of the Day, this cute little matching building dates back to the 1860s.

A triplet of silos.

I like silos and this view would have been an interesting painting for today, but I felt it too subversive to paint this while at Fields on West Lake and ignore the beautiful buildings available there.

Neighbours across the street.

Farm House Inn (from the side).

This view was a very strong contender also, especially because of the foliage obstruction in the foreground, but I already did a house-obstructed-by-tree composition on Day 17, so I walked around to get a better view of the house...

Farmhouse Inn (from the front).

Still a strong contender from this angle, it's simply a gorgeous building and I love all that ivy, but my mind kept going back to the big red barn, so that was that.

And here's the painting.

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