Memorial Canal

Memorial Canal “Memorial Canal”  8″ x 12″ oil on panel

Following the Memorial Day weekend I had the opportunity to connect with a few fellow artists along the Delaware/Raritan Canal in Princeton, NJ.  There’s a turning basin where one can rent canoes or kayaks. This bridge crosses over the connection between the basin and canal.  As I was walking the American flag caught my eye as it jutted out over the bridge. It had a regal quality and presence that was hard to deny on this warm sunny morning. 

Kayaker’s  were about and sounds of laughter in the air. I think what captured my spirit was the commemorative essence of the experience.  The light was poignant.  And while I reflected on the past Memorial Day weekend I also remembered the purpose and significance of the D&R canal. 

There’s a rich history behind the D&R canal that began during the industrial revolution. You can read more here. Read more…

The painting itself has taken me awhile to complete and has gone through a few transformations. I’ve received some constructive feedback and worked on emphasizing the light.  Building up texture as part of adding dimension to the piece has also been part of the process.   ( I must say the image seems a little blurry as always the photography is a work in progress.)

3 thoughts on “Memorial Canal

  1. Hi Catherine, I was taking a blogging break most of June and missed this beautiful painting. You know how to showcase sparkling sunlight so well, beautiful technique and style. I could study this piece for a long time – so many wonderful elements. Happy 4th of July!

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