My first ever visit to Rondeau Provincial Park on the north shore of Lake Erie - Ontario's second oldest provincial park (est. 1894) - was highly successful from every perspective. The weather was forecast to be on the dreary side, so the abundance of sunshine was a pleasant surprise, affording some great cycling and hiking. It also allowed me to get in some quality sketching time. I hope you enjoy these pieces.
I feel extremely fortunate to live in an area surrounded by vineyards, orchards, fields and water - lots of inspiration to paint, photograph, cycle, walk or drive around to take in the scenery. The light this afternoon was great for painting - bright overcast, and the sky was filled with layers of clouds. My subject was a familiar one - I drive past it every day to and from work - but I had never painted or photographed the scene, until today.
The vineyard belongs to Janice Schmidt who pulled up on a golf cart and introduced herself. I was thrilled (and relieved) that she had no problem with me painting on her property and seemed to take a genuine interest in art. I have only painted a few pictures of vineyards, so was very keen to tackle the subject - and I look forward to returning to the same spot soon.