In the initial lock-down of 2020, I had the privilege to turn my time of isolation and "social distancing" into productive time for my creativity.
I've always enjoyed taking long walks to keep active and healthy, so during the first Covid-19 lock-down in March, I began exploring my hometown of Dundas more thoroughly, finding new paths and neighbourhoods along the way. I love our town's quiet streets, the friendly people I passed, and discovering beautiful homes - homes that tell us stories of the past with their unique architecture and immaculate gardens.
I've been working to capture Dundas' beauty and charm in my watercolour paintings for over 20 years, previously my work focused mostly on historical landmarks and businesses, such as the Carnegie Gallery, Post Office, Piccone's shop, Dr. Bates' office, Taylor's Tea Room, and the infamous Deluxe Restaurant (now the delicious Bangkok Spoon).
The collection found below is titled
"My Walks of Art"
This series contains illustrations of mostly residential homes, some carrying close to 200 years of prominent history, others are simply ordinary family homes, but hold countless beautiful stories and long family trees of ownership - these were the ones that touched my heart the most. I began posting my sketches to a few different Facebook groups (most notably "If you grew up in Dundas you remember...") and have been flooded with comments about each building.
I’ve enjoyed reading conversations between community members (past and present) and seeing people reconnect through comments on a specific place and recounting their memories of it. Reading and seeing these connections that began on my posts, during this lonely period of "social distancing", continued to inspire me to walk more, paint more, and create more connections.
House Sketching Commissions are always welcome.
My original "House Sketches" come with white mat and backing. Framing and shipping is optional but available. I can work from photographs or Google map images. The most popular sketchbook size is 8.5"x5.5". Total cost: $175, but I need to see the photograph/house to confirm the price. All commissions have to be paid at the time of placing order. Additions, changes and alterations to a photo could change the price. Please contact me if you have any other questions.
To order prints, please visit INPRNT/Gallery/danutaniton