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Spring/Summer 2018

Life's Work

Life's Work

by Christy Michalak

A year ago

Life's Work, 8x10 Plein Air Oil on Canvas by Christy MIchalak, 2018

Life's Work

8x10 Oil on Canvas (90 minute Plein Air)

Created and sold at Elora Plain Air Festival, 23 May 2018


I knew I had to paint this granary as soon as I saw it from the road.  The colours I captured are real!

I set up on the silo’s front lawn to paint, with mid-afternoon sun beating down and sweat dripping.  The next day I binge-watched Netflix and nursed a sunstroke hangover – the hazards of plein air!  But it was worth it for the painting, and for the chat I had with the granary Manager, Cliff.  The granary has been in his family since 1953, and Cliff is close to retirement and concerned that the granary may not survive into the future.  A shame – it oozed heart and character and I could tell it had been loved, not to mention the loss of yet another Ontario farm business.

In honour of Cliff’s lifelong connection to the place, I’ve titled it “Life’s Work”.


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